Dr. Monzer Kahf, a prominent economist and counselor states: Ibn al Sabil is of the kind of circumstantial poverty. In other word, a person who has no accessibility to his property/resources at home because of a temporary situation. Those who seek asylum may or may not qualify according to the availability of other resources to them. If their own resources are not accessible and if governmental subsidies in the country they are temporarily in are not available or not sufficient, they become Ibn Sabil according to Shari’ah. But in reality there is a considerable segment of persons who seek asylum that has accessibility to their own resources and that is not circumstantially poor, some of them are even five-star hotel refugees. Hence, we can’t apply the rule to every asylum seeker!”