Abu Hurairah (radhiAllahu anhu) tells the story of his miraculous bag of dates saying, “I was with the Prophet of Allah on a journey and the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) 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 (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) 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 (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) 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 (radhiAllahu anhu) said, “After all this, there were still dates left over in that little bag of mine.”
Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) then ordered Abu Hurairah (radhiAllahu anhu) to take from that bag as many dates as he wanted on the condition that he did not empty the bag completely.
Abu Hurairah (radhiAllahu anhu) says, “So I ate from that little bag as long as the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) 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 (radhiAllahu anhu) 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(24,800 kilos)”
(Narrated by Ibn Kathir in al‐Bidayah and Abu Nu`aym in Hilyah)