The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “The Miskeen (poor person) is not the one for whom a date-fruit or two, or a morsel or two (of food) is sufficient, but the Miskeen is he who does not (beg or) ask the people (for anything) or show his poverty at all. Recite if you wish, (Allah’s statement), ‘…They do not beg of people at all…’ (Quran 2:273).” [Sahih Bukhari]
One of the categories of people entitled to receive Zakat is “the Miskeen.” This hadith defines who a Miskeen is. It is not someone who is obviously poor, or who begs of people, but someone who is ashamed to let people know of his need and poverty. Such people can be recognized by their faces and by our sensitivity. Out of self-respect they do not ask others to help them but suffer in silence. They are especially deserving of our help.
This hadith has been sent to me by dailyhadith.