Non-Fiction / Stories of Prophet Muhammad (saw) / Under 450 words

Grapes

grapesOne day a poor man brought a bunch of grapes to the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh*) as a gift.

He was very excited to be able to bring a gift for the Prophet (pbuh). He placed the grapes beside the Prophet (pbuh) and said, ‘O Prophet of God, please accept this small gift from me’. He was a poor man who could not afford more.

happyHis face beamed with happiness as he offered his small gift. It was evident that he loved the Prophet a lot.

The Prophet (pbuh) thanked him graciously. As the man looked at him expectantly, the Prophet ate one grape. Then he ate another one.

Slowly the Prophet finished the whole bunch of grapes by himself. He did not offer grapes to anyone present.

The poor man who brought those grapes was very pleased and left.

SurprisedThe companions of the Prophet (pbuh) who were around him were surprised.

Usually the Prophet (pbuh) shared whatever he got with them. He would offer them whatever he was given and they would eat it together.

Usually he would start first, out of respect to the person who had given him the gift. But he would always offer it to others.

This time had been different. Without offering it to anyone, the Prophet (pbuh) finished the bunch of grapes by himself.

Question_markOne of the companions asked respectfully, “O Prophet of God! How come you ate all the grapes by yourself and did not offer to any one of us present?”

The holy Prophet (pbuh) smiled and said, “I ate all the grapes by myself because the grapes were sour.

sour faced babyIf I would have offered you, you might have made funny faces and shown your distaste of the grapes.

That would have hurt the feelings of that poor man.

I thought to myself that it’s better that I eat all of them cheerfully and please the poor man. I did not want to hurt the feelings of that poor man.”

giftMoral:


1) Consideration for the feelings of others
2) Graciousness in accepting gifts.


Subhan’Allah*.. Such was the character and manner of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)

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Brief Meanings:
pbuh = peace and blessings of God be upon him
subhanAllah = How perfect God is/ Glory be to God
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(Extracted from Sheikh Dr Reda Bedeir’s Facebook Page, https://www.facebook.com/reda.bedeir . September 4, 2014)
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6 thoughts on “Grapes

  1. nice meaning BUT it is a fabricated narration and has no basis whatsoever as a hadith. Please turn it into a story with fictional charcters.

  2. This is amazing. A teacher of mines who i see rarley; said the first thing we should do is teach the love of the Prophet Muhammad saw, then teach love of the companions, then Quran recitation. SubhanAllah. Thank you sooo much! these stories go so far into character development. JZK!

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