"I'm going to buy a new donkey tomorrow," declared Nasruddin.
His wife rebuked him. "You should say 'Insh'allah!'"
But Nasruddin was feeling self-confident and refused to say "God-willing."
The next day he bought his donkey.
"I'm doing fine on my own!" he thought to himself.
But on the way home, a snake startled the donkey.
The donkey bolted, throwing Nasruddin into the brambles.
Nasruddin was scratched, his clothes were torn, and his donkey was gone.
It was dark when Nasruddin got home.
He knocked at the door.
"Who is it?" his wife asked.
"Nasruddin!" he replied. Then he added, "Insh'allah!"
Inspired by: The World of Nasrudin by Idries Shah, free to read online at the Idries Shah Foundation.
Notes: This is story #159 in the book. There are other versions of this story where Nasruddin is dragooned by the army and other misadventures before he gets home. You can read more about the phrase Insh'allah, God-willing, at Wikipedia.