ناراض آدمی || The Angry Man

“And march forth in the way (which leads to) forgiveness from your Lord, and for Paradise as wide as the heavens and the earth, prepared for the pious.  Those who spend (in God’s Cause) in prosperity and in adversity, who repress anger, and who pardon the people; verily, God loves the good-doers.” (Quran 3:133-134)

He would know when it was time to pray without even looking at the clock. Although he had moved out of the country where the adhaan {call to prayer} was called five times a day, he always knew when it was the right time. After every prayer, pages upon pages of the Holy Qur’an were to be read by him – with Urdu translation of course – it was his goal to memorise the entire Book. This man was faithful.

Every so often, when he wouldn’t be feeling so tired, he would tell his children about the beauty of Islam, and replay stories about his very own father witnessing Angels with his bare eyes, in his room in Pakistan. Whether his children believed him or not, he never knew, but he loved how they listened, with a warm fire of admiration in their eyes – giving him all their attention. This man was a believer.

Despite all the wonderful things about this man, there was one thing that scared the people who loved him the most; his anger. He couldn’t control it. In his voice would be both fury and rage for no good reason, and that too over the littlest of things, this voice would be raised when things didn’t go his way, the words he would teach his children to never whisper he’d scream out loud – “the rude words”.

Are you aware of what happens when a volcano erupts? An eruption begins when pressure on a magma chamber forces magma up through the conduit and out the volcano’s vents. When this magma reaches Earth’s surface it’s called lava. It will either pour out in gentle streams (lava flows), or erupt violently in to the air. Rocks ripped loose from the inside of the volcano or torn apart by the gas may be shot into the air with the lava.

Volcanic activity is classified by how often a volcano erupts. A volcano may be active, intermittent, dormant, or extinct. Active volcanoes erupt constantly. Intermittent volcanoes erupt fairly regularly. Dormant volcanoes are inactive, but not long enough to determine whether they will erupt again or not. Extinct volcanoes have been inactive since the beginning of recorded history.

A volcano works in a similar way to the human emotion of anger. With time, this angry man evolved to become a great volcano. When you thought he had gone extinct, he would explode. Then he’d become dormant, was he going to explode today? As the years went on he became an intermittent volcano, thankfully never progressing from that stage. A day would come when he would erupt so badly, he’d become unrecognisable. He pushed everything aside, making claims of being better off alone, using more “rude words”, hurting the ones who loved him dearly, piercing their hearts with doubt, worry, pain, fear. And no one would sleep that night, the language used would replay in their heads like a memorised essay, the screams that made their legs numb and their hearts weak would cut their wrists, releasing only frustration – if only it could take out all of his anger, her anger, their anger, my anger, our anger.


“Audhu billahi mina Shaytaan nir rajeem”

{I seek refuge in Allah from the Shaytaan, the forbidden.}

The next few days after that would be quiet. No one would speak of the previous night, all is forgiven, but barely forgotten. Maybe in a few months, when an eruption hasn’t occurred will his loved ones believe he’s made a change, they’ll perhaps start to believe that dormant volcanoes can go extinct.

For a man who read his five daily prayers, and read the Holy Qur’an so beautifully, how could anger be such a close relative? Was it the worldly things? Or was it his solitude? Only him and Allah subhanahu-wa-ta’ala would know. The messenger of Allah subhanahu-wa-ta’ala {Prophet Muhammad ( says about anger:

Anger is the effect of shaytaan and shaytaan was created from fire. And water extinguishes fire.

May this angry man never erupt again. Insha’Allah {if Allah wills}.

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