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Nasrudin tells the Truth

The Sultan of a great city was annoyed by the cheats and liars who entered his gates and caused trouble. He therefore set soldiers at all entrances. The soldiers were under orders to hang those who lied about their purpose for wishing to enter. The Mullah Nasreddin saddled his donkey and rode to the city. […]

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Nasrudin and the Sultan’s Horse

One day, while Nasreddin was visiting the capital city, the Sultan took offense to a joke that was made at his expense. He had Nasreddin immediately arrested and imprisoned; accusing him of heresy and sedition. Nasreddin apologized to the Sultan for his joke, and begged for his life; but the Sultan remained obstinate, and in […]

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The Great Pumpkin

Nasreddin Hodja was lying in the shade of an ancient walnut tree. His body was at rest, but, befitting his calling as an imam, his mind did not relax. Looking up into the mighty tree he considered the greatness and wisdom of Allah. “Allah is great and Allah is good,” said the Hodja, “but was […]

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Ageless Strength

Mulla was once boasting about his ageless strength. “I am as strong as I was when I was a young man.” “How can that be?” asked people. “There is a big rock outside my house. I couldn’t move it then and I can’t move it now!” said Mulla. =============================================================================== It’s all relative. One must carefully […]

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Preaching

Mulla preached on Fridays at the village mosque. One day, having nothing to preach about, he asked the congregation: “Do you know the subject I am going to discuss today?” “No” said the people. “Then I refuse to preach to such an ignorant assembly. How could you not know given the events of the past […]

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People’s Talk

Mulla Nasrudin and his son were riding the donkey to the town market. A group of people passed. Mulla heard them whisper: “What times are these? Look at those two, have they no mercy on the poor animal?” Nasrudin, hearing this, tells his son to get off and continue the journey on foot. Another group […]

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Fishing …

Nasrudin heard that the king sent out a committee incognito, seeking suitable candidates for qazis (judges). Nasrudin took to walking around carrying an old fishing net on his shoulder. When the members of the committee reached his village, it drew their attention and they questioned him about it. “Oh, I carry this net with me […]

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