Ibn al-Mubarak on Anger: Good character is to abandon anger

Ibn Rajab reported: It was said to Ibn al-Mubarak, may Allah have mercy on him, “Summarize good character for us in a single sentence.” Ibn al-Mubarak said, “Leave aside anger.”

Ibn Rajab said, “The same explanation was offered by Imam Ahmad and Ishaq ibn Rahawayh, that good character is to leave aside anger.”

Source: Jāmi’ al-‘Ulūm wal-Ḥikam 1/363

عن ابن رجب وَقِيلَ لِابْنِ الْمُبَارَكِ رحمه الله اجْمَعْ لَنَا حُسْنَ الْخُلُقِ فِي كَلِمَةٍ قَالَ تَرْكُ الْغَضَبِ

وقال ابن رجب وَكَذَا فَسَّرَ الْإِمَامُ أَحْمَدُ وَإِسْحَاقُ بْنُ رَاهَوَيْهِ حُسْنَ الْخُلُقِ بِتَرْكِ الْغَضَبِ

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