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Qur’an 2:247 - Is Allah sovereign or not?

There are different answers to the question in the Qur’an:

1. Yes, Allah is the only sovereign Being - Qur’an 2:107, 3:189; 5:17-18, 6:73

“Do you not know that to Allah belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth and [that] you have not besides Allah any protector or any helper?” (Qur’an 2:107 )“And to Allah belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth, and Allah is over all things competent.” (Qur’an 3:189). See also Qur’an 5:17-18, 6:73.

2. No, is not the only sovereign Supreme Being and shares - Qur’an 2:247, 3:26

"...And Allah gives His sovereignty to whom He wills..." (Qur’an 2:247)“Say, "O Allah , Owner of Sovereignty, You give sovereignty to whom You will and You take sovereignty away from whom You will. You honor whom You will and You humble whom You will. In Your hand is [all] good. Indeed, You are over all things competent.” (Qur’an 3:26).

3. Conclusion

We can see that in some verses, Allah is for sure absolute sovereign. However in other Qur’an verses Allah shares or transfers his sovereignity to many others.  With two different answers there is a contrast about the same question. Therefore we have a difficulty in the Qur’an. The mentioned verses show a contradiction in the Qur’an.