Anger is a powerful emotion that can be difficult to control. It can lead to negative consequences in our personal and professional lives, affecting our relationships, health, and overall well-being.
However, Islam provides us with many tools and teachings to help manage our anger and maintain inner peace. One such tool is dua, a form of prayer and supplication to Allah.
Dua for anger is a way to seek Allah’s guidance and assistance in controlling our emotions and responding to difficult situations with patience and wisdom.
Dua for Anger in Arabic
Seeking refuge with Allah from the Shaytan is the best Dua to control anger. It is written in Arabic as:
أعوذُ بِٱللَّهِ مِنَ ٱلشَّيۡطَٰنِ ٱلرَّجِيمِ
Transliteration: A’udhu billah minash shaytaanir rajeem
Meaning: I seek refuge with Allah from Shaytan, the accursed.
Sulayman ibn Sard said: “I was sitting with the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), and two men were slandering one another.
One of them was red in the face, and the veins on his neck were standing out. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said,
‘I know a word which, if he were to say it, what he feels would go away. If he said “I seek refuge with Allah from the Shaytan,” what he feels (i.e., his anger) would go away.’”Reported by al-Bukhari, al-Fath, 6/337
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “If a man gets angry and says, ‘I seek refuge with Allah ,’ his anger will go away.” (Sahih al-Jami’ al-Saghir, no. 695)
I seek refuge with Allah”, i.e., I seek protection in Him.“…against Shaytaan, the accursed”: because what afflicted him is from the Shaytan.
How To Control Anger In Islam
Islam has a great deal to say about anger, and the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) described cures for this “disease” and ways to limit its effects.
If something happens to you that makes you angry, you should remember the advice of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him): “Do not get angry,” as if the hadeeth applies directly to you.
There are means of soothing anger if it arises, which will enable the one who does them to cure himself of anger and its effects. Al-Maawirdi mentioned a good number of them when he said:
“Remember that there are means of soothing anger if it arises, which a person may use to help himself become patient. These include:
1 – Remembering Allaah, which should make him fear Him; this fear will motivate him to obey Him, so he will resume his good manners, at which point his anger will fade.
‘Ikrimah said: i.e., when you get angry. And Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“And if an evil whisper comes to you from Shaytaan (Satan), then seek refuge with Allaah” [Surah al-A’raaf 7:200]
i.e., if the Shaytaan makes you angry – then seek refuge with Allaah, for He is the All-Hearer, All-Knower – i.e., He hears the ignorance of the ignorant and He knows the things that take anger away from you.
2 – He should get out of the situation he is in, so that his anger will dissipate because of his moving away from that situation.
It was narrated that Abu Dharr said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said to us:
“If one of you gets angry when he is standing, let him sit down, and if that does not take away his anger, then let him lie down.”Narrated by Abu Dawood, 4782; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh Abi Dawood.
3 – He should remember what anger leads to of regret and the need to apologize.
One of the literary figures said: Beware of the pride of anger, for it leads to the humiliation of apology.
4 – He should remember the reward for forgiving others and of being tolerant, so he should force himself to overcome his anger, seeking that reward and so as to avoid deserving blame and punishment.
A man said something that ‘Umar ibn ‘Abd al-‘Azeez disliked to hear, so ‘Umar said:
“You wanted the Shaytaan to provoke me because of my position so that I would be harsh with you and in return you would harm me tomorrow (i.e., on the Day of Resurrection). Go away, may Allaah have mercy on you.”
5 – He should remind himself of the way that people like and respect him, and he should not risk losing that because of his anger, so that people change their minds about him.
He should know that by forgiving people he will only increase the respect with which they view him.
As the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Allaah will not increase a person who forgives others except in honour.” Narrated by Muslim, 2588.
And one of the poets said:
“It is not a trait of nobility to be swift in seeking revenge. #And generosity does not lead to a loss of blessings.”
Source: Adab al-Dunya wa’l-Deen, p. 258-260.
The approved thing for the individual to do when he gets angry is to hold back himself and be patient.
He should seek protection with Allah against the Shaytan, the accursed, saying: A’udhu billah minash shaytaanir rajeem (I seek refuge with Allah from Shaytan, the accursed).
If he performs the ablution; that puts out the fire of rage, and if he was standing, he should sit down and if he was sitting down, he should stand up. If he fears, he could leave the place so that he does not act in rage and regret afterwards.
Allah alone grants success.