Abu Hurairah (Ra) and his Miraculous Bag of Dates

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Abu Hurairah (Ra) tells the story of his miraculous bag of dates saying, “I was with the Prophet of Allah on a journey and the Prophet (SM) asked me, “O Abu Hurairah, do you have any food with you?” I said, “Yes, O Rasulullah, I have this bag of dates with me.” So he said, “Bring that bag to me.”

I brought the bag and the Prophet (SM) took out some dates and touched them with his blessed hands and made a du`a on them. He then put them back in the bag. Then he said, “Go and call 10 people from the army…” So I went and called ten people and the Prophet (SM) gave them dates from the bag until they ate their fill of dates and could not eat any more. Then he said, “Go and call 10 more people…” So I continued to do this until the whole army ate to their fill.

Abu Hurairah (Ra) said, “After all this, there were still dates left over in that little bag of mine.” Rasulullah (SM) then ordered Abu Hurairah (Ra) to take from that bag as many dates as he wanted on the condition that he did not empty the bag completely.

Abu Hurairah (Ra) says, “So I ate from that little bag as long as the Prophet (SM) was alive and it still did not finish. I did the same during Abu Bakr’s time and it still did not finish. This continued till the time when Uthman (Ra) was assassinated and then, in that commotion my bag was snatched away from me and I lost it forever. Should I tell you how much I had eaten from that bag? I ate from it more than 200 wasaqs.” (Narrated by Ibn Kathir in al-Bidayah and Abu Nu`aym in Hilyah)


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