Not giving a beggar anything due to not having any change

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Q: Sometimes beggars come and ask us for money when we are outside the office with colleagues. Sometimes, I don’t have small currency to give them and neither can I say anything to them. Last time I went to the city and we were outside the office and one beggar was asking for money. He came to me but I didn’t have small currency at that time to give to him, but he stood infront of me. After a few minutes a colleague who was with me gave him some money. I sometimes think what they might think of me. Genuniely if I had small currency I would have given it to him. Can we deny if we don’t have small currency notes.


A: Yes, you can.

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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