“What can be done I will try to do,” the Hodja replied. “What
seems to be the trouble?”
“Our husbands,” the women cried. “They’ve all decided that
they must go out into the desert in order to dedicate themselves to finding
Allah. Our children and we have been abandoned.”
“This should not be,” the Hodja declared, and he set out
after the pilgrims as fast as his donkey could carry him. As he approached the
band of men, he began to shout, “Help me! Help me, my brothers.”
“What seems to be the trouble, Hodja?” the men called
“My donkey,” he said. “I’ve lost my donkey and can’t find him
anywhere. Oh, help me search. I must find him!”
“But he’s right there,” the men replied, laughing. “Can’t you
see that you’re sitting right on top of him? You don’t have to go anywhere to
look for him.”
“And why do you,” the Hodja said, pulling his donkey to a
stop, “feel that you must go anywhere to look for Allah? Go back to your wives;
go back to your lives.” And that’s just what they did.
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