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Anger, while a natural human quality and attribute, is one that should be curbed.  Anger starts from within and is fueled by whispers from Syaithan.  It is an undesirable trait and reflects succumbing to immediate temptations and gratifications without much sabr (صْبِرْ) or patience.  Allah loves Muslims who practices patience. 

I found an article which I found useful to help us in managin our anger the Islamic way.  Click here to go to the article.

In summary, the things you can do to defuse anger include:
  1. Reciting the ta'awudz ie أعوذ بالله من الشيطان الرجيم which means I seek refuge from Syaithan who is condemned.  This is useful because remember that anger is fueled by Syaithan theat erases all rationale from us.  If we remove the Cursed One from the equation, we will be better able to control our anger. 
  2. Reciting du'a.  In fact, any recitation.  Recitations or remembrance of Allah quickly shifts the focus away from the cause of anger, makes us think about Allah and his dislike for the angry people and thus helps defuse whatever the situation is.  Many would say the Istighfar (إستغفار‎) to seek for forgiveness.  It is recited as اَسْتَغْفِرُ اللّهَ رَبِّي وَ اَتُوْبُ اِلَيْهِ  which means I seek forgiveness from Allah, my Lord, and I turn to Him.
  3. Keeping silent and not moving.  Such limitation of activity is akin to taking deep breaths, also another technique.  By focusing yourself to keeping quite and still, you shift the focus away from the cause of your anger.
  4. Remember Allah.  When one knows that Allah dislikes an angry person, he will change his mood.  Know that resisting anger is a sign of righteousness and taqwa, and that Allah places patient Muslims above those who are angry.  "The strongest man is the one who, when he gets angry and his face reddens and his hackles rise, is able to defeat his anger." (Reported by Imaam Ahmad, 5/367, and classified as hasan in Saheeh al- Jaami', 3859)
  5. Follow the examples of the Prophet.  The Prophet shows many examples of how he reacted to people when he was abused and harangued.   The article above shed some light in this.
  6. Know the negative and adverse effects of getting angry frequently.  High blood pressure, being shunned by people, being seen as incapable of taking leadership, etc
 
 
Personal:
  1. Recite بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم when before starting any good deed.  This will help me remember that God is ever present and that I am seeking His blessings for my deeds, and that I am ever-reliant on Him to fulfill the deed.

Work:
  1. Recite Tasbih e-Zahra before I start work.  Tasbih e-Zahra is essentially Dzikr - remembrance of Allah
  • Subhanallah, سبحان الله , meaning Glorious is Allah: 33 times
  • Alhamdulillah, الحمد ل, meaning All Praises to Allah: 33 times
  • Allahu Akbar, الله أكبر, meaning Allah is Great: 34 times

Do the above for the next 1 week and reflect on how it makes you feel and run your daily life.
 

    Zulkarnain

    A born Muslim who would like to be a Muslim Rabbani, and share this joy of being and practicsing Islam Hadhari with the rest of the Muslims out there.

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