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The Beggar

September 23, 2009

beggarFaheem and Ikraam were amidst the heated discussion about some important business issue when their car stopped at the red signal. In a while their discussion was interrupted by the delicate knock on the window. Faheem rolled down the window and gave five rupees to the beggar who was
dressed in tatters and his long hair and beard had many twigs and crumbs sticking in them. The beggar silently accepted the alms and went to the other side of the car and knocked on Ikraam’s window.

Ikraam wrinkled his forehead to show his annoyance on this unwanted and unpleasant intrusion. He was about to reprimand the old beggar when Faheem elbowed him and told him to give him something. Ikraam dug his hand in pocket and produced one rupee coin. The beggar accepted it and left silently.

‘It’s not good to encourage beggary.’ Ikraam was clearly upset.

‘He’s not an ordinary beggar!’

‘Oh well make his shrine and kiss his grave.’ Ikraam taunted.

‘I’m serious!’ Faheem exhorted.

‘Who’s he?’ Ikraam asked puzzled.

‘Your future!’ Faheem said stoically.

‘WHAT?’

‘The legend has it that once he was as prosperous as you and me. But he was extremely stingy. God knows how many people left empty hand from his door. Then in a series of events he lost everything, even his family that he used to own proudly. Now he roams the streets and goes from door to door and begs – a minimum of a rupee, a handful of wheat or the least a smile and gentle talk is all he asks for. I often feel as if he is God’s test in the guise of a man. He regularly comes to me and I can’t turn him away.’

Faheem finished his talk while Ikraam shook his head in disbelief. But his livid face was telling another story.

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14 Comments leave one →
  1. September 23, 2009 2:44 pm

    Soemtimes our future comes as a clear sign infront of us but we can’t interpret the Omen….
    Everything we do is the result of what we have done…

    WEll written Ayesha…i am your great admirer… 🙂

    • September 23, 2009 4:30 pm

      I tried a fable for the first time. What goes around come around is very true.

      Thanks for the appreciation. I only try! 🙂

  2. September 23, 2009 6:41 pm

    But I’d still say, it isn’t good to encourage beggary. One should always prepare for the worst, but not promote the worst… Thats what I think…

    • September 24, 2009 3:45 pm

      But the fact is we can’t eliminate it either. So what will you do if someone comes to your door?

  3. September 23, 2009 8:51 pm

    Salam,
    you all know that when ever a beggar or a needy person knocked at the door of our beloved last Prophet (p.b.u.h) for help (money, food, clothes etc), our prphet (p.b.u.h) never refused them, no body went with empty hands ever … If we do the same, we are following the sunnat … (positive effect)

    Dr. Israr Ahmed said that dont encourage the school of beggary (negative effect), that does not mean that you should not help any needy person, but you have to investigate first that the person who is begging , is really a needy or a proffessional beggar …… unfortunately we pakistanis have time for every rubbish thing but not for this matter which looks tiny but in real it is not …. nobody will come forword to investigate this matter, they will just give the 2 ruppee or 5 ruppee coin to avoid this headache …
    Why Investigation is necessary ?? by doing so we can make sure that our charity is going to right person who really needs it …
    Sorry for a long Bhaashan ..
    Tc

    • September 24, 2009 3:47 pm

      When I was writing this story this Hadith was in my mind. Thanks for bringing it here.

  4. September 23, 2009 8:57 pm

    one more thing, there was a bollywood movie named as “Traffic Signal”, its all about beggar mafia …. a link (chain) has been shown between street beggars to regional political leaders and this chain ends to the national leaders ….. dont know whether this is true or not .. but was a interestng movie to watch 😉

    • September 24, 2009 3:50 pm

      I’ve watched that movie but don’t remember the story much. It is quite true in Pakistan’s case as well. Do you remember the STN play ‘Kashkaul’? It also covered the beggar mafia, pir and politician nexus.

  5. September 24, 2009 10:19 am

    what was the idea here ?

    • September 24, 2009 3:55 pm

      The idea is the above mentioned Hadith in the comments.

      I think the beggars should neither be encouraged nor discouraged.

  6. September 24, 2009 10:52 pm

    I think that beggars shouldnt be given anything, but I somehow get scared when someone asks me for something, I just cant help myself 😦

    It really really pains me to walk away from children but thats not acceptable at ALL. They should do something with their lives, I know kids whos dads would work on our lands, illiterates, very very poor, living in our homes and my nana or dada paying for their bills and food and those kids, did not beg but studied on floors in the village schools and went ahead and did something!!

    Today some of them are more established than my cousins…

    • September 25, 2009 4:21 pm

      I don’t consider children as beggars because they have no idea in real sense as to what they are doing. There is always some grown up behind them. So children are basically very useful tools of beggar mafia.

  7. September 25, 2009 10:50 am

    Nice message.

    My take: Whether you give something to beggars or not, just don’t be rude to them. A smile is also a sadqa.

    9. Therefore treat not the orphan with harshness.2

    10. And repulse not the petitioner;

    11. But the bounty of your Lord rehearse and proclaim!

    http://zazo.org/zoha/sura_93.htm

    • September 25, 2009 4:24 pm

      I liked your take. To talk nicely is very rare in our society. I believe it is because life isn’t easy in our kinda set-up. Too many hassles, too many tensions to deal with everyday so people become harsh and short-tempered. I think that is why mortality age is just 60 in Pakistan 😕

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