Shaykh Abdul Muhsin al-`Abbaad – may Allaah preserve him – was asked:
Q: Is it allowed for a person to say in his supplication “Make me from the patient ones”? Because some of the students of knowledge have said to me: You must make that restricted by saying instead: “Make me – at the time of calamity – from those who are patient.”
A: Regarding having patience upon obedience to Allaah, and having patience in abstaining from sin; this is what a person requests. So there is no harm in a person saying: [Make me from] the patient ones in obedience [to Allaah], and from abstaining from sin.
As it relates to calamities, then restricting that [by asking Allaah to grant him patience at the time of a calamity] is no doubt better than asking [for patience] unrestrictedly.
Q: How then, do we understand the verse: “Our Lord, pour upon us patience and plant firmly our feet and give us victory over the disbelieving people.” [Sooratul Baqarah; (2):250] Do we make supplication with that?
A: No, that is when a calamity strikes; a person makes supplication with that. “O Allaah pour upon us patience”, “O Allaah make us firm” “O Allaah make us patient”, [a person supplicates with the like of this] when the calamity strikes.
As for before a calamity has struck then a person does not ask [for patience] unless it is in a restricted sense: at the time of calamity [he asks to be made] from the patient ones.