Cow Ruined the Vegetable Garden

This entry is part 30 of 54 in the series Mullah Nasruddin Stories

Nasreddin Hodja was the kadi of the time. One day a neighbour came to confer with him.

`Hodja Effendi, it appears that your cow has entered into our vegetable garden and has caused considerable damage to the vegetables. What does your big black book of law say about that?’

`An animal doesn’t have reason.’ Nasreddin Hodja dismissed, `The owner cannot be held responsible for his animal’s instinctive behaviour. No penalty is required.’

`I spoke wrong, Hodja Effendi,’ the neighbour rectified, `I meant to say that our cow has entered into your vegetable garden.’

`Let’s see what the law states about that!’ And the Hodja reached for his big black book.

Cow Ruined the Vegetable Garden – Mullah Nasruddin Stories

Cow Ruined the Vegetable Garden

Mullah Nasreddin

Nasreddin or Nasreddin Hodja or Molla Nasreddin Hooja was a Seljuq satirist, born in Hortu Village in Sivrihisar, Eskişehir Province, present-day Turkey and died in 13th century in Akşehir, near Konya, a capital of the Seljuk Sultanate of Rum, in today's Turkey. He is considered a populist philosopher, Sufi and wise man, remembered for his funny stories and anecdotes. He appears in thousands of stories, sometimes witty, sometimes wise, but often, too, a fool or the butt of a joke. A Nasreddin story usually has a subtle humour and a pedagogic nature.

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