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What to do when getting angry


When anger overcomes a person he is advised to take the following actions:

- The person should say 'I seek refuge with Allah from Satan, the outcast.'
- The person should perform wudhu (ablution)
- If the person is standing, he or she should sit down. If this doesn't calm the person down, he or she should lie down.


  • Abu Huraira [] narrated Allah's Messenger [] said "The strong is not the one who overcomes the people by his strength, but the strong is the one who controls himself while in anger."
    [Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim]
  • Abu Huraira [] narrated a man said to the Prophet [] "Advise me!" The Prophet said, "Do not become angry and furious." The man asked (the same) again and again, and the Prophet said in each case, "Do not become angry and furious."
    [Sahih Bukhari]
  • Two men abused each other in front of the Prophet while we were sitting with him. One of the two abused his companion furiously and his face became red. The Prophet said, "I know a word (sentence) the saying of which will cause him to relax if this man says it. Only if he said, 'I seek refuge with Allah from Satan, the outcast.'" So they said to that (furious) man, "Don't you hear what the Prophet is saying?" He said, "I am not mad."
    [Sahih Bukhari 8.136, Narrated Sulaiman bin Sarad]
  • AbuWa'il al-Qass said: We entered upon Urwah ibn Muhammad ibn as-Sa'di. A man spoke to him and made him angry. So he stood and performed ablution; he then returned and performed ablution, and said: My father told me on the authority of my grandfather Atiyyah who reported the Messenger of Allah [] as saying: Anger comes from the devil, the devil was created of fire, and fire is extinguished only with water; so when one of you becomes angry, he should perform ablution.
    [Sunan of Abu Dawood, Narrated Atiyyah as-Sa'di]
  • The Messenger of Allah [] said to us "When one of you becomes angry while standing, he should sit down. If the anger leaves him, well and good; otherwise he should lie down."
    [Sunan of Abu Dawood, Narrated Abu Dharr]

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