Br. lucid it was really nice of u to think of getting flowers for ur grandma..
However,u must not attribute ur loss of buying a defective speaker to not buying the flowers from the less fortunate children...u had been good enough by intending to help the child,yet u had not been unreasonable to get a good bargain...Allah knows ur intention...this is what that counts...and we never know what Allah had prevented u with by making u buy the defective speaker.. and Allah knows the best.There is always a next time
..better late than never...u can get the flowers from those children some other time maybe... that will make u less regretful inshAllah and ur grandma all the more proud of her thoughtful grandson
Coming to the topic of beggars-it is really is a cause of concern in hyderabad that beggars are actually travelling miles to 'earn' a good sum in this sacred month.Most of the beggars are not the really 'needy' ones...
Most of them are professional beggars-they make their living
out of begging-a thing which is strongly disliked in Islam.
Many of them are physically and mentally sound,they can earn a decent living by working..but what can be more easy than just asking?
(At least the children in Br lucid's post were trying to work for a living..)
I will share something which my uncle had once narrated to me-There used to be a healthy and young man (just shabbily dressed)who had been begging at the very same spot everyday in the route that my uncle takes to work...one day he asks my uncle for money.So my uncle gives him the money but asks that as he is young and healthy,why doesn't he work and earn like others do and he offers him a job of a worker in his shop - the answer he gets from the beggar is worth listening to!!
It seems he asked as to how much uncle was willing to pay, knowing which he declined the job offer saying he gets more than that by begging and that he has a multistory building and a good bank balance to maintain!!!!
My friend's mom told me once that she knows of a beggar who once said to her that his wife does not allow him to enter the house until he brings 1000 rupees everyday from begging!He had recently built for himself a big and beautiful house in a well developed locality!!
It is very easy to ask..but the really needy out there are the ones who are ashamed and hesitant to ask...and any body who knows the value of hard work and money earned out of it will definitely like to
be sure that their money is going to a right place..but of course an intention of giving is what Alalh sees.May Allah help reward us all.ameen