Saudi Arabia: Making Do the Best They Can

I wrote in an earlier post about begging in Makkah.   Today’s post introduces American Bedu readers to Saudis who have fallen down on their luck but do not beg.  They have formed a life for themselves and live in conditions which may seem intolerable to many but to these Saudis, they are glad to have a roof over their head.  The video is in Arabic but it needs little translation.  The video takes you into the homes of Saudis who are simply making do the best that they can.



21 Responses

  1. What is there to say? “They don’t beg”. On that occasion they were receiving charity. Thank goodness. How often does that happen?
    This is not only something you see in KSA but in a lot of Western Countries too. Wealthy countries seem to have folded arms when it comes to building community housing to house their poor. I don’tget it.
    Put those unemployed young men hanging around in KSA cities and teach them a skill as they build houses like their grandfathers and forebearers did.

  2. As always Alareefi love to SHOW OFF

  3. If they were KSA citizens then I think the Kingdom would have a responsibility to take care of citizens begging on the street — and for the most part that has happened. However the majority of beggars are illegal aliens, visa overstayers, and I don’t think it is the repsonsibility of Saudi Arabia to absorb them.

  4. Sorry Carol but why don’t they have to absorb them. Are they any different to we in the West who deal over and over with this problem!

  5. What a great reminder, especially with Ramadan quickly approaching. Sometimes we forget how truly blessed we are. Thanks Carol for sharing.

  6. The poor are sadly ingored in this country. For anyone living in Riyadh there is an organization called Helping Hands who helps those of us who are fortunate give what we can to those who are not. There is also an organization in Jeddah called Young Initiative Group (YIG) who physically go out into the community, help repair homes, educate the community on sainitary living conditions, etc.

  7. @undertheyabaya- That’s great to hear! Is it really called that? It is in English?

  8. @Lynn, yes those are the names of the organizations. They both have very active Facebook pages so they are easy to find. Helping Hands also has a volunteer English teaching program on Thursday afternoons where you can go and teach orphans English. I highly recommend both organizations!

  9. Are these not Saudi initiatives?

  10. I cannot speak about Helping Hands, but I know YIG is a Saudi initiative. They do great work in the community in Jeddah!

  11. Why it is in English?

  12. They are Saudi initiatives and also work in English so that many expatriates can volunteer too.

    I am not in favor of the US taking in or accepting illegal aliens as they make a big drain on the budget and economy. Saudi Arabia may have greater wealth but that does not mean the Kingdom has to become the charity receptacle of the world. It was a privilege for the overstayers to receive their hajj or umra visa in the first place and their abuse only makes it more difficult for future visa quotas for their countries so others who have no intent of overstaying can make a pilgrimage.

  13. I am happy to hear of organization that help the needy. I hope it goes ‘viral’ througout the Kingdom.

    The video broke my heart. It is so very sad to see such poverty.

  14. I’m glad that a video was made so it can get out and reach the people.

  15. This vid was amazing, showing the generous character of human beings whether they are saudi or not (although saudis do take the cake when it comes to being generous)
    Great to hear of amazing networks happening in saudi that are helping the dis-advantaged.
    I remember watching a doco on BBC about another organization in Jiddah for widows or women in general who had no homes or were poor and had no family support. It was so touching.

    There are always good people trying to make a difference, its nice to see that recognised in Saudi as we usually take notice of the opposite..(not saying it dosn’t happen and it dosn’t need addressing)

  16. YIG is a wonderful organization and I have a lot of respect for those involved.

  17. Although I’m glad to see the men in the video helping these poor people; it breaks my heart to see them just hand out some food and money then turn around and leave them!

    I can’t imagine living in those shoddy places let alone living outside in Saudi’s unbearable heat!

    Why do they not have homeless shelters in Saudi?

    Yes, giving charity to these people is admirable but why isn’t more being done to get these people off the street and help them to improve their lives?

    What is that saying?: Give a man a fish, feed him for a day; teach him to fish, feed him for a lifetime.

    I am appalled this country doesn’t do more for their own poor people.

    I’m happy to hear about YIG but apparently that still isn’t enough.

  18. “It was a privilege for the overstayers to receive their hajj or umra visa in the first place…”

    That hits me in the wrong way.

    Too bad performing something **required by God** has boiled down to being a privilege that the Saudi government can give or deny you.

    I guess that’s what happens when you have too many Muslims in the world…you have to ration the limited resources, in this case: visas for hajj. Seems odd, but I’m sure God gives a pass to those who had intentions of going on pilgrimage, but simply were not privileged to receive the permission to do what He asked of them.

  19. ‘Too bad performing something **required by God** has boiled down to being a privilege that the Saudi government can give or deny you.’

    I agree with you completely, Susanne

  20. Agree with Susanne.

  21. Agree with Suzanne, Allah requires every muslim to go on pilgrimage, that’s nothing to do with the people who happen to live there. It’s not a privilege, it’s a duty, and by the rules of Islam a right for every Muslim on the planet to go to hajj if they can afford to do so.
    The saudis have the religious duty to let them come and it’s their problem how to organize it.

    Allah of course didn’t really think it all of this out very well when She thought up this hajj-thing.

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