The world that in which we all live in today is a highly unjust place where the rich are getting richer and the poor and getting poorer to the point of committing suicides and all of this is simply due to the fact that the world today is being governed by a broken financial systems. Due to this there are millions across the world who live today under the poverty line in the most despicable of situations and conditions and for them it is obligatory of the world to come together and help them. However that is not always the case and more often it is seen nowadays that people tend to beg simply because of being lazy and not acting on their responsibilities to themselves and to society as a whole.
What Islam Says About Begging
The religion of Islam in all its greatness put significant significance on making effort and to earn one’s living through permissible ways and not to get into anything nefarious and sinful to earn wealth. Islam was and is the only religion in the world that worked on principles that created a well Muslim society where everyone gets his or her share evenly. Islam has imposed the Zakat, a pillar of Islam and an obligatory practice for those that can afford it. In zakat, a portion of the wealth is required to be distributed among the poor and the needy which will not only help them but will allow the wealth to regulate evenly and accordingly within a society. It is the duty of a Muslim to give food to the poor and to offer the one who asks for something. However, begging, which impairs honour and virtue, shatters personality and leads to the exploitation of benevolent people’s pure feelings, is regarded as an ugly act. However this is another concept of begging In Islam.
Those who Truly Deserve Charity
The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said, “The poor person is not the one who goes round the people (begging them) and is dismissed with one or two morsels, and one or two dates. The poor is that who has not enough (money) to satisfy his needs; his condition is not known to others that they may give him something in charity, nor does he beg of people.” (Bukhari and Muslim)
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From this it is evident that in Islam there is a stark difference between who is truly deserving of charity and those who are those that are out only to manipulate others to receive wealth or rations. The concept of a poor person in Islam is based on how little a person owns and if what he or she owns are enough to fulfil their needs. In Islam those that truly deserve the help of others are those that do not make their financial troubles and problems public and avoids begging from others for their needs. Among the sings of those that are truly deserving of support is that such a person never complains in front of anyone, including Allah (SWT) but remains thankful and satisfied with what he has. This is because a Muslims completely understands that this world is temporary.
Allah (SWT) says in the Quran,
“[Charity is] for the poor who have been restricted for the cause of Allah, unable to move about in the land. An ignorant [person] would think them self-sufficient because of their restraint, but you will know them by their [characteristic] sign. They do not ask people persistently [or at all]. And whatever you spend of good – indeed, Allah is Knowing of it.” [Quran, 2: 273]