Ruling on begging

Q 1: What is the ruling on begging? Would you please explain when begging is permissible and when it is not?

A: Begging is prohibited except when a person is forced to seek financial help from the government or from individuals out of dire need. For example, when a Muslim is in a situation where he has to pay Himalah (an amount of money paid to two quarreling parties to reconcile them) and the like, he is blameless. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, Begging is similar to scratching the flesh off your face; except for asking from a ruler or asking in case of dire need. Moreover, he (peace be upon him) said to Qabisah, Asking for money (Part No. 10; Page No. 77) is not permissible except in three cases: someone who takes it upon themselves to pay Himalah, they may seek people’s help until the designated amount is received and then they should stop asking; for calamity-stricken people who lose their properties, it is permissible for them to seek financial assistance until they are able to support themselves; and for those who are starving, with three reliable people from their community testifying to this saying: ‘Oh, these persons have been reduced to hunger!’ It is permissible for them to ask (for charity) until they are able to stand on their own feet and support themselves. Apart from these cases, Qubaysah, anything received through begging is unlawful, its recipient devours it unlawfully. (Narrated by Muslim). May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings of Allah be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and Companions!