People often mistake me for being arrogant or stuck up
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As Salaam Aleikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh. (May Allah's Peace, Mercy and Blessings be upon all of you)
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Asalaam ualaikum brother
This e-mail I am writing is to ask for your help in resolving an issue which has been bothering me over the last couple of years. My problem is that I find myself getting irritated, angry, very annoyed and shouting at others over the smallest of things.
As a result of which my friends have distanced themselves from me and my family members avoid contact with me as much as possible. Even as I write this e-mail I am very angry and I justwant to sit in a very dark corner all on my own without any human contact.
People often mistake me for being arrogant or stuck up, but the fact is I feel so alone and despressed at times, I know no other way to behave except in the way I have said above. Also I talk very little with my family and I am constantly shouting at my mother for no reason at all and I become very short tempered and impatient. I have had no bad experiences as a child and my adult life has been good..alhamdolillah...so why??
I am writing to you to ask if there are any surah's or duah's that I could read that will help me overcome my problem.
It really terrifies to think one day I may wake up and find everyone has gone because they cant tolerate me no more.
Sister in Islam
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Control anger and tongue
In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.
Dear and Beloved Sister, anger like love, sadness, happiness, weeping, etc. is a natural emotion of a human being, and it is possible that at an occurrence or incident one may experience the emotion of anger. Thus when one experiences the natural emotion of anger, there is no sin and one will not be accountable for ones anger, but what one does or says when one is angry will definitely be taken to account by their Lord All-Mighty. It is the deeds a person does when he is angry that will determine his reward or his punishment in the Sight of Allah Subhanah!
Al-Muwatta Hadith 47.11
Malik related from Ibn Shihab from Humayd ibn Abd ar-Rahman ibn Awf that a man came to the Messenger of Allah (saws) and said, "O Messenger of Allah (saws), teach me some words which I can live by. Do not make them too much for me, lest I forget." The Messenger of Allah (saws) said, "Do not be angry."
Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 5145 Narrated by Abu Sa'id al-Khudri
Allah's Messenger (saws) mentioned anger, saying, "Some are swift to anger and swift to cool down, the one characteristic making up for the other; some are slow to anger and slow to cool down, the one characteristic making up for the other; but the best of you are those who are slow to anger and swift to cool down, and the worst of you are those who are swift to anger and slow to cool down." He continued, "Beware of anger, for it is a live coal on the heart of the descendant of Adam. Do you not notice the swelling of the veins of his neck and the redness of his eyes? So when anyone experiences anything of that nature he should lie down and cleave to the earth."
Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 1740 Narrated by Abdullah ibn Mas'ud
The Prophet (saws) said: A believer does not taunt, curse, abuse or talk indecently.
Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 29 Narrated by Mu'adh ibn Jabal
I said to Allah's Messenger (saws): Inform me about an act which would entitle me to get into Paradise, and remove me away from Hell-Fire. He (the Prophet (saws)) said: You have asked me about a matter (which ostensibly appears to be) difficult but it is easy to those for whom Allah, the Exalted, has made it easy. Worship Allah and do not associate anything with him, establish prayer, pay the Zakat, observe the fast of Ramadan and perform Hajj to the (Sacred) House (Ka'bah). He (saws) further said: Should I not direct you to the gateways of good? Listen to me: The fasting is a shield against evil, the charity extinguishes (the fire of sin) just as water extinguishes fire. Then he (saws) said: Should I not direct you to the highest level of this matter, to the pillar on which (it all rests) and its top? I said: O Allah's Messenger (saws) yes, (do tell me). He (saws) said: The uppermost level of the matter is al-Islam. Its pillar is the prayer and its top is Jihad. He (saws) then said: Should I not inform you of the sheet anchor of all this? I said: O Messenger of Allah (saws) (of course do it). He (saws) took hold of his tongue and said: Exercise restraint on it. I said: O Messenger of Allah (saws), would we be held responsible for what we say with it? Thereupon he (saws) said: O Mu'adh, may your mother be bereaved! Will anything else besides (irresponsible, evil, abusive, vain) talk cause the people to be thrown into the Hell-Fire upon their faces or on their nostrils?
Your Question: I am writing to you to ask if there are any surah's or duah's that I could read that will help me overcome my problem.
Sunan of Abu-Dawood Hadith 4762 Narrated by Mu'adh ibn Jabal
Two men reviled each other in the presence of the Prophet (saws) and one of them became excessively angry so much so that I thought that his nose will break up on account of excess of anger. The Prophet (saws) said: I know a phrase which, if he repeated, he could get rid of this angry feeling. They asked: What is it, O Messenger of Allah (saws)? He (saws) replied: He should say: I seek refuge in Allah from the accursed Shaytaan. Mu'adh then began to ask the man who was angry to do so, but he refused and persisted in quarrelling, and began to enhance his anger.
Dear and Beloved Sister, the emotion of anger is instigated by the accursed enemy of man, the Shaytaan; and as soon as one experiences anger and before he does anything which he regrets, he should first and foremost and immediately seek refuge in Allah The Most High from the accursed Shaytaan by declaring Aoodobillahe minas Shaytaan-ar-rajeem (I seek refuge in Allah from the accursed Shaytaan); it is expected that Allah Subhanah will protect the person who sincerely declares this statement from the instigations of the Shaytaan.
If the anger still persists, the Messenger of Allah (saws) guided that the person must immediately sit down if he is standing, and if he is sitting, he should cleave the earth and lie down. (Have you ever seen a person lying down being angry??)
Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 5114 Narrated by Abu Dharr
Allah's Messenger (saws) said, "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."
If that does not work to appease ones anger, one must perform the wudu (ablution); and if the anger still persists after ablution, one should offer a couple of rakah of nafl prayers; and if the anger still persists, one should leave the place and go for a walk or a drive.
Sunan of Abu-Dawood Hadith 4766 Narrated by Atiyyah as-Sa'di
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 said: My father told me on the authority of my grandfather Atiyyah who reported the Messenger of Allah (saws) as saying: Anger comes from the Shaytaan, the Shaytaan was created of fire, and fire is extinguished only with water; so when one of you becomes angry, he should perform ablution.
Beloved Sister, anger is a natural emotion, but what one does or says when one is angry will determine his status and rank in the Sight of Allah Subhanah.
Al-Muwatta Hadith 47.12
Yahya related from Malik from Ibn Shihab from Said ibn al-Musayyab from Abu Hurayra that the Messenger of Allah (saws) said, "A strong person is not the person who throws his adversaries to the ground. A strong person is he who contains himself when he is angry."
Sunan of Abu-Dawood Hadith 4759 Narrated by Mu'adh ibn Jabal
The Messenger of Allah (saws) said: if anyone suppresses anger when he is in a position to give vent to it, Allah, the Exalted, will call him on the Day of Resurrection over the heads of all creatures, and ask him to choose any of the bright and large eyed maidens he wishes.
Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 5116 Narrated by Abdullah ibn Umar
Allah's Messenger (saws) said, "No one has swallowed back anything more excellent in the sight of Allah, Who is Great and Glorious, than anger he restrains, seeking to please Allah, The Most High."
Your Statement: Also I talk very little with my family and I am constantly shouting at my mother for no reason at all and I become very short tempered and impatient.
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 17 Surah Bani Israel verses 23-24:
Your Lord has enjoined the following: You should not worship anyone but Him Alone! Treat your parents with great kindness; if either or both of them attain old age, do not even say uff to them; nor rebuke them; but speak to them kind words. Treat them with humility and tenderness and pray, O our Lord, be merciful to them, just as they brought me up with kindness and affection in my childhood.
Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 3.821 Narrated by Anas
The Prophet (saws) was asked about the Al-Kabair (The Gravest of the Grave Sins) and he (saws) said, "They are:--
(1 ) To join others in worship with Allah,
(2) To be undutiful or disrespectful to one's parents,
(3) To kill a person (which Allah has forbidden to kill) (i.e. to commit the crime of murdering),
(4) And to give a false witness."
Dear and Beloved Sister, regardless of whatever happens, a believer who sincerely fears Allah and the Last Day is duty bound to remain absolutely and extremely kind, tender, polite, courteous, respectful, gentle, compassionate and benevolent to their parents in the absolute extreme! To be disrespectful to ones parents is counted and listed amongst the gravest of the grave sins in Islam!
Sunan of Abu-Dawood Hadith 5120 Narrated by Mu'awiyah ibn Hayadah
I said: O Messenger of Allah (saws)! To whom should I show kindness? He (saws) replied: Your mother. I asked Who next? He (saws) replied: Your mother. I asked: Who next? He (saws) replied Your mother! I asked Who next? He (saws) replied: Your father!
As your brothers in faith and sincere well-wishers in Islam, beloved sister, we implore you to immediately turn to your Lord and seek His forgiveness for your transgression, and also seek forgiveness from your mother for what you might have done and said to her in your past; it is expected that you will find your Lord Forgiving and Merciful.
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 39 Surah Zumur verses 53-54:
(O Prophet) say: O My servants who have wronged their own souls.Do not despair of Allahs Mercy! Surely, Allah forgives all sins. He indeed is the All Forgiving, All Merciful. Return to your Lord and submit to Him before the scourge overtakes you; for then you may get no help from anywhere.
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 3 Surah Ale Imraan verse 135-136:
Allah likes such good people very much, who, if ever they commit a base deed or wrong their own soul by the commission of a sin, remember Allah instantly, and ask for forgiveness from Him for their shortcomings. For who, but Allah, can forgive sins? (And Allah loves those) who do not knowingly persist in the wrongs they did. These will be rewarded with forgiveness from Allah, and with Gardens beneath which canals flow, and they will reside therein forever! How excellent is the reward of those who do good deeds!
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 6 Surah Anaam verse 54:
When those come to you who believe in Our Signs, say: "Peace be on you! Your Lord had inscribed for Himself (the rule of) Mercy. Verily if any of you did evil in ignorance, and thereafter repented and amended (his conduct), Lo! He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful."
Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.
Your brother and well wisher in Islam,