What is a Muslim’s duty towards beggars?

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Q: What is a Muslim’s duty towards beggars?

Is it absolutely obligatory to always give them money irrespective whether they are Muslims or not and irrespective whether they are genuine or habitual. Most appear to have made begging a living.

We constantly get lots of beggars (both Muslims and non-Muslims, young and old) that regularly come round and expecting money. If a nominal amount of money is given, it is often refused and, if food or anything else is given, it is simply also refused or thrown away.

We also get many Muslim youngsters that appear healthy and able to work; yet come around begging. In this instance, can one refer them to the nearest Jamiat Office who will no doubt screen them and ascertain if they are actually genuine and do qualify for assistance? Kindly advise.


A: Be kind towards them. If they seem to be needy and you find it easy to show some kindness then you should show kindness, otherwise make dua for them.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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