One day a poor man brought a bunch of grapes to the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) as a gift. He was very excited to be able to bring a gift for the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam).
He placed the grapes beside the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) 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 (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) 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.
The companions of the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) who were around him were surprised.
Usually the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) 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 (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) finished the
bunch of grapes by himself.
One of the companions asked 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 (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) 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 please the poor man. I did not want to hurt the feelings of that poor man.”
Moral of the story:
1) Consideration for the feelings of others
2) Graciousness in accepting gifts.
Such was the character and
manner of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam).
Sebuah pelajaran kepemimpinan bagi yg mau menjadi pemimpin sejati.
Sent by my dearest mom, Miranty Abidin
So, my dearest friends,
What kind of person are you becoming by being more considerate for the feelings of others?
What kind of person are you becoming by being more gracious in accepting gifts?
Why is it important for you?