Anger

13 Jan 2022 Ref-No#: 4253

Assalamu Alaykum

Q1) How can a man control his anger or stop himself from getting angry in Islam?

Answer

Wa ʿAlaykumus Salām Wa Raḥmatullāhi Wa Barakātuh

The following guidance and methods to control one’s anger have been extracted from the Sunnah of the Prophet ﷺ:

  • To say the following:

أَعُوْذُ بِاللّهِ مِنَ الشَّيْطَانِ الرَّجِيْم

Translation: “I seek refuge in Allāh ﷻ from the accursed devil”

  • If one is standing then he should sit down. If thereafter the anger does not subside, then he should lay down
  • To perform Wuḍū (ablution)
  • To send salutations upon the Prophet ﷺ

Also, if one is angry with another person, then to leave his presence and distance himself from such a person until his anger has subsided.

It should be noted that anger is part and parcel of the nature of a human being and cannot be prevented in totality, however, one should channel such anger in avenues which pleases Allāh ﷻ such as becoming angry when the commands of Allāh ﷻ are being violated or to be angry at those who oppress the believers for example.