A poor man once brought a bunch of grapes to Muhammad (S.A.W) as a gift. The Messenger of Allah (S.A.W) ate one, two, three and then the whole bunch of grapes by himself. The man who brought the grapes was very pleased and left. One of the companions asked, “Oh Rasoolullah (S.A.W)! How come you ate all the grapes by yourself and did not offer to any one of us present?”
Nabi (S.A.W) 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 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 make happy the man. I did not want to hurt the feelings of that poor man.”
A’isha (R.A) narrates: “Once, while Nabi (S.A.W) was in a noticeably pleasant mood, I asked him:
‘Oh Nabi! Supplicate to Allah for me!’
So He (S.A.W) said: “O Allah! Forgive A’isha’s past sins and her future sins; forgive those committed secretly and those committed publicly.”
A’isha (R.A) continues by saying, “I began smiling so much that my head fell into the lap of the Nabi (S.A.W)! The Messenger of Allah (S.A.W) asked me: “Does my Dua make you happy?”
I replied: “How can your Dua not make me happy?!” He (S.A.W) then said: “I swear by Allah, it is the supplication I make for my Ummah in every prayer.”
Nabi (S.A.W) was travelling with a group of Sahaabah (R.A). By the time the group had stopped for Salaah, signs of fatigue were obvious on their faces. Prior to anything, they went in search of water to prepare for wudhu.
The companions watched surprised as Nabi (S.A.W) tied together the knees of His (S.A.W)’s camel and joined in the search for water.
Noises were raised from every corner. “Oh Rasoolullah (S.A.W)! Why don’t you order us to do this for you, instead of putting yourself in discomfort? We would proudly do that service for you!”
Nabi (S.A.W) responded: “Never seek others’ help in your affairs, don’t lean on others; even if it is for a Miswak.”
Anas Malik (R.A) was one of the companions who had served Nabi (S.A.W) for many years. He therefore knew the Prophet’s habits very well. When Nabi (S.A.W.) fasted, he usually broke it with milk and dates, and in the small hours of the night, he would take simple food for his sehri.
One day, Anas (R.A) knew that Muhammad (S.A.W.) was fasting; so he arranged for his iftaar. He kept the milk and dates ready. At the time of iftaar, Nabi (S.A.W) did not appear. Anas (R.A) thought that Nabi (S.A.W) might have accepted an invitation and broken fast elsewhere. So Anas(R.A) ate the food himself and retired.
When Muhammad (S.A.W) entered the house with another companion, Anas (R.A) inquired from the companion whether Nabi (S.A.W.) had already eaten. As it happened, Nabi (S.A.W) had been dealing with some urgent work, and had not eaten. Anas (R.A) felt ashamed.
There was nothing left he could offer to Nabi (S.A.W.), if He (S.A.W) asked for food. Still, he waited expectantly, ready to explain the situation to our Rasool (S.A.W). Muhammad (S.A.W) immediately sensed that Anas (R.A) was hesitant, so He (S.A.W) remained silent and retired to bed hungry.
Anas (R.A) used to say: “Nabi (S.A.W) never mentioned this incident during His (S.A.W)’s lifetime to anyone.”
Don’t forget to recite as much Durood as you can!
Love and Duas,