~ 181. Nasruddin's Bold Claim ~
When Nasruddin was a new minister in Tamerlane's court, he wanted to win the emperor's favor, so he made a bold claim.
"I have an announcement to make!" Nasruddin shouted. "I am actually God in human form."
"Prove it!" replied Tamerlane. "You can't expect us to accept such a claim without proof."
"I have supernatural powers," Nasruddin said calmly. "For example, I can read minds. As God, I can see into every heart and know what people are thinking."
"Then tell me what I'm thinking right now," said Tamerlane.
"Right now," Nasruddin replied, "you're thinking that I am a liar!"
Inspired by: Mulla's Donkey and Other Friends by Mehdi Nakosteen
Notes: This story is on p. 68 of the book.