Do Good To Your Neighbours

Giving to your neighbours as generosity
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As Muslims, we should always be very mindful of how we treat our neighbours. We read in a hadith narrated from Abu Hurairah that our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said:

“Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day, let him not annoy his neighbour.” (Bukhari and Muslim)

We learn from this that we should treat our neighbours with kindness and not do things which will cause them annoyance or cause them to dislike us. For example, we could be more mindful about noise levels in the evenings or about keeping the outside of our homes clean and tidy.

We should also be friendly and welcoming towards our neighbours so they know that we are there to help them in case they need us. Instead of just entering or leaving our houses without speaking to our neighbours when we come across them, we should have a short conversation to show them that we care.

We must bear in mind that when someone is having a bad day, a positive conversation can cheer them up and help them to feel at least a little better. We read in a hadith narrated by Ibn Umar (RA) quoting Prophet Muhammad (SAW) :

“Jibreel kept urging me that neighbours should be treated well until I thought he would make them heirs.” (Bukhari and Muslim)

It may be that because we live in such close proximity to our neighbours that we begin to notice negative things about their lives and overhear things they are saying, which may be personal and private.

It is our duty as Muslims not to share those things we hear or see – we should be respectful of our neighbours’ privacy. Otherwise, this would eventually have a negative impact on our relationship with them. We should treat our neighbours the way we would want them to treat us. We read in a hadith:

“Whoever conceals the fault of a Muslim Allah will conceal his faults on the Day of Resurrection.” (Sahih Muslim)

It could also be a good idea to share food with our neighbours. Perhaps we have prepared a nice meal for a special occasion such as Eid or an anniversary. On those days, we should try to remember to give some of the food to our neighbours – this is a good way to maintain a good relationship with them and show them kindness.

We read in a hadith that Prophet Muhmmad (SAW) said: “Whenever you prepare a broth, put plenty of water in it, and give some to your neighbours and then give them out of this with courtesy.” (Muslim)

As Muslims, we should always be striving to be kind and welcoming to others, including our neighbours. Allah says in the Holy Qur’an:

“Worship Allah and join none with Him in worship, and do good to parents, kinsfolk, orphans, Al-Masakin (the poor), the neighbour who is near of kin, the neighbour who is a stranger, the companion by your side, the wayfarer (you meet), and those (slaves) whom your right hands possess. Verily, Allah does not like such as are proud and boastful.” (Qur’an 4:36).