(It will be) the Day when no soul shall have power (to do) aught for another: for the Command, that Day, will be (wholly) with Allah. (Al-Infitar 82/19) Will there not be any Shafa’ah?

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(It will be) the Day when no soul shall have power (to do) aught for another: for the Command, that Day, will be (wholly) with Allah. (Al-Infitar 82/19) some people claim that there will be no Shafa´ah – (Intercession) in the hereafter by showing this verse as a proof. Will there not be any Shafa’ah?
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 (It will be) the Day when no soul shall have power (to do) aught for another: for the Command, that Day, will be (wholly) with Allah. (Al-Infitar 82/19)

In that day no one can benefit another one, no one can protect anyone; everyone thinks of himself/herself and worry about himself or herself. He/she escapes from his/her children and other close relatives by worrying about the possible harms coming from them. No intercessors can intercede for anyone unless Allah (SWT) permits. On that day, Allah will decide everything. 

This verse is not a proof for the absence of Shafa’ah. On the contrary, they are among the verses that indicate it, Shafa’ah will be with the permission of Allah. Yes, on that day, no one can benefit or intercede for another one without the permission of Allah (SWT). When we look at the verses on Shafa’ah in the Qur’an, we see that there is an emphasis for the existence of Shafa’ah in the hereafter with the permission of Allah.

 “Who is there can intercede in His presence except as He permitteth?” (Al-Baqara 2/255)

In this verse, it is stated that no one will be able to intercede without the permission of Allah (SWT). The expression given as “No one will be able to intercede without the permission of Allah”, means “One person will be able to intercede when Allah (SWT) gives permission”. And this shows that Shafa’ah is right and valid”. If there were not any intercession with the permission and allowance of Allah, the expression as given as “except as He permits” in the Qur’an would be pointless. The existence of such a pointless expression in the Qur’an is impossible. Then, with the permission of Allah (SWT), the Shafa’ah is a right, real and a declaration of the Qur’an.

 “No intercessor (can plead with Him) except after His leave (hath been obtained).” (Surah Yunus 10/3)

In this verse, Shafa’ah belongs to the permission of Allah. Then, Shafa’ah exists and is true with the permission Allah (SWT).

 “They offer no intercession except for those who are acceptable.” (al-Anbiya 21/28)

According to this verse, the people to whom Allah (SWT) gives consent will be interceded because the expression “offer no intercession except for those who are acceptable” in the verse proves that intercession will be made for people to whom Allah (SWT) has given consent. 

 “On that Day shall no intercession avail except for those for whom permission has been granted by (Allah) Most Gracious and whose word is acceptable to Him.” (Surah Taha 20/109)

 “None shall have the power of intercession, but such a one as has received permission (or promise) from (Allah) Most Gracious.” (Surah Maryam 19/87)

"No intercession can avail in His Presence, except for those for whom He has granted permission!” (Surah Saba 34/23)

 “How many so ever be the angels in the heavens, their intercession will avail nothing except after Allah has given leave for whom He pleases and that he is acceptable to Him.” (Surah an-Najm 53/26)

All of these verses inform that the intercession, inshaallah, will come true.

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