~ 195. Prayers for the Dying ~
Nasruddin was summoned to the bedside of a dying man. The man had quite a bad reputation, but Nasruddin took pity on him and agreed to go.
"Pray for my soul to find peace in heaven!" he said to Nasruddin.
Nasruddin prayed, "May God help this poor man as he passes from this life."
Then he added, "May the Devil likewise help this poor man as he passes from this life."
"But I asked you to pray for my soul to find peace in heaven," the man protested.
"In your case," said Nasruddin, "we can't afford to take any chances."
Inspired by: Mulla's Donkey and Other Friends by Mehdi Nakosteen
Notes: This story is on p. 109 of the book.