His Eminence Shaikh Ahmed al Khalili, Grand Mufti of the Sultanate BEGGING phenomenon leads to dire consequences when it becomes prevalent among the people as a segment of the society becomes inactive, accustomed to laziness and comfortable lifestyle and having their needs met easily and without shedding a single drop of sweat.
The worst thing in begging is that with the passage of time those who resort to begging become incapable of working or shouldering any responsibilities, as a result a group of people becomes unproductive. In such a case work is disrupted and sometimes comes to a halt altogether which hampers the normal march of life.
Considering the aforesaid negative implications of the begging phenomenon, it is the duty of everyone to show interest in work and in being productive and not only a consumer.
We have to do all in our power to find a solution to the begging phenomenon and the best way to achieve this is through spreading awareness among the people of the harmful effects of begging. Beggars should be made aware that their children will grow up as beggars as they will be incapable and unwilling to perform decent work in the future.
Begging phenomenon has several implications not only on the individuals who practice it but also on the wider level of the society as a whole, hence Islam fights begging and forbids it, except for the weak segments of the society who are unable to afford their daily food.