Stories from Molla Nasrudin Stories

Efficiency?

Nasrudin was working for an employer who complained to him one day."You're doing everything to slowly," he said. "There's no reason for you to go to the bazaar three separate times to buy material--you surely can do it all at once."Then several days later, the...

Selling a Turban

Nasrudin went to the mayor's palace one day wearing a fancy turban."Wow!" said the mayor, "What a magnificent turban! I've never seen anything like it. How much will you sell it for?""A thousand dollars," Nasrudin calmly replied.A local merchant turned to the mayor and remarked,...

The Donkey Experiment

Nasrudin began gradually reducing the amount of food he fed to his donkey each day, hoping to get it accustomed to less and less food. By day thirty, however, the much-emaciated donkey dropped dead."Darn it," Nasrudin lamented. "I was just a few days away from...

A Bird Saved My Life

Nasrudin was walking through the desert, and spotted a foreign holy man. Nasrudin went and introduced himself, and the holy man said, "I am a mystic devoted to the appreciation of all life forms--especially birds.""Oh, wonderful," Nasrudin replied. "I am a Mulla, and I would...

You're Right

Judge Nasrudin was listening to a case. After hearing the plaintiff present his side, Nasrudin remarked, "You're right."Then, after the defendant had presented his case, Nasrudin again remarked, "Yes, you're right."Nasrudin's wife had been listening to the case, and remarked, "that doesn't make any sense--how...

Cow-on-Cow Homicide

A neighbor ran into Judge Nasrudin's room and asked, "If one man's cow kills another's, is the owner of the first cow responsible?""It depends," Nasrudin cautiously answered."Well," said the man, "your cow has killed mine!""Oh," answered Nasrudin. "Well, everyone knows that a cow can't think...

The Turban is Mine

Nasrudin's old friend Eynolla came to visit him one day from a far away village."I want to introduce you to a few people," Nasrudin told Eynolla."OK," replied Eynolla, "but please lend me a turban, for I am not properly dressed."So Nasrudin lent him the turban,...

The Turban is Mine

Nasrudin's old friend Eynolla came to visit him one day from a far away village."I want to introduce you to a few people," Nasrudin told Eynolla."OK," replied Eynolla, "but please lend me a turban, for I am not properly dressed."So Nasrudin lent him the turban,...

The Palace Feast-Day

Nasrudin went to the palace for a feast-day--but when the servants noticed his ragged clothes, they paid him no attention and offered him no food.And so, Nasrudin went back to his house, put on his most extravagant clothing, and returned to the palace, where this...

Hospitable Nasrudin

One day, Nasrudin was boasting to a group of others about how tremendously hospitable he was. One of them, eager to make Nasrudin make due on his claim, said, "Well then, will you take us all to your home and treat us to a meal?"Nasrudin...

The Negotiator

Nasrudin dreamt that a man was giving him nine coins, but that he demanded ten. Suddenly, Nasrudin woke up, and looked at his hands and saw that they had no coins in them. He closed his eyes, opened his hand, and said, "OK--you win. I'll...

Tiger Powder

Nasrudin was busy sprinkling crumbs on the ground around his house. A neighbor saw him and asked, "Nasrudin, what are you doing?""I want to keep tigers away," he replied.'But there aren't any tigers within a fifty kilometer radius from here," the neighbor retorted."Yes," said Nasrudin,...

A Great Home?

Nasrudin was inspecting a house he wanted to buy. The home's next-door neighbor noticed, walked over, and began telling him how great of a house it was.When he finished talking, Nasrudin remarked, "Well, what you're saying might be true, but there is one drawback to...

It Was Just My Clothes

Nasrudin's wife heard a loud noise in the next room. She went to inspect it, and saw her husband sitting on the floor."What was that?" she cried."It was just my clothes," replied Nasrudin. "They fell down.""But how could your clothes make such a loud noise?"...

Avoiding Criticism

Nasrudin and his son were traveling with their donkey. Nasrudin preferred to walk while his son rode the donkey. But then they passed a group of bystanders, and one scoffed, "Look--that selfish boy is riding on a donkey while his poor old father is forced...

Larger Steak

A traveling scholar treated Nasrudin to a meal at a local restaurant.The scholar ordered two lamb steaks--and several minutes later, after the waiter brought back a platter containing one medium sized steak and one larger one, Nasrudin immediately took the larger steak and put in...

Did You Hear the News?

Some of Nasrudin's acquaintances wanted to get Nasrudin to kill his biggest goat and invite them for a meal.One day they told him, "Did you hear the news?""No, what is it?" Nasrudin replied."The world is coming to an end tomorrow!" the friend said.Upon hearing this,...

The Donkey Seller

Nasrudin brought his donkey to sell at the bazaar.The donkey, however, would not cooperate, and bit every single person who tried to inspect it.A nearby seller noticed all of this, and said, "Do you really expect to sell a donkey that behaves like that?""No," Nasrudin...

The location

A man noticed Nasrudin digging a hole, and asked him about it.The reply was, "I buried something in this field last month, and I've been trying to find it all morning.""Well," said the other, "did you have some kind of marking system for it."Nasrudin said,...

Too Hot, Too Cold

Nasrudin was listening to a group of people in the midst of a scholarly discussion. One sage remarked, "People are so unreasonable-they complain of cold in the winter, and of heat in the summer. Is there nothing that can satisfy people?""Well," replied Nasrudin, what about...