Hadith on Anger: Judges should not make decisions while angry

📖Jami` at-Tirmidhi 1334
‘Abdur-Rahman bin Abi Bakrah narrated: “My father wrote to ‘Ubaidullah bin Abi Bakrah who was a judge: “Do not pass a judgement between two people while you are angry, for indeed I heard the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) saying: ‘The judge should not judge between two people while he is angry.’”

  • This hadith narrated by ‘Abdur-Rahman bin Abi Bakrah reminds us of the importance of self-control and composure, especially for judges who are responsible for making decisions that affect the lives of others. The message of the hadith is clear: judges should not make decisions while they are angry because their judgment may be clouded and biased. Anger can impair one’s ability to think rationally and objectively, leading to unfair judgments. Therefore, it is essential for judges to exercise self-restraint and wait until they have calmed down before making any decisions. This helps ensure that their judgments are fair and just, based on sound reasoning and evidence, rather than influenced by emotions.

Overall, this hadith emphasizes the importance of justice and fairness in Islam and the need for those in positions of authority to uphold these values by practicing self-control and composure.