Wednesday, May 27, 2009

ANGER

Daily Reflections - Anger

"I wish I didn’t say that" or "I wish I didn't do that" - How many times have we said this after reflecting on what we said or did during a moment of “anger”? We regret and then we have to apologise. How many sins have been committed because of anger.


The Prophet s.a.w knew of the harmful effects that anger can have and so when a man came to him and asked “O Messenger of Allaah, advise me,” the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, “Do not become angry.” The man repeated his question several times and the Messenger said, “Do not become angry.” (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 6116).

Anger is not a proof of our strength, rather it is a great weakness that we have and the Prophet s.a.w also told us "The strong one is not one who can out-wrestle others. Rather, the strong one is one who can restrain themselves when angry." (Bukhari & Muslim)

When anger overcomes us we sometimes lose control of what we say, we may utter phrases of blasphemy, we may hurt those around us or carry many other sins, and so the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w) advised us what to do:

The Prophet s.a.w said, “If you get angry, stay silent.” (Ahmad) and “If you get angry while standing, sit down…. If you get angry while sitting, lie down.”

And further the Prophet informed us that anger is from Satan, and he was created from fire, so we should extinguish anger with ritual ablutions. [Abu Dawud] When a man got angry in front of the Prophet (Allah bless him & give him peace), he told his companions, “I know some words that would make his anger leave, if he said them. They are, A`udhubillahi min al-shaykhtan (‘I seek refuge in Allah from Satan’). (Bukhari)

The righteous (al-muttaqoon) are those praised by Allaah in the Qur’aan and by His Messenger (s.a.w). Some of their characteristics is that they "spend (in Allaah’s Cause) in prosperity and in adversity, [they] repress anger, and [they] pardon men; verily, Allaah loves al-muhsinoon (the good-doers)." (Aal ‘Imraan 3:134)

And for those who restrain their anger a great reward has been promised:

Do not become angry and Paradise will be yours (Saheeh al-Jaami) and in another hadith the Prophet s.a.w tells us: "Whoever controls his anger at the time when he has the means to act upon it, Allaah will call him before all of mankind on the Day of Resurrection, and will let him choose of the Hur al-’Iyn whoever he wants." (Reported by Abu Dawud)

A’isha (r.a) reports that, “The Prophet entered while she was angry. So he rubbed the tip of my nose and said, ‘My little `A’isha. Say, ‘O Allah, forgive my sin, remove the anger in my heart, and protect me from Satan.’ (Allahumma’ Ghfirli dhanbi, wa adhhib ghaydha qalbi, wa aajirni min ash-shaytan)” (Ibn al-Sunni)

O Allah forgive our sins, remove the anger in our hearts and protect us from shaytaan - ameen

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3 comments:

  1. Asalaamualaikum-wa Rahmatullahi- wa Barakatuhu,

    Just wanted to point out a possible typo in this Hadith (on this page):

    "The prophet (SAW) declared,
    'Three men whose dua is
    rejected (by Allah) are: the fasting
    person until he breaks his fast
    (in another narration,
    when he breaks fast), the just ruler
    and the one who is oppressed.
    '[Ahmad, at-Tirmidhi - Hasan]"

    You have written, "...whose dua is rejected..." Should it not be "...whose dua is NOT rejected..."?

    & ALLAH SWT KNOWS BEST.
    JazakAllah for this very useful site, Alhamdulillah.

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  2. Great thoughts you got there, believe I may possibly try just some of it throughout my daily life.

    Arabic to Tamil Translation

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  3. Dear Brothers and Sisters, please read with a humble and open heart.

    بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ
    (In the Name of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful)

    ‘Holy Quran’ and ‘Holy Prophet’ in Islam

    In Christianity, there are terms such as Holy Father, Holy Son, Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost and Holy Bible. Muslims do not have anything in Islam called as The Holy Quran and The Holy Prophet. Yet, the term Holy Quran and Holy Prophet is commonly and widely used. We have to use the right words to describe The Quran and Prophet Muhammad SAW according to The Quran itself and Hadith.
    Earlier in The Glorious Quran, Allah SWT says:
    The month of Ramadan in which was revealed the Quran, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the criterion (between right and wrong). [Al-Quran 2:185]

    ‘Holy’ in Arabic means ‘muqaddas’ (مقدس). There is no verse in The Noble Quran or in Hadith that says ‘Al-Quranum-Muqaddas’ (The Holy Quran) and ‘Ar-Rasulan-Nabiyyam-Muqaddas’ (The Messenger, The Holy Prophet). Allah SWT shortly describes The Quran as:
    ‘Quranun-Karim’ (Noble Quran) [Al-Quran 56:77]
    ‘Al-Quranil-Majid’ (The Glorious Quran) [Al-Quran 50:1]
    ‘Al-Qurani-zi-Zikr’ (The Quran Full of Reminder) [Al-Quran 38:1]
    ‘Quranun-Mubin’ (Clear Quran) [Al-Quran 36:69]
    ‘Al-Quranil-Hakim’ (The Wise Quran) [Al-Quran 36:2]
    ‘Al-Quranal-‘Adzim’ (The Great Quran) [Al-Quran 15:87]

    Surah (Chapter) 47, titled Muhammad, second verse is translated as:
    And those who believe and do righteous deeds and believe in what has been sent down upon Muhammad - and it is the truth from their Lord - He will remove from them their misdeeds and amend their condition. [Al-Quran 47:2]

    Short description of Prophet Muhammad SAW in The Noble Quran:
    ‘Ar-Rasulan-Nabiyyal-Umiyya’ (The Messenger, The Unlettered Prophet) [Al-Quran 7:157]
    ‘Khataman-Nabiyyina’ (Seal of The Prophets) [Al-Quran 33:40]
    ‘Ahmad’ (Highly Praised) [Al-Quran 61:6]
    ‘hakim’ (Judge) [Al-Quran 4:65, 24:51]
    ‘rasulin-karim’ (Noble Messenger) [Al-Quran 69:40]
    ‘raufur-rahim’ (Kind and Merciful) [Al-Quran 9:128]
    ‘Muhammadur-Rasulullah’ (Muhammad, The Messenger of Allah) [Al-Quran 48:29]
    ‘Abdullah’ (Slave of Allah) [Al-Quran 72:19]
    ‘muzakkirun’ (Reminder) [Al-Quran 88:21]
    ‘sirajan-muniran’ (Illuminating Lamp) [Al-Quran 33:46]
    ‘nazirun-mubin’ (Clear Warner) [Al-Quran 7:184]
    ‘basharun’ (Man) [Al-Quran 18:110]
    ‘rahmatal-lil’alamin’ (Mercy for all the worlds) [Al-Quran 21:107]
    ‘shahidan wa mubashiran wa naziran’ (Witness, Bearer of Glad Tidings and Warner) [Al-Quran 33:45]
    ‘nurun’ (Light) [Al-Quran 5:15]
    ‘burhanun’ (Convincing Proof) [Al-Quran 4:174]
    ‘uswatun hasanatun’ (Good Example) [Al-Quran 33:21]

    So if someone ask what is the holy book of a Muslim? Say it is The Noble Quran. This makes Al-Quran stands up in its own position. We do not have the authority to name it, call it or give it the title 'The Holy Quran' since Allah SWT and Prophet Muhammad SAW never used that term either.

    Please share with fellow Brothers and Sisters. May Allah SWT grant us understanding and guide us all. Amin Ya Rabbal ‘Alamin.

    Wallahu ‘Alam (Allah SWT Knows Best)

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