Mullah Nasrudin and the misunderstanding

Mullah Nasrudin immigrated to the USA and became a university professor. One day he arrived at the weekly university talk open to all the public. Typically these talks were given by visiting professors and attended by the university staff and their spouses, as well as few students and general public. As Nasrudin entered the huge […]

Mullah Nasrudin the priest and the minister

Mullah Nasrudin was walking in the countryside with a priest and a minister. It was a hot day and they were sweating  profusely. Nasrudin cried aloud, “Dear God, we are three of your hard working servants, please let us find solace from this heat.” Just then they came to a large pond. Since there was […]

Mullah Nasrudin the Calvinist

Most of these Mullah Nasrudin stories I remember from my childhood. I heard them in Iran from oral traditions. I recreated them from my memory into English (not translation but recreation since I do not always remember the original Persian stories). Others I have got from a few Persian books I have gathered over the […]

I felt the earth move

This afternoon we had one of those typical Southern Californian earth quacks. It reminded me of a time about twenty five years ago when there was another Lakers/Celtics rivalry. Those were the times of Magic Johnson and Kamal Abdal Jabbar on our side and Larry Bird on theirs. Anyway at the time I worked for […]

Nasrudin and what people think

Mullah Nasrudin was returning from the market with his son and donkey. They had sold all the goods they had taken to the bazaar and now the Mullah was riding the donkey and his son was on foot when a passing man said, “Aren’t you ashamed old man that you ride the donkey and your […]

Nasrudin the rats, crow and the dog

Nasrudin and the rats A friend complained to Nasrudin that he had fifty pounds of wheat and before he knew it the rats had come and eaten all his wheat. Nasrudin replied, “I too had fifty pounds of wheat and before the rats knew it I had eaten all my wheat.” Since that was a […]

Mullah Nasrudin and the sea water

Three short Mullah Nasrudin short teaching stories: Nasrudin and the sea water Note in those days no refrigerators so they would smoke the fish to preserve it. These were extremely salty. They asked Nasrudin why is the sea water salty? The Mullah replied, “Haven’t you eaten fish? You know it’s so salty. It’s obvious if […]

Nasrudin and the coffin

Mullah Nasrudin was walking with his son when a funeral procession came by. The mullah’s son pointed to the coffin and asked him, “What is in that box?” Nasrudin replied, “A man, my son.” The son continued, “Where are they taking him, father, and why are they so sad?” “They are sad because they take […]

Mullah Nasrudin and snoring

Nasrudin and snoring Mullah Nasrudin’s wife kept complaining that he snored. The Mullah said, “It is absolutely impossible. I have awakened myself a few times in the middle of the night and I was never snoring.” Since this was short I’ll include a few other short Mullah Nasrudin teaching stories. Heaven and hell: They asked […]

Mullah Nasrudin and thank God

Here are three short teaching stories: Nasrudin and thank God: Mullah Nasrudin had bought a new pair of shoes that he only wore to feasts. One day, he was plowing his field while wearing hi pair of old torn shoes. He hurt his foot on a big thorn. As he was washing and bandaging his […]