Protecting the Minaret

This entry is part 46 of 54 in the series Mullah Nasruddin Stories

Nasreddin Hodja was the imam at the time. One day, the people of Aksehir saw the Hodja tying a rope around the minaret of the mosque, and fastening it to the trunk of a large tree.

`Hodja Effendi, what are you doing?’ they asked, totally baffled.

`I am securing the minaret,’ the Hodja said, `so that nobody can steal it overnight.’ The passers by were incredulous. They tried to reason with the Hodja.

`Hodja Effendi, if someone stole the minaret, where would he put it?’

`One who steals a minaret, prepares its case ahead of time!’

Protecting the Minaret – Mullah Nasruddin Stories

Protecting the Minaret

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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