In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10 -year-old boy named Amir entered a coffee shop and sat at a table.
A grumpy waiter put a glass of water in front of him.
“How much is an ice cream sundae please?” Amir asked, smiling.
“Fifty cents,” replied the waiter sharply, his eyes looking elsewhere.
“Well…. hmm…. how much is plain ice cream, sir?” he inquired nicely.
By now more people were waiting for a table and the waiter was growing impatient.
“Thirty-five cents,” the waiter brusquely replied.
Amir again counted his coins. “I’ll have the plain ice cream please,” he said softly.
The waiter soon brought the ice cream, placed it on the boy’s table with a small thud. He then tore a receipt noisily from his notebook, slapped it on the table and walked away without a smile.
Amir, who was always a grateful boy, took his time in finishing the ice cream, savouring every spoonful.
Once he finished, Amir paid the cashier at the door and left, feeling happy and contented.
When the grumpy waiter came back to Amir’s table, his face changed. He began to cry as he wiped down the table.
You see, Amir couldn’t have the sundae, because he had to have enough left to leave the waiter a tip.
A few Hadith Quotes
“Verily, gentleness is not in anything except that it beautifies it, and it is not removed from anything except that it disgraces it.”
“The believer is gracious, for there is no goodness in one who is neither kind nor friendly.”
(Sahih [authentic] Hadith according to Al-Haythami**)
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