sign of education
The wit and wisdom of Mullah Nasruddin never
leaves him tongue-tied. 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 I cannot read this." The man
cried: "For shame, Mullah Nasruddin ! You
must be ashamed before the turban you wear (i.e.
the sign of education)" Mullah Nasruddin
removed the turban from his own head and placed
it on the head of the illiterate man, said:
"There, now you wear the turban. If it
gives some knowledge, read the letter yourself."
“How old are you? ‘’ A friend
“I am 3 years older than my brother”
replied Mullah Nasruddin.
“But last year you were only 2 year older!”
“Yes, you know, a year has passed since
then, hasn’t it?!”
One day Mullah Nasruddin wished to learn playing
zurna (a kind off shrill pipe) and visited a
zurna player. "How much does it cost to
learn playing zurna?" asked Mullah Nasruddin.
"Three hundred akche (coin) for the first
lesson and one hundred akche for the next lessons,"
asked zurna player. "It sounds good,"
replied Mullah Nasruddin. "We may start
with second lesson. I was a shepherd when I
was a young boy, so I already had some whistle
experiences. It must be good enough for first
lesson, isn't it?"
Once a renowned philosopher and moralist was
traveling through Nasruddin's village when he
asked him where there was a good place to eat.
He suggested a place and the scholar, hungry
for conversation, invited Mullah Nasruddin to
join him. Much obliged, Mullah Nasruddin accompanied
the scholar to a nearby restaurant, where they
asked the waiter about the special of the day.
"Fish! Fresh Fish!" replied the waiter.
"Bring us two," they answered. A few
minutes later, the waiter brought out a large
platter with two cooked fish on it, one of which
was quite a bit smaller than the other. Without
hesitating, Mullah Nasruddin cooked the larger
of the fish and put in on his plate. The scholar,
giving Mullah Nasruddin a look of intense disbelief,
proceed to tell him that what he did was not
only blatantly selfish, but that it violated
the principles of almost every known moral,
religious, and ethical system. Mullah Nasruddin
calmly listened to the philosopher's extempore
lecture patiently, and when he had finally exhausted
his resources, Mullah Nasruddin said, "Well,
Sir, what would you have done?" "I,
being a conscientious human, would have taken
the smaller fish for myself." "And
here you are," Mullah Nasruddin said, and
placed the smaller fish on the gentleman's plate.