Do You Know Your Neighbor?

In a fast-paced world we sometimes forget about our neighbors. Our neighbors are the people that we may see every now and then when we have the opportunity to look up from our busy lives. We may run into them at the local store or at the local PTA meeting, but we never really ask how they are doing. Are we bad people? No, I believe that we are sometimes busy people. We are people that are constantly in a rush. We are rushing to do this and rushing to get that done. Nevertheless, the issue of rushing can make us miss out on knowing the people that lives next to us. We sometimes start up superficial relationships with other without truly knowing them. We may add them on Facebook or Twitter, but we really do not know about them. Sometimes we may have leftover food at home or we may cook up a ton of food for a gathering, but we never ask to see if the person or family next door would like some. We never think about the single man or woman next to us that may need a baby-sitter. We sometimes never think about asking the elderly couple down the hall if they need someone to go grocery-shopping for them. Yes, this doesn’t make us bad people, but this make us people who are always in a rush. Sometimes we need to just calm down and smell life. We rush so much that we tend to miss things. We never are able to simple stop.

The prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was a great example because he provided simple ways of living life. He came as a mercy. He came as a guidance. In guiding the people on living life he instructed the people to take care of their neighbors.

I Narrated by Ibn Umar (Radhiallah hu Taala anhu)

The prophet Muhammad said, ” The angel Gabriel kept on recommending me about treating the neighbors in a kind and polite manner, so much so that I thought that he would order (me) to make them (my) heirs.”
(Bukhari)

This is really something to think about in our daily lives. The prophet Muhammad is telling us that our neighbors should be treated kindly. We shouldn’t go around hurting our neighbors. We shouldn’t start trouble with the couple next door. We shouldn’t seek to say things that will cause an argument with the family next door. We should seek to create a friendly and respectful relationship with our neighbors. Also, the prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) told the people to be mindful of their actions with their neighbors.

The prophet Muhammad said, “By Allah, he does not believe! By Allah, he does not believe! By Allah, he does not believe!” It was said, “Who is that, O Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam)?” He said, “That person whose neighbor does not feel safe from his evil.”

Many times we may find ourselves guessing about the affairs of the next door neighbors. We may want to pry into their personal affairs or conjecture about their personal lives. We may want to begin gossiping about their business, but the prophet Muhammad told us that we should not be harmful with our neighbors by our evil. We shouldn’t treat our neighbors poorly. We should be conscious that our neighbors have rights over us. We should seek to form a good relationship with those around us.

The prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) definitely guided the people beautifullly, especially when it comes down to our relations with others. Our neighbors have rights over us and we should honor this to the best of our abilities.

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