Abunawas Walking 0n stilts
One day The king Harun Al-Rasyid wanted to test Abunawas’ smartness. So he ordered his guards to call Abunawas to the palace. When he came to the palace, the king permitted him to sit down. (also read : Archer and the King of Jungle)
“You want me, your Majesty?” greeted Abunawas.
“Yes, you have fooled me many times and that’s too much. I want you to leave the country now. Otherwise you will have to go to jail” said the king.
“If that is what you want, I will do what you said” said Abunawas sadly.
“Remember, from tomorrow you may not step on the ground of this country anymore” the king said seriously.
“Yes, Your Majesty.” Said Abunawas sadly, then left the king’s palace sadly.
The following morning the king ordered his two guards to go to Abunawas’ house. When the guards were at Abunawas’ house, they were very surprised found Abunawas was still in his house. He had not left the country yet. Instead leaving the country, Abunawas was swimming in small pool in front of his house.
“Hey Abunawas, why haven’t you left this country yet? The king ordered you not to step on the ground of this country anymore, didn’t he?” said the guards.
“Sure he did” answered Abunawas calmly.
“But look at me! Do I step on the ground of this country? No, I do not step on the ground. I am swimming on the water” continued Abunawas.
The guards were not able to argue with Abunawas so they left Abunawas’ house and went back to the palace. The guards reported what they had seen about Abunawas to the king. The king was curious on Abunawas’ excuse not to leave the country. Therefore, the king ordered his guard to call Abunawas to come to the palace.
Abunawas came to the palace on stilts. When he met the king, the king wondered and said “Abunawas, I will surely punish you because you haven’t done what I have said. You have not left this country”.
The King continued “And now, look at you. You walk on stilts like a child. Are you crazy? The king pretended to be furious.
“I remember exactly what you said, Your Majesty” Abunawas answered calmly. “So this morning I took a bath in the small pool in my house so that I had not to step on the ground. And since yesterday, I have been walking on this stilts. So you see, Your Majesty, I do not step on the ground of this country”.
The king was not able to say anything. He recognized that Abunawas Walking 0n stilts was really very smart idea. He then offered Abunawas to drink. Abunawas was very happy.
That’s all the story of Abunawas Walking 0n stilts. (also read other story in Indonesian version at : Keledai dalam Sumur Tua)