Do You Love Sweets?

There once was a boy who loved eating sweets. He always asked for sweets from his father. His father was a poor man. He could not always afford sweets for his son. But the little boy did not understand this, and demanded sweets all the time.

The boy’s father thought hard about how to stop the child asking for so many sweets. There was a very holy man living nearby at that time. The boy’s father had an idea. He decided to take the boy to the great man who might be able to persuade the child to stop asking for sweets all the time.

The boy and his father went along to the great man. The father said to him, “O great saint, could you ask my son to stop asking for sweets which I cannot afford?” The great man was in difficulty, because he liked sweets himself. How could he ask the boy to give up asking for sweets? The holy man told the father to bring his son back after one month.

During that month, the holy man gave up eating sweets, and when the boy and his father returned after a month, the holy man said to the boy “My dear child, will you stop asking for sweets which your father cannot afford to give you?”

From then on, the boy stopped asking for sweets.

The boy’s father asked the saint, “Why did you not ask my son to give up asking for sweets when we came to you a month ago?” The saint replied, “How could I ask a boy to give up sweets when I loved sweets myself. In the last month I gave up eating sweets.”

A person’s example is much more powerful than just his words. When we ask someone to do something, we must do it ourselves also. We should not ask others to do what we do not do ourselves.

44 Responses to Do You Love Sweets?

  1. shaukat ali September 5, 2013 at 1:33 PM #

    this story from one shaba e rasool saws, pbuh. with our holy prophet muhammad saws, ( pbum)
    not any saint

    • arshad October 21, 2013 at 11:31 PM #


  2. sundar April 17, 2013 at 1:57 PM #

    There are something in logic called fallacies, it was given by Aristotle, among the fallacies, there is one fallacy called, argumentum ad homonim, meaning the validity or the invalidity of the statement need not depend on the person saying it.
    All of us by birth are different, with unique qualities, what will fit one may not fit the other, that is why we say, one man’s poison is another man’s food. So, even though this is a good story, and it has worked this way, does not mean that we should always preaches as one practices, in fact, I will listen to somebody who is addicted to sweets telling me not to eat, and show the danger of addiction has he is suffering, that will make more sense, than somebody who has never tried.

  3. Mohammed February 7, 2013 at 2:50 PM #

    Dear All
    This is the fact that happened with Prophet Mohammed (S.A.W) with one of the sahaba. Someone has used this true practice of Mohammed (S.A.W) and used this as a story about a saint.
    We muslims should be proud of our religion and sunnah of prophet.
    May Allah bless & guide us all to practicing our religion.

    • Sultan August 12, 2013 at 7:33 PM #

      Dear Brother, if I am not mistaken it was the Amir-ul Moumin’een Sayedina Umar (Radi-Allahu Anhu) who advised the child of a widowed woman not to ask after he himself stopped consuming the sweets. Wa’llahu a’alam.

  4. wahab adegoke January 29, 2013 at 5:55 PM #

    Wao! the boy’s father has assisted the holy man. A stone that killed two birds.

  5. Sonah October 29, 2012 at 5:28 PM #

    This story serves as a great lesson in modern society where you come across many who do not practice what they preach.

  6. Wasim July 13, 2012 at 12:37 PM #

    Why we muslims feel ashamed by mentioning name of our beloved Prophet Hazrat Mohammed (PBUH) and change His name from His events with some saint etc. ?????

    It shows inferiority complex inside us. We are not unfortunately proud muslims i think.

  7. heba July 11, 2012 at 3:39 AM #

    OMG ! i actually kept reading it waiting for some thing funny…you have to improve the quality of what you present ….and dont tell me this is supposed to be inspirational !

    • Sara - Admin July 11, 2012 at 4:09 PM #

      Thanks for your feedback.

    • discount July 12, 2012 at 3:43 PM #


    • nizamhm1944 July 19, 2012 at 7:40 PM #

      Taste is different and all can’t get the same inspiration like some others. Thing may be one and views may be a lot accordingly..
      Its not mean that the thing.is fault or incorrect.

      • heba July 20, 2012 at 1:23 AM #


        • nizamhm1944 July 23, 2012 at 4:15 PM #

          The THING people view in different way is always same and one.

  8. Adnan Ahmad June 15, 2012 at 2:19 PM #

    It’s the story of our beloved Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (S.A.W, PBUH).

  9. Nizam HM June 12, 2012 at 9:52 AM #

    Prophet Muhammad did every thing as per the teachings of Allah.
    In this case of advising not to take sweets is not allowed to some one who is fond of sweets. The Holy Quran says in Sura 61 Verses 2 and 3 very clearly on this. 2: O ye who believe! Why say ye that which ye do not
    3: Grievously hateful is it in the sight of Allah that ye say that which ye do
    These Quranic verses prove that Prophet PBUH would have followed this etiquette of Quran undoubtedly.

  10. Nizam HM June 12, 2012 at 9:33 AM #

    This story derived from Prophet Muhammad (sal) ‘s life.

  11. alayoubie June 11, 2012 at 11:43 PM #

    Morale behind this story is understood ” how to be convincing, and one should look towards ones self example first”. This story is adapted from a similar true story when one of the slaves asked the preacher to invite and urge people in his Friday sermon for freeing the slaves. That preacher waited for a whole year or more before he preaches it, and when he was asked by that person why he was so late, he replied that he had not had a slave so he bought a slave and after he got used to employ him/her and got accustomed to that, he overcame himself and frees him/her before advising others to do so..
    Anyway : Vive la Sara, Long live Sara.. i thank her a lot, keeping us remembering high standard of morale. Allah blesses u.

  12. Umar June 11, 2012 at 11:39 PM #

    Dear Sara I read this story, I would like to bring in your kind notice that this was a true story of Hazrat Muhammad (peace be upon him) and there must need the correction.

    • alayoubie June 11, 2012 at 11:46 PM #

      Not with sayyduna Mohammed pbuh , but with Hasan al-Basri..

      • Mohammed August 3, 2012 at 8:14 AM #

        Hasan Al-Basri followed the example of Sayyaduna Mohammed PHUB (which is the sunnah for every muslim to follow and for others an example to try and learn from the teachings of Quran and Ahadis!)

        • alayoubie August 3, 2012 at 8:40 PM #

          All what your kindness Mr/ Madam Mohammed have said is absolutely correct, but what is exactly in the “Seera Nabawyyah”? Is there any story about that. Please provide or just refer to any “Sa7ee7”. Shukran dear. Ramzan Mubarek and Jum3ah Mubarakah.. Sallu 3ala Syyidina Mohammed wa 3ala Aalihi wa Sa7bihi ajma3een..

  13. Mumtaz June 11, 2012 at 8:03 PM #

    Everybody here commenting and debating on the origin of story, rather than to focus on the moral of the story. Does it really matter???
    Whether it came from hadith or from any saint (respectfully), it should not be a problem as far as its moral is followed and understood.

    • sharif123 July 12, 2012 at 2:17 PM #

      nicely said

  14. KHALID AHMAD KHAN June 11, 2012 at 7:27 PM #

    Alhumdolillah, this is the authentic story of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him). I will try to get this from Hadith for Mr. Mohsin, above. There might more such examples in History earlier, which do not decrease the Greatness of the Prophet (PBUH).

  15. zafae June 11, 2012 at 7:18 PM #

    this is Our Last Profet Muhammad Mustufa Salallaho wa Alehye Wasalum real story.
    . Saveral Same Stories have our books pl. read Islami Book specially read and act on Muhammad Mustufa (salam) and Ali E Murtuza’s bibliography

  16. Arief SHah June 11, 2012 at 6:51 PM #

    ????????????? ????????? ?????????? ???? ?????????? ??? ??? ??????????? (???) ?????? ??????? ????? ??????? ??? ?????????? ??? ??? ??????????? (???)

    Surah Saff ( 61 : 2,4)

    ) O ye who believe! Why say ye that which ye do not? (2) It is most hateful in the sight of Allah that ye say that which ye do not. (3)

    Thus should be followed by All muslims necassarily

  17. Mohammed Ahsan Ali June 11, 2012 at 5:33 PM #

    Kindly refrain from posting such stories. Most of us (including me) heard this as a part of Hadeeth of our beloved Prophet (PBUH). It would be WRONG to quote him as a SAINT!

    • sharif123 June 11, 2012 at 7:43 PM #

      There is no wrong in mentioning Prophet(PBUH) as saint. Was not prophet(PBUH) saint? If at the begining Prophet (PBUH) was mentioned, the curisioty of the moral would have been finished.

      • Being human June 12, 2012 at 11:10 AM #

        You cannot term him as saint ,plz see the dictionary for an actual meaning of saint.We have no right to declare that he was a saint ,when its already proved he is a MESSENGER of Allah.
        i request Sara plz donot fabricate the stories ,atleast mention in bracket ,that so n so story taken from authentic hadeeth etc.BCoz there r lots of muftis, who can can issue fatwas against ur blasphemy saying that he was aSaint etc.Iam happy with lots of ur jokes n moral stories but this one is not entertained.I presume that u were not intending to this.May allah forgive us n those who say prophet as a saint.Asthaghfirullah.

        • Paras June 12, 2012 at 3:24 PM #

          @ Dear Being human…. your comments are admirable.

          @ Dear Shariff123:

          Saint = A person who has died and has been declared a saint by canonization
          Cannonization = (Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Church) the act of admitting a deceased person into the canon of saints.
          Source: “WordWeb” dictionary.

  18. Ibrahim El-Osery??????? ??????? June 11, 2012 at 5:00 PM #

    It is very helpful in that don’t advise one with something you don’t follow. Make yourself an example for what you adivise or command to have credibility in your adivce or command. For example don’t forbid your son or daughter from smoking while you are smoker.

  19. Imran June 11, 2012 at 4:00 PM #

    Mashallah… This was a quality of our beloved prophet muhammed (PBHM ) which we are (ESP me ) lacking…

  20. Shaan Shanmugam June 11, 2012 at 2:19 PM #

    Dear friends – that saint was Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa… it happend in Dakshineshwar – Calcutta..

  21. Muhammad Umair June 11, 2012 at 2:16 PM #

    It Belogn to 1400 Years Ago Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) its not a story its a real fact and its islam also

    • Mohsin June 11, 2012 at 2:21 PM #

      Please give any evidence from Qura’an, Ahadiths or Sunnah.

  22. Mohsin June 11, 2012 at 2:15 PM #

    Assalam o alikum.
    Everybody is saying that this story is related to Prophet Mohammad (S.A.W.W). But nobody mentioned any evidence from Qura’an, Ahadiths or Sunnah. So my friends and brothers in Islam, if you are sure and have any evidence about the story then please share. Otherwise, please don’t say that this is Prophet’s story.

    There is a good lesson in the story. And i personally don’t think the number of days does matter. Either 3 or 30, the actual lesson says something else. we have to understand that lesson.

  23. Mujahidah June 11, 2012 at 1:19 PM #

    Salam alaikum wr wb,
    When I read this story in another book, it was said 40 days, not a month or 3 days. A very inspirational one

  24. Omer Waheed June 11, 2012 at 12:49 PM #

    It says one month… but actually its 3 days

  25. Muhammad Ahsan June 11, 2012 at 12:34 PM #

    This story is not about any unknown saint, it is about our beloved Prophet Muhammad Peace Be Upon Him

  26. Muhammad Javed Mahmood June 11, 2012 at 12:19 PM #

    Very much true. It is agreat lesson for entire humainity to follow in their life.

  27. shahid malik June 11, 2012 at 12:05 PM #

    it was our beloved Prophet Himself, and its not a mere story but ita a fact.
    ————— first be example for others , will be more effective.———–

  28. Imtiyaz June 11, 2012 at 11:49 AM #

    Dear Sara,
    The great saint was Prophet Mohammad PBUH, it was not just a story it was fact and mentioned in books of Ahadis.

  29. iftikhar awan June 11, 2012 at 11:44 AM #

    The narrated story is related to Prophet Mohammed (PBUH)