From  The Subtleties of the Inimitable
Mulla Nasrudin
by Idries Shah


ARABIC SCHOLAR

Nasrudin claimed that he had been to Mecca, and that he had lived a long time in Arabia.

'Tell us the name of a camel in Arabic,' one of his cronies asked in the teahouse.

'Why not have a sense of proportion,' said the Mulla, 'instead of thinking about such a huge creature?'

'What about the Arabic word for "ant", then?'

'Far too small.'

Someone called out:

'What is the Arabic word for "lamb", then?'

'I am sure they do have a word for them, but I wasn't there long enough to find out. I left just as the lambs had been born, and they had not the time for a naming ceremony.'


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©Octagon Press, 1972 (ISHK Bookservice).

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