The Lethal Emotion

On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (ra), a man said to the Prophet (saw)  “Counsel me” so the Prophet (saw) said, “Do not become angry.” The man repeated several times about counseling and each time the Prophet (saw) said, “Do not become angry.”

Sahih al-Bukhari

Anger is a very dangerous emotion as we all know. It leads to very unforgiving and regretful actions that we as humans always look back on negatively. A Muslim must always realize the petty nature of most of the things that he/she gets angry about. A strong Muslim will weight anger with pleasing Allah (swt). This will in sha Allah keep that person away from anger. Another important thing to remember is to simply stay away from people or things that lead to anger. As part of being a strong Muslim, we must realize that there has to be means in place for extinguishing the anger.

Hasan al-Basri once stated,

“There are four characteristics that if one possesses them, Allah protects him from Shaytaan and forbids him from the fire. These four are found in the one who controls himself while in a state of craving, fearing, desiring and being angry.

May Allah (swt) make all of us from amongst the patient and make us calm hearted. Ameen.

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