Islamic Ethics

IN REGARD TO NEIGHBORS

 

Isn’t it nice to have a good neighborly feeling? Won’t it be nice to cooperate and be kind to our neighbors, and the feeling would be mutual sooner or later?

 

A neighborhood that is blessed with friendly cooperating families visit you, you help them when they need your assistance, and they will, and establish good relationships.

 

The Holy Quran urges us to do good to our neighbors:

 

وَبالوالِدینِ احساناً وَ بذی القربی والیتامی وَ المساکینِ وَ الجارِ ذی القربی وَالجارِ الجُنُبِ وَالصاحِبِ

 

بالجَنبِ وَابنِ السبیلِ وَ ما ملکت ایمانُکُم

 

اِنَ الله لا یُحِبُ مَن کان مُختالاً فَخُورا

 

AND DO GOOD – TO THE PARENTS, THE KINSFOLK, THE ORPHANS, THOSE IN NEED, THE NEIGHBORS WHO ARE NEAR, THE NEIGHBORS WHO ARE STRANGERS, THE COMPANIONS BY YOUR SIDE, THE WAYFARER, AND WHAT YOUR RIGHT HANDS POSSESS: FOR GOD LOVES NOT HE WHO IS ARROGANT, THE VAINGLORIOUS.

 

(AL –Quran IV-36)

 

So, the Almighty commands us to be good to our parents first, then our relatives, then to the orphans and those in need; then He orders us to be good to our neighbors.

 

 The Messenger of God (P.B.U.H) has said:

 

مَن کانَ یومنُ بالله وَالیومِ الآخِر فَلیَقتُل خَیراً او لیَصمُت

 

وَمَن کان یومن بالله و الیومِ الآخرِ فلیکرِم جارَه

 

وَمَن کان یومن بالله و الیومِ الآخر فلیکرم ضیفهُ

 

“LET WHOSOEVER BELIEVE IN GOD AND IN THE LAST DAY EITHER SPEAK GOOD OR BE SILENT. LET WHOSOEVER BELIEVE IN GOD AND IN THE LAST DAY HONOR HIS NEIGHBOR. LET WHOSOEVER BELIEVE IN GOD AND IN THE LAST DAY HONOR HIS GUEST.”

 

“THE BEST PERSON IN THE SIGHT OF GOD IS THE BESTAMONG HIS FRIENDS, AND THE BEST PERSON IN HIS OWN NEBORHOOD.”

 

“HE WHO BELIEVES IN GOD AND THE DAY OF JUDGEMENT, LET HIM CAUSE NO HARM TO HIS NEIGHBOR.”

 

 “AISHA RELATES THAT THE HOLY PROPHET SAID ‘GABRIEL INSISTED THAT I DO GOOD TO NY NEIGHBOR SO PERSISTENTLY, THAT I WAS AFRAID HE WOULD DECHARE MY NEIGHBOR TO BE MY INHERITOR.”

 

Read the above sayings and see how important it is to be a good neighbor. How wonderful it is to be a neighbor who will help those nearby, to be good friends with them, to cooperate with them and to be in peace and friendship. The children will benefit, we will benefit, and the whole neighborhood will benefit from such a good relationship.

 

This is above saying and see how important it is to be a good neighbor. How wonderful it is to be a neighbor who will help those nearby, to be good friends with them, to cooperate with them and to be in peace and friendship. The children will benefit, we will benefit, and the whole neighborhood will benefit from such a good relationship.

 

This is particularly true if our neighbor happen to be elderly or crippled and need our help and understanding.

 

A Good Muslim Will Remember:

 

1.      It is decent to be good and helpful to our neighbors.

 

2.      Cooperation with our neighbors is far superior to discord.

 

3.      Being friendly and at ease with our neighbor is the beginning of a good relationship.

 

4.      We should be particularly helpful to our neighbor if they are old, crippled or needy.

 

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