Our Religion Islam puts great emphasis on making efforts and earning one’s own living instead of going out and asks others for it for no reason. Islam also devises to make well balanced Muslim society for all where everyone spends their lives according to the teachings of Islam. Those people who are rich are directed to help others in their need through an obligatory action of Zakat (Charity or alms-giving). ALLAH says in the Holy Quran verse 51:19;
“And from their properties was [given] the right of the [needy] petitioner and the deprived.”
The above mentioned verse tells us about the huge standing of believers and followers who got enough wealth in the worldly life and those who take care of the poor people through it. The concept of poverty in the Islam depends upon the fact that how much less a person owns in order to meet its daily life necessities. A deprived person is the one who does not make its situation of scarcity and poorness in front of others and avoids pleading for fulfilment of its requirement from others.
Among many signs of a true Muslim, one is that he or she never complains for any thing in front of the ALLAH Almighty, he or she always remain thankful to ALLAH and always maintains their state of self-satisfaction with whatever they got. This is just because a rightful follower of Islam knows about the temporariness of worldly life. In the verse of Quran it is stated that the Creator of the universe appreciates those of His servants who don’t go out and ask others for their requirements because of their self-control and being gratified with all whatever they have. For these type of peoples, ALLAH has instructed the wealthy ones to help them with Zakat (alms-giving) as they will hide their misery through endurance but they are the ones who really in need of Charity.
It is clear that the true believers do not publicly show or announce about their position and condition of misery in front of others so that they could get grant; instead of it they hide their situation and keep it between them and ALLAH. Islam has strictly forbidden asking other peoples for money like begging; rather a person earns his income by its own effort. Islam has considered begging very hateful act. It forbids, but it only except in dire necessity. The Prophet (PBUH) dispraised and dislikes begging and warned against it in many Hadees. Our religion Islam encourages and commands working and considers it as a high virtue; Islam forbids and completely disapproves idleness and begging.
It is the duty of every Muslim to provide food to the poor and needy. However, begging, which impairs human virtue and honour, shatters his or her personality and leads to the exploitation of kind people’s pure feelings, begging is regarded as an ugly act.
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