What Is the Difference Between Begging and Asking for Help With Money?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Mawlana Ilyas Patel


I am confused as to the difference between begging and asking someone else for help with money. If I were for example to ask a friend to help me pay for my internet service so I can use my Wi-Fi then would this be begging since it is not something that is considered a necessity that I ask my friend to cover?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

What you are doing is just requesting your friend to support you and do you a favor by paying for the internet services. As long as your intention does not consist of any of the following it is not considered begging. See the links below.

The begging that is prohibited is of the following types:

  • Asking without dire necessity. Necessity is defined as not having sufficient provisions for that day.
  • Asking in a persistent or degrading manner. [Shaybani, Kitab al-Kasb]

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[Mawlana] Ilyas Patel
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Mawlana Ilyas Patel is a traditionally-trained scholar who has studied in the UK, India, Pakistan, Syria, Jordan, and Turkey. He started his early education in the UK. He went on to complete hifz of the Quran in India, then enrolled into an Islamic seminary in the UK, where he studied the secular and Alimiyyah sciences. He then traveled to Karachi, Pakistan.

He has been an Imam in Rep of Ireland for a number of years. He has taught hifz of the Qur’an, Tajwid, Fiqh, and many other Islamic sciences to both children and adults onsite and online extensively in UK and Ireland. He was teaching at a local Islamic seminary for 12 years in the UK, where he was a librarian and a teacher of Islamic sciences.

He currently resides in the UK with his wife. His personal interest is the love of books and gardening.