Restraining anger

By His Eminence, the late Religious Authority, Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah (ra)

The issue of suppressing anger was extensively discussed by the Quranic Ayahs and noble traditions, which regard it as a great trait that elevates man’s status and position before Allah and his fellow humans. Allah mentions in His Book the traits of the pious people whom Allah promised with Heaven, forgiveness and satisfaction: “And those who restrain (their) anger and pardon men; and Allah loves the doers of good (to others).” (03:134).

We derive from this Ayah that not only it calls on man to restrain his anger, but also to pardon and forgive people so that any suppressed anger within himself would not turn into a complex. It also called on him to do good to others so that any negative feelings that might have remained would actually go away.

It is narrated that the Prophet (p.) said: “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,” and: “From the most beloved ways to Allah the Almighty are two potions; a potion of anger that you repel with forbearance and a potion of calamity that you repel with patience.” It is also narrated that Imam As-Sadiq (a.s.) said: “Allah will certainly increase (His bestowals) in this world and the Hereafter to the servant who suppresses his anger, and will reward him.”

The mentioned traditions aim at educating man on the behavior of restraining his anger by clarifying the big rewards he would receive for such an act. In this way, man would start practicing it on the bases of receiving the said rewards until he eventually gets used to it. It would also turn into a new nature he acquires and practices spontaneously without expecting anything in return, just as the natural innate characteristics he is born with.

Source: General Islamic concepts

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