Stories from Molla Nasrudin Stories

The Thief

One night, a thief broke into Nasrudin's house and began putting items in a sack. Nasrudin then joined him and added a few items.The thief was so bewildered that he turned to Nasrudin and asked, "What in the world are you doing?""Well," Nasrudin replied, "I...

Wrestling Dreams

One day, Nasrudin went to the local doctor and told him, "Every night for the past month and a half, I have dreamt I *dreams in which I have wrestling matches with donkeys."The doctor gave Nasrudin an herb and said, "Eat this, and your dreams...

Nasrudin Offers Friend Strawberries

Nasrudin had a friend over at his house."Have some of these strawberries," Nasrudin said."Thank you," replied the friend, "but I have already eaten five of them.""I usually don't count," Nasrudin replied, "but you actually ate ten."...

Nasrudin Gets Engaged

Nasrudin, having just got engaged to a new woman in town, went to his fiancée's home to meet his future mother-in-law."Tell me," she said, "are you sure that this is the first time you are getting married?""Yes," Nasrudin replied, "I swear on my four kids...

Three Times Two

While Nasrudin was staying in another town, a local man asked him what three times two was."Four," Nasrudin replied."You are wrong," the man said. "The answer is six.""Actually," explained Nasrudin, "I am not wrong. We use different type of math where I am from."...

Your Eyes Are Very Red

Nasrudin, suffering from some eye irritation, went to see a doctor.The doctor took a look at him and said, "Your eyes are very red.""Do they also ache?" asked Nasrudin....

Across the River

Nasrudin was standing near a river. A man on the other side shouted to him, "Hey! How can I get across the river?""You are across!" Nasrudin shouted back....

Nasrudin Eats Dates

A man noticed Nasrudin eating dates with their seeds."Why are you eating the seeds" the man asked."Because," explained Nasrudin, "the merchant who sold them to me included the weight of the seeds."...

Complaints About Nasrudin's Wife

One day, the local people complained to Nasrudin, "Your wife is always walking here and there, going to all sorts of different places. 'Tis improper for a woman. For God's sake, Mulla, tell her that she should stop moving around so much.""OK," reaplied Nasrudin. "If...

Pricing the Conqueror

One day, the town's new conqueror asked Nasrudin, "If I were a slave, how much would I cost?""Five hundred dollars," Nasrudin responded."What!" the conqueror shouted in great anger. "Just the clothes I'm wearing right now are worth five hundred dollars!""Yes," replied Nasrudin, "I factored the...

Nasrudin Preaches

Nasrudin was scheduled to give a religious speech one day to an all-male audience, but had no particular topic in mind.He thought of one, and began preaching:"Gentleman," he said. "We must stop allowing our wives to wear make-up. It is inappropriate, indecent, impure, wicked, and...

The Meeting

Nasrudin went to a wealthy man's home one day for a business appointment. As he walked towards the front door, he looked through a side window and saw the man eating soup.Nasrudin continued to the front, and knocked on the door.The man's son opened it."Hi,"...

The Crowded Home

Nasrudin was talking to his neighbor one day, and the neighbor lamented, "I'm really having trouble fitting my family in our small house. It's me, my wife, my three kids, and my mother-in-law-all sharing the same cottage. Mulla Nasrudin, you are a wise man. Do...

Did You Enjoy the Stew?

Nasrudin was invited to the royal palace for dinner one night. During the meal, the King asked Nasrudin if he enjoyed the stew."Yes," replied Nasrudin, "it was fantastic.""Really?" said the King. "I thought it was pretty bad.""Yes," said Nasrudin, "you're right--it was quite awful.""Wait a...

Nasrudin is Beaten Up

Nasrudin decided to wear elaborate Arabic clothing one day. When he came home, his wife noticed that the clothing had been torn up to shreds."What happened to you?" his she asked. "Did you get beaten up?""Yes," Nasrudin replied."But why?" she inquired. "It's not like people...

Meal or Preaching?

The local religious leader invited Nasrudin over for dinner one night.Nasrudin, not having eaten much that day, was famished when he got there, and eger to eat as soon as possible.After two hours, however, the religious leader had yet to offer Nasrudin any food, and...

Cow Gets Stuck

One day, a cow drinking water from a container got its head stuck in the container's narrow passage.The cow's owner and various passersby noticed what had happened, and some tried to prod the cow's head out--but alas, the cow remained stuck, much to theThen Nasrudin...

Man Searches for Joy

One day, Nasrudin began talking to a man from another town. The man lamented, "I am rich, but I am also sad and miserable. I have taken my money and gone traveling in search of joy-but alas, I have yet to find it."As the man...

Nasrudin Almost Falls into a Lake

One day, Nasrudin slipped and nearly fell into a lake, but was caught by a friend walking next to him.From then on, every time Nasrudin encountered the friend, the latter was sure to bring up the incident and make a big deal about it.After months...

Man is Stuck in Tree

One day, a local man climbed up a rather tall tree.Shortly thereafter, however, as he tried to make his way back down, he soon discovered that the trip down might not be as easy as the trip up. In fact, try as he might, he...