Allah Almighty states in the Holy Quran:

وَالْکٰظِمِیۡنَ الْغَیۡظَ وَالْعَافِیۡنَ عَنِ النَّاسِؕ وَاللہُ یُحِبُّ الْمُحْسِنِیۡنَ﴿۱۳۴﴾ۚ

  Those who restrain anger and who pardon men. And virtuous people are dear to Allah.

 (Aale ‘Imran 3, Verse 134)

Hadeeth:

وَعَنْ أبِيْ هُرَيْرَةَ – رضي الله عنه: أنَّ رَجُلًا قَالَ لِلنَّبِيِّ – صلى الله عليه وسلم: أوْصِنِيْ. قَالَ: «لَا تَغْضَبْ» فَرَدَّدَ مِرَارًا، قَالَ: «لَا تَغْضَبْ».

رواه البخاري.

Sayyiduna Abu Hurairah – may Allah be pleased with him – reported: A man asked the Holy Prophet – may Allah send peace and blessings upon him – for an advice and he said, “Do not get angry”. The man repeated that several times and he replied, “Do not get angry”.

(Sahih Bukhari)

Commentary:

Allama Badruddeen ‘Aini – may Allah be pleased with him – comments on this Hadeeth as follows:

The reason as to why the Holy Prophet – may Allah send peace and blessings upon him – advised the one seeking advice to not get angry is because he was aware of people’s nature.  Hence, he would prescribe what he saw as befitting to an individual’s nature.

Perhaps this man was of a hot temperament, therefore the Holy Prophet – may Allah send peace and blessings upon him – advised to not get angry.

(‘Umdat al-Qari under Hadeeth No. 6116(

The Most Difficult Thing:

A man asked the Holy Prophet – may Allah send peace and blessings upon him, “What is the most difficult thing?”

He replied, “Allah’s Wrath.”

He then asked, “What can save me from His Wrath?”

He replied, “Do not get angry.”

(Ihya Uloom al-Deen Vol. 3, p. 205)

Anger Derails One from the Straight Path:

Sayyiduna Sulaiman ibn Dawood – may Allah be pleased with them – said:

Refrain from getting angry too often, for getting into the habit of getting angry may derail even the heart of a tolerant person from the straight path.”

(Ihya Uloom al-Deen Vol. 3, p. 204)

Du’a for the One who Uttered Vulgar Words:

A man swore Sayyiduna She’bi – may Allah be pleased with him.  He said to him in return:

If you are correct in swearing me then may Allah forgive me, and if you are falsely accusing then may Allah forgive you.

(Ihya Uloom al-Deen Vol. 3, p. 212)

The Key to All Akhlaq:

Sayyiduna Hasan Basri – may Allah be pleased with him – said:

O man, when you become angry and throw yourself around, but be careful, lest you jump into the fire of hell.

Some one asked Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn Mubarak – may Allah be pleased with him, “What is good Akhlaq?”

He replied, “To stop getting angry.”

(Ihya Uloom al-Deen Vol. 3, p. 205-206)

Anger of a Muslim:

The Holy Prophet – may Allah send peace and blessings upon him – has stated:

A believer is quick to get angry and quick to be pleased as well.

(Ihya Uloom al-Deen Vol. 3, p. 223)

Glad Tiding of Entry into Paradise:

Sayyiduna Abu Darda – may Allah be pleased with him – said:

I asked the Holy Prophet – may Allah send peace and blessings upon him, “Ya RasoolAllah, please tell me of an action that may enable me to enter Paradise?”

He replied, “Do get angry and the Paradise is yours.”

(Majma’ al-Zawaid Hadeeth No. 1299)

Lesson:

  • Rage which is declared objectionable is the one which concerns worldly affairs but that which is for Allah and His religion, that is to say, which occurs on the violation of the Injunctions of Allah, is meritorious and essential.
  • Anyone who gets furious quickly should be advised again and again to control his anger so that he becomes conscious of this weakness and tries to overcome it.
  • Rage is a means of fulfillment of satanic aims; so it is a great evil and we are advised to make every effort to prevent ourselves from this satanic device.
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