Story of Empathy

Once, a poor man gifted Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) a bunch of grapes. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) ate two to three grapes and then ate the whole bunch without offering anybody present there. The poor man was so pleased to see that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) ate all the grapes that he had brought. When the poor man left, the companions asked Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) that how come you ate all the grapes and didn’t share them with the rest of the people present there.

The prophet (PBUH) said: “I ate all the grapes by myself and did not share with anybody else because the grapes were sour and if I would offer someone else he might have made funny faces and would have hurt the feeling of the poor man so I ate all the grapes by myself cheerfully and pleased the poor man.”

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