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Begging

The most despised of men in the sight of God are they who sit and beg.
(Bahá’u’lláh, The Kitáb-i-Aqdas, p. 30)


We have been asked to share with you the following extract from one of the Tablets of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá on the subject of begging: “By the Sacred Verse: “Begging is forbidden, and it is also prohibited to dispense alms to a beggar’ is meant that mendicancy is forbidden and that giving charity to people who take up begging as their profession is also prohibited. The object is to wipe out mendicancy altogether. However, if a person is disabled, stricken by dire poverty or becomes helpless, then it is incumbent upon the rich or the trustees to provide him with a monthly allowance for his subsistence. when the House of Justice comes into being it will set up homes for the incapacitated. Thus no one will be obliged to beg, even as the supplementary part of the Blessed Verse denotes: ‘It is enjoined upon everyone to earn his livelihood‘; then He says: ‘As to those who are disabled, it devolveth upon the trustees and the rich to make adequate provision for them.’ By ‘trustees’ is meant the representatives of the people, that is to say the members of the House of Justice.” “The Universal House of Justice does not wish to go beyond the elucidation given by the Master in the above passage and wishes, for the time being, to leave any matter not entirely covered by this text to the conscience of individual believers.
(Universal House of Justice, Lights of Guidance, p. 120)