Friday, December 18, 2009

Be good to your neighbours

Narrated Abdullah ibn Umar: The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: The best friend in the sight of Allah is he who is the well-wisher of his companions, and the best neighbour is one who behaves best towards his neighbours. Al-Tirmidhi, Number 120

Narrated AbuDharr: Allah’s Apostle (peace be upon him) said: AbuDharr, when you prepare the broth, add water to that and give that (as a present) to your neighbour. -- Sahih Muslim, 1208

Narrated by Ibn ‘Abbas told Ibn az-Zubayr, “I heard the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, say, ‘A man is not a believer who fills his stomach while his neighbour is hungry.’” Al-Adab al-Mufrad Al-Bukhar, IV 61, 112

Certain specific rights of the neighbours

Mu’awiya lbn Haidah relates that the Prophet of Allah (S.A.W.) said “The rights of the neighbour upon you are that;
• If he falls ill you visit (and take care of) him;
• if he dies you attend his funeral (and take part in the burial arrangements);
• if he commits an evil deed, you prevent it from being known (i.e. do not give publicity to it);
• if he is favoured by good-fortune, you congratulate him;
• if a calamity befalls him, you grieve in sympathy with him;
• you restrain from erecting your building higher than his in such away that the passage of fresh air is blocked from his house (unless you obtained his consent) and further,
• (you take care that) the aroma of your cooking pot does not cause sorrow to him (and his children) except that you send some of it (the food) to him.”
Tafseer Roohul Bayaan part 5 p530

Always remember when doing a good deed, have the correct intention/niyyah, do it for Allah’s pleasure with sincerity. May all our good deeds be accepted. InshaAllah.



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