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Holding a mirror to the State

The King’s wise men were summoned to Court to cross examine Nasrudin. This was a very grave case. The Mullah had admitted going around the country exclaiming “The Court’s “wise men” are ignorant, indecisive and confused.” He was charged with undermining state security under new legislation designed to protect the state against foreigners planning terror.

Speak first, said the King to Nasrudin “Bring me pens and paper,” said the Mullah The pens and paper were brought. Give them to each of the first seven wise men. They were handed out. “Have them each separately write an answer to this question: “What is bread?” This was done.

The papers were given to the King who read them out loud. The first said, “Bread is a food.” The second said, “Bread is flour and water.” The third said, “Bread is a gift from God.” The fourth said “Bread is baked dough” The fifth said, “That depends on what you mean by “bread”.” The sixth said, “Bread is a nutritious substance.” The seventh said “No-one really knows.”

“Once they are able to decide what bread is,” said the Mullah, “then they can decide on other things, for example whether I am right or I am wrong. Can you entrust serious matters of judgement to men such as these? Is it not strange that they cannot agree on something that we eat every day, yet they are unanimous that I am a terrorist?”

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Finding common ground

The king sentenced his treasurer to death for defrauding the public purse and appointed Nasrudin as his replacement. Not long afterwards, the king learned that Nasrudin was giving treasury money to the poor. Summoning Nasrudin, the king asked “Do you want to end up dying like your predecessor?” “Surely your highness, you would not execute someone who is merely trying to prolong your stay on this Earth?” “How does stealing from my treasury help me to live longer?” asked the king.
“When I give money to the poor and needy,” replied Nasrudin, “ I ask for them to pray that you will live long and prosper. If we do not support prayers for you in this way, who will entreat Allah to keep you alive for another day?”

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Post Facto Rationalization

The price of geese was rising sharply in advance of the festive season. Sensing that now was a good time to sell his bird, Nasrudin brought his goose to market. One prospect fancied the fat goose, but the bird hissed at the stranger and frightened him off. A second man attempted to weigh the big bird, but it bit him. A third who had witnessed all this remarked, “Your goose has a foul disposition.” Nasrudin replied, “Now you know why I am selling it.”

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The give and take

A very familiar looking man was caught in a swollen river, grasping a rock and about to be carried away by the strong current.  Spotting the man’s plight, a passerby ran to him and shouted, “Give me your hand!  I will pull you out!” Though the man in peril clearly heard the passerby, he did not react. He did nothing.

Witnessing this, Nasrudin ran to the man in the river and asked, “What is your job?”  “I am the Chancellor of the Exchequer!” shouted the man.

“Then take my hand!” exclaimed Nasrudin.  The man stretched out his hand, Nasrudin grasped it and and pulled him to safety.

Nasrudin turned to the passerby who was watching, and said, “Chancellors only understand the word take, not the word give.”

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The Family Inheritance

Nasrudin was in his garden planting an apple tree when his wife yelled for him rush in.  It was his mortage lender on the phone.  When he reached the phone, he apologized to the caller, explaining why he was a little winded.  “I am very happy that you are planting an orchard,” said the caller.  “Your trees will bear fruit which you can sell to help pay off your mortage which is in arrears.”

“Planting fruit trees is my family tradition,” replied Nasrudin.  “When my great grandfather got to be my age, he too planted an apple tree and told my grandfather to harvest the crop after he died.  When the apples were ready to send to the market, my father picked and sold them.  That money was used to repay my great grandfather’s debts.  So you see, I am now planting apple trees so my unborn son can care for these trees and tell his son to pay my mortgage.”

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Yes We Can

Nasrudin  was missing from work for three weeks. When he came back, he was promptly summoned to the boss, a supporter of the newly elected President.   “Nasrudin, where have you been for three weeks?” asked the boss. “You can’t just  leave like that without asking for leave.”
“I was only following your orders, sir,” replied Nasrudin. 
“What orders?”
“I went to see you to ask for a vacation, and you weren’t in your office, but I did see the new sign behind your desk, “Yes We Can” so I knew I could.”

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Arrogance

Nasrudin had risen through the ranks of the favoured and was elected to a position of grand authority and pomp.  After 8 highly ineffectual years as Speaker of the House of Commoners, Nasrudin gave his most weasley address in which admitted his incompetence and attempted to pass blame to his subordinates and the authorities.   Commoners members of every inclination were outraged at his arrogance.  They went to the King who ruled that, by the will of the members,  Nasrudin, who after all was no spring chicken,  should retire.
Nasrudin asked the King, “Are the members unanimous?”
“Yes indeed, they are,” replied the King.
“Well I refuse to go.   There are many of them, but just one of me.  If they don’t like the House they can resign and create another one.  I am but one old man.  How will I build a House just for myself?”

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