Images Neighbours – For Demonstration Purposes Only!
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For Sunday – November 20th 2013.
Between Us Only!
Love Thy Neighbour!
- And do good – to parents, kinsfolk, orphans, those in need; Neighbours who are near; Neighbours who are strangers; The companion by your side; The Wayfarer (you meet); and what your right hand possesses; for Allah loves not; The Arrogant; The Vainglorious (Proud) …. – The Holy Quran – Surat An-Nisaa’ 4:36
- Don’t throw stones at your neighbours; if your own windows are of glass – Benjamin Franklin
It was nice to see some good falling rain once again – with the thunder and the lightening for a change this weekend. It reminded me of my childhood days in that distant island that we grew up – where it would rain incessantly unending for weeks – and the lightening was so intense that it would go on for more than a minute or so – lightening up the sky – and the deafening thunder that had followed!
People are free to say anything that they want about me as a person – but I can assure you that I always strive my very best to be on good friendly useful terms with my neighbours! One of them is an ex office peer – and we would talk for long minutes – time again and again – and he once admitted that once we may have been office rivals – because I took over his job aspects – and I think my expatriate staff families were most impressed by my services in making their stay here enjoyable and hassle free!
I have learnt this treating of neighbours well from my late Mother – peace be upon her soul – and is now see 4 years exactly since she died in a bungled up simple operation – Goodbye, Our Mama! In Memoriam – A Cry For Help Book! – www.myownmajid.com . If you have read that article – you will have no doubt have realised why Neighbours have always played in an important part in our family – and how we try our level best not to annoy or upset anyone of them in our lives – wherever we lived!
Images Neighbours – For Demonstration Purposes Only!
Frankly, The neighbour holds a special status in Islam. Islam encourages Muslims to treat their neighbours in a gentle way that reflects the true and genuine spirit of Islam as exemplified in its tolerant aspect especially with people of other faiths. It makes no difference whether the neighbours are Muslim or non-Muslim. ‘A’ishah, the Mother of the Believers, (May Allah be pleased with her) stated that she once asked the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), “O Messenger of Allah! I have two neighbours. To whom shall I send my gifts?” He said, “To the one whose gate is nearer to you.”
It is clear from the above Prophetic Hadith that Muslims are encouraged to not only treat our neighbours kindly, but also to exchange gifts with them. It was even reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) had a neighbor who used to harm him and insult him at every encounter.
Some days elapsed without the Prophet getting his share of this man’s abuse. Thinking that there must be some reason behind the man’s absence, he (peace and blessings be upon him) paid him a visit and found him sick. The man wondered how the Prophet could meet his bad treatment with such great behavior. To him, such noble character as taught by Islam was completely new.
If your neighbours are Muslim and relatives, then they have three rights on you: the right of the neighbour, the right of kin, and the right of the co-religionist. If they are non-Muslim and relatives, then two rights are due to them: that of neighbour and kin. And if they are non-Muslims outside of the family, you owe them the right of the neighbour only. And this is to be treated with the highest of importance!
Referring to this, Allah Almighty says what means, (And serve Allah. Ascribe no thing as partner unto Him. Enough to say that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) stated in one of his Hadiths that Angel Jibreel (Gabriel) kept exhorting him to treat neighbors kindly to the extent that the Prophet imagined that a neighbor could inherit from his neighbour!
- We make our friends; we make our enemies; but God makes our next door neighbour – G. K. Chesterton
- Far better a neighbour that is near than a brother far off – The Bible
Recently, a family member moved to her new built home – and she was looking forward for complete peace and quiet – and away from paying always increasing flat rents – that frankly are not even worth half of the charged rates – but then people are simply taking advantage of the market prices – and peoples’ needs and weaknesses!
Despite all the things I have written in my above book – sadly, I still have noticed – nothing has changed much! Especially from some of the European expatriates – having a rather dim whimsical view of the Omani neighbours – even if the ‘castle’ that he is staying now is most likely Omani owned! The spirit of being in a foreign country – and the neighbour in front of you is a ‘bloody foreigner!’ – even if in his own country – still is a foreigner!
I have made a solemn promise to myself – not to write any more things to vex and annoy myself – but I had noticed that I had left this one out for awhile! But then I ask the question again – what else is new? Tongue in cheek speaking!
More Sayings: –
- If you want to annoy your neighbours, tell the truth about them! – Pietro Aretino
- Love thy neighbour – but don’t pull down your hedge – Benjamin Franklin
By Majid Al Suleimany