Nasruddin was visiting a new town for the first time. He didn't know anybody in the town, and he wasn't sure what to do or where to go; it made him feel uneasy.
He decided to enter the first door he found open: a carpenter's shop.
"Hello!" said the carpenter.
"Hello!" replied Nasruddin. "Did you see me just now walk into your shop?"
"Yes," replied the carpenter, not sure what Nasruddin was getting at.
"And have you ever seen me before?" asked Nasruddin.
"No, I've never seen you before," admitted the carpenter.
"Then how did you know it was me?"
Inspired by: Mulla's Donkey and Other Friends by Mehdi Nakosteen, p. 82.
Notes: This story also appears in The Sufis by Idries Shah, free to read online at the Idries Shah Foundation.
I included this book in Tiny Tales of Nasruddin, where it is story 28.