The Mullah loved to meditate each afternoon. However, recently a
group of boys started playing very loudly next to his house. He knew
that if he told them off they would only increase their noise. So the
next day he went outside and approached them smiling. He said, "Boys I
love the sound of your playing but my hearing is not too good. So I am
going to give you ten dollars each to play as loudly as you can." That
afternoon the boys made the biggest din possible. At the end of the
day, the Mullah came out, thanked them and gave each of them ten
dollars. Next day the Mullah came to the boys and said that he was
running low on his cash so he could only give then five dollars each.
Some of the boys grumbled but they still made a huge amount of noise
that afternoon too. Next day Nasrudin came out apologetically and told
the boys that he could not pay them any more but asked them to please
continue playing noisily next to his house. At this the boys got mad
and said that he was a mean miser and left to play in another part of
the town. And the Mullah went back to his meditations.