Abdus Samad ibn Yazeed reported: I heard Fudayl ibn Iyad, may Allah be pleased with him, say, “If I had one supplication to be answered, I would make it for no one but the ruler. If the ruler is righteous then it will lead to the righteousness of the country and the people.”

Source: Siyar A’lam An-Nubula 8/434

قَالَ عَبْدُ الصَّمَدِ بْنُ يَزِيدَ سَمِعْتُ الْفُضَيْلَ يَقُولُ لَوْ أَنَّ لِي دَعْوَةً مُسْتَجَابَةً مَا جَعَلْتُهَا إِلَّا فِي إِمَامٍ فَصَلَاحُ الْإِمَامِ صَلَاحُ الْبِلَادِ وَالْعِبَادِ

8/434 سير أعلام النبلاء

It is said that Umar bin Abdul Aziz entered upon his young daughter on the day of Eid and found her crying. She said, “how come everyone today gets to dress nicely and in new clothes and we don’t?”.

Umar was moved by this and went to the guard of the Baytul Maal (Islamic Treasury) and asked if he could borrow money from Baytul Maal which could be deducted from his salary in the upcoming month.

To this, the guard replied, “Yes, but only on one condition. That you guarantee me that you will live until next month to fulfill the services for which this salary is due for “.

Umar bin Abdul aziz went back to his children and said, “Oh beloved children of mine, either be patient and we will all enter Jannah together or forsake patience and your father will enter hellfire.”

To this his children replied, “Our father, we choose patience.”