Islam is, without any doubt, one of the blessings of Allah which He has bestowed upon his people. Islam is a religion of peace so it makes sure that its followers have a peaceful and safe life. Apart from this Islam preaches its followers not to become harmful to others. Especially regarding the neighbors, Islam has assertively warned its followers to be kind and peaceful to their neighbors. This surely implies that Islam on one hand safeguards the rights of its followers, on the other hand it imposes certain duties as well on them regarding the other peoples’ rights.
As a person has to constantly interact with his neighbors as he does with his parents, children or other people living in his house. Therefore, it is necessary for him to have a good relations with his neighbors. Every person wants to have peaceful and comfortable life. This can only be possible if he keeps good relations with his neighbors. Islam, being a natural religion, understands very well this aspect of human nature. Therefore, it guides its followers accordingly, to have happy and peaceful lives.
Nevertheless, Islam while keeping the rights of neighbors protected, imposes certain responsibilities on its followers. So that not only its followers could live without any danger and trouble, but their neighbors could have also the same trouble-free lives. Neighbors have been given a great importance by the Islam. As in accordance with one Hadith, becoming a good neighbor has been entitled the part of Iman (faith). Likewise in another occasion, the last Prophet Muhammad (Peace be Upon Him) said that a person is not faithful who himself fell asleep after eating well and his neighbor remains with hunger. From these sayings, neighbors’ importance in Islam can be judged.
Every Muslims ultimate aim is to enter the Jannat after leaving this world. He keeps on worshiping the almighty Allah and tries to make him happy so that he could get into the jannat in reward of his good deeds. But Islam has warned its followers that they would not get their reward if they are kind and sympathetic to their neighbors. As Prophet Muhammad (Peace be Upon Him) once said that a person would not enter the jannat whose neighbor is not safe from his unfair conduct. It clearly indicates that what rights Islam has given to the neighbors. Islam does not allow its followers at all to be unkind and trouble makers for their neighbors.
Once the Last Prophet Muhammad (Peace be Upon Him) said that as so frequently the angel Hazrat Jibril (A.S) brought me Allah’s commandments that I got fear that they would be given the share in inheritance. It implied from the Prophet’s sayings that as he thought of the importance given to the neighbors by Allah in his commandments, neighbors would might become heirs. Thus, Islam emphasizes a lot on neighbors rights. Islam assertively asks its followers to be courteous and kind to their neighbors to become successful in the eyes of Allah.
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