Professional beggars have become a real nuisance
in our societies. More so because they obstruct money from going to deserved
There is no ruling found in this regard in the Sharī`ah.
It is a person's on the spot decision about giving to a beggar which sometimes
may be right and at other times wrong. It is certainly very difficult to judge
a beggar in such a short period of time.
A person should, however, keep in mind two things in
i) Even if a person is mistaken in his judgement and he
gives some money to a beggar who is not deserving, his reward is secure with
ii) If a person must refuse a beggar, he must not scold
him; the refusal should be polite.