[Sharh Muwatta Imam Malik – Shaikh Zubair Ali Zai] – Hadith No.17 –:– The Importance of Controlling and Overcoming Anger

Itihaf ul-Basim Fi Tahqiq Muwatta al-Imam Malik [Talkhis al-Qabisi] Riwayah Abdur Rahman ibn al-Qasim

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Muhadith Zubair Ali Zai

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The Importance of Controlling and Overcoming Anger

[17] And with the same chain of narration that the Messenger of Allah (Sallalahu Alayhi Was-Sallam) said, “A strong person is not the person who throws his adversaries to the ground. A strong person is the person who contains himself when he is angry.”          


Transmitted by Muslim (108/2609) from the hadith of Ibn Shihab az-Zuhri who said, “Humayd Ibn Abdurahman reported to me that Abu Hurayrah (RadhiAllaahu Anhu) said:” with the same and its chain is authentic.


Al-Muwatta (Yahya’s narration (2/906 hadith no.1746, book 47, chapter 3, hadith no.12) at-Tamhid (6/321) and al-Istidhkar (no.1678)
Transmitted by Bukhari (no.6114) and Muslim (no.2609) from the hadith of Malik.


1) As-Sura’atu: in the language it means a person who is a very capable wrestler (subduer), a powerful (tremendous, great, mighty) wrestler (athlete) and being dominant (able to prevail). See al-Qamus ul-Wahid (pg.921)

As-Sur’atu: is said to a person who is subdued (wrestled), weak wrestler and who is dominated.

2) It is more virtuous to have patience, tolerance and struggle against your own self in comparison to fighting against your personal enemy. At-Tamhid (6/323).

3) Getting angry without a valid excuse legislated in the Shari’ah is not a likeable action to do

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