Muslims told to keep anger in check

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IMAMS nationwide yesterday called on Muslims to control their anger by exercising patience and increasing remembrance of Allah SWT.

Anger was described in the Friday sermon as a mazmumah (reprehensible) characteristic which is intrinsic to humans.

If left unchecked, the imams said that anger “will not only harm us personally, but will also lead us to sin”.

They explained that Islam generally divides anger into either “praiseworthy anger” or “blameworthy anger”.

Praiseworthy anger is when a person is angry in order to defend a certain truth and right.

While it is not wrong to be angry upon witnessing transgression in such cases, the imams said this anger must be manifested in a proper way and not with violence.

Muslims were told to emulate how Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) showed anger when faced with a situation he disliked.

“For example, in a hadith narrated by Imam Bukhari in which Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) saw some sputum in the direction of the qiblah, he was angry over this and clearly explained that Allah SWT was in front of them while they prayed,” said the imams.

They added Allah SWT’s messenger advised that none of them should ever spit in the direction of the qiblah before he rose and removed the sputum with his own hand.

“The lesson from this hadith illustrates the beauty of the prophet’s disposition. Although he was angry, he did not curse or swear or act harshly, instead he gave advice and taught the people so that the reprehensible act would not be repeated,” they said.

Blameworthy anger, on the other hand, is anger in defence of “something negative and useless” such as when a person’s wishes are not granted or when faced with an undesirable incident. Imams urged Muslims to always practise patience and control their anger as a hot-tempered person, who fails to control his or her emotions, may commit reprehensible acts that are discouraged in Islam including criticising and cursing.

“There are also those who get so carried away with their anger that they cause destruction to property and may even get into a fight in which they hurt themselves or others,” the imams said. They added those who fail to manage their anger were referred to by Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in a hadith as “weak and have transgressed beyond limits”.

The sermon further highlighted that most jurists are of the opinion that an angry person should still be held responsible for his or her actions such as pronouncing divorce, destroying property or deliberately killing another human being in a fit of anger.

“Hence, all of us must control our emotions, control our words and our behaviour, so that nothing undesirable happens,” said the imams.

To control anger, Muslims were encouraged to perform the practises of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and his companions (RA) including reciting the ta’awwudz: “I seek refuge in Allah SWT from satan, the accursed”.

Meanwhile, if the angered person was standing then he or she should sit down, and if he or she was seated then the person should lie down.

It is also sunnah (recommended) for the angered person to take ablution and recite the following supplication: “O my Lord, Lord of Prophet Muhammad, forgive my sins, remove the anger in my heart and release me from trials that lead one astray”.

“This life is full of challenges. We face people with various attitudes and behaviours, some of which may very well annoy and anger us,” said the imams.

While noting it is natural for humans to be angry, they said Muslims should control their anger through patience and forgiveness.

They were further advised to increase dzikirullah (remembrance of Allah SWT) “so the heart may be calm and patient”.


The Brunei Times