Nasrudin - Wikibooks

List of tales of Nasrudin and interpretations. It is said, there are as many interpretations as stars in the sky.

Mullah, Nasrudin Hoja appears as the whimsical character in a growing tradition of stories. The tales of Nasrudin are sometimes adapted and used as teaching stories by followers of the Sufi way. Some mystic traditions use jokes, stories and poetry to express certain ideas, allowing the bypassing of the normal discriminative thought patterns. The rationality that confines and objectifies the thinking process is the opposite to the intuitive, gestalt mentality that the mystic is attempting to engage, enter and retain.

By developing a series of impacts that reinforce certain key ideas, the rational mind is occupied with a surface meaning whilst other concepts are introduced. Thus paradox, unexpectedness, and alternatives to convention are all expressed in the humour of Nasrudin.

Please add the tales of Nasrudin and interpretations. It is said, there are as many interpretations as stars in the sky.

The Book

While on a trip to another village, Nasrudin lost his favorite copy of the


Several weeks later, a goat walked up to Nasrudin, carrying the Qur'an in its mouth.

Nasrudin couldn't believe his eyes. He took the precious book out of the

goat's mouth, raised his eyes heavenward and exclaimed, "It's a miracle!"

"Not really," said the goat. "Your name is written inside the cover."


1.) Goats can sometimes speak.

2.) It is a miracle.

3.) It is a good idea to write your name on your possessions.

4.) If goats can speak perhaps other animals can be taught as well.

5.) Nasrudin should not always believe his ears.

6.) Nasrudin was high.

7.) No interpretation is needed.

8.) Don't be distracted by minor miracles.

-9.) Don't forget to show gratitude to animals.


The Guest of Honor

The dervish Nasrudin entered a formal reception area and seated himself at the foremost elegant chair. The Chief of the Guard approached and said: "Sir, those places are reserved for guests of honor."

"Oh, I am more than a mere guest," replied Nasrudin confidently.

"Oh, so are you a diplomat?"

"Far more than that!"

"Really? So you are a minister, perhaps?"

"No, bigger than that too."

"Oho! So you must be the King himself, sir," said the Chief sarcastically.

"Higher than that!"

"Only Allah is higher than the King!"

"I am more than that, too!"

"What?! Are you higher than Allah?! Nobody is higher than Allah!"

"Now you have it. I am nobody!" said Nasrudin.


1). One should show regard for those of humble means.

2). Even a person of no consequence can be Hodja.

3). Cleverness opens doors.

Face of the Devil

When Timur was visiting the town, he called upon the local celebrity, Mulla Nasrudin.

"They say you are a man of much knowledge, a man who is in league with the forces of darkness, that you have strange powers and know the strangest incantations, in fact they say you are in direct correspondence with Satan himself!"
"That is what they say!" Nasrudin nodded, much amused.
"Tell me then, if you value your life," roared Timur, a little irritated by Nasrudin's demeanor, "what does this Devil actually look like??"

"Why certainly Your Majesty," smiled Nasrudin presenting him with a mirror, "here, take a look for yourself!


- Nasrudin shows that the Devil is in us when we are angry. Timur's anger is where the Devil comes out.

- Judge not that ye may not also be judged.

Nasrudin - Wikibooks


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