Anger is one of Shaytan’s poisonous tricks, which leads to so many ills and catastrophes, the degree of which only Allah knows. Because of this, Islam has much to say about this negative trait, and the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) gave remedies for this “sickness” and measures to mitigate its consequences. In this article, we will explain how to control anger in Islam according to the teachings of Allah Almighty and the Last Messenger (peace be upon him).
Seeking protection from Satan with Allah
If a man becomes enraged and then he should say, “I seek refuge with Allah,” this will dissipitate his anger. (Sahih al-Jami’ al-Saghir)
If anybody grows angry, he must remain silent. (Reported by Imam Ahmad, al-Musnad, Sahih al-Jami)
If one of you grows furious while standing, he should sit down so that his wrath may dissipate; if it does not dissipate, he should lie down.
Abu Dharr was reportedly watering his horses at the trough when he was angered by another man, upon this he sat down. (Fayd al-Qadir, al-Manawi)
Among the merits of this advise offered by the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) is that it stops the furious person from losing control, as he could strike out and injure or even kill – as we will see in a moment – or destroy property, etc. Seated individuals are less likely to become overly aroused. Lying down decreases the likelihood that he may do something reckless or hazardous.
Avoid anger, and Paradise will be yours.
On the Day of Resurrection, Allah will fill the heart of whoever restrains his wrath when he has the power to act upon it with contentment. (According to al-Tabarani)
When Allah’s rights are violated, we can also emulate the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) by channelling our indignation for the purpose of Allah. This is an example of honourable fury.
Knowing that anger control is one of the indicators of holiness
Listening to reminders
Anger is an element of the human condition, and people’s levels of anger vary. Men may find it difficult not to become furious, but sincere individuals will remember Allah when reminded, and they will not cross the line.
Knowing the negative outcomes of rage
There are numerous negative outcomes of rage, which bring harm to oneself and others. The angry individual may use slanderous and obscene language, and he may assault others in an uncontrolled manner, even to the point of murder.
Du`a (Supplication) (Supplication)
Du’a is always the believer’s weapon, by which he asks Allah to shield him from evil, trouble, and ill behaviour, and seeks shelter with Him from slipping into the pit of kufr (disbelief) or committing wrongdoing out of rage. One of the three things that can save him is being fair in both happy and angry moments (Sahih al-Jami).