Jan 25, 2015

Repel Evil With Good

by MabroukaAl-Tajoury


‘Repel, by [means of] what is best, [their] evil…’ - Quran [23:96] 

The above are beautiful words of wisdom from the Qur’an. Let us use righteousness to battle evil and not resort to the opposite. Why should I enhance the fire by fueling it with more evil. One specific way of fueling the fire is by seeking out revenge on people. If there is a situation where you have a rival, engaging in revenge may not only hurt the rival, but you can get fiercely tangled into a mess of which you were the root cause . And even if your opponent may have initiated something which led to you desiring revenge, there is no excuse for you to retaliate. As we know, evil or negativity will always result in loss or failure. 

Let’s turn the situation around. Responding righteously to whatever situation you are in will decrease the friction of anger. For example, if others didn’t mean to hurt you, then forgive; if they hurt you on purpose and asked for your sincere forgiveness, then forgive. But turn off your trust button and let time and experience show you if they are truly worth the trust. If they hurt you and they keep hurting you, then wish them the best and peacefully walk away. 

When you walk away, don’t leave by lashing out with foul language at those who hurt you; rather, you should leave like the soft, harmless wind. Understand that rational humans are conscious of right and wrong, so when they are knocked back into their senses, they will realize their mistakes. Even if they don’t realize it, the fact that they choose to do right with anger building inside them is a great indicator of inner accomplishment and spiritual enhancement. This is one of the best ways to boost your faith through positivity: outwardly choosing to do good even though everything inside of you is screaming to be evil. 

Walking away doesn’t equal weakness 

Sometimes walking away and calming your anger is the bravest and hardest thing you can do. It’s easy to spit ignorant unethical words at people but it takes a good soul to realize that, in the long run, not hurting them back is true victory. It takes guts to take that extra step but that one step can elevate you.

Not hurting them back equals triumph

We all have that bad person inside us that we try to control by avoiding immoral conduct. So when you don’t hurt others back, you have overcome the ego that has been nagging you constantly. As a result, you feel calm and at peace, which is the best reward to receive for your triumph.

Fire-brigade Tools:

The following are some tips that I have used personally to try to erase those inner flames: 

- Making wudu

- Praying two raka’as

- Talking, confiding, and crying to Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala)

- Being in an empty room, in a loud reasonable voice saying astagfur’Allah many times.

- Tilt your head up, deeply look into the sky, and pray that the feelings of hate, anger, revenge, and resentment be replaced with the shining nur (light) of peace.

- Ask yourself, “If the Prophet Muhammed (sal Allaahu alayhi wasalam) was here, what would he (sal Allaahu alayhi wasallam) do?”

- Kiss your mum’s forehead and hand.

- If your flames build up, then just place your forehead on the ground and say “Ya Allah.”

- At night when all are sleeping, even under your blanket, talk to Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala). You can still keep your heart and mind on the situation that you’re in.

- Ask for Allah’s Help, He understands ...

Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Whoever does not argue when he is in the wrong will have a home built for him on the edge of Paradise. Whoever avoids it when he in the right will have a home built for him in the middle of Paradise. And whoever improves his own character, a home will be built for him in the highest part of Paradise” [Tirmidhi].

 Remember, the moment you want to react, Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) is watching you. Choose wisely; choose that which pleases Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala), and never let your ego or people get the best of you.

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