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The Manners of Visiting Neighbors

Concerning neighbors, the Almighty Allah said: "…and neighbour close to you and neighbour who is a stranger…" Holy Qur'an (4: 36) And, likewise, the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.) said: "The Arch Angel Gabriel (Jibra'el) continues to talk to me concerning neighbors to the extent that he will inherit from his neighbor." Your neighbor is not just the one whose house is closer to yours; rather your neighbors are the people of your area, or your town or your community. The manners of relating with a neighbor are as follows:

A- Knowing him: It is not virtue to live with a neighbor, whether he is a Muslim or not, without knowing him, greeting and visiting him.

B- Favouring him: The neighbour must preserve the security of his neighbour; he must not hurt him or any of his family members. If any good thing happens to them, he should congratulate them and, likewise, if anything bad happens to them he should console them. He should not raise his voice or the sound of a radio or television so as to disturb his neighbour. If he needs your help, help him, and try and protect his security in his absence.

C- Mutual Assistance: A neighbour should try and help his neighbour in anything possible that needs help.

D- Make him feel loved: Try to show your concern for your neighbour and that you love him by welcoming him, visiting and presenting gifts to him. And if he is sick visit him.

Adapted from the book: "The Art of Social Relations" by: "Al-Balagh Foundation"

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