Today’s Daily Post topic is ‘Snap’.
So many choices – snapchat, snapback, snap crackle pop, snapshot, snap beans, don’t snap at her……
Hmmm, choices choices. So while I did include a snapshot (of 4 keskidees) recalled because of the single keskidee that hopped along my window sill earlier this week and startled me when he snapped his beak against my window, I chose the ‘snap’ in anger. (Not that I was angry when I chose it, but that I chose the meaning that is suggestive of anger).
Recently, some Sisters and I read the (first) hadith below and it created some discussion as to its interpretation. I have realised recently that for some, the language of translation into English of hadith is foreign to natural born English speakers because of its formality of structure and syntax. And possibly because we’re reading at hyperspeed========= So snap! do we need more user friendly language? Or is that we should not arrive at snap judgments?:)
Here is the first hadith which generated some heat:
It is narrated from Mu’adh ibn Jabal ra that the Prophet saws said:
“Whoever controls his anger, emotions of dislike, and wish for vengeance while he is able to carry out his vengeance, Allah, glory to Him, will call him on the Day of Judgment above all the creation so that he can choose among the very best of the Companions of Paradise for himself.”
Narrated by Abu Dawood and at-Tirmidhi as a hasan hadith
This is not a call to exact vengeance, but rather an encouragement to refrain from it especially when you actually have the power to carry out that vengeance.
And since we’re on anger, –
“Anger comes from the devil, the devil was created of fire, and fire is extinguished only with water; so when one of you becomes angry, he should perform ablution.” [Abu Daud; Book 41, No. 4766]
Abu Dharr narrated: The Apostle of Allah, sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam, said to us: “When one of you becomes angry while standing, he should sit down. If the anger leaves him, well and good; otherwise he should lie down.” [Abu Daud; Book 41, No. 4764]