Stories from Molla Nasrudin Stories

Nasrudin Dies

Nasrudin was very old and lying on his bed, about to die at any moment. He said to his wife, "Why are you dressed in black and looking so sorrowful? Go put on your finest clothes, fix up your hair, and smile!""Nasrudin," she tearfully responded,...

Your Cat is Dead

Nasrudin had a cousin who went to live far away, and left some of his possessions with Nasrudin.One day, the cousin's cat died, and Nasrudin sent him a message that bluntly said: "Your cat is dead."The cousin, very upset, sent a message back that said,...

Who is He?

Nasrudin talking to a cobbler who told the following riddle: "There is a person who is my father's son, but he is not my brother. Who is he?"After a while, Nasrudin said, "I don't know. Who?""Me," the cobbler replied.Greatly amused, Nasrudin went to a group...

News Delivery

"Nasrudin," said the mayor, "Mrs. Shahrzad Rahman's husband died today. Go tell her, but try to break the news gently. She is a very frail lady."Nasrudin went to her house and knocked on the door.A frail lady answered."Does Miss Shahrzad the widow live here?" asked...

The Umbrella

As Nasrudin and a friend walked, it suddenly began raining hard.The friend noticed that Nasrudin was carrying an umbrella, and said, "Open your umbrella to prevent us from getting soaked.""No," said Nasrudin, "that won't do us much good. This umbrella is full of holes.""So then...

Nasrudin the Liar and Exaggerator

Mayor: "Nasrudin. You are known to be a liar and exaggerator. Tell me a lie without thinking, and I will reward you with fifty dollars."Nasrudin: "Fifty dollars? You just promised me a hundred dollars!"...

The Oven

Nasrudin was building an oven in his yard. When he finished, he showed it to the neighbors."The oven is good," said one of them, "however, it faces North. When it gets windy in the winter, the wind will blow out the fire."Nasrudin then rebuilt the...

Train Ticket

Nasrudin was about to board a train, and the conductor asked him for his ticket.Nasrudin began looking through his pants pockets, but he couldn't find it."One moment," he said. "I know I brought it."He searched his bag, and still couldn't find it. He then searched...

The Debate

Nasrudin and some friends were at the town square. The friends, looking for any subject to discuss, began debating over the sex of the dove that brought the olive twig to Noah's Ark.After listening to the debate, Nasrudin spoke up and said, "This is actually...

Nasrudin Steals Wheat

Nasrudin was at the local mill along with many others. As they waited for their turn, Nasrudin scooped wheat from other people's sacks into his own.The miller noticed this and confronted Nasrudin."What are you doing?" he said."Don't mind me," replied Nasrudin, "I am just a...

Cursing Fine

After tripping on a rock while walking, Nasrudin angrily yelled out, "Son of a bitch!"Unfortunately, a man who happened to be standing nearby thought the comment was directed towards him, and was so offended that he took Nasrudin to court, much to Nasrudin's annoyance.When the...

Three Months

Three months after Nasrudin married his new wife, she gave birth to a baby girl."Now, I'm no expert or anything," said Nasrudin, "and please don't take this the wrong way-but tell me this: Doesn't it take nine months for a woman to go from child...

The Conqueror's Challenge

The town's new conqueror said to Nasrudin one day, "Hey Mulla, I have a challenge for you. Offend me in a way that your explanation will be a thousand times worse than the original offense."The next day, Nasrudin came to the palace and kissed the...

Tool Repairman

Nasrudin took his tools to a repair shop one day. When he went to pick them up the following day, the repairman said, "Unfortunately, they were stolen."The next day he told his friend about this, and the friend said, "I bet the repairman stole your...

Nasrudin Tries to Steal a Peach

One day, as Nasrudin rode his donkey, he spotted a ripe peach hanging over the wall of someone's orchard.He then positioned his donkey underneath it, stood up and grabbed a branch, and reached for the peach with his other hand.As he did this, however, a...

Nasrudin's Loan Repayment

Nasrudin owed his cousin money, but avoided him for weeks. Finally, their paths crossed one day."I know you've been avoiding me," said the cousin, "but alas-we have finally run into each other. So how about the two hundred dollars you owe me?Nasrudin, knowing his cousin...

What Color is my Beard?

One day, a barber was trimming the mayor's beard at the village palace.After he finished up, he remarked, "Your beard is starting to turn gray."The mayor, enraged to hear this, ordered that the barber be put in jail for one year.He then turned to a...

Camel or Man?

Friend: "Nasrudin, which is wiser: camel or man?"Nasrudin: "Camel.""Why.""Because a camel carries loads but does not ask for more, whereas man, even if he is overwhelmed by responsibility, often chooses to add more."...

Meal Reverse Trickeration

Nasrudin and a few of his buddies went to one of their friend's homes one night for a dinner of chicken and rice.As they ate, the friend, wanting to play a little joke at Nasrudin's expense, snuck the chicken bones from his meal into Nasrudin's...

Reverse Burgleration

One night, Nasrudin's wife woke Nasrudin up and said, "Husband, there are burglars in the house.""Are you certain?" Nasrudin replied."Yes," she replied. "They left bundles of other people's stolen possessions outside our door, and they are in our house right now taking our stuff.""OK, I...