Delinquent Ox

This entry is part 20 of 54 in the series Mullah Nasruddin Stories

One day an ox entered Nasreddin Hodja’s vegetable garden and caused considerable amount of damage. When the Hodja came by and saw what the ox had done, he grabbed a stick and wanted to beat him but the animal escaped just in time to save his skin.

A few days later in the market place, the Hodja recognized the guilty party harnessed to a cart.

`The other day you ran away from my vegetable garden,’ he said, `but now you are cornered, you can’t break free.’ and started to beat the poor, ignorant creature. At that time the owner of the ox came running.

`Effendi! What are you doing?’ he screamed, `Why are you beating my ox, whatever did the innocent animal do to you?’

`Don’t you worry,’ Nasreddin Hodja replied, `he knows very well what he has done!’

Delinquent Ox – Mullah Nasruddin – Short Stories

Delinquent Ox

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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