Just wanna share a simple lovely story about our Rasul Alllah. Enjoy reading! (:
Whenever they reaped their first harvest, they brought early, fresh fruits to Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him). Then he would distribute them among his companions (Sahabah), those who sat around him.
One day a poor man brought a bunch of grapes to the Holy Prophet Muhammad as a gift. He was very excited to be able to bring a gift for the Prophet (peace be upon him). He placed the grapes beside the Prophet (peace be upon him) and said, ‘O Prophet of Allah, please accept this small gift from me’. He was a poor man who could not afford more. His face beamed with happiness as he offered his small gift. It was evident that he loved the Prophet a lot.
The Prophet (peace be upon him) thanked him graciously. As the man looked at him expectantly, the Prophet ate one grape. The Prophet smiled at him. Then the Prophet ate another one. Slowly the Prophet finished the whole bunch of grapes by himself. He did not offer the grapes to anyone present. The poor man who brought those grapes was very pleased and left happily.
The companions of the Prophet (peace be upon him) who were around him were surprised. Usually the Prophet (peace be upon him) 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 (peace be upon him) finished the bunch of grapes by himself.
One of the companions asked most respectfully, “O Prophet of Allah! How come you ate all the grapes by yourself and did not offer to any one of us present?”
The holy Prophet (peace be upon him) smiled and said, “I ate all the grapes by myself because the grapes were sour. If 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 pleased the poor man. I did not want to hurt the feelings of that man.”
1) Consideration for the feelings of others
2) Graciousness in accepting gifts.
Subhan’Allah.. Such was then character and manner of our beloved Prophet (peace be upon him).