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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Who Died?

A traveler was passing through town when he came upon a huge funeral procession. Nasrudin was on a corner watching the people pass by. “Who died?” the traveler asked Nasrudin. “I’m not sure,” replied Nasrudin, “but I think it’s the one in the coffin.” ====================================================================================== Language is imprecise and we can sometimes miss the context […]

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Last Wishes

Nasrudin is with his cronies drinking coffee: They are discussing death, “When you are in your casket and friends and family are mourning upon you, what would you like to hear them say about you?” The first crony says, “I would like to hear them say that I was a great doctor of my time, […]

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Wisdom from the Hidden Realms

Two children found a bag containing twelve marbles. They argued over how to divide the toys and finally went to see the Mulla. When asked to settle their disagreement, the Mulla asked whether the children wanted him to divide the marbles as a human would or as Allah would. The children replied, “We want it […]

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Useful Knowledge

A scholar being ferried by Nasrudin across a body of water chided Nasrudin for his ungrammatical language, and hearing he did not learn in school said: “What? half of your life has been wasted!” Shortly afterwards, Nasrudin asked him: “Did you learn to swim?” “No, I did not,” replied the scholar. “Well, in this case […]

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