Our kindness towards neighbours: “Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day, let him honour his neighbour.”

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The care, politeness and respect we have towards our neighbours – Allah sees it all. It all builds up our good deeds. The little things we do to help our neighbours, being the helping hand they look for when they are in need – it is more beneficial and valuable for ourselves than we may realise. We read in a hadith:

Abdullah ibn Amr reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “The best companion to Allah is the best to his companions, and the best neighbour to Allah is the best to his neighbours.” (Sunan al-Tirmidhi)

Our care towards our neighbours is a sign of our faith, as our religion teaches us to honour them. We read in a hadith:

Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day, let him speak goodness or remain silent. Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day, let him honour his neighbour. Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day, let him honour his guest.” (Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim)

Having a righteous neighbour is described as being part of a person’s happiness. This shows us just how valuable our kindness towards our neighbours really is. Assisting them, such as when they are sick, and keeping in touch with them to make sure they are doing well – these are all things that we may view as just a part of our daily lives, but they are indeed beneficial for us. We read in a hadith:

Nafi’ ibn Abdul Harith reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “It is part of a person’s happiness to have a righteous neighbour, a comfortable mount, and a spacious dwelling.” (Musnad Ahmad)

It is understandable why there is such a great reward for respecting our neighbours when we learn about how neighbours are described in Islam. We read in a hadith:

Aisha reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Gabriel continued to advise me to treat neighbours well until I thought he would make them my heirs.” (Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim)

Even the food we share with our neighbours, no matter how little or whether or not it is on a special occasion, goes a long way for our good deeds. We read in a hadith:

Abu Dharr reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “O Abu Dharr, when you cook a stew, put more water in the broth and take care your neighbours.” (Sahih Muslim)

Islam also teaches us to firstly take care of our neighbours who live closer to us, before those who live further away, as of course there may be neighbours nearer to us who are in need. We read in a hadith:

Aisha reported: I said, “O Messenger of Allah, I have two neighbours; to whom should I send my gifts?” The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “To the neighbour who is closest to your door.” (Sahih Bukhari)

May Allah reward us for our care towards our neighbours and make it a means for us to enter Jannah. Aameen. Indeed, Allah is Al-Baseer (The All-Seeing).

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