Dulfakar arrived in my country as an asylum seeker just three months ago. He had been sent to live in my city in a very rundown house. He was all alone.
Dulfakar came to my conversational English class. His English was already quite good.
“I’m very frustrated,” he told me. “I am still waiting for someone from the government office to see me about my case. Nobody tells me anything! I don’t know what’s happening. How long must I wait?!”
What kind of frustrations do you face in your life? You can share them with us.
Sometimes we feel angry. Will Allah forgive the anger of Muslims and Christians?
Isa Fulfils Words of the Prophet
In our English class we were studying from the Injil how Isa Al-Masih healed many sick people. The Injil says that Isa fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah. “He [Isa Al-Masih] took up our sicknesses and carried our diseases” [See Injil, Apostle Matthew, Matthew 8:17].
I explained the words spoken by the Prophet Isaiah were written down in the Torah 700 years before Isa Al-Masih came. Yet it was exactly what Isa did. “It’s amazing!” I declared. What is your response to this prophecy fulfilled by Isa Al-Masih? Share your response with us.
Dulfakar interrupted, “Who is the prophet that the Torah tells about?!” he said angrily. “Mohammad is predicted in the Torah. The prophet Moses said Allah will send a messenger who will speak all Allah’s words faithfully.” I signalled for Dulfakar to calm down.
Allah Loves Those Who Restrain Anger
“Let’s get back to the English lesson,” I said. “We can talk about this later.” It was clear that his personal frustrations were causing him to react angrily rather than to hear what the holy Injil was saying. The Quran says Allah forgives those “who restrain anger, and pardon (all) men – for Allah loves those who do good” [Quran, Sura Al ‘Imran :134, Yusuf Ali].
Negative Emotions Prevent Us from Hearing Allah
Do you sometimes react with anger because you cannot control your emotions? When we react with negative emotions we cannot hear and receive what is being said by others. When we come to the Injil or any holy book, it’s important to come with calmness and respect so we can listen to what Allah is telling us.
Forgiving Those Who are Angry with Us
After the class Dulfakar stayed behind to seek advice about his case. I was able to give him some useful suggestions. He apologised for his emotional reaction in the class. I accepted his apology and encouraged him. I assured him I would pray about his situation.
Can Allah Forgive the Anger in My Heart?
The good news is that Isa took not only our physical sicknesses on himself, but also our spiritual sickness. “He [Isa] himself bore our sins in his body on the tree [cross]” [Injil, Apostle Peter, 1 Pet 2:24].
The sin of my anger was punished when Isa died in my place on the cross. By accepting what Isa did for me I receive Allah’s forgiveness. I know that Allah loves me even though I have not always restrained anger and pardoned those who are angry with me.
Allah will forgive the anger in your heart if you confess your sins to Isa Al-Masih. Then Allah will speak to you, and you can hear from Him.
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We encourage our readers to comment on the article above. Comments that don’t directly relate to the topic will be removed. Please start a dialogue with us by focusing on one of the following questions:
- According to the Quran, why will I need Allah’s forgiveness if I cannot restrain my anger or forgive all men?
- What frustrations do you experience that make you angry? How does this affect your ability to hear the word of Allah?
- What has Isa Al-Masih done that makes it possible for you to receive forgiveness for your anger?
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