The holy prophet (peace be upon Him) and the sour grapes.
Updated: Mar 19, 2020
Our beloved prophet Muhammad (saw) used to receive gifts from others as a way of showing their love and friendship. Whenever there was a first harvest, people brought fresh fruits to Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw). He would then distribute to the Sahabahs (companions) who were always around him. One day, a bunch of grapes was given to the Holy prophet Muhammad (saw) as a gift by a poor old man. He placed the grapes beside the prophet (saw) and said “Oh, rasullullah, please accept this small gift of mine.” He was so poor that he could not afford more, his face beamed with happiness for the small gift he had to offer. His love for the prophet was evident in his face. The prophet (saw) thanked him graciously and he ate a grape. As the old man stood there waiting to see the prophet’s (saw) reaction, he ate another one. Gradually, the prophet (saw) finished the whole bunch by himself that he did not offer any to his sahabahs. This was quite an unusual practice as the prophet (saw) never ate without sharing with those around him. The poor man left feeling contented seeing the prophet (saw) eat them all. The companions of the prophet (saw) grew curious of his unusual behaviour and asked why none of the grapes was shared like previously practiced. Usually, the beloved prophet (saw) will start eating first out of respect to the one who had offered him the gift before sharing to the rest. This time, without sharing, the prophet (saw) himself consumed all the 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.”
Moral: 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).