Thursday, November 09, 2006

Message for Friday - Satan desires us to act from anger


الَّذِينَ يُنْفِقُونَ فِي السَّرَّاءِ وَالضَّرَّاءِ وَالْكَاظِمِينَ الْغَيْظَ وَالْعَافِينَ عَنِ النَّاسِ وَاللَّهُ يُحِبُّ الْمُحْسِنِينَ

Those who spend [for the pleasure of G'd] in prosperity and in adversity,who repress anger, and who pardon men; and G'd loves the doers of good. [3:134]

Part of being a doer of good, according to Islam, is to repress one's anger. Anger clouds rational thinking and lends itself towards excesses in behaviors and reactions.

عن عطية السعدي -رضي الله عنه - قال : قال رسول الله -صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم- ( إن الغضب من الشيطان ؛ وإن الشيطان خلق من النار ، وإنما تطفأ النار بالماء فإذا غضب أحدكم فليتوضأ )
Prophet Muhammad (SAAS) said, "Surely anger comes from the Satan, and surely the Satan is made from fire. Fire is extinguished with water. So when any of you become angry, make ritual ablution (wudu')."

The fires of anger and aggression are put out by taking the time to rethink one's position and to remember how G'd would want us to accordingly.

Washing one's self with water, then praying to G'd for tranquility and clarity of thought is a prescription.

Being driven by on-going hatred and emnity not only provokes unjust responses but also consumes the hater with a sense of hell in this life, driving them further and further down into the depths.

And surely G'd knows best.

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