Which is better for a person to gain power or to be afflicted?

A man asked Imām Shafī’i رحمه الله

“ O Abu Abdullāh! Which is better for a person to gain power or to be afflicted?”

So Imām Shafī’ answered:

“One will not gain power until he is afflicted, for indeed Allāh afflicted Nuh, Ibrāhim, Mūsa, Isa and Muhammad ( May the salawat of Allāh and salām be upon them all) So when they were patient they gained power, so let not anyone think that he is free from pain”

[Madarij as Salikin by Ibn Al Qayyim رحمه الله 2/283]
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