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Sunnah 51: Give something to your neighbor

June 10, 2010

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

The Prophet (pbuh) said that when you cook a stew, put a lot of water in it & give your neighbor a reasonable amount of it. [Bukhari, Al-Adab Al-Mufrad]

The Prophet (pbuh) here is reminding is to pay attention to our neighbors and be kind to them. We may contend that in our times things are different, and in certain cultures it may even seem strange to send food over to our neighbors. Yet the Prophet (pbuh) gives us a general principle: ‘Aisha (ra) reported that the Prophet (pbuh) said, “Jibril (as) kept on consistently recommended that I treat neighbours well until I thought that he would order me to treat them as my heirs.” [Bukhari, Al-Adab Al-Mufrad]

We should attempt to call up our neighbors, or offer to help them our with something. Someone might say, “but my neighbor is non-Muslim!” This applies to our non-Muslim neighbors too.

Mujahid reported that a sheep was slaughtered for ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Amr. He asked his slave, ‘Have you given any to our Jewish neighbour? Have you given any to our Jewish neighbour? I heard the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) say, ‘Jibril kept on recommending thatI treat my neighbors well until I thought that he would order me to treat them as my heirs.'” The righteous precedessors applied this to non-Muslims do.

We can do what is appropriate in our culture- either calling our neighbors up and telling them we will be sending food over, or inviting them to our house, or volunteering to do something for them.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Habib Bobat permalink
    March 29, 2012 7:43 am

    Masha-allahn Excellent

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