This entry is part 41 of 54 in the series Mullah Nasruddin Stories

An acquaintance asked Nasreddin Hodja to act as a witness in his case and lie on his behalf in front of the kadi. The man insisted so much that, at the end, the Hodja agreed to back him up in court. When the suit came before the kadi, Hodja’s acquaintance presented his case.

`Kadi Effendi, the defendant owes me two sacks of wheat.’ The kadi asked Nasreddin Hodja what he had to say.

`Yes Kadi Effendi,’ the Hodja started to give his false account, `The defendant owes two sacks of oat to the plaintiff.’

The plaintiff was panicked and immediately attempted to correct.

`Kadi Effendi, the Hodja had a slip of the tongue, he meant to say wheat.’

`What difference does it make if it’s oat or wheat, so long as it’s a lie!’ the Hodja quipped.

Witness – Mullah Nasruddin Stories


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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