Neighborhood and Islam.

Islam puts a deep emphasis on our individual duty to our neighbors. In fact, the Prophet Mohammad said: “Angel Jibril advised me continuously to take care of the neighbor till I thought that Allah is to make him an inheritor.”

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)

Before we can sincerely help the needy, fight poverty, and strengthen our bonds in the Muslim community, we have to first understand our duty to our neighbors.

Duty to Our Neighbors: 11 Rights of Neighbors

Our duty to our neighbors include meeting the following:

You must help him if he asks for your help

Give him relief if he seeks your relief

Lend him if he needs a loan

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

Do not harass him

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.

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

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

If he commits a sin, prevent it from being known

Congratulate him if he is met with good fortune

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.

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13 thoughts on “Neighborhood and Islam.

  1. “Duty to Our Neighbors: 11 Rights of Neighbors
    Our duty to our neighbors include meeting the following:
    You must help him if he asks for your help
    Give him relief if he seeks your relief
    Lend him if he needs a loan
    Do not block his air by raising your building high without his permission
    Do not harass him
    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.
    You must visit (and take care of) him when he is ill
    You must attend his funeral when he dies (and take part in burial arrangements)
    If he commits a sin, prevent it from being known
    Congratulate him if he is met with good fortune
    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.”

    Smiles my Friend Sohair this part of
    Being a Muslim is a whole
    lot like Being an
    Altruistic
    Innately
    Born
    Human
    and
    Being
    Empath too…
    and sure it sound a whole
    lot like the ‘Beatitudes’ of the
    Christian Religion too now if only
    ‘those’ ‘in charge’ ‘Will’ practice what
    ‘they’ preach what a Beautiful World it will be..
    Smiles.. my Friend i’ve really been enjoying your
    Vacation as your talks are always so inspiring to me..:)

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  2. Hi Fred my dear friend.. I am so happy to hear that..
    Yes I am sure that Islam and Christianity are branches of the same tree.
    Preachers.. Yes.. I don’t care
    about what they say or do.. I only do what I believe in.
    Thanks a lot dear friend Fred.🌸🌻🌺🌸.

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  3. Branches of the Same Tree of Life
    that Will Be Loving Kindness that
    Does its Best not to consume others
    with Harm.. it is the Boundaries and
    Walls And Rules for that that come
    that may
    be vague
    and Lost too..
    but the Spirit of
    Love Feels and Heels
    as Long as it is for Real
    and not Just an Agenda
    for Personal gains in all
    the ways Personal Gains come..
    Smiles Sohair Best Wishes for A
    Best continuing Vacation for You..:)

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  4. “Verily, you are only a reminder. You are not over them as a dictator. (Al Ghashya chapter..verse 22)
    Allah said to prophet Mohammad.”

    “The meaning is that your duty is only to remind them about Allah and to preach to them. You do not have authority to insert faith into their hearts by force; you are not responsible for that.”

    Smiles my Friend Sohair just dropping by
    to say i enjoyed this Quote you share
    Faith is between each
    Human and the
    Nature of
    God Within
    We May offer
    Water but no
    one Will Make
    A Horse Drink to Have
    FaitH NoW as Hope And
    Love With Charity Sincerely
    True to Give and Share Free..:)

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