Hadith on Anger: Controlling Anger The Sign of True Strength

📖Sahih al-Bukhari 6114
Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said, “The strong is not the one who overcomes the people by his strength, but the strong is the one who controls himself while in anger.”

  • This hadith (saying) from Sahih al-Bukhari highlights the Islamic concept of strength and power. It emphasizes that true strength does not come from physical prowess or overpowering others but from one’s ability to control their own emotions, particularly anger. In other words, a person who is truly strong is not someone who can dominate others physically or verbally but someone who has control over their own emotions and behavior, especially in moments of anger. Such a person can exercise restraint and exhibit patience, forgiveness, and compassion, even in the face of provocation or adversity. This hadith emphasizes the importance of self-control and restraint, as it is seen as a sign of true strength and a virtue that is highly valued in Islam. It encourages Muslims to strive to control their emotions, particularly anger, and to channel their energy into positive and productive actions that benefit themselves and society as a whole.