QoD: Beggary, Charity or Sin?

63837678_8431e6838b_t.jpg Today’s Question of the Day is to ask your opinion about the menacing problem of beggary which has been on the rise for some time. Do you patronize beggars and consider it as charity for the underprivileged or do you take it as a sin and generally don’t support beggars who come knocking on your car windows.

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12 Comments so far

  1. KhiTorPit (unregistered) on November 8th, 2006 @ 12:39 am

    Ofcourse everybody have sympathy for these beggers and ppl gives them charity, they are a part of our society, they are more in numbers because of our bad system, but it would be considered as a sin if someone begs even though he/she can do some kind of job.

  2. babu (unregistered) on November 8th, 2006 @ 1:00 am

    what a bakwaas question really to start a useless debate. been discussed zillion times already. shame on you for asking such a lame question!

    why don’t you ask instead how many organizations are working in karachi to make beggars useful human beings and how much impact they are having on beggary. what is being done and what more can be done.

  3. fairyDust (unregistered) on November 8th, 2006 @ 1:31 am

    this is good question. the prob of beggary is getting out of hand in karachi. and most of them are ‘professional beggars’ as to say. they have money…but they are used to getting it so easy that even when they have money, they beg…its like a whole career line. now i know that this is quiet a generalization and not all of the beggers are like that. but most are, sadly. Something needs to be done about it. I think a good solution would be to have an organization to help people who really need help. and weed out the ones that are just trying to suck up money off of public.

  4. ooriginal-anon (unregistered) on November 8th, 2006 @ 2:08 am

    Teeth, you already did this a while ago here

  5. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on November 8th, 2006 @ 7:31 am

    @KHITO: sorry not everybody has sympathy to these *professional* beggars.

    @Babu:Majority of beggars are not part of this city and most of them actually migrate from Interior punjab and sind for their business so I think It’s not our responsibility to provide them work. What all could be done to take steps so that these outsiders don’t get chance to getinto Karachi.

    Shahzad Roy is really doing a great job and I really appreciate his work by several means.

  6. llama (unregistered) on November 8th, 2006 @ 9:40 am

    I have abosulutely no sympathy for these so called beggars when i see the fake looks on their faces and hear their repetitive dribble of talk. It actually makes me sick.

    The only people i have real compassion for on the streets are those that try to manage the best way they can, despite the odds. I would give them small things, such as a “salam” greeting, a “shukriya” and a smile if they let me pass on the road, an offer of water if its hot, etc. It’s the small stuff that really matters. The milk of human kindness, as they say.

  7. Captain's Log (unregistered) on November 8th, 2006 @ 10:26 am

    I would not judge any one and would give to all in my capacity. In return I expect Allah not to judge me. Simple formula and I am sure it would work. If Allah is going to judge us who is worthy then I am afraid it would be very hard for us to make it.

  8. Abdul Sami (unregistered) on November 8th, 2006 @ 12:06 pm

    I would not judge any one and would give to all in my capacity.

    yea then in that case you method of ‘giving’ should need to be changed, you should make sure the person begging should not continue that. Most of us give 5,10, etc money to them, and they carry on with asking from others.
    Shouldn’t the proper way would be:
    – asking their address
    – going with them to see the actual problem
    – getting them some business (ngos, urself anything else, just making sure every aid helps them to get closer to shutoff begging)

    giving some chunks of money for the time being is not going to solve anything.

  9. mansoor (unregistered) on November 8th, 2006 @ 6:05 pm

    abdul sami: well said! giving 5/10 just encourages them. The only good it does is keep our concience clean… so Captains Log.. im afraid your doing it for yourself rather than to help…

  10. Captain's Log (unregistered) on November 8th, 2006 @ 6:22 pm

    Actually being in US, I do not generally encounter any one asking me money except local mosque. I support TCF because if you could educate people then at least next geneation would be better.

  11. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on November 8th, 2006 @ 9:44 pm

    hehe, we even seek shortcuts to earn sawab.

  12. WASIQ (unregistered) on November 10th, 2006 @ 2:12 am

    Ans: It is the right of the needy to beg…as long as they do not exercise coercion or intimidation.
    Our dear lord is an equal opportunity provider..but only due to the satanic interventions some of us are left alone in this world only…..

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