After coming from school, as usual, Khubayb greeted his mother with Salaam and requested: Dear Mom: ‘I am feeling very hungry today; please give me food quickly’. Mother said: ‘Alright dear son! Change uniform and freshen yourself up; meanwhile, I lay dinning-mat for you’. After freshening up, Khubayb sat on the dining-mat saying: ‘May there be my favourite food item today.’ While passing the food forward, Mother said: Khubayb! ‘It seems, you did not eat breakfast properly.’ As soon as Khubayb looked at curry, his face expression changed and he said: ‘Mom! Make something else for me.’ You know that I do not like to eat bottle gourd.’ Upon seeing his sad face, mother instantly said: 'Well, I make an omelette for you.'
Khubayb’s uncle (brother of Khubayb’s mother) was also listening to all that conversation. Khubayb had lunch and took rest. When Khubayb returned from tuition centre, his uncle said: ‘Dear Khubayb! Undoubtedly, ‘Muhammad صَلَّى اللّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم’, the Last Prophet of Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ, is also your ideal, as he is the ideal for all of us. Am I correct?’ Khubayb nodded in affirmative and said: ‘Yes, uncle! I believe him to be my role model.’ Uncle said: مَا شَـآءَ اللّٰه This is very good.’ Thereafter, uncle questioned Khubayb, ‘Well, tell me one thing. Do you know that our Holy Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم liked bottle gourd very much?’ Khubayb shook his head in negative and said: ‘No’. Uncle said: ‘Let me share a beautiful parable with you. I want you to tell me the moral lesson of it.’ Khubayb showed his interest and started listening to it carefully. Uncle said: Sayyiduna Anas Bin Malik رَضِىَ اللّٰهُ عَـنْهُ, a companion of the Holy Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم, stated: ‘Once I accompanied the Noble Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم to an invitation. The Blessed Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم was served with curry made with bottle gourd and dried salty meat. He صَلَّى اللّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم was finding [the pieces of] bottle gourd in the curry’. Sayyiduna Anas رَضِىَ اللّٰهُ عَـنْهُ said: ‘It is for the reason, since that day I started liking bottle gourd.’
The moment uncle finished this beautiful parable, Khubayb said immediately: ‘It means that we should also like to eat bottle gourd.’ Uncle said: ‘Great! You are incredibly intelligent indeed.’ Khubayb said sadly: ‘Dear Uncle! Today I have missed a big chance. Haven’t I? I was served with bottle gourd at noon but I didn’t eat it.’ In order to change Khubayb’s mood, Uncle said, ‘Should I add another fact in your knowledge?’ Khubayb said happily, ‘Of course, dear uncle.’ Uncle said: ‘Now you have learnt that using bottle gourd is a Sunnah of the blessed Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم; besides, medical science has also described numerous beneficial features of it.’ Surprised, Khubayb said, ‘What are these benefits?’ Uncle said: ‘Nutrients found in bottle gourd naturally have cool effectiveness. In addition to reduce the heat impact, these nutrients also reduce fatigue. Then Uncle said: Well dear Khubayb! For more detail about the benefits of bottle gourd, read the edition of Monthly Magazine Faizan-e-Madinah, published in Rabi’-ul-Aakhir 1438.’ Khubayb expressed his resolve by saying: اِنْ شَــآءَالـلّٰـه.