The Mulla Pleads Poverty : A Hodja Story
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Mulla Nasruddin was once brought before a judge by a man to whom he owed some money.
The creditor said to the judge: "This man owes me 500 dinars which are long overdue. I request your Excellency to order him to pay me immediately, without further delay."
"I do owe him money," said the Mulla, "and I intend to pay him. I'll sell my cow and horse if necessary, but it'll take time."
"He is lying," said the other man. "He doesn't have a cow or horse or anything of value for that matter. I am told he doesn't even have food in his house!"
"When he knows I am so poor, O Judge," said the Mulla, "ask him how he expects me to pay him immediately."
The judge dismissed the case.