Mulla Nasrudin

The Mulla’s Tomb

Nasrudin’s tomb was fronted by an immense wooden 
door, barred and padlocked. Nobody could get into it, 
at least through the door. As his last joke, the Mulla 
decreed that the tomb should have no walls around it…
   The date inscribed on the tombstone was 386. Translating 
this into letters by substitution, a common device on Sufi 
tombs, we find the word SHWF. This is a form of the word 
for ‘seeing’, especially for ‘making a person see.’
   Perhaps it is for this reason that for many years the dust from 
the tomb was considered to be effective in curing eye troubles…