Have you been lied to when you was always being honest to them?
Have you ever felt an inner sadness or anger whereby you would go for a mile for someone but that person is not willing to do the same for you which disappoints you?
Have you ever felt that you feel that you try your best and people are not grateful or don’t appreciate what you do or they just ignore you whether that be your family? friends? spouse?
Your colleague betrayed you at work or your business is going down?
These are among many scenarios that one gets sad and/or angry. The reality is that you are hurt and the natural feeling can have negative effects if you allow it to control you and can also affect those around you.
The root cause of each scenario mentioned is expectations. You expect that your loved ones are willing to go a mile and help you just like you would do for them and when they don’t do it, you hold onto anger like hot coal but YOU are the one who is getting burned.
You need to ask these questions....
- Are you doing good deeds for their sake or for the sake of Allah?
- Does mankind have the key to Jannah or does Allah have?
If you doing it for the sake of Allah, you will find peace because your intention is for Allah, your good actions is for Allah and what you care about is the outcome from Allah.
If you are doing it for the sake of mankind, you are setting yourself upon a painful journey!
Life is temporary...why waste it?
Anger is linked with ‘fight or flight responses’ and is difficult to distinguish the actions that is done in self-defence and one that is done out of uncontrollable anger. The fault is not to feel angry but to allow it to control you and act in an unacceptable manner that can lead to acts of murder, fights and so forth. To distinguish these actions, this can be done by narrating an event that took place in Ali ibn Abu Talib may Allah be pleased with him’s life:
He was fighting bravely in a war, when a non-muslim soldier attacked him. Ali was about to kill him, but the soldier retaliated and spat on him. Ali stepped back and let go of the soldier. The soldier asked: ‘You could have killed me, why did you stop?’ Ali replied ‘I have no personal animosity toward you. I was fighting you because of your disbelief in and rebellion against God. If I had killed you after you spat in my face, it would have been because of my personal anger and desire for revenge, which I do not wish to take.’
'I didn't get the job I wanted'...'I didn't get good grades'....
So you didn't get the job you hoped for?
you didn't do well in an exam?
you didn't successfully enroll to the course/university you hoped for?
I will initiate with a verse from the Holy Quran that you may reflect on in sha Allah.:
“….and it may be that you dislike a thing which is good for you and that you like a thing which is bad for you. Allah knows but you do not know.” (Surah Al-Baqarah 216)
My brothers and sisters, we need to be patience and be closer to Allah subhanahu wa taala to increase our imaan (faith) that allow us to control ourselves whilst struck by an affliction and to understand the dynamics that reasoning plays in staying patient. Ibn Qayyim may Allah be pleased with him said:
“Patience can be defined as a manner of spiritual superiority by virtue of which we refrain ourselves from doing evil. it is also a faculty of the intellect that enables us to live properly in this world.”
In addition Dr Bilal Phillips narrated a story which I would like to share with you.
An Egyptian teacher who was photographed in a local newspaper with a smiling face supported with his family either side. It narrating his story where he was working in Bahrain and after a brief visit to Egypt, he was returning back to Bahrain. However, he was unable to get on the flight due to a missing stamp on his passport. The teacher was distraught and worried about losing his job as this one was the last flight back to Bahrain. His family comforted him to accept the Qadr of Allah (Allah’s decree). A few hours later, he found that the flight he was meant to be on crashed killing all on board. His emotions was a mixture of sadness for the passengers that passed away but also thanking Allah for saving him from the accident.
The moral behind this story interlinks with Surah al-Kahf where Khidr made a hole in a boat that was owned by poor people and Musa alayhi salam question his action. However, later on, Musa alayhi salam understood that there was a King that forcefully took away all the boats from everyone except damaged ones. The owners of the boat thanked Allah subhanahu wa taala for the hole as they were able to keep their boat.
'They said stuff about Islam'...
I had an argument with my spouse....
‘So how can I control my anger’ or ‘i don’t know how to act in this situation’....
“And march forth in the way (which leads to) forgiveness from your Lord, and for Paradise as wide as the heavens and the earth, prepared for the pious. Those who spend (in God’s Cause) in prosperity and in adversity, who repress anger, and who pardon the people; verily, God loves the good-doers.” (3:133-134)
1) Our best role model is Prophet peace be upon him who was able to control his anger in different situations.
Anas may Allah have mercy upon him reported “I was walking with the Messenger of Allah salla allahu alayhi wa salam, and he was wearing a Najrani cloak with a rough collar. A Bedouin came and seized him roughly by the edge of his cloak, and I saw the marks left on his neck by the collar. Then the Bedouin ordered him to give him some of the wealth of Allah that he had. The Prophet salla allahu alayhi wa salam turned to him and smiled, then ordered that he should be given something.”(Fath al-Bari, 10/375)
2) When you are feeling angry or sad, make wudhu (ablution) and pray. Never underestimate the power of prayer. It transforms lives.
3) No matter how hard the situation is, forgive. Allah is the Most-Forgiving who put an emphasis to forgive each other as we are prone to mistakes. Do it for the sake of Allah. For the sake of your heart. For the sake of freeing yourself from worry. Freeing yourself from the jail of over-thinking the situation. To save yourself from destructing your own heart.
Ibn ‘Abbas may Allah be pleased with him reported that a man sought permission to speak to 'Umar ibn al-Khattab may Allah be pleased with him, then he said: “O son of al-Khattab, you are not giving us much and you are not judging fairly between us.” ‘Umar may Allah be pleased with him was so angry that he was about to attack the man, but al-Hurr ibn Qays, who was one of those present, said: “O Amir al-Mu’mineen, Allah said to His Prophet salla allahu alayhi wa salam ‘Show forgiveness, enjoin what is good, and turn away from the foolish’ [al-A‘raaf 7:199]. This man is one of the foolish.” By Allah, ‘Umar could go no further after al-Hurr had recited this ayah to him, and he was a man who was careful to adhere to the Book of Allah.(Reported by al-Bukhari, al-Fath, 4/304).
4) Making dua
Mu’adh bin Jabal narrated that one of two men cursed the other next to the Prophet salla allahu alayhi wa salam, until anger could be recognized in the face of one of them. So, the Prophet salla allahu alayhi wa salam said, “Verily, I know a statement, that if he were to say it, his anger would leave:
‘A’udhu billahi minash-shaitan ar-rajim’ (I seek refuge in Allah from Shaitan).”
(Hadith No. 3452, Book of Supplication, Jami’ At-Tirmidhi, Vol. 6).
5) Keeping silent to prevent words said in anger
The Messenger of Allah peace be upon him said: “If any of you becomes angry, let him keep silent.” (Reported by Imam Ahmad, al-Musnad, 1/329; see also Sahih al-Jaami‘, 693, 4027)
6) Change positions
Abu Dharr may Allah be pleased with him narrated that the Messenger of Allah peace be upon him said: “If any of you becomes angry and he is standing, let him sit down, so his anger will go away; if it does not go away, let him lie down.” [Musnad Ahmad 5/152, Sahih al-Jaami no. 694]
There is a story connected to this hadith: he was taking his camels to drink at a trough that he owned, when some other people came along and said (to one another), “Who can compete with Abu Dharr (in bringing animals to drink) and make his hair stand on end?” A man said, “I can,” so he brought his animals and competed with Abu Dharr, with the result that the trough was broken. (i.e., Abu Dharr was expecting help in watering his camels, but instead the man misbehaved and caused the trough to be broken). Abu Dharr was standing, so he sat down, then he laid down. Someone asked him, “O Abu Dharr, why did you sit down then lie down?” He said: “The Messenger of Allah salla allahu alayhi wa salam said: . . .” and quoted the hadeeth.
7) Remembering the reward for preventing anger and/or controlling anger.
The Prophet salla allahu alayhi wa salam said the following:
‘Do not become angry and Paradise will be yours’ (Hadith Sahih [Sahih al-Jaam‘, 7374], [al-Fath 4/465])
“Whoever controls his anger at the time when he has the means to act upon it, Allah will fill his heart with contentment on the Day of Resurrection.”(Reported by al-Tabarani, 12/453, Sahih al-Jaami‘ 6518)
“Whoever controls his anger at the time when he has the means to act upon it, Allah will call him before all of mankind on the Day of Resurrection, and will let him choose of the Hoor al-‘Ayn whoever he wants.”(Reported by Abu Dawud, 4777, and others. It is classified as hasan in Sahih al-Jaami‘, 6518).
Hope you benefit from the points made from this month’s article.
May Allah accept.