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March 31, 2005

(edit: 2:30 AM, Friday… for all you kr haters out there… it boggles my mind why if you hate me so much you still continue to visit the site… but i direct you to Alti’s Xanga: http://www.xanga.com/home.aspx?user=lt786 … that’s an homage right there Alti, I love you man.)

Storytime With Uncle kr (gather ’round my children)

In a neverending effort to come up with new material that enlightens and entertains everyone, I’ve decided to start a periodic series of posts wherein I narrate a few stories. With each story, I won’t even write any commentary because I think it’s more interesting (and unique to each individual’s intellect) to let you–the stalwart reader–do that on your own. Sometimes the stories will be from the classical Islamic tradition; sometimes they’ll be folktales. Sometimes they’ll represent how I feel about certain things; sometimes they’ll just be amusing. I’ll also try to keep such posts short, since it seems that some of you have the attention span of a goldfish…

Let’s see how this goes. If this isn’t educational and/or amusing, well… at least give me some ideas for future posts in the comments section. But let’s see how this one works out, shall we?

Story 1: The Donkey

An old man and his grandson were once traveling from one place to another along with their donkey. The day was pleasant and they were not in any immediate hurry to get to their destination, so they both walked and let the donkey trail behind them. Along the way, they met a man coming from the opposite direction who remarked, “The journey is quite long. Why does not one of you sit on the donkey to make the travel easier?” After the man passed, the old man decided that there was wisdom in what the stranger had said. So he instructed his grandson to sit on the donkey, and the two of them continued their journey.

A short while later, they met another traveller, who saw them and remarked to the boy, “Have you no respect for your elders? You are comfortably sitting on the donkey while your elders are forced to endure discomfort and walk? You ought to be ashamed of yourself.”  Our two heroes decided that indeed, there was wisdom in what the traveller had spoke; so the boy decided to walk while letting his grandfather sit on the donkey.

They travelled a little further and met another wayfarer. Upon meeting our two protagonists, he addressed the old man and exclaimed, “What kind of human being are you? There you are, riding like a lord in the lap of luxury, while your poor grandson is forced to walk!” After the wayfarer left, the boy and his grandson conferred amongst themselves and decided that here too was a man of much sagacity. They decided that both of them should sit upon the donkey and continue their travels.

And yet a short distance later, they met another traveller. Upon seeing the old man and boy seated upon the donkey, he became furious and exclaimed, “Have you no compassion! The both of you are sitting while this poor beast is suffering!” After the traveller left, the boy asked his grandfather what they should do now.

The venerable old man replied: “Dear child, today we have met many fools, yet no fool greater than us… for who is greater, the fool or the one who follows him? Let us get off this donkey and continue the pleasant walk we were enjoying before being interrupted.”

Story 2: Nasruddin Hodja and the Rain

One day, Nasruddin Hodja was caught in a rainstorm while returning to his home from the market. He sighed and calmly opened his umbrella and continued on his way. From behind him, he heard the loud noise of a man running quickly.

He turned around and saw his friend Ahmed, and he enquired, “Why are you running so quickly Ahmed?”

Ahmed replied, “To get out of this rain, Hodja”

Hodja, with a religiously superior look on his face, solemnly said, “Rain is from God, Ahmed. Why are you running away from it?”

Ahmed felt quite foolish–so he decided to walk the rest of the way home and endure the pouring rain.

A few days later, Hodja was caught in another rainstorm–but this time he did not have an umbrella. He cursed his luck and began to run home quickly. Along the way, he saw his friend Ahmed walking home quite calmly–despite not having an umbrella. Upon seeing Hodja, Ahmed remarked, “Why are you running Hodja? Did you not tell me a few days ago that rain is from God and one should not run away from it?”

Hodja turned to Ahmed and with an even more pious expression on his face remarked: “Yes, rain is from God. I’m running so that I don’t disrespect it by stepping on something sent by God Himself!”

Currently Watching:
Bulls Game
Date: Wednesday March 30, 2005
Chicago Bulls vs Charlotte Bobcats
Note: Ben Gordon is a freakin stud… 22 points in the 4th quarter.

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24 Comments
  1. Anonymous permalink

    1st story was good. It really highlights the current situation when doing something like MSA work. You can’t please everyone. Sucks, but its true.
    2nd story is one of those typical indian stories you find in their ‘comics’. they think thyre funny but quite lame actually.
    you want suggestions to improve this story time post? How about making them movies. I dont like readin.

  2. new featured content… insightful yet entertaining.  nice

  3. You can’t use Currently Watching for live television broadcasts. Last time I show you Xanga secrets…

  4. nasruddin hodja looks like the sultan from Aladdin or maybe Hisham Kabbani.

  5. Anonymous permalink

    why not try posting a riddle everyday on your xanga the way you used to have them in your away msg some time ago? it will provide quite the ‘lemmingy’ effect of readers 😉

  6. i like the stories idea. 
    for the first story, the old man, little boy, and donkey were all able to take turns of relief along the way as a result of the wayfarers.  for example, in the first scenario, the effort of travel is dispersed between all three protagonists.  in the second scenario, the total weight is disbursed between the donkey and the old man (the little boy gets relief).  in the third scenario, the distribution is between the donkey and the little boy (old man gets relief).  in the third scenario, the entire total weight is on the donkey (old man and little boy both get relief).  in the last scenario, the weight is once again evenly distributed.  the donkey’s “relief” can be defaulted to the situations where his total supported weight is his own body weight. 
    so as you can see, the four critical people actually contributed to a fine institution of tradeoffs and relief.  or as i like to sum it up “khair, alhamdulilah.”

  7. 1st Scenario: weight evenly distributed 
    2nd Scenario: total weight on donkey, little boy (old man gets relief)
    3rd Scenario: total weight on donkey, old man (little boy gets relief)
    4th Scenario: total weight on donkey (old man and little boy get relief)
    5th Scenario: weight evenly distributed (donkey gets relief, especially after having to carry two people for some time)
    As you can see, the (intial) friendly and later critical suggestions of the wayfarers actually contributed to a relief cycle benefitting all three protagonists (if you include the donkey).  Sometimes, when encountering criticism, while it may come as a jolt and in an improper fashion, it may also be of benefit in the long run.  And always, Alhamdulilah khair.

  8. oops, i thought the 4:52pm post was deleted, so i retyped it in an easier-to-read format. 

  9. Anonymous permalink

    Wow, the first one totally brought back memories of my elementary school days…Jeepers creepers. I love how I was so completely perplexed and conflicted about that story back in those days. It just boggled my mind.

  10. Good stories. Nasruddin Hodja tales are always educational and funny.
    I liked the donkey one more. I think it’s saying that we should do things that we are comfortable with, rather than listen to the advice of everyone who thinks they know better. People love to criticize, since that’s the easiest thing to do. In the end, we we just have to please Allah (swt) rather than try to win the praise of people.

  11. Good stories…
    Uncle kr???  I think it should be kr Uncle (with a think desi accent)

  12. Is the second story Mulla Nasruddin’s jokes. I completely forgot about this till I read this. This was such a popular thing when we were kids. You know”the good old days”.  Keep up with the stories. One question. How do you get so much time to write all these entries (don’t get me wrong, they are very informative and interesting)?
    salam 

  13. I like this.

  14. Salam Hafiz Kamran,
    I heard the donkey story from Maulana Yousuf. But he told the ending differently. After getting criticized the last time, the old man starts carrying the donkey.
    Ali T

  15. Anonymous permalink

    hahaha…thas a dope picture…

  16. Assalaamu alaikum wa rahmatullah
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  17. hey….arent you the one that always blasts KR? wat the hell are you doing on his site? wat the hell are you doing posting on it? i find it odd that you blast his site, then, when you find it convenient, you use it to your own advantage. i mean, its for a good purpose and mashallah, its a GREAT event that you are advertising, but, its kinda ironic dont you think?anyways…no biggie…just thought i would point that out. ohhh…and how come people never go to my site? is it cuz i dont post? i mean…if that is all that is stopping people, just say the word and i will be all over that. i never get any freaking love. damn. people always gotta hate. KR might get hated on, but isnt it a bigger insult if people dont even acknowledge your site? *single tear* 😦 

  18. Anonymous permalink

    Continuing with what Ali said, I too remembered a different ending to this story from my elementary days, hence explaining why I found it so troubling. Another guy comes up to the pair and says that they are mistreating the donkey, and that they have put him through enough hardship. So the grandfather and grandson carry the donkey. They pass over a bridge, and the donkey, seeing the water below, is frightened and thrashes wildly. The grandfather and grandson lose their grip, and the donkey falls in the water and drowns. So they must continue what was once a pleasant walk – sans a donkey, of course.
    And that is why I was so traumatized by this when I was six years old. Aha.

  19. bighass, I dont think it’s that big of a deal if she posts here, just as long as she doesn’t plug that dinner on my site.

  20. Anonymous permalink

    Asalamualaikum, I heard that same ending actually that humatheguma just posted. kind of weird though because i just heard it in urdu class (yah yah i know urdu but im taking it to fulfill an arabic minor and cuz im a slacker), anyways, i just heard it two days ago. Im always shocked at the “violence” of these little kids stories–I mean, the poor donkey got dropped in the water and died…

  21. Anonymous permalink

    i thought the first one was gona end with someone carrying the donkey on their back…………………

  22. wow, if that many people have mentioned the donkey carrying on the back, i guess there must be multiple versions to this story. i simply narrated the version i had heard from one of my elders. the great thing about these sorts of folktales/fables is that there’s multiple versions and each one seems to have its own unique lesson.

  23. how come she didnt post it on my site? WTH. I get no love.

  24. KamKam, to truly be an uncle, you must grow more hair on your ears.  You need long ear-hairs and nose-hairs…question is, are you man enough to grow it?

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