Test Of Character

Asking Others For Something

It is not regarded permissible for people who have a day’s food and the strength to work for livelihood to beg. (Muslim, Zakat, 109)


Sahih al-Bukhari Book 24 Hadith 553 Narrated 'Abdullah bin 'Umar. The Prophet said,

"A man keeps on asking others for something till he comes on the Day of Resurrection without any piece of flesh on his face.".....


“Whoever asks from people their possessions in order to increase his/her possessions, s/he asks for but a piece of fire. Either for less of it, or for more, as s/he wills.” (Muslim, Zakat: 35)


Sunan Abu Dawood Book of Zakat (Kitab Al-Zakat) Number 1639 Thawban, the client of the Messenger of Allah (May peace be upon him), reported him as saying:

If anyone guarantees me that he will not beg from people, I will guarantee him Paradise. Thawban said: I (will not beg). He never asked anyone for anything.

Other Refs: Abu Dawood 1643 Abu Dawood Vol. 2, Book 9, Hadith 1639 Sahih


Hadith no: 13 Narrated: Urwa bin Az-Zubair

Hakim bin Hizam said,

"I asked Allah's Apostle (SAW) for something, and he gave me, and I asked him again and he gave me and said, 'O Hakim! This wealth is green and sweet (i.e. as tempting as fruits), and whoever takes it without greed then he is blessed in it, and whoever takes it with greediness, he is not blessed in it and he is like one who eats and never gets satisfied. The upper (i.e. giving) hand is better than the lower (i.e. taking) hand."

Hakim added, "I said, O Allah's Apostle (SAW)! By Him Who has sent you with the Truth I will never demand anything from anybody after you till I die." "Afterwards Abu Bakr used to call Hakim to give him something but he refused to accept anything from him. Then Umar called him to give him (something) but he refused.

Then Umar said, "O Muslims! I offered to him (i.e. Hakim) his share which Allah has ordained for him from this booty and he refuses to take it. "Thus Hakim did not ask anybody for anything after the Prophet (SAW), till he died - may Allah bestow His mercy upon him.

Who can beg….

Anas bin Malik narrates: One day, a person from Ansar came to The Prophet and asked for something. The Prophet asked him: “Do you have anything at home?” “Yes, Allah’s Messenger, we have a piece of cloth. We lay some of it beneath us, and with some of it we cover ourselves. We have a water pot; we drink water from it.” “Then, get up immediately, bring both your cloth and water pot to me.” The person fetched them both. The Prophet took the cloth and the water pot in his hand, and showing them to the people who were present, he asked, “Is there anybody who will buy these two articles?” One person among them said, “I will give one Dirham to both.” The Prophet repeated a couple of times: “Is there not anybody who gives more than one Dirham?” Afterwards, someone else said, “I will buy them in return for two Dirhams.” The Prophet sold the cloth and the water pot to that person. He took the two Dirhams and gave it to the possessor of the articles; then he said: “Buy food with one Dirham of this money and give it to your family; and with the other one Dirham, buy an axe and bring it to me.” The man left bought an axe and came back. The Prophet put a stick to the axe himself. Giving it to the man, he said: “Take this, go and cut some wood, gather it and sell. I should not see you for fifteen days.” The man went away, cut wood, gathered and sold it. When he came to the presence of the Prophet, he had made fifteen Dirhams. With some of it, he bought clothes and with some, foods. Thereupon, The Prophet said: “Instead of coming to the Day of Resurrection as a black point because of begging, this state of yours is better.

“Begging is permissible only for the following three kinds of people:

1. The one stricken by poverty which causes one `to sprawl on the earth’ (extreme poverty),

2. The one in insurmountable debt.

3. The one who took on blood money in order to reconcile people.” In another narration, there is a fourth condition: “The one who suffers a very painful chronic illness can ask for as much money as he is in need of.” (Abu Dawud, Zakat: 26)


The Prophet ﷺ said, “Verily your Lord is Generous and Shy. If His servant raises his hands to Him (in supplication) He becomes shy to return them empty.” (Ahmad, Abu Dawud, Tirmidhi)

Remember: our Lord is not forgetful. Sometimes you might even forget that you once made duwa for something, but He might give it to you years later.

…and do not lose hope in the mercy of allah. In fact, only the infidels lose hope in allah’s mercy. ( Quran 12 : 87 )

Job (Seeking Halal Earning)