Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful, tells us: “You should eagerly race towards forgiveness from you Lord and a Paradise who width encompasses the heavens and the earth; it awaits the righteous, who gives in charity during the good times, as well as the bad times. They are suppressors of anger and pardoners of the people. Allah loves the charitable”.
SO…..WHY DO WE GET ANGRY!!! Anger is a natural feeling that snatches away our judgment. We will experience anger; however, it is the expression of our anger that leads to depression, rage, wrong actions and problems. Anger causes great difficulty. Anger is a powerful instinctive impulse. Therefore, we must not consent to authorizing anger to guide us; or to have a guiding influence over us. When we become angry we have a judgment call to make; to prevail over our anger, by responding as taught to us in the Holy Qur’an; or, forget all that and seek opportunities to retaliate.
Why do we get angry! Perhaps we get angry as a result of an unexpected situation, disappointment or provocation, all of which is the will of Allah, the Most Gracious Most Merciful. (Think we will enter paradise and not be tested?). The expression of anger costs our health, it rises like a flash storm bringing with it increased heart rate, increased blood pressure levels, verbal abuse to the people we love, hurt to ourselves, even to the point of committing gross sins, all of which influences our life in the hereafter. The expression of anger is like being drunk. We do not know what we are doing and after the anger intoxication has subsided we are remorseful. The expression of anger is one of the weapons of the Shaitan, who lies in wait on Allah’s, the Most Gracious, Most Merciful straight path for us with language that manifests itself sometimes as simply innocent language and sometimes as extremely hostile language. One of the most distinctively innocent claim of the Shaitan is being treated unjustly or being led astray. We must avoid falling prey to our expression of anger. Allah, the Most Gracious, Most Merciful, tells us 41:36 that when the Shaitan whispers an idea to us or tries to incite us, we shall seek
refuge in Allah, the Most Gracious, Most Merciful, He is the Hearer, the Omniscient.
Allah, the Most Gracious Most Merciful, tests us through our successes and our adversities. Allah, the Most Gracious Most Merciful tells us 31:17, to establish the salaat, to command right, to forbid evil and to remain steadfast in the face of adversity, in the face of what happens to us. That is certainly a
focused and purposeful course to adhere. Allah, the Most Gracious, Most Merciful cautions us to be patience, nineteen times in the Qur’an. Clearly, patience is something we will neglect, and forget and so we are often reminded to observe this characteristic. We can not encompass, embrace or comprehend all of our blessings from Allah, the Most Gracious Most Merciful. We can not be grateful enough, yet we must try. Allah, the Most Gracious Most Merciful tells us 14:7 the more we thank Him, the more He gives us. He tells us 3:145 that He rewards those who are grateful and appreciative. May Allah, the Most Gracious Most Merciful continue to guide us on the upright path.