Whomever controls anger for something not important will be given victory for something that is important, when they have to channel their anger for sake of truth. Some people because of discipline if provoked won’t really react, but for a necessary reason, if attacked will respond in such a focused way that other person doesn’t really have a chance. As a community we really need to focus. Keeping heart focused on important things keeps it from being roused into anger. That’s why a person without any real aspiration can easily be roused.
Gave a quotation: if I can overcome the obstacles to the garden, what you say cannot hurt me, if I cannot, then I am worse than what you say.
Gave a story: A man swore at Sayyidina Abu Bakr al-Siddiq and he replied: the faults of mine that God has covered, is more than what you have said. (because Abu Bakr al-Siddiq, was preoccupied with his own shortcomings).
Zain bin Abideen would do 1000 rakaat of nawafil a day. One day he finished near Kaaba and someone said some really bad things to him. People got really upset. And Zain bin Abideen listened and said everything you said is true, and what you haven’t said is even greater. What can I do for you for your advice?
Habib Ali al-Jifri, Class 20 Knowledge Retreat 2009/2010, Session 4 of Sulook.