14 February 2014 CE | 12 Rabbi al-Thanni 1435 AH

Hadith Explanation

Extinguish Anger With Water

The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Anger comes from the devil and the devil was created from fire. Fire is but extinguished with water; so if one of you gets angry, he should perform ablution.” [Abu Dawood]

When a fire breaks out, water is used to extinguish it. Since anger is like fire, using water will cool your temper. Do Wudhu.

To summarize the instructions of the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam), when assaulted with anger:

1. Say "Audhu billahi minash-shaytan nir-rajeem."
2. If you are standing, sit. If the anger fails to subside, lie down.
3. Remain silent.
4. Make Wudhu.
5. Pray two Rakaat Nafl.
6. Remember to be merciful to Allah’s creation if you desire Him to be merciful towards you and continue to have Him overlook and forgive your faults.

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