A Mullah Nasruddin story
A Stupid Beard
One day the imam told Nasruddin, “Anyone who wears a beard longer than his fist is stupid.”
When the Mullah returned home, he checked himself in the mirror and realized that his beard was quite a bit longer than his fist. He took a lit candle and was intending to burn off only an inch or so of the offending hairs — just the part that was hanging below his fist.
Whoosh! In a flash, the beard went up in flames and he could not put it out before he singed his entire face. Now Nasruddin’s face looked like the underside of a plucked and roasted chicken.
The next day, Nasruddin went to see the imam and said, “What you told me yesterday was completely correct. A man with a long beard possesses short wisdom.”
“Idiot! I meant you should use a pair of scissors or a razor. Why in Allah’s name did you burn off your beard?”
“Well, I didn’t have either of those things, but I had some fire on hand. I admit that I lost my beard and burned my chin from ear to ear, but at least now I am free of being stupid.”
Excerpted from the forthcoming Extraordinary Adventures of Mullah Nasruddin, by Ron J. Suresha
If beards could think, they probably would decide not to set themselves on fire.