Who has not heard of Mullah Naseeruddin. Mullah was a supremely wise man who roamed the deserts of Baghdad 800 years ago. But his methods of imparting wisdom were quite peculiar. He never gave lectures but used humorous antics to try and teach. He believed that things taught in a humorous way get embedded in the human being’s mind permanently. This statement does hold true and in the history of mankind, he is the only wise man who has mixed humour and wisdom successfully. Today I will relate a beautiful anecdote from his life.
One day the Mullah was passing through the streets of Baghdad. He usually travelled sitting on a donkey and that too facing its backside. Needless to say, this style of his alone was sufficient to make people laugh. Anyway, that day he got down at the market and bought some dates. Then came his turn to pay the shopkeeper. He looked for the coins in the pockets of his pants, but they were not there. Then removing his shoes he sat on the ground. He began searching every nook and corner of his shoes, but the coins were not in the shoes either. By then a big crowd had gathered. On the one hand, Mullah’s style of riding the donkey itself was sufficient to gather a crowd and now his antics were making him the centre of people’s attraction. In no time, around 50 people had gathered around Mullah.
So, the stage was set. Here on the one hand the Mullah was searching for the coins, and on the other, he was also eating the dates he had bought. Certainly, the shopkeeper had become a bit tensed about this. Firstly, this man was searching for the coins in the most unlikely of places and moreover, he was happily nibbling off the dates. If the coins are not found, will I have to take the dates he has eaten back from his stomach? Even as the shopkeeper was thinking thus, Mullah removed his cap and began looking inside for the coins. The shopkeeper could not contain himself anymore, he said to Mullah, Why are you searching here and there for the coins, why don’t you first search the pocket of your Kurta?
On hearing this, the Mullah replied – hey, why didn’t you suggest this before? Saying this, the Mullah put his hands in his pocket and handing the coins to the shopkeeper he said, they were always there, I was just taking a chance.
On listening to this, the whole crowd laughed. An old man in the crowd even said – this man seems to be insane. Despite knowing that the coins are in the pocket of his Kurta, he is searching here and there.
Now it was the Mullah’s turn. Now it was time to say the words for which he had enacted the elaborate drama. So seriously addressing everyone, he said, I am insane because I did not search for the coins where I put them. O worldly men, look within yourselves. Despite knowing that God resides in your heart, you people keep looking for him in the mosques. If I am insane, you people are supremely insane! Because I was being foolish about something small, but you are being foolish about the greatest truth in the world.
This is our Mullah. Wasn’t he exceptional? That’s all, if I get another opportunity, I will bring you more episodes from his life. For now, understand what you wish to from this episode of Mullah’s life.