Ibrahim Mogra on Neighbours

As holiday makers dash off soon, what about the burglar alarms, post, wheelie bins and in my case, my tropical fish. But I needn’t worry for God has blessed us with two most wonderful neighbours. I know they would take care of everything.

The Messenger Muhammad (peace be upon him) said, “Your neighbour has a right over you. Help him if he asks for help. Lend to him if he needs a loan. Show him concern if he is distressed. Nurse him when ill. Attend his funeral if he dies. Congratulate him if he meets any good. Sympathise with him if any calamity befalls him. 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, and if you do not give to him, bring what you buy quietly and do not let your children take them out to excite the jealousy of his children. Nobody can be a true believer if his neighbours pass the night hungry while he has his stomach full. Nobody can be a true believer unless his neighbours are safe from the harm of his tongue and hands.”

But, do we really know our neighbours? We live in the same street, same block of flats yet we do not know one another. Islam teaches that a neighbour is not only the person next door but fellow students, work colleagues, fellow passengers, all are neighbours.

Dear God, awaken the springs of goodness in our hearts and strengthen our society with the bond of love, affection and good neighbourliness. God, grant us Your love, and the love of those whom You love, and the love of those who would bring us closer to Your love, and make Your love dearer to us than cool water on a hot day, amin.

4/12/09

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