Sheikh ibn Uthaymeen said, “If the person’s attitude towards ordeals follows a course of patience without awaiting Allah’s reward, a considerable amount of his sins shall be forgiven. But, if he maintains patience simultaneously with awaiting Allah’s reward, he shall reap a reward besides the forgiveness of sins. Awaiting Allah’s reward means: to believe that the patience one endures during the ordeal shall be compensated with a reward from Allah. This implicitly reflects one’s trust in Allah; Who, in return, will grant him what he besought from Him.
Commentary on Sahih Muslim: 342.
Translated by: Abdullah Ibrahim Omran al-Misiri.