Allah tells us in surat al maarij [Chap 70]:
فَاصْبِرْ صَبْرًا جَمِيلًا
Therefore [O Believer] endure all adversity with beautiful patience.
And this is a فعل أمر (Verb of Command) a command for us from Allah, so we must learn its meaning and try to practice it.
The phrase صبر جميل (sabrun jameel – Beautiful Patience) is most famous from the saying of Prophet Yaqoob (Jacob) – alayhi salam – upon hearing the news of his son Yusuf, as told in Surah Yusuf:
فَصَبْرٌ جَمِيلٌ وَاللّهُ الْمُسْتَعَانُ عَلَى مَا تَصِفُونَ
But [as for myself,] patience in adversity is most goodly [in the sight of Allah]; and it is to Allah [alone] that I pray to give me strength to bear the misfortune which you have described to me.”
Here some explanations are given as to the meaning of ‘beautiful patience’ and what makes it different than just any normal bit of patience or low level of patience:
Mujahid said: ‘Beautiful Patience is patience without any panic.’
Amr bin Qays said ‘Beautiful Patience means to be content with adversity and to surrender to the will of Allah.’
Yunus bin Yazid said: ‘I asked Rabiah bin Abdurrahman: ‘What is the ultimate of patience?’ He said ‘to be outwardly the same at the time of affliction as one was the day before it struck.’ [this does not mean that a person does not or should not feel pain or anguish: patience in this instance means that one refrains from panicking and complaining.]
Commenting on the meaning of beautiful patience, Qiyas bin al Hajjaj said ‘The person who is suffering from some afflictions should behave in such a way that nobody is able to distinguish him from others.’
Ibn Qayyim ‘Uddat as-Sabareen dhakhirat ash-shakireen
رَبَّنَا أَفْرِغْ عَلَيْنَا صَبْرًا
Our Lord, Pour out patience onto us!