Stories from Molla Nasrudin Stories

The Mayor's Poems

The village mayor wrote a poem and read it to Nasrudin."Did you like the poem?" he asked."No, not really," Nasrudin replied, "it wasn't very good."The mayor was enraged, and he sentenced Nasrudin to three days in jail. The next week, the mayor called Nasrudin in...

What in the World Were You Smuggling?

Nasrudin the smuggler was leading a donkey that had bundles of straw on its back. An experienced border inspector spotted Nasrudin coming to his border."Halt," the inspector said. "What is your business here?""I am an honest smuggler!" replied Nasrudin."Oh, really?" said the inspector. "Well, let...

The Stranger's Request

One day, Nasrudin was repairing his roof, and was interrupted by a stranger knocking on his door."What do you want?" Nasrudin shouted down to him from the roof."Come down so I can tell you," the stranger replied.Nasrudin angrily climbed down the ladder."Well!" Nasrudin snapped at...

Early Bird Gets the Worm?

Friend: "Nasrudin, you should get up early in the mornings."Nasrudin: "Why?""Well, as they say, 'the early bird gets the worm.'""Well, I still don't know if getting up early has any merit to me. After all, I am not hunting for worms.""I thought you might say...

Nasrudin the Proud Parent

Nasrudin and a friend were watching Nasrudin's children.The friend asked Nasrudin's young son, "What is a dilettante?"The son replied, "That is an herb used for seasoning."A delighted Nasrudin turned to his friend and said, "Did you hear that? What a fine boy I have. Just...

The Lost Ring

A man noticed Nasrudin intently inspecting the ground outside his door."Mulla," he said, "what are you looking for?""I'm looking for a ring I dropped," Nasrudin replied."Oh," the man replied as he also began searching. "Well where exactly were you standing when you dropped it?""In my...

Nasrudin's Vinegar Principle

Friend: "Nasrudin, I heard that you have a barrel of thirty year old vinegar. Is it true?"Nasrudin: "Yes."Friend: "Can I have some?"Nasrudin: "No."Friend: "Why not?"Nasrudin: "Well, it's just the principal of the matter."Friend: "What do you mean? What principle?"Nasrudin: "The principle that if I had...

The Town Gossip

The Town Gossip: "Nasrudin, I just saw some men delivering a huge tub of stew."Nasrudin: "What's it to me?"The Town Gossip: "They were taking it to your house."Nasrudin: "What's it to you?"...

Nasrudin's Cherry Logic

Nasrudin loaded a barrel of cherries on his donkey, and went off to the bazaar to sell them. On his way, a group of about a dozen children noticed him, and were elated to see all the cherries he was carrying. They began dancing and...

Nasrudin's Discovery

Nasrudin was hanging a painting in his room. As he hammered the nail, he accidentally hit too hard, and made a big hole in his wall. He looked through it and saw goats on the other side, but did not realize that he was looking...

The Strength Test

Nasrudin and some others were in the town square one day, and the topic of conversation turned to how they changed since they were younger. Some of them talked about how they were wiser, and some talked about how they were weaker. Nasrudin spoke up...

The Weight Lifting Contest

One day, as Nasrudin and sonme other locals chatted at the town square, a bragging contest soon developed among the group.One by one they spoke of amazing feats they accomplished, each tale seeming more outlandish than the last.Finally, after hearing everyone else, Nasrudin stood up...

Rope and the Sky

A Sufi mystic stopped Nasrudin in the street. In order to test whether Nasrudin was sensitive to inner knowledge, he made a sign pointing to the sky. The Sufi meant, “There is only one truth, which covers all.”Nasrudin’s companion, an ordinary man, thought: “The Sufi...

Strength to Change

Nasrudin was now an old man looking back on his life. He sat with his friends in the tea shop telling his story. “When I was young I was firey – I wanted to awaken everyone. I prayed to Allah to give me the strength...

The Alternative

“I am a hospitable man,” said Nasrudin to a group of cronies at the teahouse. “Very well, then – take us all home to supper,” said the greediest.Nasrudin collected the whole crowd and started towards his house with them. When he was almost there, he...

The Fool

A philosopher, having made an appointment to dispute with Nasrudin, called and found him away from home. Infuriated, he picked up a piece of chalk and wrote “Stupid Oaf” on Nasrudin’s gate.As soon as he got home and saw this, the Mulla rushed to the...

The Hole

Nasrudin was digging outside, and his neighbor asked him, "What are you working on?""Well," Nasrudin replied, "There's a lot of excess dirt on the road, so I'm digging a hole to bury it in.""But what are you going to do with the dirt that you...

The Cat Is Wet

Nasrudin took a job as watchman. His master called him and asked whether it was raining. “I have to go see the Sultan, and the dye on my favourite cloak is not fast. If it is raining, it will be ruined.”Now, Nasrudin was very lazy;...

Sometimes, it pays to live without expectation

Mulla Nasrudin is walking past a cave when he sees a yogi, deep in meditation, and he asks the yogi what he is searching for.The yogi says: ‘I study the animals and have learned many lessons from them that can transform a man’s life.’‘A fish...

Happy Eid Mubarak to all my Muslim friends

Eid Mubarak is a traditional Muslim greeting reserved for use on the festivals of Eid ul-Adha and Eid ul-Fitr. Eid refers to the occasion itself, and Mubarak means “Blessed.”Muslims wish each other Eid Mubarak after performing the Eid prayer. The celebration continues until the end...