Stories from Molla Nasrudin Stories

The Pot

Nasrudin borrowed a pot from his friend. The next day, he gave the friend back the pot, plus another smaller pot.The friend looked at the small pot, and said, "What's that?""Your pot gave birth while I had it," said Nasrudin, "so I am giving you...

Get Me a Pencil and Piece of Paper

One night, Nasrudin awoke and exclaimed to his wife, "Wife! Please get up! I have just been divinely inspired! Get me a pencil and piece of paper at once!"His wife lit a candle, fetched the pencil and paper, and handed it to Nasrudin.Nasrudin wrote rapidly,...

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...

What’s in the Bag?

Nasreddin, carrying a brown paper bag, goes into a coffee shop and orders a coffee. The owner of the shop smiles, gives him the coffee and then, unable to contain his curiosity, says, “So, what’s in the bag?”Nasreddin gives a little laugh and says: “You...

Nasruddin’s opinion

Chicken is for youMulla Nasreddin’s wife said to him at a buffet supper: “That’s the fifth time you have gone back for more fried chicken. Doesn’t it embarrass you?”“Not at all,” he said. “I keep telling them, I am getting it for you.”Memory ProblemMulla Nasreddin...

Are you asleep

Once, Mulla Nasruddin was lying on his bed with his eyes closed when his brother-in-law approached him. ‘Are you asleep?” the brother-in-law asked Nasruddin. Nasruddin replied, “Why? What is it?”The brother-in-law said, “I wanted a loan of three hundred dollars. I was wondering if you...

Wet Nasruddin

Mullah Nasruddin nearly fell into a pool one day. A man whom he know was nearby, and saved him from falling in. Every time, this man met Nasruddin, he would remind him of the event and how he saved him. After several times, Nasruddin took...

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 other side of river

Mullah was once boasting about his ageless strength. “I am as strong as I was when I was a young man.”“How can that be?” asked people.“There is a big rock outside my house. I couldn’t move it then and I can’t move it now!” said...

A Pumpkin Patch and Oak Tree

Mullah Nasrudin was sitting under an oak tree at the edge of a pumpkin patch. First he looked at the fragile vines connecting the pumpkins to each other. Then he looked up at the enormous oak tree, which was full of little acorns.He said, “What...

The Man on the tree

One day, a man climbed up a tree. While climbing up, he did not realise how tall the tree actually was and kept climbing up. On reaching the top, when the man looked down, he realised that climbing down from the tree would not be...

The crowded home

One day, Mulla Nasruddin was talking to his neighbour. The neighbour was looking so miserable that Nasruddin asked him what was bothering him. The man started to complain about the lack of space in his house and said, “It is such a small house, Mulla....

Milk for Mulla

One day Mulla Nasruddin was going somewhere when he met a man who was carrying a large milk can. The man wished Mulla Nasruddin and said, “Mullaaji, I have a problem. Would you be kind enough to provide me a solution?” Mullaa Nasruddin willingly consented...

Wit And Wisdom

One day an illiterate man came to Mullah Nasruddin with a letter he had received. “Mullah Nasruddin, please read this letter to me.”Mullah Nasruddin looked at the letter, but could not make out a single word. So he told the man. “I am sorry, but...

Nasrudin: the preacher

Nasrudin is scheduled to preach in the mosque. He stands up in front of the congregation, and asks “So, do you know what I’m going to say?”No one knows.“Well,” says Nasrudin, “If you don’t believe you already know, you won’t understand it. I’d just be...

Mulla Nasrudin: crosses the border

Every day, Nasrudin crosses the border with a donkey and a couple of panniers. After a while, the customs official is certain he’s smuggling something. He stops Nasrudin time after time, searches him thoroughly, but never finds a single item.One day, many years later, he’s...

Lake full of yoghurt

Mulla Nasrudin was walking past the lake, when he sees a wild-looking guy sitting by the bank with a big jar and a spoon. When he gets closer, Nasrudin sees that he’s spooning yoghurt into the water.“Whatever are you doing?” asks Nasrudin.“Oh,” says the guy,...

The yogi and the wise fool

Nasrudin, the wise fool of Sufi tradition, passes in front of a cave, sees a yogi in deep meditation, and asks him what he is seeking.I am contemplating the animals, and I learn many lessons from them which can transform a man’s life – says...