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The Big Debate – Spiritual Story

The Big Debate

Ten centuries ago, the Pope decided that all the Muslims had to leave Jerusalem. Naturally there was a big uproar from the Muslim community. So the Pope made a deal. He would have a religious debate with a member of the Muslim community. If the Muslim won the debate, all the Muslims could stay. If the Pope won, all the Muslims would have to leave. The Muslims realised that they had no choice...

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; and, besides, he prided himself upon being a master of deduction. The cat had just streaked in...

The Shortcut

Walking home one wonderful morning, Nasrudin thought that it would be a good idea to take a short cut through the woods. Why, he asked himself, should I plod along a dusty road when I could be communing with Nature, listening to the birds and looking at the flowers? This is inded a day of days; a day for fortunate pursuits! So saying, he launched himself into the greenery. He had not gone very far, however, when...

Rope and the Sky

A Sufi mystic stopped Nasrudin in the street. In order to test whether Nasrudin was sensitive to inner knowledge, he made a sign pointing to the sky. The Sufi meant, There is only one truth, which covers all. Nasrudin's companion, an ordinary man, thought...

Danger Has No Favorites

A lady brought her small son to the Mulla's school. He is very badly behaved, she explained, and I want you to frighten him. The Mulla assumed a threatening posture, eyes flaming and face working. He jumped up and down, and suddenly ran out of the building...

The Alternative

I am a hospitable man, said Nasrudin to a group of cronies at the teahouse. Very well, then - take us all home to supper, said the greediest. Nasrudin collected the whole crowd and started towards his house with them. When he was almost there, he said: I'll go ahead and warn my wife: You just wait here. His wife cuffed him when he told her the news. There is no food in the house - turn them away...

Memento

Once, someone requested of Mulla Nasrudin: Give me your ring as a memento, so that whenever I look at it I will remember you. Mulla replied: You cannot have the ring. But...

Hidden Depths

One day Mulla Nasrudin was in the market and saw birds for sale at five hundred reals each. My bird, he thoguht, which is larger than any of these is worth far more. The next day, he took his pet hen to market. Nobody would offer him more than fifity reals for it. The Mulla began to shout: O people! This is a disgrace! Yesterday you were...

Keeping the Tigers Away

Nasrudin was throwing handfuls of crumbs around his house. What are you doing? someone asked him. Keeping the tigers away. But there are no tigers in these parts. That's right. Effective, isn't it?

Strength to Change

Nasrudin was now an old man looking back on his life. He sat with his friends in the tea shop telling his story. When I was young I was firey - I wanted to awaken everyone. I prayed to Allah to give me the strength to change the world...