The Search for the Perfect Mate

I’d like to share a favorite Sufi teaching story with you. The simplicity of a story like this connects wisdom with common sense and humor.


Mulla Nasrudin was sitting in a tea shop when a friend came to excitedly speak to him. “I’m about to get married, Mulla,” his friend stated, “and I’m very excited. Mulla, have you ever thought of marriage yourself?”

Nasrudin replied, “I did think of getting married. In my youth I very much wanted to do so. I waited to find for myself the perfect wife. I traveled looking for her, first to Damascus. There I met a beautiful woman who was gracious, kind, and deeply spiritual, but she had no worldly knowledge.”

“I traveled further and went to Isphahan. There I met a woman who was both spiritual and worldly, beautiful in many ways, but we did not communicate well.”

“Finally I went to Cairo and there after much searching, I found her. She was spiritually deep, graceful, and beautiful . I felt I had found the perfect wife.

His friend questioned further, “Then you did not marry her, Mulla?”

“Alas,” said Nasrudin, “she was, unfortunately, waiting for the perfect husband.”


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