x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

'Keep your anger under control'

Friday sermon reminds Muslims of the Islamic concept of forbearance as a branch of faith.

ABU DHABI // If you avoid getting angry you will get into heaven, Muslims will be told tomorrow.

The Friday sermon will remind Muslims of the Islamic concept of forbearance as a branch of faith.

Forbearance was evident throughout the Prophet Mohammed's life. Zayd bin Saana, a Jewish man, once loaned the Prophet some money which the Prophet passed on to some poor Muslims. So Zayd came to claim the loan back a few days before the due date of payment. "He grabbed the Prophet by his mantle and robe, and said, 'Muhammad, are you not going to give me my due? You and your clan Banu Muttalib never pay debts on time'."

Umar, one of the Prophet's companions was about to hit the man after what he saw. But the Prophet calmly looked at him and said: "Umar, this is not what we needed to hear from you. You should have advised me to pay my debts in time and asked him to seek repayment in a respectful manner. Now take him, repay him his debt from my money and give him an extra 20 measures of date." Zayd was so pleased he immediately embraced Islam.

A hadith by the Prophet also says: "The strong man is not the one who can win a physical fight. The strong person is rather the one who controls himself when angered."

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