Friday is the Sabbath for Moslems, and it is customary for the hodjas to preach to the congregation after the midday prayers.

Nasreddin Hodja was usually averse to preaching. One Sabbath after the prayers he climbed up to the pulpit and addressed the people:

"Oh, good people of Akshehir, do you know what I am now about to tell you?"

"No," came the reply.

"Since you don't know about so important a subject, I'd better save my breath."

So saying, the Hodja got down from the pulpit and walked out of the mosque.

The next Sabbath, when he put the same question to the congregation, the reply was yes.

"In that case, there is no reason for my wasting your time," said the Hodja, and walked out.

The third Sabbath, when confronted with the same question, half the congregation said "Yes" and the other half "No."

"Well, that's all to the good," said the Hodja this time. "Those of you who know can tell all about it to those of you who don't."

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