said. According “The great striver in the way of God is he who strives against his lower self,” the Prophet Muhammad to the Prophet striving against one’s ego and learning selfrestraint are the greatest things that one can strive for.¹ In another narration, the Prophet Muhammad addressed toxic behaviour and reset the balance of true masculinity by encouraging men to show self-restraint and to learn to control their anger. He said: “The strong man is not one who is good at wrestling, but the strong man is one who controls himself in a fit of rage.”²

I Set forth by Aḥmad b. Hanbal in al-Musnad, 2:128 $6116. Ibn Mājah in al-Sunan, 2:1401 S4189.

² Set forth by al-Bukhārī in al-Ṣaḥīḥ, 5:2267 $5763. •Muslim in alṢaḥīḥ, 4:2014 $2609.


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