What Are Our Right To Our Neighbor

 



As Muslims, it remains an important duty on all our parts to ensure we are vigilant, compassionate, and loving neighbors no matter who may live in our communities. Taking both verses from the Holy Quran as well as hadith from the Holy Prophet, Islamic traditions teach us the beauty in living a life caring for those around us.

Being a good neighbor and realizing the duty to our neighbors doesn’t just mean being friendly to the homeowners next door. It means to help take care of the community as a whole—and that includes the poor. Many Muslims know the importance of respecting and caring for our parents and other family members, but too many fail to fulfill their duty to our neighbors and the deprived in the community. Allah says in the Quran:

"Serve God, and join not any partners with Him; and do good—to parents, kinsfolk, orphans, those in need, neighbors who are near, neighbors who are strangers, and the companion by your side, the way-farer (ye meet), and what your right hands possess: for God loveth not the arrogant, the vainglorious." (Quran 4:36).

Our duty to our neighbors include meeting the following:

  1. You must help him if he asks for your help

  2. Give him relief if he seeks your relief

  3. Lend him if he needs a loan

  4. Do not block his air by raising your building high without his permission

  5. Do not harass him

  6. Give him a share when you buy fruits; if you do not, bring what you buy quietly and let not your children take them out to excite the jealousy of his children.

  7. You must visit (and take care of) him when he is ill

  8. You must attend his funeral when he dies (and take part in burial arrangements)

  9. If he commits a sin, prevent it from being known

  10. Congratulate him if he is met with good fortune

  11. Grieve in sympathy if a calamity befalls him

When a member of your community is in need, danger or illness or calamity has fallen on him, it is your duty as a Muslim to reach out and offer them help (regardless of the neighbor’s faith or background). To fail to do this is to fail in our duty to our neighbors, and is to leave a gaping hole in the Ummah.

All Praises is due to Allah we ask Him to let us die in the path of Qur'an and Sunnah.

Ibnkhaer

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