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When he used to receive pleasant news, he would say:

الْحَمْـدُ للهِ الَّذي بِنِـعْمَتِهِ تَتِـمُّ الصّـالِحات .

Alhamdu lillahil-lathee biniAAmatihi tatimmus-salihat.

‘All Praise is for Allah by whose favour good works are accomplished.’

…and upon receiving displeasing news, he would say:

الْحَمْـدُ للهِ على كُـلِّ حال.

Alhamdu lillahi AAala kulli hal.

‘All Praise is for Allah in all circumstances.’