Delivering a sermon
Once Nasreddin was invited to deliver a sermon. When he got on the pulpit, he asked, Do you know what I am going to say? The audience replied “no”, so he announced, I have no desire to speak to people who don’t even know what I will be talking about! and left.
The people felt embarrassed and called him back again the next day. This time, when he asked the same question, the people replied yes. So Nasreddin said, Well, since you already know what I am going to say, I won’t waste any more of your time! and left.
Now the people were really perplexed. They decided to try one more time and once again invited the Mulla to speak the following week. Once again he asked the same question – Do you know what I am going to say? Now the people were prepared and so half of them answered “yes” while the other half replied “no”.
So Nasreddin said Let the half who know what I am going to say, tell it to the half who don’t, and left.
Whom do you trust
A neighbour came to the gate of Mulla Nasreddin’s yard. The Mulla went to meet him outside.
“Would you mind, Mulla,” the neighbour asked, “lending me your donkey today? I have some goods to transport to the next town.”The Mulla didn’t feel inclined to lend out the animal to that particular man, however. So, not to seem rude, he answered:”I’m sorry, but I’ve already lent him to somebody else.
“All of a sudden the donkey could be heard braying loudly behind the wall of the yard.”But Mulla,” the neighbour exclaimed. “I can hear it behind that wall!
“”Who do you believe,” the Mulla replied indignantly. “The donkey or your Mulla?”