Islam: The Qur’an depicts Allah as both a wrathful and merciful God. Several surahs warn believers about the wrath of Allah.

“If they accuse thee of falsehood, say: “Your Lord is full of mercy all-embracing; but from people in guilt never will His wrath be turned back (6:147).” Later the Qur’an states, “But those who have earned evil will have a reward of like evil: ignominy will cover their (faces): No defender will they have from Allah (10:27).” Abu Hurairah reports that the Prophet Muhammad said, “Before He created life, the Almighty Allah declared, ‘My Mercy shall surpass My Wrath.’ While examples of the wrath of God are common in the Qur’an, other Muslim texts show that anger is not allowed among the believers themselves. The hadith extol people who are able to control their anger.

As Hurairah reports in Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim, the Prophet said, “The strong man is not the good wrestler; the strong man is only he who controls himself when he is angry.” Another Muslim text cautions against anger, against all types of extreme emotion. “Anger that has no limit, causes terror. Kindness that is inappropriate, does away with respect. So do not be so severe with others, as to terrify them; and do not be so lenient with others, as to make them take advantage of you,” the “Gulistan” of Sadi says.Judaism: Readers of the Torah often interpret the God of the Jewish bible as an angry God. The prophets frequently warn followers about God’s wrath. “Who can stand before His indignation?” asks the prophet Nahum. “And who can abide in the fierceness of His anger? His fury is poured out like fire, and the rocks are broken asunder before Him.” —