Definition of "Al-isti faf"
To abstain from begging. Begging has been prohibited in the shari‘ah, except when: (i) a person is under debt and is not finding any means to pay it off; (ii) a natural calamity befalls and destroys one’s belonging; (iii) one is poverty-stricken and three persons of his community testify to it. In all these cases, one may beg only to the extent of meeting the above needs. In no case is this to be a regular source of income.