Fulfilling the Neighbours’ Rights

By Shaykh Abdulqadr An-Naqshbandi Mujaddidi

Released by www.sunnahlives.com 1437 H

Bismillahi wa salatu wa salamu ‘ala Rasulillah wa ‘ala jami’il ambiyai wal-mursalin wa ‘ala ahlihi wa sahabihi ajmain, amin.

The Invaluable Hadith

The noble ‘alim and ‘arif, al-Imam ibn Hajar al-Asqalani (rahimahullah) quoted the very popular Hadith of Sayyidina Jabir ibn Abdullah al-Ansari (radiAllahu ‘anh) detailing seven great acts so emphasized in the sunnah that they almost assumed the status of the obligatory. The mercy for the worlds and the best example sent to humanity, Rasulullah, Muhammad Mustafa (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said:

  • Angel Jibril (alaihi ‘s-salam) used to remind me of the rights of the neighbors to such an extent that I thought a neighbor will be given the right to inherit from his neighbor.
  • Angel Jibril (alaihi ‘s-salam) used to remind me of the rights of women to such an extent that I thought that divorcing them would be made haram (forbidden).
  • Angel Jibril (alaihi ‘s-salam) used to remind me of the rights of slaves to such an extent that I thought that there would be a fixed time for their freedom.
  • Angel Jibril (alaihi ‘s-salam) used to remind me of the use of siwak (toothstick) to such an extent that I thought that the use of siwak would be made obligatory.
  • Angel Jibril (alaihi ‘s-salam) used to remind me of the importance of salat in Jama’ah (congregation) to such an extent that I thought that Allahu subhanahu wa ta’ala will not accept any salat except the ones done in congregation.
  • Angel Jibil (alaihi ‘s-salam) used to remind me about standing up in the night and praying (tahajjud) to such an extent that I thought there will be no sleep during the night.

And

  • Angel Jibril (alaihi ‘s-salam) used to remind me about the remembrance of Allahu ta’ala (zikr) that I thought there is no benefit in any speech except the zikr of Allah’s name.

 

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Angel Jibril (alaihi ‘s-salam) used to remind me of the rights of neighbor to such an extent that I thought a neighbor will be given the right of inheritance.

Islam is called ad-Deen-i wasatiyyah because it is a religion predicated on moderation and a balance, thus giving birth to such a civilization, so egalitarian, that history has never produced its like. This great Deen fundamentally gives so much rights to others outside the realm of Islam and sometimes commend Muslims to see humanity from the adamic angle; we are all from the same origin, we may have our differences in belief and conducts, what we share in common are also integral to our peaceful existence as a wider community on the earth. Our differences should be opportunities to demonstrate the beauty of our great religion, and our ways and actions should be nothing but invitations to the Divine and the sacred.

The uniquely endowed Deen-i Islam is always tending towards peace and peaceful co-existence. It principally demands that we fulfill the right of others without a fail and that we must be merciful and considerate enough to kindly forgive whenever our rights are trampled upon. So, neighbors, who are the most physically immediate people to us are given so many rights, and these assume so great a sacredness that one is forced to conclude that a man becomes successful with Allahu ta’ala once he is judged successful by his neighbors.

In diverse civilizations and beliefs, neighbours are taken to be the people living in the houses closest to or adjoining our own house. Our beloved Prophet (alaihi ‘s-salam), however, gave the world an understanding that was extremely baffling to the most advanced minds from the previous civilization. He (alaihi ‘s-salam) considered as neighbours all those who live in forty houses to the right, forty houses to the left, forty houses in the front and forty houses at the back. Every one living within this vicinity qualifies to be a neighbour and has great rights on us. The closer the houses are to us the more emphatic their rights are. Subhanallah! This is a Deen, a religion that is giving recognition to one hundred and sixty houses and the inhabitants as one’s neighbours deserving attention, love and respect.

This amazing Deen would not also limit rights and loving attention to the neighbors who share the Islamic beliefs alone, rather it recognizes basically three kinds of neighbours; those with three rights, these are neighbours who are also relatives and who are Muslims; those with two rights, these are neighbours who are also relatives; and those with one right, these are people who are neighbours only, they are neither relatives nor Muslims. With these declaration, the noblest of mankind (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) is also allotting rights to the Jews, the Christians and even the mushrikun neighbours. We can from this, understand the level and kind of balance that our Deen set out to put in place, and what great mercy is Rasulullah (alaihi ‘s-salam) to the entire humanity, and even the creation at large.

The noble companions (alaihimu ‘r-ridwan) were amazed to hear the Sayyed of Prophets, Hadrat Sayyidina Rasulullah (alaihi ‘s-salam) saying:

By Allah! He is not a Muslim. By Allah! He is not a Muslim. By Allah! He is not a Muslim.

When the Sahaba (alaihimu ‘r-ridwan) sought clarification regarding who the one who is not a Muslim is, Rasulullah (alaihi ‘s-salam) said:

The one who goes to sleep with full stomach while his neighbour is hungry.

Subhanallah! The crown of creation and Allah’s Habib, His most beloved (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam), said on oath that one is not a Muslim who went to sleep satisfied while the neighbours are deprived. The right of neighbours are just like the rights of relatives under one’s roof except that they are not allotted inheritance. They have rights to our concern, right to our wealth, right to our kindness and merciful protection and right to honours and covering of faults. In a Hadith ash-Sharif, Rasulu-Karim (alaihi ‘s-salam) said:

Be good to your neighbours and you will be a perfect Muslim.

It is surely amazing that the perfection of our Iman is linked to being good to the neighbours.

Another Hadith ash-Sharif says:

He who believes in Allah and the last Day should honour his neighbor.

The first Hadith mentioned being good, the second goes a step further by demanding honours after showing kindness to neighbours. As a matter of fact, Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wa salam) declared in another Hadith that if a Muslim’s neighbours declared him to be evil, vile and unworthy, that person is registered as evil with Allahu ta’ala.

A Muslim once asked a pious elder to guide him to the best method to evaluate his piety and right conducts. The saintly elder said:

Send someone secretly to your neighbours asking them about your piety. If they confirm your piety, then you are pious.

It has been mentioned in the Ahadith that if three neighbours of a believer confirm his being a good person after his death, Allahu subhanahu wa ta’ala forgives all his sins. Allahu Akbar!

The Sahaba (alaihimu ‘r-ridwan) once mentioned the case of a devoted lady of Medina, fasting by the day and soaked in ibadats throughout the night, but very aggressive towards her neighbor and extremely care free at using her tongue. Rasulullah (alaihi ‘s-salam) responded by saying, ‘She is in Hell’, despite her continuous devotion and fast. On another day, the noble companions (alaihimu ‘r-ridwan) mentioned a woman with minimal ibadats but very kind and amiable to her neighbor. ‘She is a woman of Jannah,’ responded Rasulullah (alaihi ‘s-salam). The reality of these blessed responses is that ibadats are given as means to refine the character of man, especially his innermost core, his spiritual entity. If salat, fasting and other ibadat fail to influence our hearts to softness and forgiveness, if our devotions fail to cure our hearts of the diseases of anger, enmity and stolidness, then they are exercises in futility, a waste of our very precious life and time. Man’s perfection and the maturity of his Iman is best evaluated with his level of morality. He who surpasses you in moral is also ahead of you in Iman.

The Imam of the Ahl-i bayt and the fourth caliph, our beloved Sayyidina ‘Ali Murtada (radiAllahu ‘anh) would advise the Sahaba (alaihimu ‘r-ridwan) saying:

Choose your neighbor before you choose your house.

This is due to the fact that those you live with (as neighbours) would definitely go along way to mould your life and that of your family. Especially in this age of entertainments, social network debauchery, moral licence and internet disasters, the neighbours and neighbourhood have become great factors in moulding the character of children, and indeed the whole family. For this reason, Muslims must be very selective of the environment they live. It is sad that those who walk amidst roses also smell like rose, and those who frequent rubbish heaps carry noxious smell, to everyone is what he actually takes closest to his heart.

The Hujjatul Islam, Sayyidina Imam Abu Hamid al-Ghazali (rahimahullah) wrote that Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wa salam) once declared:

There exists blessing and misfortune in a wife, a house and a horse

  • The blessing in a wife is in her moderate dowry, simple marriage and good character, while her misfortune is in high dowry, elaborate wedding and evil character.
  • The blessing in a house is in its expansiveness and good neighbours, while its misfortune is in its constrictness and evil neighbours.
  • The blessing in a horse is in its submissiveness and good character and its misfortune is in its being stubborn and bad character.

It is surely a challenge of life time to live with an evil neighbor, one would require a heart of steel to stand up to the pains and tribulations from such a company.

The modern understanding of neighbours and the rights they possess may mislead many to assume that they have been faithful to these sacred rights given to neighbours in Islam. To the modern mind, being good to neighbours means not to disturb them, to keep away from their affairs and to repay good deeds with good. This in reality, is just one step to neighbours’ rights in Islam.

The right of neighbor is never limited to not inflicting harm, it includes bearing his harm with patience and even more, since one has to follow one’s patience in the face of provocation with kindness and repaying evils with good.

Someone laid a complaint before the blessed and auspicious Sahabi, Hadrat Abdullah bn Mas’ud (radiAllahu ‘anh) saying:

I have a neighbor who taunts me, who is abusive towards me and who makes life difficult for me.

Hadrat Abdullah bn Mas’ud (radiAllahu ‘anh) in response said:

You may go, if he disobeys Allahu ta’ala regarding your affairs and your rights, you should obey Allahu ta’ala with regard to him.

It was mentioned of a wayward neighbor of Imam Azam Abu Hanifa (rahimahullah) that the youngster would play on its flute and sing immoral songs through the night. This was a great inconvenience to such a saintly personality who for decades spent the night awake in ibadats and studies. But a day came when the night was silent. The serenity suspended by the young man for a few years suddenly returned. When Imam Abu Hanifa (rahimahullah) asked those around about the absence of the usual nightly noises and disturbances, the Imam was informed that the reckless youth had fallen into the police trap. He is now in detention and may be away for long. Imam Abu Hanifa (rahimahullah) was thrown to discomfort on hearing the news of the arrest of his neighbour. He hastily prepared himself that night to visit the young man in the prison and give a plea on his behalf. The prison officers were amazed to see the illustrious Imam coming to plead for such a crook and at such an odd hour. The Imam (rahimahullah) responded saying the right of a neighbour must be fulfilled be it a saint or a heedless sinner. It is never possible to enjoy the comfort of your house while neighbour wastes away in the prison. The wayward youth was released, he became a Muslim in the hands of Imam Abu Hanifa (rahimahullah) and became a changed person forever, Allahu Akbar.

There was a Jewish neighbour of the great Muhadith and faqih, Hadrat Abdullah bn Mubarak (rahimahullah). This Jewish person offered his house for sale in order to move to another location. The price placed on his modest house was too high for any offer to come. Everyone says the house is worth only half of the price placed on it. When this Jew was advised to bring the price down so that buyers turn up. He gave the reason for the high price thus: ‘Yes the house is placed on sale at double it worth, half of the money is for the actual house and the other half is the price of being a neighbour of Abdullah bn Mubarak (rahimahullah).’ Even the non-Muslims know the value of being in the neighbourhood of our spiritual ancestors (alaihimu ‘r-ridwan).

My brothers and sisters, a true believer is not known by his much memorization of the Qur’an, his ample beards and regulated trouser length, these are the sunnah in its forms, the spirit of the sunnah is in a morality pure and the amiability that would invite even the disbeliever to faith.

The Jewish neighbour of one of our saintly ancestors had his waste and toilet leaking directly into the compound of the Muslim saintly elder. This noble ‘alim would plead with his family members to allow him to personally clear away the filth of his neighbour without complaining to him. This he did continuously for ten years, until the story reached the jewish neighbor that his sewage leak was being cleared away by the respected Muslim saint himself. The Jew was so much affected by such humility and sincere sacrifice, that he pronounced the kalimah and entered the Deen-i Islam.

Concerned disciples of a respected ‘alim were desperate to rid the house of their beloved teacher of so many menacing rats. These rats would destroy valuable properties and even eat up or mutilate valuable books. One day they went to the Shaykh presenting the option of a giant cat that would scare the rats away. The Shaykh (rahimahullah) calmly asked: ‘If the rats are scared away, where would they end up?’ ‘In the houses of neighbours of course’, the students replied. ‘Then, I will not like to push to my neighbours what I dislike for myself. It is better we let the rat be and sustain our patience than to cause the slightest inconvenience to our neighbours’. The Shaykh concluded, Allahu Akbar.

A Christian neighbor once visited an old Muslim woman (a close relative of this faqir), presenting his request for a change of residence. His pregnant wife was too heavy to go upstairs where they rented a room, so he approached this Muslim woman with this excuse in order to move out of her house and seek a more comfortable accommodation. The elderly Muslim woman not only eargerly gave her consent to their movement but also took upon herself the task of searching for a new place for the couple. She eventually got a place in the neighbourhood for them. The non-Muslim tenant was so happy at this gesture that he said: ‘No one in my religion will do so much for me as you Muslims have done. I know with certainty that I will perform the Muslims’ salat before I die.’ Allahu Akbar!

A learned elder related an amazing story regarding the conversion of an entire jewish family to Islam. He mentioned that he, one day, asked a person of jewish origin how he attained the fortune of Iman. ‘Through the beautiful character of your grandfather’, he replied. Asked to give the details of this revelation, he said: ‘Your grandfather had so many cows which would pass through the neighbourhood as they moved out for grazing. One day, some of these cows strayed into our garden and ate up the grasses and few left over crops, causing little or no damage. Your father was extremely sad on hearing the news of the cows’ straying. The second day, he gave us a gallon of milk as compensation for his cows’ destruction. We rejected this, insisting that the cows really never did any damage and that the garden was virtually empty. Your grandfather refused to take the milk back from us and pleaded that we should forgive all his shortcomigs. This way, he supplied us a gallon of milk everyday for forty days saying: ‘I have learnt that the nutrient of the food eaten today is sustained in the body for forty days. Bewildered by such astounding piety, on the fortieth day our grandfather and the entire family entered into Islam.

One more bewildering story of the hospitality of Islam and its telling effects on humanity is from the West African country of Ghana. This faqir’s tour of the northern part of the country led him to Yendi township. A highly populated Muslim community where the awesome pull of the nisbat of our great elders became most evident. This forlorn person had seven talks in a single day starting from post Subhi Salat to about 2:00 a.m. of the next night and involving numerous thousands of Muslims thirsting for their Islah; men, women, old, youngsters eagerly recited the Kalimah of Tawba with firm intention to change for the better.

In this city, some zealous brothers came to the room to say their salam. They were warmly received and within minutes our discussion drifted to Islam’s hospitality and care for neighbours. A brother, in response to the call of this faqir for gentleness and amiability among Muslims quickly gave us an eye witness experience of a Ghan man (Ghan is one of the popular tribes in Ghana. Most of the Ghan are non-Muslims). This Ghan man, an unbeliever, visited the Muslim neighbourhood in Accra, the nation’s capital, with a Muslim friend. As soon as they arrived the Muslims area, the Muslim host took his Ghan friend to some houses of neighbours on a casual introduction rounds. The Ghan man was thrown into amazement seeing the reception accorded to him by his Muslim hosts despite being a non-Muslim and a non-tribe man. However, the greatest surprise came after the Ishai salat when so many families came in with plates and dishes of food as welcome gestures to their non-Muslim guest. Exasperated, the Ghan man raised a cry saying; ‘Where do I get money to pay for all these meals’. But his amused host allayed his fears saying, ‘these are not to be paid for. This is the Muslims way of saying their heartfelt welcome to their visitors, their guests.’ This answer ran through the spine of the Ghan man, he looked on with great amazement as he had a direct contact with the Islamic reality. He became a Muslim.

When he got back to his people, he could not hide the truth of his Iman, though many close ones, including his wife, would not follow him. He built a masjid on a plot of land that he acquired long before coming to Iman. One very blessed evening, he joined others in the congregational salatul ‘Asr. As others left the masjid, he laid on his side to have a short rest, and when someone walked into the masjid to wake him up, he found him cold, he had passed on, Allahu Akbar. Thus, barakat of Islamic hospitality and beautiful neighbourliness this lost soul entered into Islam, built a masjid solely for the adoration of Allahu ta’ala and he passed away inside the same masjid, after the ‘asr salat and on the very spot where he has made prostrations and tasbihat to his sublime Lord, Allahu ta’ala, Allahu Akbar!

Sayyiduna Abu Hurairah (radiAllahu ‘anh) narrates:

One day the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wa salam) said to his companions: Who will take these words of mine and teach others to act accordingly to them? I immediately jumped up. I will O Messenger of Allah. The Prophet then took me by the hand and said the following five things to me:

Beware of forbidden things and you will be a worshipping servant of Allah.

If you are content with what Allah has set aside for you, then you will be the wealthiest person.

Show kindness to your neighbor and you will be a perfect believer.

Desire for others what you desire for yourself so that you can become a perfect Muslim.

Do not laugh too much, too much laughter kills the heart.

The noblest of creation (sallallahu alaihi wa salam) considered these great deeds of virtues as foundational to Iman and its perfection. That avoidance of the impermissible, the harams, as the height of worships and devotions; that kindness to neighbours after being caring and forgiving is a sign of perfect Iman. The gist of the whole matter is that the perfection of our Iman is directly linked to how nice and kindly we are to our neighbours, be they Muslims or non-Muslims. My brothers and sisters, such great moral principles are not found anywhere but Islam. Once again, we thank our most generous and Karim Lord for guiding us to this most auspicious religion, our Deen is Islam.

Of the many rights accorded the neighbor in Islam, few are listed here under. May Allahu ta’ala make it easy for us to practice upon them, thus adapting ourselves to the Imam of the Prophets, Sayyiduna Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wa salam).

  • When you meet your neighbor try to be the one to greet first. The one who is first to offer salam cannot be accused of arrogance. Greeting first is a sunnah while responding to salam is wajib. The one who greets first attains the goodness in sunnah and the reward of making a wajib done
  • Greet your neighbor with a smiling face and do not hold him down for too long. Do not go too deep trying to know about his private life.
  • Do not burden him with too many questions. Ask him the most basic questions customarily, regarding his well-being and that of the family.
  • Whenever your neighbor is sick, pay him a visit.
  • Whenever he is afflicted try to console him. Be his support by frequently visiting his house until the grief is over.
  • Whenever your neighbor becomes successful, congratulate him sharing his happy moments. Let his happiness be yours too. Always make Dua that he leaves a life free from tribulations and failure.
  • It is mark of manliness and perfecting Iman to be able to overlook the neighbour’s slips and foibles. Forgive his shortcomings and never amplify or broadcast them.
  • Do not peep into your neighbour’s house, treat his privacy as sacred. If for any compelling reason you need to go up your roof, then inform the neighbours well ahead so that their privacy remains preserved.
  • Do not plant trees along its wall, do not drain your waste into his yard, do not dump your refuse near his compound.
  • Do not cast a gaze of desire on what he is taking to his house. Be contented and grateful with the allotment of your generous Lord, Allahu tabaraka wa ta’ala.
  • Be quick to enliven his spirit when he is psychologically down.
  • Be a guard over the house of your neighbor in his presence. Protect his interest and conceal his private affairs.
  • Do not pay attention to the critics of your neighbour, rather try to defend his honours. You must be extreme careful never to be a friend to your neighbour’s enemy.
  • Lower your gaze whenever you come in contact with his wife and other female relatives. Zina is disastrous an evil way, but zina with a neighbour’s wife or relatives is doubly calamitous.
  • Be kind in speech with his children and other dependants. Try your best possible not to get angry with them.
  • Do not give any difficulty to your neighbour’s animals, even dogs. Give them easy passage, feed them and avoid scaring them away.
  • Guide your neighbour to righteousness through good morals, kindness and generosity. Try to share books and articles of religious importance with him.
  • Give him a loan when you can afford it and write off his loan when you can comfortably do. Do not put pressure on him to pay up.
  • Respond to his request for water, salt, matches and others with sincere willingness, for this is one easy way of attaining to the eternal rahma of our Karim Lord.
  • Remove the ignorance of your neighbour with humility and wisdom. Try always to be a well-wisher to your neighbours avoiding envy and ill-feeling.

The blacksmith neighbour of the exalted Imam Ahmad bn Hambali (rahimahullah) was a simple Muslim, averagely learned and not in the class of well known devotees. However, this man was dreamt of after his demise and was seen enjoying the same spiritual favours and honours with Imam Ahmad, his beloved neighbour. When his relatives were asked as to the special virtues that would have qualified an ordinary blacksmith to share the same grade with the rigorously pious Imam Ahmad bn Hambali (rahimahullah) who memorized over a million Ahadith with their sanad, who ranks among the greatest of our fuqaha (alaihimu ‘r-ridwan), and whose devotions and piety was epigrammatic. The relatives of the fortunate blacksmith could only mention two special qualities known with him:

  1. He drops his mallet, stops his work, immediately he hears the call to salat, the adhan.

and

  1. Whenever he sees Imam Ahmad worshipping and studying. He was never inclined to envy. He would wish the Imam well and say; ‘How I wish I am also like him’.

This good feeling and beautiful intention earned him a very high grade in the sublime presence of Allahu ta’ala, Allahu Akbar!

The Hadith ash-Sharif reported by Hadrat Amr bn Shuayb through his blessed father and through his noble grandfather (alaihimu ‘r-ridwan) says: Rasulu-Karim, Sayyiduna Muhammad Mustafa (alaihi ‘s-salam) once asked his noble companions thus:

  • Do you know what the rights of neighbours are?
  • When he seeks your assistance, assist him
  • When he asks for help, help him
  • When he requests for loan, give him
  • When he is poor, assist him (anticipating his needs and not waiting for him to express his poverty before you)
  • When he falls ill, visit him
  • When he passes away, attend his funeral
  • When he attains to any good, congratulate him
  • Whenever any calamity befalls him, console him
  • Do not block his ventilation constructing higher building without his permission
  • Do not taunt him
  • If you purchase some fruits send some to his house.
  • Do not discomfort them with the aroma of your meal unless you send some to them.

Once again, the mercy for the universe, Rasulullah (alaihi ‘s-salam) asked: ‘Do you know what the right of neighbours are?’

I take oath by that Being in whose control is my life that none can fulfill the rights of neighbours except the one whom Allahu tabaraka wa ta’ala shows his mercy.

Allahu Akbar!

Sayyidina Abu Umamah Bahili (radiAllahu ‘anh) mentioned that he heard our beloved and blessed Nabi (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) saying while riding his blessed she camel, Jad’a ‘I make a will to you about the neighbour’. He (alaihi ‘s-salam) repeated this many times until I think he (alaihi ‘s-salam) would declare a neighbour an inheritor.

Two other Ahadith narrated by Sayyidina Abu Shurih and Sayyidina Abu Huraira (radiAllahu ‘anhuma) respectively are:

The one who believe in Allahu ta’ala and the Judgement Day should treat his neighbour well.

And

The one who believes in Allahu ta’ala and the Judgement Day must not hurt his neighbour.

It is mentioned in another long Hadith that one of the first cases to be settled on the Day of Judgement will be between neighbours. So neighbourliness is so important that the rift between neighbours would attract the first hearing in the court of our sublime and Majestic Lord.

The two neighbours would come forward, one complaining about the other’s wrongs against him and the ill-treatment meted out to him.

Allahu subhanahu wa ta’ala would encourage the complainant to forgive his neighbour but he would insist on taking back his rights. Then Allahu ta’ala would order that all the good deeds of the offending neighbour be taken away and be given to the complainant, yet this man would not be appeased, he would demand something greater than this.

Allahu ta’ala would now take away all the sins of the complainant and heap them on the sinful neighbour, thus one of them has all good deeds and the other possesses only sins. Yet, the aggrieved neighbour would be so upset that he would refuse to forgive his partner. At that moment, Allahu ta’ala, the All-merciful and absolutely Karim would order the angels to allow the complaining neighbour have a glimpse of Jannat. He would see paradise for a fraction of a second and get consumed with its unique beauty. Allahu ta’ala would then ask the irate neighbour if he would like to be given what he has seen; the great mansions of Jannat, that is. He would be asked to forgive his neighbour and then enter Jannat. Eagerly, he would announce his pardon for his neighbours as he hurried towards the astounding beauty in Jannat. Then, Allahu ta’ala would call him back and say: ‘You used to be neighbours in Dunya, why don’t you hold the hands of your neighbour and be in Jannat happily forever.’

Thus the two would hand in hand go to Jannat out of the special benevolence of Allahu ta’ala and in honours of the sacredness of neighbours and neighbourliness in Dunya. Allahu Akbar! May our Karim Lord soften our hearts to sincere obedience, may He grant us all, the great fortunes of living to make His creation happy, and making their pains and burdens ours, only for the purpose of attaining His eternal pleasure, barkat of the exemplar to both worlds and the model per excellence, Sayyiduna Rasulullah (alaihi wa alihi wa sahabihi wa ahli baytihi salawatu wa taslimat attamuha wa akmaluha), amin.

Fulfilling the Neighbours’ Rights is an excerpt from the book The Seven Emphasised Sunnat by Shaykh Abdulqadr Naqshbandi – Nigeria