This phenomenon been spreading so fast across Saudi Arabia, especially in big cities like Jeddah and Makkah. Who are these people, why do they beg for money, and what can we do about it?
According to the Ministry of Social Affairs, the big majority of beggars are of none Saudis who came to Saudi Arabia for Umra or Hajj and did not return home. The minority are Saudis who lost hope in finding a job to live or took this easy road to gain money instead of working a sweat.
I have watched different TV reports discussing this issue and almost all reports agree with the fact that those beggars take advantage of people’s kindness and Islam’s view of charity.
What can we do you ask? You can do a lot! In my opinion, the first step is not to encourage them and actually hand over money so easily. Your money should not be wasted on someone who’s going to use it to beg for more instead of looking for a job. Use your money in a project that will help the unemployed to find work or the poor to aid them through their lives. Talk with those who beg if you can, advice them to actually stop living this way.
I am sure you are wondering, what about the disabled? What if they cannot actually work? They are children who were abandon by their parents! Authorities are in charge in this situation, get in touch with them and they will hopefully take care of them.
I have found an idea from Mr. Mark Lee, a writer at sunzu.com, saying:
“A charity (say Shelter) would produce Help the homeless cards (credit card size) and provide these to donors. Donors would then give the cards to beggars when they encounter them. The cards would contain a freephone number and a simple map of how to find the local shelter/soup kitchen or whatever the charity chooses as it’s way of helping the beggars.”
I really do not know if this would work in our society, streets and resources, but at least it is an idea to offer help to those who need it.