Neighbor’s rights: Something to ponder about during isolated days

Islam Contributor
Opinion
Neighbor's rights
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The neighborhood is an integral part of human life. For this reason, Islam has given great importance to the neighbor’s rights. But nowadays we are neglecting the rights of our neighbors. But to be kind to one’s neighbors and not to hurt them has been made a part of faith. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said,

“Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day, let him be kind to his neighbors and not harm them.”

Neighbor’s rights

Keeping track of neighbors, helping in distress, sharing each other’s joys and sorrows, giving gifts, serving when sick, comforting a neighbor when someone dies, attending in shroud burial, prioritizing neighbor’s needs, not causing a neighbor trouble, etc. are the nature of a believer.

And in this epidemic of coronavirus, a neighbor doesn’t have to tell you how much help he needs.

Regarding the rights of the neighbor, Allah says, “Worship Allah and do not associate anything with Him. And be kind to your parents, relatives, orphans, the needy, the near-neighbors, the distant neighbors, the companions, the travelers, and your slaves. Surely Allah does not love the arrogant. (Qur’an 4:38)

The Best neighbor

The best neighbor is the one who treats his neighbors well and tries to fulfill all the rights of neighbors properly. As a result, neighbors are pleased with him and Allah is also pleased with him.

Keeping track of neighbors is a matter of faith

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said,

“The person is not a true believer who eats in his stomach, but his neighbors do not eat.”

One thing is noteworthy here in keeping with the present situation. There may be many of our neighbors in the long-running Corona epidemic who are losing their jobs and living in misery. Again, because of their self-esteem, they may never ask us for help. Therefore, it is the demand of time and our faith to fulfill the needs of these neighbors as much as possible on our own responsibility.

In this case, it is our duty to find out a way and to help them in such a way that they do not feel ashamed.

Increase the curry broth and share it with your neighbors

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said to his companion Abu Jarr,

“O Abu Jarr! When you cook curry, increase its broth a little and share it with your neighbors.” (Muslim)

Besides, if something good is cooked at home, even if you don’t tell the neighbor, the smell of cooking will let them know. So, whether it is by increasing the soup for them or by sending them a little, Allah will be very happy if the wishes of the little children of that family are fulfilled. Because of this, Allah will bless your sustenance, InshaAllah.

Poor neighbor’s rights

If the neighbor is poor then his right in the present situation is more. Because just as feeding the poor is a work of many rewards and not feeding the poor is also a big reason for going to hell. It has been narrated in the Quran, (The inhabitants of the hell will be asked)

“What has pushed you to the hell called ‘Sakar ’? (They will answer) We did not pray and we did not feed the poor.” (Al-Qur’an-74:42-44)

The example of two women

Bad behavior with a neighbor can ruin a person’s life. Once a man came and said to the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him), “It is well known about a woman who prays too much (Nafl), fasts and gives with both hands. But by word of mouth she hurts her neighbor. The Prophet said, “She will go to hell.” It is said about another woman that she does not pray too much (Nafl), does not fast too much, and does not give much charity. However, she does not harm the neighbor. The Prophet said, “She will be the inhabitants of Paradise.”

The issue of neighbor’s rights demands much more detailed discussion. Here are just a few words in light of the current situation. In this epidemic, may Allah gives us the grace to know the rights of our neighbors and fulfill them completely. Ameen.

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