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Managing Anger


حَدَّثَنَا أَحْمَدُ بْنُ حَنْبَلٍ، حَدَّثَنَا أَبُو مُعَاوِيَةَ، حَدَّثَنَا دَاوُدُ بْنُ أَبِي هِنْدٍ، عَنْ أَبِي حَرْبِ بْنِ الأَسْوَدِ، عَنْ أَبِي ذَرٍّ، قَالَ إِنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ لَنَا ‏ “‏ إِذَا غَضِبَ أَحَدُكُمْ وَهُوَ قَائِمٌ فَلْيَجْلِسْ فَإِنْ ذَهَبَ عَنْهُ الْغَضَبُ وَإِلاَّ فَلْيَضْطَجِعْ ‏”‏ ‏.‏

Narrated Abu Dharr:

The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said to us: When one of you becomes angry while standing, he should sit down. If the anger leaves him, well and good; otherwise, he should lie down.

Narrated in Sunan Abi Dawud, no. 4782

English Translation: Book 42, Hadith no. 4764

Grade: sahih (authentic)

Translation adapted from sunnah.com


1. Rasulullah (ﷺ) is the finest example and source of wisdom for all humanity.

2. Rasulullah (ﷺ) taught us to sit when we are angry. One who is standing is more likely to act out of violence compared to one who is sitting.

3. If we still feel angry, then we should lie down. Lying down renders a person very unlikely to act violently.

4. Keeping silent is also a way to control anger. Ibn ‘Abbas narrated that Rasulullah (ﷺ) said:

عَنِ ابْنِ عَبَّاسٍ عَنْ النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ أَنَّهُ قَالَ إِذَا غَضِبَ أَحَدُكُمْ فَلْيَسْكُتْ

“If any of you becomes angry, let him keep silent.” (Narrated by Imam Ahmad)

The next time we are angry, let our RAHMAH triumph over our anger!


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