God is the one who averts harm from His creation.
He is the One who counters the causes of destruction and diminishment in religious and temporal affairs by creating causes intended for protection.
‘The Protector’ attribute is closely related to ‘Al-Hafidh’ – ‘The All-Preserver’, as all preserving protects and repels, so whoever understands the meaning of ‘preserver’, understands the meaning of ‘protector’. For protecting is related to the causes of destruction, while preserving is related to being freed from destruction, so it is the ultimate goal of protecting.
“In the Name of God, the Lord of Mercy, the Giver of Mercy.”
“This is how God, the Mighty, the Wise, sends revelation to you (Prophet) as He did to those before you. All that is in the heavens and earth belong to Him: He is the Exalted, the Almighty. The heavens are almost broken apart from above as the angels proclaim the praises of their Lord and ask forgiveness for those on earth. God is indeed the Most Forgiving, the Most Merciful. As for those who take protectors other than Him, God is watching them; you are not responsible for them.” Quran 42:3-6
“God has appointed for you sheltering protection: thus, He has given you in the mountains places of repose, and has endowed you with garments to protect you from heat and cold, as well as garments as might protect you from your own violence.” Quran 16:81
“But if you turn away, then I have conveyed the message with which I was sent to you, and my Lord will bring along another people in your place. You cannot do Him any harm: it is my Lord that protects everything.” Quran 11:57
“Repel evil with good – We are well aware of what they attribute to Us – and say, ‘Lord, I take refuge with You from the goadings of the evil ones; I seek refuge with you, Lord, so that they may not come near me.” Quran 23: 96-98
“Say, (Prophet), ‘I take refuge with the Lord of daybreak against the harm of what He has created,” Quran 113:1-2
“(Prophet), when you recite the Quran, seek God’s protection from the outcast, Satan.” Quran 16:98
And God knows best.
‘Al-Ghazzali – The Ninety-Nine Beautiful Names of God.’ Translated by David B. Burrell and Nazih Daher.