In today’s scenario, the people who are away from us even thousands of miles are near to us through modern technology and latest means of communication. But unfortunately people have no access to the person next door. To treat neighbors with honor, care and kindness is true spirit of Islam and is a basic source of inspirations for non-Muslims. Elder people tell us the stories of old golden times when people used to visit acquaints for hours. It sounds like some fairy or a folk tale which gets famous in a specific community without an actual existence.
Holy Prophet has strictly prohibited a person from becoming a reason of his neighbor’s pain or harm. Islam is of the view to encourage its followers to contribute in small acts of kindness which make people’s life easy and smooth. It also serves as a base to establish a peaceful and united Islamic community. Islam has made no distinction between rights of a Muslim or non-Muslim neighbor. The messenger of Allah PBUH always instructed his men to enquire from their neighbors about their problems and try to solve them according to their power and will. He PBUH said ‘A man is not a believer who fills his stomach while his neighbor is hungry.’ Source: Al-Adab Al-Mufrad 112
It is right of neighborhood that if we are cooking something special, we should share our food with them. Small favors like helping out at events, to take out trash or any little chore, one should not hesitate to offer such minor things to their neighbors. In case the neighbor becomes violent, one should try to calm them down and enquire reason behind their antagonistic behavior. Courtesy, kindness and small favors are rights of neighborhood and being Muslim religious obligation as well.
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