The Procession

A group of Muslim religious leaders once got together and, having nothing better to do that day, began to talk on trivial matters. One of them asked:

During a funeral procession, should one walk on the right side of the coffin or on the left?

Immediately, the group was divided by a difference of opinion. Half said that they would walk on the right side, while the other half maintained that they would walk on the left side. Finally, they decided to go to Mulla Nasrudin and ask for his religiouns proclamation. Mulla listened carefully and then said laughingly:

It does not matter, just as long as you are not on the inside.

This spiritual story is from the book Classic Tales of Mulla Nasreddin by Houman Farzad.

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