Rotten Potatoes


A teacher has 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
cooked potatoes. Each potato will be given a name of a person that the
child hates, so the number of potatoes 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 potatoes with the name
of the people he/she hated. Some had 2 potatoes; some 3 while some up
to 5 potatoes.

The teacher then told the children to carry with them the potatoes in
the plastic bag wherever they go (even to the toilet) for 1 week.
After several days passed by and the children started to complain due
to the unpleasant smell let out by the rotten potatoes. Besides, those
having 5 potatoes 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 potatoes 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 potatoes 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 the hatred will
contaminate your heart and you will carry it with you wherever you go.

If you cannot tolerate the smell of rotten potatoes for just 1 week,
can you imagine what is it like to have the stench of hatred in your
heart for your lifetime???”

A big heart that holds no malice 2wards another person is more dear to
Allah than one that is full of hatred.

Forgiving others is the best attitude to take. Life is to be fortified
by many friendships. To love & to be loved is the greatest happiness.
Fate determines who comes into our lives. The heart determines who


2 responses to this post.

  1. Very beautiful story.. Always there is much pleasure and joy into forgiveness than hatred. Alhamdulilah i did it in Ramadan, i forgave some people who harted me badly, and i feel i lost much pressure onto my soul. Now my soul is more free than before. The responsibility is for God now, not me.. 🙂


  2. Mash’Allah thanks for sharing sis! May Allah reward you.


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