AVOIDING ANGER

عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ أَنَّ رَجُلًا قَالَ لِلنَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ أَوْصِنِي قَالَ لَا تَغْضَبْ فَرَدَّدَ مِرَارًا قَالَ لَا تَغْضَبْ

Narrated Abu Huraira: A man said to the Prophet (ﷺ), “Advise me! “The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “Do not become angry and furious.” The man asked (the same) again and again, and the Prophet (ﷺ) said in each case, “Do not become angry and furious.”

Reference: Sahih al-Bukhari 6116
In-book reference: Book 78, Hadith 143
USC-MSA web (English) reference: Vol. 8, Book 73, Hadith 137
(deprecated numbering scheme)
Grade: sahih (authentic)

Lessons:

  1. The Prophet reminded the man to be cautious of being angry and repeated himself several times, showing its importance.
  2. Anger is the root of many bad deeds, and refraining oneself from it is the root of many good deeds.
  3. Anger leads to forbidden and regrettable acts. This includes injuring others, bad-mouthing and slander, swearing, enmity, marriage troubles and divorce, and even murder.
  4. Imam Ahmad interpreted good manners as eschewing anger. When Ibnu Murabak was asked, “What are good manners summarised in one word?”, he answered, “Restraining anger.”

Let’s be merciful and try our best to control our anger.

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