- Author Hazrat Inayat Khan
The Holy Prophet Muhammad was once requested by an aged woman to speak to her son, who spent all his daily wages on dates, leaving her penniless. The Prophet promised to do so after five weeks« interval.
On the appointed day the boy was brought before the Prophet, who spoke to him very kindly, saying, “You are such a sensible lad that you ought to remember that your mother has endured much suffering for your sake, sacrificing all her wages in order to bring you up; and now she is so old and you are in a position to support her, you are squandering your money on dates. Is this just or right? I hope, by the grace and mercy of Allah, you will give up this habit.” The boy listened very attentively and profited by what he heard.
The disciples of the Prophet wondered and asked why the reproof was delayed for thirty-five days. The Holy Prophet explained, saying, “I myself am fond of dates, and I felt as if I had no right to advise the lad to abstain from them until I had myself refrained from eating them for five weeks.”