The Rotten Tomatoes – Moral Story

A school teacher decided to let her class play a game. The teacher told each child in the class to bring along a plastic bag containing a few

tomatoes. Each tomato will be given a name of a person that the child hates, so the number of tomatoes that a child will put in his/her plastic bag will depend on the number of people he/she hates.

 So when the day came, every child brought some tomatoes with the name of the people he/she hated. Some had 2 tomatoes; some 3   while some up to 5 tomatoes. The teacher then told the children to carry with them the tomatoes in the plastic bag wherever they go  for 1 week.

 Days after days passed by, and the children started to complain due to the unpleasant smell let out by the rotten tomatoes. Besides, those having 5 tomatoes also had to carry heavier bags. After 1 week, the children were relieved because the game had finally ended.

 The teacher asked: “How did you feel while carrying the tomatoes with you for 1 week?”. The children let out their frustrations and started complaining of the trouble that they had to go through having to carry the heavy and smelly tomatoes wherever they go.

 Then the teacher told them the hidden meaning behind the game. The teacher said: “This is exactly the situation when you carry your hatred for somebody inside your heart. The stench of hatred will contaminate your heart and you will carry it with you wherever you go. If you cannot tolerate the smell of rotten tomatoes for just 1 week, can you imagine what is it like to have the stench of hatred in your heart for your lifetime???”

Moral: Throw away any hatred for anyone from your heart so that you will not carry sins for a lifetime. Forgiving others relieves you and helps you to lead a happy life. 

31 Responses to The Rotten Tomatoes – Moral Story

  1. mohd January 25, 2015 at 7:20 PM #

    it is right it is a medicine for heart

  2. Mounia January 13, 2014 at 4:18 PM #

    Lovely story, our students can learn a lot from it. Thanks a lot

  3. lamis March 13, 2013 at 10:05 AM #

    as birds we should live throuw what is heavy and go ahead – forgivness yes

  4. Hannan March 4, 2013 at 12:48 PM #

    Its very wise story and very tender I like it too much its touched my heart
    thanks sara

    • Ali - Admin March 18, 2013 at 3:04 PM #

      Welcome Hannan.

  5. Kashif December 15, 2012 at 11:01 AM #

    Very well & excellent example for learning.
    MAy ALLAH gives all of us guidance to understand
    the tolerate with others.

    Thank you

    • Ali - Admin December 17, 2012 at 11:31 AM #

      Welcome Kashif.

  6. Omda December 14, 2012 at 1:52 AM #

    Nice game

  7. Samia bhatty November 20, 2012 at 12:51 PM #

    How apt!

  8. azeem October 13, 2012 at 12:34 AM #

    Really inspiring. Thanks indeed. Please keep it up.

  9. Sonah September 3, 2012 at 1:00 PM #

    Good and forceful lesson in positive thinking. The practice of mudslinging dirties your hands first.

  10. Tariq Khan May 17, 2012 at 6:45 PM #

    Great analogy to explain to clean the heart. Keep it up.


  11. sharif123 May 17, 2012 at 1:04 PM #


  12. Shahadat King August 28, 2011 at 3:29 AM #

    lovely, just love these stories…. thank you, this is wat i been trying to tell few people i know, inshallah i try not to hate, n ramadan n eid just helps me to forgive n forget anything such.

    • Ali August 28, 2011 at 7:55 AM #

      THanks Shahadat. Please share with your friends.

  13. Goldypearl August 15, 2011 at 8:53 PM #

    nice one

  14. sara August 13, 2011 at 6:27 PM #

    i wish that hatred was just a basket of rotten tomatoes, bt truth is, ITS NOT!

  15. Mohammed Mir August 11, 2011 at 10:52 PM #

    A story we should all we taught as children. Great advice, Alhamdullilah

  16. Foziaibd August 11, 2011 at 5:03 AM #

    Forgive ur enemies,but don’t forget their names!

  17. Lakhani August 9, 2011 at 6:38 PM #

    “If you hear
    words that hurt you, then bow your head before them and they will miss
    you.” (Imam Ali (A.S))

  18. Haider Ali786 August 9, 2011 at 5:52 AM #


  19. sara August 9, 2011 at 12:39 AM #

    Good story. Forgiving alway give you happiness. Not many peaple forgive and forget but those who do are gifted.

  20. YusefQasemQufaanAl-Yemeni August 9, 2011 at 12:16 AM #

    sooo trueee
    i (or should i say WE) gotta stop hatin lol
    i wonder y our lives get worst and worst nd thats cuz of hatred!
    Thanks for the story and LOVE the moral 🙂

  21. Junedayz August 8, 2011 at 7:59 PM #

    its a good story but i mean, in reality u will always hate someone…and know it even if you let it go

  22. Junedayz August 8, 2011 at 7:59 PM #

    its a good story but i mean, in reality u will always hate someone…and know it even if you let it go

  23. Humayundaud August 8, 2011 at 3:19 PM #

    Great story, must learn something from it 🙂 …

  24. mustafa August 8, 2011 at 2:45 PM #


    OK story but not so good

    you must hate some people

    • Anonymous August 8, 2011 at 9:38 PM #

      Off course everyone hates someone, but it’s not these people that you has to think about… Because then the hate in your heart will be too much…
      Think about what you love, and you’ll have the best feeling in your heart! 🙂

    • Humayundaud August 9, 2011 at 6:13 PM #

      Dear Mustafa,
      According to Teachings of our Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (S.A.W.W.), we should forgive others what they do and love everyone 🙂 …

  25. Mohammadkhan14 August 8, 2011 at 7:09 AM #

    nice one,,,

  26. Kashif Abbas August 8, 2011 at 6:40 AM #

    Good i like it