~ 163. The Eagle Jaliz ~
A scholar was boasting about his knowledge of Islamic traditions. What color was Mohammad's horse? The scholar knew. What is the favorite food of the angels? He knew that too.
Eager to display his knowledge, Nasruddin shouted out, "Jaliz!"
The scholar stared at him coldly. "Is that some kind of name?"
"It's the name of the eagle who swooped down and carried Moses away," replied Nasruddin.
"But there is no record of an eagle swooping down and carrying Moses away."
"Well," retorted Nasruddin, "then Jaliz is the name of the eagle who did not swoop down and carry Moses away."
Inspired by: The World of Nasrudin by Idries Shah, free to read online at the Idries Shah Foundation.
Notes: This is story #181 in the book.