Pumpkins And Walnuts – Story

Nasreddin Hodja was lying in the shade of an ancient walnut tree. <>

His body was at rest, but, befitting his calling as an imam, his mind did not relax. <>

Looking up into the mighty tree he considered the greatness and wisdom of Allah.<>

“Allah is great and Allah is good,” said the Hodja,<>

“but was it indeed wise that such a great tree as this be created to bear only tiny walnuts as fruit? <>

Behold the stout stem and strong limbs.<>

They could easily carry the pumpkins that grow from spindly vines in yonder field, vines that cannot begin to bear the weight of their own fruit.<>

Should not walnuts grow on weakly vines and pumpkins on sturdy trees?”<>

So thinking, the Hodja dosed off, only to be awakened by a walnut that fell from the tree, striking him on his forehead.<>

“Allah be praised!” he exclaimed, seeing what had happened.<>

“If the world had been created according to my meager wisdom, <>

it would have been a pumpkin that fell from the tree and hit me on the head.<>

It would have killed me for sure! <>

Allah is great! Allah is good! Allah is wise!”<>
Never again did Nasreddin Hodja question the wisdom of Allah.<>

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