Once I returned home late in the evening; approaching home I saw the expensive car of a rich friend, who was sitting at his steering-wheel, waiting for his family, who were visiting my family. As I approached the car I began to tap at the side window near him. He thought I was a beggar and waved me away, without even looking at me. I circled round and began to tap at the windshield; he repeated the same gesture. Being embarrassingly disappointed I stood in front of the door of my home, and waved him a welcome invitation. When he realized who I was he left his car hastily to welcome me and apologize for his unintentional misconduct. Though we both laughed and treated it as a joke, it deeply impressed me; for, from that time on, I never waved a beggar away, at all, because that experience made me realize how humiliated a beggar feel when treated in this way, which is very bitter, indeed.
Moral of the Story
It’s your wish if you give beggar some money or not, but it is beggar’s right to be treated kindly after all he is a human being. Just think what you would do if someone treated the same way you would treat a beggar.
“If you choose not to give the beggar, at least be mindful not to rebuke him”
– Mufti Ismail Menk
Next time you see a beggar, give them a broad smile and see the difference.
– Submitted By Munthir A. Sabi