Daddy – Can I have $10?

A man came home from work late, tired and irritated, to find his 5 year old son waiting for him at the door.

“Daddy, may I ask you a question?”

“Yeah, sure, what is it?” replied the man.

“Daddy, how much money do you make an hour?”

“That’s none of your business! What makes you ask such a thing?” the man said angrily.

“I just want to know. Please tell me, how much do you make an hour?” pleaded the little boy.

“If you must know, I make $20.00 an hour.”

“Oh, ” the little boy replied, head bowed. Looking up, he said, “Daddy, may I borrow $10.00 please?”

The father was furious. “If the only reason you want to know how much money I make is just so you can borrow some to buy a silly toy or some other nonsense, then you march yourself straight to your room and go to bed. Think about why you’re being so selfish. I work long, hard hours everyday and don’t have time for such childish games.”

The little boy quietly went to his room and shut the door. The man sat down and started to get even madder about the little boy’s questioning. How dare he ask such questions only to get some money. After an hour or so , the man had calmed down, and started to think he may have been a little hard on his son. May be there was something he really needed to buy with that $10.00 and he really didn’t ask for money very often. The man went to the door of the little boy’s room and opened the door. “Are you asleep son?” he asked.

“No daddy, I’m awake,” replied the boy.

“I’ve been thinking, maybe I was too hard on you earlier,” said the man. “It’s been a long day and I took my aggravation out on you. Here’s that $10.00 you asked for.”

The little boy sat straight up, beaming. “Oh, thank you daddy!” he yelled. Then, reaching under his pillow, he pulled out some more crumpled up bills. The man, seeing that the boy already had money, started to get angry again. The little boy slowly counted out his money, then looked up at the man.

“Why did you want more money if you already had some?” the father grumbled.

“Because I didn’t have enough, but now I do,” the little boy replied.

“Daddy, I have $20.00 now… Can I buy an hour of your time?”


  • seekerofjannah

    That is just so sweet. Speecheless.

  • aaisha

    this story inspires us to listen to children and not to ignore them or hurt their little hearts

  • hodan

    that was reallly sweet….

  • loverofallah

    the best story i ever herd made me cry

  • Yasmeen

    This is so emotional… It made me cry

  • raiyan

    it’s good mashaallah!it made me cry

  • nabilah

    subhanallah~ tsk tsk tsk 🙁

  • zara

    its so upsetting

  • Aisha

    So sweet! I wish my dad was like that, he doesn’t give me any time at all … He doesn’t take me out, hes at work all day, and when ever he talks to me, it’s for less then five minutes, he also said that when I was younger I didn’t exist to him, but after he said it he started laughing.

    Everyone who reads this please make Dua for me :'( xx

  • buline

    AHHHH how adorable so cute and polite

  • Amreen

    So true these days we are so busy we hardly have time for the little ones this story asks us to retrospect and heed to the children it small though convey loads of message Alhamdulliah!
    Thanks a lot!

  • Salamualykum

    I found this story very touching and important for our age. Was wondering if I can write my own version of this story…not sure who the original author is…

    • Assalam Alaykum,
      You may write your own version of the story. I don’t know who the author is, but I think your version should be credited to his story at least.

  • hani

    this is a lesson for parents and soon to be parents
    to listen to their children and do not get angry because
    like this story your child must want to have fun with their parent

  • wow soo powerful made me cry

  • Nasir

    This story tells us that no matter how much money you have you can not buy a single minute from someones life or even your life.jazakallahu khair

  • Amjad9

    SubhanAllah… really touching and I pray for the girl Aisha who deserves the love of her father… may Allah bless her with the parental love she needs…

  • Runu

    “Alhamdulilla” may Allah give him pease…
    # Sometime we can learn, good wisdom from the little wonders!
    May Allah forgive me!

  • Uswa Ejaz

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  • Fazal Haq AKZ

    It is really touching
    Thank you for your story.

  • Fabia

    So sweet mashaallah

  • Ismah

    Very sweet story

  • Aman

    Heart-touching story…

  • raeesah

    Such ∂ sweet touching story:)

  • omer somali

    the story tells to take care and our lovely ones what ever ordeals we are in

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  • Tauwheed

    I am father of two daughters AlhamdAllah. Like every brother and sisters replied here before me, I too felt a sharp pain and found tears in my eyes. I am a Sailor by profession, so have to stay away from home for very long time.
    Please, whoever of you Allah’s Servant are reading this, pray for my daughters and for me.

    Allah Akbar.

  • shadia

    MashaAllah nyc story indeed

  • Abdul Majid Hasan 282

    I don’t know how many times I read this story.. So much lessons we can take from every story on this website. May Allah ta’ala reward whomever become the mean for us to get the guidance.

  • Zainab

    Noo, oh my…….just ….God…….really…….this is superb. Time……time…..time…….more precious than anything money can buy!

  • Dedi heedayat

    SubhanAllah, Very touching story.
    I felt Guilty as a father. Thats really Happen to me, I forgot my little precious sometimes (no, manytimes T_T)..
    May Allah Bless Us All..
    from young father in Indonesia


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