Rights of neighbors


Islam considers the rights of the neighbor to be extremely important. The angel Jibreel (Gabriel), may Allah exalt his mention, continued to urge the Prophet, (SAW) to treat neighbors with kindness until he thought that the Sharee’ah would assign him a share of his neighbor’s inheritance. The Prophet, (SAW) said: “Jibreel kept on recommending me to treat neighbors kindly and politely so that I thought that Allah would order [me] to make them [my] heirs.”

The Quran recommends treating neighbors kindly. Allah The Almighty Says (what means): {Worship Allah and associate nothing with Him, and to parents do good, and to relatives, orphans, the needy, the near neighbor, the neighbor farther away, the companion at your side…[Quran 4:36] 

Look how the Prophet, , exhorted Muslims to be good to their neighbors and to honor them when he said: “… and whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day, should serve his neighbor generously.” The narration of Muslim  states: “Should be good to his neighbor.”

The matter reached the degree that loving goodness for one’s neighbor is considered a part of faith under the Sharee’ah. The Prophet, (SAW) said:“By the One in whose Hands[1] my soul is, no slave of Allah has true faith unless he likes for his neighbor what he likes for himself.” 

A person who is good to his neighbor is the best of people in the sight of Allah The Almighty, as the Prophet  (SAW) said: “The best companion in the sight of Allah is the one who is best to his companion, and the best neighbor in the sight of Allah is the one who is the best to his neighbor.”

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