Anger could be a blessing
February 19, 2018, 10:39 PM IST Economic Times in The Speaking Tree | India, Lifestyle | ET
By Maulana Wahiduddin Khan
Once a man asked the Prophet, “O Prophet, give me a master advice by which I may be able to manage all the affairs of my life.” The Prophet simply replied, “Don’t be angry” (Sahih al-Bukhari). It means, ‘Don’t be angry even when provoked.’ If someone keeps himself from becoming a victim of anger, then how can this habit become a master principle for his life? The moment of anger is a high moment in the life of a person. Anger is not just anger, it also creates brainstorming.
Anger releases high energy in the angry person. It is a high moment for the individual concerned. If at this moment, he is able to divert this “anger energy” to the positive side, it will lead him towards healthy activities from negative activities. Silence is a positive response when dealing with anger.
The Prophet’s teachings contain the importance of silence. Here are the exact words of a Hadith, ‘When you are angry, keep silence’ (Musnad Ahmad).
How does silence help? When you become angry due to some provocation, you should remain silent. Maintaining this silence will help in bringing about a change in the thinking process of the mind. At the time of anger, keeping silence is like changing gears of the mind. When a person is angry and he instantly becomes silent, the mind then takes a new pace. Instead of running to the negative side, it starts running in the positive direction and the result will be a well-thought-out action instead of a rash harmful reaction.