While they were far from shore, a sudden storm blew up unexpectedly. Fierce winds ripped the sails to shreds and waves tossed the boat back and forth.
When the little boat began to fill with water, Nasruddin was truly frightened. "What are we going to do?" he shouted at his friend.
"Do not worry," said his friend calmly. "Let us direct our prayers to God, who is great and merciful."
"God is great and merciful, I know," replied Nasruddin, "but this boat is small and it is sinking!"
Inspired by: Mulla's Donkey and Other Friends by Mehdi Nakosteen
Notes: This story is on p. 116 of the book.