Stories from Molla Nasrudin Stories

What Should I Do?

Nasrudin's friend was continuously worried and distressed over everything.One day he went up to Nasrudin and said, "What should I do if I get up early in the morning, and it is so dark that I bump into something and injure myself?"Nasrudin replied, "Get up...

Peach Payment

Nasrudin had moved to a new town and was badly in need of money. Ge agreed to pick peaches off of a local man's orchard for fifty dollars a day.However, after he completed a full day's work and went to collect his pay, the orchard...

The Slap

One day, Nasrudin was walking down the street to work, when out of nowhere, a man came up to him and slapped him right in the face!A surprised Nasrudin looked at the man.The man looked back and, quickly realizing that he had mistakenly slapped the...

The Tips

Nasrudin went into a bathhouse dressed in worn out clothing.The bath attendant, taking him to be poor, didn't give him much care, only throwing him a towel. When Nasrudin was done bathing, however, he gave the attendant a big tip.The next week, Nasrudin came to...

Boasting Warriors

A group of soldiers were at the village square bragging about their accomplishments in a recent battle."We obliterated them," said one of the men. "We were invincible. I myself killed about a dozen of their best men.""And I," added another, "caught an arrow that was...

The Conqueror Needs a Title

A new ruler just conquered Nasrudin's town. He saw Nasrudin and asked him, "Hey Mulla, come here and help me with something. I am trying to think up an honorary title for myself. I want it to have the word God in it, just like...

The Right Language

A man was caught in a river current and hanging on to some rocks in order to avoid being carried away.  Nasrudin and a friend noticed him, and the friend went up to him, extended his arm, and said, "Give me your hand so I...

Nasrudin Visits the Cemetery

Nasrudin was seated near a grave at the cemetery, grieving and lamenting, "Oh, why, why did he have to leave me so soon!"A man noticed Nasrudin crying and wanted to comfort him. He said, "Is this your son's grave that you are crying over?"Nasrudin replied,...

Sharing a Meal

Nasrudin and a friend went to a restaurant to share a meal, but couldn't decide on whether to order fish or goat. After much argument, the friend won the debate-they agreed to order fish, and informed the waiter of their choice.Just moments later, the friend...

The Bill

A visiting Emperor was in Restaurateur Nasrudin's town, and ate a meal of sheep meat in his restaurant. When the Emperor finished the meal, he asked Nasrudin how much to pay."Fifty dollars," Nasrudin confidently responded.Surprised to hear such a high figure, the Emperor said, "Wow,...

The Punishment

Nasrudin told his son to go get some water from the well. Before the son left, he slapped him and shouted, "And make sure you don't break the jug!"The boy began crying, and a bystander noticed this and said, "Why did you hit him? He...

My Bag is Lost

One day, Nasrudin entered a village and viciously declared, "My bag is lost--and if you people don't find it, you'll find out what happened the last time my bag got lost!"The villagers, quite terrified, frantically began searching for the bag. Minutes later, a man found...

-Superstitious-

The village mayor was very superstitious. One day, he was on a hunt and caught a glimpse of Nasrudin. He immediately shouted to his men, "Mullas are bad luck on a Tuesday. Tackle him and throw him out of here!"They followed his request, and ended...

Laughing Turns to Crying

A man showed a compass to Nasrudin and asked him what it was. Nasrudin immediately began laughing. But just seconds later, he began crying.The man noticed his bizarre behavior, and asked, "What was that? Why did you start laughing few seconds ago, and then all...

Warriors Boast

Several of the town's warriors were boasting about a recent battle. On of them exclaimed, "In the midst of the battle, several knives had daggered me in my legs and arms, but I continued fighting, and took out five of their men!""Well," another warrior chimed...

Nasrudin the Singer

One day, Nasrudin sang in a bathhouse, and was very pleased with the sound that was boosted tremendously by the bathhouse acoustics.When Nasrudin left, he went to the village center and began singing--but the people looked at him in wonder, and one shouted out, "What...

The Neighbor's Garden

Nasrudin spotted some ripe oranges in his neighbor's garden, and wanted to steal one.He took his ladder up to the dividing wall, climbed to the top of it, and pulled the ladder over.As he began climbing down to his neighbor's side, he suddenly heard the...

Can I Borrow Your Clothesline?

Neighbor: "Nasrudin, can I borrow your clothes line?"Nasrudin: "I need it right now. I'm hanging flour on it.""What? That is ridiculous. Whoever heard of someone hanging flour on a clothesline?""Only those who others don't want to lend it to!"...

Guess What I Have in My Pocket?

Nasrudin's friend had an egg in his pocket. He went up to Nasrudin and said, "If you can guess what I have in my pocket, I'll treat you to breakfast. I'll give you three clues.""OK," Nasrudin replied, "give me the clues."The friend said, "It's yellow...

My Foot Hurts

An illiterate man asked Nasrudin to write a letter for him.Nasrudin, however, refused, saying, "Unfortunately, I can't do it right now--my foot hurts too much.""Your foot?" the man said. "What does that have to do with writing a letter?""Well," explained Nasrudin, "since nobody besides me...