Benefits of the Hadeeth
ü The full text of the hadeeth is: ‘A man went to the prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) and said, “Advise Me.” The Prophet (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said “Do not become angry.” The man asked (the same question ) again and again, and the Prophet said in each case “Do not become angry.”
ü The fact that the Prophet repeated the same advice to the person asking to be advised highlights the seriousness of this act and the consequences of anger.
ü Islaam encourages us to control our tempers, develop patience and find better ways to express our anger – using our anger to help change those things that have made us angry! In channelling our anger to benefit situations, we become wiser and more content individuals.
Pause for thought
ü The Prophet advised to seek refuge in Allaah from the Shaytaan; to remain silent and walk away; to sit if you are standing and to lie down if you are sitting.
ü A change of environment may also help… talking to a friend or even baking a cake!
ü *Circle time* … Sit in a circle and going round the circle, share ‘things that make you angry.’ This could be racism and prejudice in society, the empowering of countries upon other countries or even as small as someone scraping their nail on a blackboard! Allow the speaker to explain their angers and frustrations. This can be followed by an ‘Anger Management session’ where the rest of the class gives the speaker ‘Anger management tips.’
ü *Anger box* … For this week keep in your class a box with a slit. Every time a member of your class feels angry at something or someone she puts into the box a paper with a small written explanation of what or who it was that made her angry. At the end of the week, empty the box and share a few with each other. It’s interesting to see how we as humans feel towards certain things, in certain situations and towards certain people! (Teacher’s note: Encourage students to refrain from mentioning specific names so as not to stir ill feelings amongst each other).