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Dealing with Anger

Remembering what Allah (SWT) has promised to the righteous who keep away from the causes of anger and struggle within themselves to control it, is one of the most effective ways of extinguishing the flames of anger

Post by on Tuesday, September 7, 2021

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Abu Hurayrah may Allah (SWT) be pleased with him reported that a man said to the 
Prophet (SAW), “Advise me.” He said, “Do not become angry.” The man 
repeated his request several times, and each time the Prophet (SAW) told 
him, “Do not become angry.” (Reported by al-Bukhari, Fath al-Baaree, 10/456)
According to another report, the man said: “I thought about what the Prophet 
(SAW) said, and I realized that anger combines all kinds of evil.” (Musnad 
Ahmad, 5/373)
Remembering what Allah (SWT) has promised to the righteous who keep 
away from the causes of anger and struggle within themselves to control it, 
is one of the most effective ways of extinguishing the flames of anger. One 
of the hadith that describe the great reward for doing this is: “Whoever 
controls his anger at the time when he has the means to act upon it, Allah 
will fill his heart with contentment on the Day of Resurrection.” (Reported 
by al-Tabaraanee, 12/453, see also Sahih al-Jaami‘, 6518)
Another great reward is described in the Prophet’s (SAW) words: “Whoever 
controls his anger at the time when he has the means to act upon it; Allah 
will call him before all of mankind on the Day of Resurrection, and will let 
him choose of the Hoor al-‘Ayn whoever he wants.” (Reported by Aboo Daawood)
 
The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: “The strong man is not the one who can 
overpower others (in wrestling); rather, the strong man is the one who 
controls himself when he gets angry.” (Reported by Ahmad, 2/236; the hadith 
is agreed upon). 
The greater the anger, the higher the status of the one 
who controls it. Prophet (SAW) said: “The strongest man is the one 
who, when he gets angry and his face reddens and his hackles rise, is able 
to defeat his anger.” (Reported by Imam Ahmad, 5/367, and classified as 
hasan in Saheeh al-Jaami‘, 3859)
 
(Author has done Management Studies)
 

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