Gets a cow

One day, Nasruddin’s wife told him, “Let’s buy a cow so that we can have milk every day.

Nasruddin replied, “We don’t have enough space in our yard for my donkey and a new cow.”

But despite Nasruddin’s objection, his wife persisted until he finally gave in.

So he bought the cow—and just he predicted, it crowded his beloved donkey in the barn. This prompted Nasruddin to start praying one night, saying, “Dear God, please kill the cow, so my wife can’t bother me about it anymore, and so my donkey can live in peace.”

The next day, Nasruddin went into the barn and was dismayed to discover that his donkey was dead! He looked up and said, “God, I don’t mean to offend you or anything, but let me ask you this—after all these years, do you mean to tell me that you still can’t tell the difference between a cow and a donkey?”

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The real problem for Nasruddin was his attachment to his donkey.  Nasruddin had unshakeable faith in God.  And even after he got something totally opposite to what he had asked for, he was still certain that God heard him and delivered.  Only issue was that he delivered not as per his wishes, but he did not knew that God delivered as per His wishes and as per Nasruddin's real need and not as per his superficial demands. So if your prayers are not answered then it is not that they are not answered - it is just that they are answered in a way that they can be answered.  God after all knows your love for donkeyish things.