162 It Is Unlawful To Beg And It Is Forbidden To Give To Him Who Beggeth #147

In a Tablet 'Abdu'l-Baha expounds the meaning of this verse. He states

that mendicancy is forbidden and that giving charity to people who take

up begging as their profession is also prohibited. He further points out

in that same Tablet: The object is to uproot mendicancy altogether.

However, if a person is incapable of earning a living, is stricken by dire

poverty or becometh helpless, then it is incumbent on the wealthy or the

Deputies to provide him with a monthly allowance for his subsistence... By

'Deputies' is meant the representatives of the people, that is to say the

members of the House of Justice.

The prohibition against giving charity to people who beg does not preclude

individuals and Spiritual Assemblies from extending financial assistance

to the poor and needy or from providing them with opportunities to acquire

such skills as would enable them to earn a livelihood (see note 56).

161 Payment Of Zakat #146 163 A Fine Had Formerly Been Prescribed For Anyone Who Was The Cause Of Sadness To Another #148 facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail