When Angry Sit Down and Lie Down

The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “If one of you gets angry and he is standing, then he should sit down until his anger subsides. If it does not, then he should lie down.” [Sunan Abu Dawood]

The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) gave us lots of practical advice on managing anger. One of the things he (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) told us to do is to sit down if at the time you are getting angry you are standing, and if you are already sitting, then to lie down.

  • In this way you are getting further away from taking revenge. If you are standing, it will be easy to run towards the object of your anger and hit him, but if you sit down, you will feel a little lazy to get up and go towards him, while if you lie down, you have already moved three stages away from acting on your anger. Now you will think, that in order to reach the person who has angered you, you will first have to sit up, then stand up and finally run to hit him. Therefore, it is wiser to leave him and let him go.

    Additionally, in the state of anger one should think of his position as a servant in the presence of His Master, Allah, the Most High, who is definitely watching him. We are always hopeful of Allah’s mercy upon us, and wish that Allah will forgive our faults on the Day of Qiyaamah, yet we refuse to show mercy to His creation. Here we become totally heedless. If anybody troubles us, we do not find rest until and unless we take revenge.

    One of the Salaf said, “One of you might see his own faults but he still loves himself. He then hates his Muslim brother on suspicion. So where is the logic?”

    This hadith has been sent to me by dailyhadith.adaptivesolutionsinc.com