Good neighborliness is a fundamental teaching of Islam.

 

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Jibreel continued to teach me about my duties towards my neighbor until I thought he would make him my legal heir (to inherit my property).” Therefore, the Prophet (peace be upon him) warned the faithful: “By Allah, he cannot be a believer; he repeated these words thrice…then he said, “A person from whom his neighbors cannot feel safe!”

 

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said in his farewell sermon: “O people, your lord is one and your father is one… And he also said, “Do good to your neighbor you will be a believer; and love for all of mankind what you love for yourself you will be a Muslim.”

He also told his companion Abu Dharr: “when you cook a broth or soup, add extra water to it and share it with your neighbor.”

The Prophet’s beloved wife Aishah tells us that whenever the Prophet slaughtered a lamb, he would make parcels and send them as gifts to his neighbors.”

 

So, it behooves us, Muslims, to live the true teachings of Islam by establishing by rendering acts of kindness towards our neighbors and befriending them.

 

We also to cooperate with all people in acts of compassion, virtue and just causes.

 

Almighty Allah knows best.