Good Deeds Challenge #7

 

Abu Hurairah, radiyallahu ‘anhu, reported that a man said to the Prophet, sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam: “Advise me! “The Prophet said, “Do not become angry and furious.” The man asked (the same) again and again, and the Prophet said in each case, “Do not become angry and furious.” (Al-Bukhari; Vol. 8 No. 137)

Abu Hurairah related that the Messenger of Allah, sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam, said: “A strong person is not the person who throws his adversaries to the ground. A strong person is the person who contains himself when he is angry.” (Al-Bukhari; Book 47, No. 47.3.12)

Control your anger. Control your anger. Control your anger. The world is often a less-than-congenial place. We throw ourselves into a frenzy of life that creates an environment of intractability and obstinacy. We’re yelling at the guy who wouldn’t let us into the exit lane. We’re brusquely rushing our kids because they’re taking too long to put their socks on in the morning. We’re letting out an exaggerated sigh because the lady at the grocery store wriggled her cart in front of ours at the EXPRESS check-out. ENOUGH! We have to control our lives so that we can control our emotions. If we desire strength of character, strength of spirit, and strength of mind, let’s look to the Quran and ahadith for inspiration. We must find patience and trust in ALLAH (SWT), but we must also take responsibility for our actions and emotions. Let’s take a closer look at ourselves this week. See how often you can contain your anger, or at the very least, recognize how useless your anger is to you and to your life as a whole. Ask ALLAH to help you control your anger, and implement some of the ways that the Prophet (SAW) advised us to curtail it.

“I know a word, the saying of which will cause him to relax, if he does say it. If he says: ‘I seek Refuge with Allah from Satan’ then all his anger will go away.” [Al-Bukhari; Vol. 4, No. 502]

“Anger comes from the devil, the devil was created of fire, and fire is extinguished only with water; so when one of you becomes angry, he should perform ablution.” [Abu Daud; Book 41, No. 4766]

“If one of you becomes angry then he should be silent.” (Ahmad)

“If any one of you gets angry, let him sit down if he is standing. If his anger goes away, (that is good) otherwise let him lie down.” (Abu Dawud)

One of the du’aa’s of the Prophet (SAW) was:

“O Allah, by Your knowledge of the Unseen and Your power over all creation, keep me alive so long as You know life is good for me, and bring about my death when you know death is good for me. O Allah, I ask You to make me fear You in secret and in the open, I ask You to make me speak sincerely at times of contentment and at times of anger, I ask You to make me be moderate in poverty and in wealth, I ask You for a blessing that does not end, contentment that never ceases, and for acceptance of Your decree. I ask You for a good life after death, and I ask You for the joy of looking upon Your face and the longing to meet You, with no harmful adversity or misleading trial (fitnah). O Allah, adorn us with the beauty of faith, guide us and let us be a means of guidance for others).” (al-Nisaa’i).

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~ by deedschallenge on April 4, 2008.

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