Umar II on Sabr: Reward of patience better than material blessings

Muhammad ibn Amr reported: Umar ibn Abdul Aziz, may Allah have mercy on him, said upon the pulpit, “Allah does not grant a servant a blessing and then removes the blessing, then compensates him with patience in place of what was removed, but that what he was granted is better than what was taken away.” Then, Umar recited the verse, “Verily, the reward of the patient will be fulfilled without account,” (39:10).

Source: al-Ṣabr wal Thawāb ‘Alayhi 22

عن مُحَمَّد بْن عَمْرٍو قَالَ قَالَ عُمَر بْن عَبْدِ الْعَزِيزِ رحمه الله عَلَى الْمِنْبَرِ مَا أَنْعَمَ اللَّهُ عَلَى عَبْدٍ نِعْمَةً فَانْتَزَعَهَا مِنْهُ فَعَاضَهُ مَكَانَ مَا انْتَزَعَ مِنْهُ الصَّبْرَ إِلا كَانَ مَا عَوَّضَهُ خَيْرًا مِمَّا انْتَزَعَ مِنْهُ ثُمَّ قَرَأَ إِنَّمَا يُوَفَّى الصَّابِرُونَ أَجْرَهُمْ بِغَيْرِ حِسَابٍ

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