Story No. 149 – Holy Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and the Gift of sour Grapes

Holy Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and the Gift Whenever they reaped their first harvest, they brought early, fresh fruits to Holy Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). Then he would distribute them among his companions (Sahabah), those who sat around him. This morning, a poor man brought one fruit from his small farm and gave it to Holy Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).


Holy Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) accepted the gift, tasted it and then went on eating it alone while the companions watched. One of those present meekly said: O Messenger of Allah (SWT), you have over looked the right of those who watch while you eat?


Holy Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) smiled and waited till the poor man who had brought the fruit had gone. Holy Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said: “I tasted the fruit and it was not yet ripe. Had I allowed you to have some of it, someone would have definitely shown his distaste, thus disappointing the poor man who had brought the gift. Rather than make him feel better, my palate accepted the bitterness.” Such were the conducts and manners of this most noble Holy Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).