|The Story Of The Trapped
On a warm Saturday afternoon,
Khurram's wife promised to cook his favorite Persian dish which
is filled with tasty nuts. He was excited about helping her in the
kitchen. Happily he reached deep into the jar filled with nuts and
grabbed as many as he could fit in his hand.
When he tried to pull his arm out of the jar, it was stuck. As hard
as he pulled and twisted his arm, the jar would not release it.
pulled on the jar with all her strength, but it did not help. His
arm was stuck in the neck of the jar.
After several failed attempts they called out to their neighbors
for help. One neighbor, Jamal, came running over and asked how the
arm came to be stuck in the jar. With a voice filled of pain and
frustration Khurram told his story.
"Oh, I know how to help you, but you must do exactly as I say,"
"Yes, I promise to do everything you say, if you can just free
me from this terrible jar," Khurram replied.
"Okay, then push your arm further into the jar," Jamal
Khurram thought this request was strange and wondered why he should
put his arm further into the jar when he wanted to get it out of
there, but he did as he was told.
Jamal continued, "Now open your hand and drop the nuts you
have been holding." This request upset Khurram, because he
wanted the nuts for his favorite dish, but reluctantly, he followed
Jamal then said, "Make you hand very small and slowly pull
your arm out of the jar."
Khurram did as he was told and without any trouble he pulled his
arm out of the jar. All the other neighbors who had collected around
cheered and clapped, but Khurram wasn't completely satisfied. He
said, "My arm is free now, but what about the nuts?"
Hearing this, Jamal tipped over the jar and let several nuts roll
out onto a plate. Wide-eyed and with his mouth open in surprise,
Khurram asked, "Are you a magician?"
Note: I have also read this same story elsewhere with different
characters namely, a monkey and a wise owl. It is an old Persian