• Anger-A Spiritual Perspective

    ProfAnger is an inborn quality that is easily expressed through reflections over matters when alone or as an outburst of reactions to people's actions considered not acceptable to one's system of perspective.

    However, one is expected to overgrow it as one transit from Id and Ego to superego state of living, when and where one is expected to, through a sense of maturity, overgrow unnecessary passions and emotions with a powerful mechanism of sense of control.

    This is why in Proverbs 25: 28, every human is admonished against loss of bearings of sense of discipline.

    ''“He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.”

    Also Matthew 5: 21-26 ''Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:

    22But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.

    23Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee;

    24Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.

    25Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison.

    26Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.''

    It is, therefore imperative that we live in peace with our neighbors by guarding our utterances to prevent hate speech that may hurt others into uncontrollable anger.

    However, the Holy Quran wants us to live above hate with full resistances of perseverance and tolerance even in the height of provocation just to be at peace with ourselves and our neighbors for the society to remain orderly with a peaceful environment as an enabler to peace and development.

    The Holy Quran 25: 26 refers, And the servants of Allah Most Gracious are those who walk on the earth in humility, and when the ignorant address them, they say Peace !''

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    For our general lifestyles to be exemplary, we must avoid a state of fire for fire, but rather imbibe that of harmony for acrimony, this is expressed as a concept that should be cultural in the land, to be able to build a society that is more concerned about development, peace, and wellness of the people because of the existing love among the people and high sense of understanding the easily consider other people's weaknesses with a passion to forgive possible offensive actions towards them.

    The Holy Quran 41: 32-36 refers, to us to ponder and digest into good attitudinal values.

    To live above hate implies that we have overgrown been offended while our consciousness level must have been so sensitive to effectively control our tongues and body language towards others in such a way that they will never be thrown into any state of stress or frustration, making our neighbors happy always must be of major concern. This is the message of today's advice to enrich our knowledge and understanding to a state of wisdom.

    ''A hospitable gift from One, Oft-Forgiven, Most Merciful, who is better in speech than one who calls people to Allah, works righteousness and says I am of those who bow in Islam, that is, total submission to the will of God? Nor can goodness and evil be equal Repel Evil with what is better: Then will he between whom and thee was hatred become as it were thy friend and intimate! And no one would be granted such goodness except those who exercise patience and self-restraint-none but persons of greatest good fortune and if at any time an incitement to discord is made to thee by the Satan, seek refuge in Allah. He is the One who hears and knows all things''.

    Exemplary lifestyles that are above hate and anger, most especially by the elderly ones are sacrosanct for effective child-rearing, most especially in the region of the adolescent stage of our youth that demands the right attitudinal correction through an all-encompassing nature nurturing. In this wise, there is every need for me and you to control our anger and make it cultural for our children to be able to imbibe the spirit of tolerating one another.

    This is the best way to create a new world order, where everybody would be able to shun any or all acts that may lead to the disruption of law and order which, if not timely and effectively controlled may lead to a state of violence, anarchy, and war as the worst environment for every human's need for a safe and secured habitation that will be prosperous enough for peaceful co-existence and sustainable development.

    Learn how to control your anger today to have tranquility of the mind and to be at peace with others.

    Founder, Spiritual Head and Grand Imam Shafaudeen-in-Islam Worldwide,Wakajaiye, Ibadan, Nigeria