The Feeling of The Poor – True Story !

carOnce 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

Action Item
Next time you see a beggar, give them a broad smile and see the difference.

– Submitted By Munthir A. Sabi

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6 Responses to The Feeling of The Poor – True Story !

  1. kvkarunakaran May 4, 2015 at 12:46 AM #


  2. jaffar shehabi April 21, 2015 at 7:03 PM #

    Both the haves and the don’t haves are human beings and are not perfect and have their limitations.
    We cannot generalize and say that all rich people are mean, arrogant, impolite and inhumane.
    Neither can we say that all beggars have genuine need or that they behave properly in a manner that attracts the mercy of the rich. Yes, the rich should be kind, merciful to those who have genuine needs but I agree that they should not be too naive as to be deceived by “fraudulent beggars.”

  3. ABDUL MATIN SHEIKH April 20, 2015 at 3:37 PM #

    I agree with Farook Shariff.

  4. Farook shariff April 20, 2015 at 4:43 AM #

    If Allah has given you plenty , share with poor and needy .
    Farook shariff

  5. Vaseem April 19, 2015 at 9:44 PM #

    What would you do in place like India, where begging is a business?
    If you give a rupee to the beggars, they throw it back on your face.. with attitude.. they might even say that you are bigger beggar than them… and if you smile at them they say ‘give me the money, i don’t want to see your teeth.’ WTH..

  6. Amanullah Khan April 19, 2015 at 12:39 PM #

    The writer has probably not visited any market in a Pakistani city or the traffic lights on its roads where you have to use a stick to scare away the beggars.

    By the way, who gave beggars the right to be welcomed with smile and not rebuked? Had there been a UN convention on the beggar rights, beggar nations would not have been subjected to humiliation and ridicule by the rich lending countries, WB and IMF.