Sahaabah On The Virtues Of Patience
By Imâm Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah
As-Safar said: “Abû Bakr fell ill, so some people visited him and asked whether they should call a doctor for him. He said,‘The Doctor has already seen me.’ They asked, ‘What did he say?’ Abû Bakr said, ‘He said, “I do what I want”.’ ” (Meaning, that Allâh is his “Doctor” and can make him sick or healthy as He wills) (Ahmad).
‘Umar ibn al-Khattâb (RA) said:
“The best days we ever lived were by virtue of patience, and if patience were to take the shape of a man, he would be a noble and generous man.”
‘Alî ibn Abî Tâlib (RA) said:
“The relation of patience to îmân is like the relation of the head to the body. If the head is chopped off, the body becomes useless.” Then he raised his voice and said: “Certainly, the one who has no patience has no îmân, and patience is like a riding-beast that nevers gets tired.”