Fatwaa ID: 415
Is there such a Hadeeth that states more or less the following — do not turn away the beggar even if he approaches you on a high horse.
In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.
Perhaps you are referring to one of the following Ahaadith,
أَعْطُوا السَّائِلَ وَإِنْ جَاءَ عَلَى فَرَسٍ
“Give to a beggar even if he comes on a horse.” [Muwatta 1846]
لِلسَّائِلِ حَقٌّ وَإِنْ جَاءَ عَلَى فَرَسٍ
“A beggar has a right even if he comes on a horse.” [Abu Dawood 1665]
The above two Ahaadith are suitable for quoting and practicing. Nabi (S) encourages us to give a beggar without looking at or judging his outward appearance. The reality of his matter is with Allaah Ta’aala and he will be accountable to Him. Your reward is in giving. Giving is general and one should apply his discretion.
How many times do we beg from Allaah Ta’aala without devotion and sincerity yet He still gives us? We do not even know how to beg from Him correctly yet He is still so Merciful to us. Perhaps if we show others similarly mercy and kindness, then Allaah Ta’aala will do the same for us.
And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York
06/25/1444 AH – 01/18/2023 CE | AML1-6899
وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين
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