“My son! Neighbours first, our household next.”
– Fatma, daughter of RasulAllah (Sall Allāhu ʿalay-hi wa-sallam)
I just love this quote when I first heard it, it beautifully describes the mentality and culture of the beloved Sahaba (may Allah be pleased with them). Their first thought was others before themselves, naturally they were inclined to give before taking. Something desperately, desperately lacking in today’s hundred mile an hour, me-me-me, world that we have created.
80% (4/5) of the Sahaba were killed in the path of Allah to pass on the Deen. Take it with determination.
– Shaykh Ahmed Musa Jibril
But that’s not all that that inspires me about the Sahaba, simple things like their treatment towards neighbours, lessons that we have easily forgotten. Everything is a competition nowadays, even amongst friends & family. Autho’Billah!
What strikes me about Fatma (may Allah be pleased with her), is her clear conscience and her open minded soul & her eagerness to practice altruism. Her soul does not tell her to worry about herself, her family and her own future but instead she worries about strangers, neighbours and those who have a right over her.
Actually, we have forgotten that our neighbours have a right over us, they have the right to our duaa’s if nothing else. How many times do we forget our neighbours in Libya, Syria, Palestine to name but a few? If there is nothing you can do to physically help your neighbours, make it a habit today to never forget them.
Islam pays great attention to neighbours and advises its followers to honor them, protect them, and treat them in a good way.
Among the most important rights of neighbors that Islam commands people to observe is to keep the neighbor’s property and honor safe in their absence. They should also not interfere in their private affairs and should be lenient with their harm. They should support them in times of difficulty and hardship and not envy them for what Allah has blessed them with.
Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said, “Jibreel (عليه السلام) continued to advise me regarding the neighbors so much so that I thought he would give them the right of inheritance.”
So, it begs the question – in what special way have we been of some help or support to our dearest neighbours?