A neighbor came to Nasrudin for an interpretation on a point of law.
‘My cow was gored by your bull. Do I get any compensation?'
‘Certainly not. How can a man be held responsible for what an animal does?’
‘Just a moment,’ said the crafty villager. ‘I am afraid I got the question back to
front. What actually happened was that my bull gored your cow!’
‘Ah,’ said the Mulla, ‘this is more involved. I shall have to look up the book
of precedents, for there may be other factors involved which are relevant and
which could alter the case.