What the Beard Proves

One day Nasruddin was sitting in the mosque listening to the imam deliver a sermon. The imam was going on at great length about just who was a good Muslim and who was not.
"A truly devoted Muslim has a beard!" he shouted. "He does not trim his beard! The good Muslim has a fine, thick beard."
Nasruddin could not restrain himself. "Consider my goat," he said, interrupting the imam. "My goat's beard is so very fine, so thick and bushy. It is much longer than your beard. Does that mean my goat is a better Muslim than you are?"

Inspired byThe World of Nasrudin by Idries Shah, free to read online at the Idries Shah Foundation.
Notes: This is story #1 in the book. You can read more about beards and Islam here: The relationship between Muslim men and their beards is a tangled one by Amanullah De Sondy.

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