~ 200. Nasruddin's Final Prayers ~
The Angel of Death arrived to take Nasruddin. "It's time," said the Angel.
Nasruddin was alarmed. "I've done some dubious things in my life, and I haven't always been a good Muslim. Can you at least let me say the day's five prayers before I die?"
The Angel was compassionate and agreed. "I will be back tomorrow at this same time."
As promised, the Angel returned the next day.
"But I haven't finished my five prayers yet!" Nasruddin protested. "I've only done two."
"And when will you say the rest?" asked the angel.
"In my own time," Nasruddin replied, smiling.
Inspired by: The World of Nasrudin by Idries Shah, free to read online at the Idries Shah Foundation.
Notes: This is story #175 in Shah's book. You can read about the prayers called Salah at Wikipedia.