“Don’t get angry”

In the name of Allah; I praise him, thank him, and turn to him for forgiveness. I bear witness that there is no deity [worthy of worship in truth] other than Allah, without any partners. And I bear witness that Muhammad is His slave and messenger that He (The High) sent with guidance and the true religion. He [The Prophet ﷺ] completed the message, upheld his trust, and advised the nation; leaving the nation upon a clear straight path that no one leaves from it except he is distorted. May blessings and peace of Allah be upon him, his family, companions, and whoever follows him upon goodness until The Day of Judgment. To proceed:

Oh Muslims! Verily it has been authentically reported on The Messenger of Allah ﷺ that a man said to him, “Give me advice oh Messenger of Allah!” So he replied, “Don’t get angry,” and then he repeated it, “Don’t get angry.” Anger is an ember that Shaytan lights in the heart of the son of Adam; for that reason his jugular veins expand, his face turns red, his eyes enlarge, and his hair stands up. All of these things are from the anger that Shaytan cast into the heart until his blood boils.

Oh Muslims! If a person becomes angry then it is necessary for him to take the means that prevent you from getting angry. So, you make Wudu (legislative ablution), if he is standing sit down, and if he is sitting down lay down. If he is somewhere, then he should go somewhere else so that his anger can subside; as what came in the Prophetic statement of The Messenger of Allah ﷺ and that which he allowed to take place.

Verily, it is saddening that some people, if they get slightly angered he gets angry at his family and divorces his wife. Maybe the divorce took place, then, he goes to and bothers the scholars, asking one after another; if he was given a Fatwa (legislative ruling) that doesn’t appease him he goes to another scholar. Like this, they follow the license of the scholars for what he did to himself. Therefore, it is necessary for the person of [sound] intellect to control himself when he is angry as The Prophet ﷺ guided to in his statement, “The strong man is not [measured] with fighting; rather, the strong man is the one who controls himself at the time of anger.” i.e., The strong man is not the one if he fights he beats his component, but, the one who fights himself and controls himself at the time of anger, doing nothing that could make him dislike happens. So, this issue is very dangerous for those people who get angry and divorce their women. Then, maybe her divorce becomes final and it is upon them to control themselves, be determined, and strong until they can bring tranquility to themselves. Therefore, the person if becomes easygoing, controls himself at the time of anger, and increases his strength in that, then this will become his nature; if gets angry, he doesn’t do the things that his anger calls to.

Therefore, fear Allah oh servants of Allah, attribute yourselves with noble character, and rebuke retched character.

Taken from: The second half of one of Shaykh Muhammad bin Salih Al-Uthaymeen‘s Khutbahs found at: http://www.ibnothaimeen.com/all/khotab/article_536.shtml


About Abdul-Malik Merchant
Muslim. Husband. Father. Associate Imam @ISBCC. UQU grad. Boston resident. DC native. Biker. Goofy. Straight up.

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