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To intercede. The Quran generally rejects all kinds of intercession with anyone but God (2:48, 254; 39:44). None can barter or pay ransom for redemption from the sin of rejection of faith, idolatry (6:94; 30:13; 36:23; 39:43), or the commission of grave sins (2:48, 123, 254; 3:91; 5:36; 10:54; 13:18; 39:47; 40:18; 57:15; 70:11). In other places, the Quran mentions that God will permit intercession in some instances (10:3; 20:109; 34:23; 53:26), such as by the angels on behalf of believers (40:7; 53:26). These verses have led some to conclude that Muhammad will intercede on behalf of his community. This was further developed into belief in mediation by the Shii Imams and Sufi saints.

Subjects: Islam.

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