There once was a Mullah who had a very bad temper and Muslims were becoming more and more frustrated and scared of him.
Shaykh Halva’nai Khana came to learn of this Mullah and went to see him. The Shaykh gave him a bag of nails and a hammer and took him over to the fence in the side of the masjid. He told him every time he lost his temper from that day forward, he was to hammer a nail into that fence.
The very first day, the Mullah had driven thirty-seven nails into the fence. Over the next few weeks, as he learned to control his anger, the number of nails he hammered daily gradually lessened. The Mullah had discovered it was much easier to hold his temper than to drive nails into the fence.
Finally, a day came when the Mullah didn’t lose his temper at all and he told the Sheikh about it. The Shaykh suggested the Mullah now pull one nail out for every day he was able to hold his temper. The days passed and, finally, the Mullah was able to tell the Shaykh that all the nails were gone.
The Shaykh took Mullah by the hand and once again led him over to the fence. He said to the Mullah,:
“You have done well, but look at all of the holes in the fence.
This fence will never be the same again.
I wanted you to learn this lesson, because it is the same way with life and because you are seen to carry the message of the beloved Prophet peace be upon him.
You have left holes in the hearts of his followers.
The purpose of a human being is to overcome deficiencies in their character and not hide them behind religion.”
Whatever our background when we put a knife into someone, even if we immediately pull it back out, it won’t matter how many times we say ‘I’m sorry’. The wound will always be there. Sometimes we also knife ourselves.
It is the same when we say things in anger. The words can never be taken back. Although invisible, they also leave a hole—just like the hole on this fence. So always make sure you control your anger when you are tempted to say something you might regret later.”
As Friedrich Nietzsche said:
“I teach you the Superman.
Man is something that shall be overcome.
What have you done to overcome him?
All beings so far have created something beyond themselves; and do you want to be the ebb of this great flood and even go back to the beasts rather than overcome man?
What is the ape to man?
A laughing stock or a painful embarrassment.
And man shall be just that for the overman: a laughingstock or a painful embarrassment.
You have made your way from worm to man, and much in you is still worm.
Once you were apes, and even now, too, man is more ape than any ape.
Superman, German Übermensch, Nietzsche said the superior man justifies the existence of us the human race.
Remember the superior man is not about being better than others its being better than we were before. Beyond our egos and emotions.