Guilt by Association

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Published on: February 10, 2012

Guilt by Association

The Uncommon Sense of the Immortal Mullah NasruddinOne night, Nasruddin’s beloved little grey donkey was stolen. Instead of consoling Nasruddin, the wags in the teahouse the next morning offered only words of remonstration.

“As they say, ‘Take care of your donkey, it will carry you from Morocco to Mecca.’ So Mullah, why didn’t you take care to tie up the donkey securely?” asked Ali, the teahouse keeper.

“How could you have slept through the theft of your beloved ass, Nasruddin?” said Faik.

“You should have replaced the rotting door on your shed, Nasruddin,” commented Hamza.

“I bet you didn’t even close the bolt on the shed door,” accused Hussein. “That’ll teach you.”

“You were just asking for someone to break in, the way you neglect to secure your stable,” added Nasruddin’s uncle, Mesut.

Nasruddin listened to the wags’ criticism for a while, and then stood up and said, “Enough! Obviously, it’s completely unfair to blame me alone, or even primarily, for the theft of my donkey.”

“Tell us, Nasruddin,” said Ali, “who else was responsible?”

“Don’t you think the thief was at least a tiny bit guilty in all this,” the Mullah replied, “or was he entirely innocent in your view‽”

Excerpted from The Uncommon Sense of the Immortal Mullah Nasruddin: Stories, Jests, and Donkey Tales of the Beloved Persian Folk Hero


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There are a handful of stories about the loss of Karakacan, Nasruddin’s beloved little grey donkey. She’s often described as old, feeble, and resistant, and seems to lose her way much more often than, say, my donkey, if I had one. Still the old burro has the same sort of indomitable spirit as Nasruddin, always seeming to return just in time for the next story.

Nasruddin settles the question among a number of conflicting opinions among his neighbors and fellow villagers in the community. He almost always gets the last word!

Which Came First, Donkeys or Nosebags?

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Published on: January 31, 2011

Which Came First?

As Nasruddin entered the teahouse, Ali said, “Here is Nasruddin. Let us see him address a difficult philosophical question.”

“But Nasruddin knows only about donkeys!” retorted Musa the camel seller.

“There is indeed philosophy in donkeys, my friends,” Nasruddin said as Ali brought him a steaming cup of sweet tea. “Go ahead, try me.”

“Okay then,” said Abdul the baker, “answer us this one: Which came first, nosebags or donkeys?”

“Simple. Nosebags, of course.”

“Nosebags, Nasruddin‽ Don’t be ridiculous!” said Abdul. “It’s plainly obvious that donkeys came first.”

“Well, then, prove it,” said Nasruddin. “What is your proof that donkeys prëexisted nosebags?”

“Well, for one thing, you must admit that a donkey can recognize a nosebag — but a nosebag cannot recognize a donkey.”

“I take it, then,” said Nasruddin sipping his tea, “that you have it on the assurance of a good many nosebags that they have never seen a donkey‽”

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This and the preceding story, “A Donkey and Its Nosebag” look at the donkey-and-nosebag origin issue from two different angles.

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