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Story 1 on Neighbours:
Ibnul Muqaffa Rahmatullah alaihi used to sit frequently in the shadow of his neighbour's wall. He came to know that the neighbour was in heavy debt and was about to sell his house to pay the debt. He told his neighbour ,that he always enjoyed the shadow of the neighbour's wall and did not pay anything for that; so, he presented to the neighbour the price of his house and told him that, since he had received the price, he should not sell it.

Story 2 on Neighbours:
The slave of Ibne Umar(R.A.) slaughtered a goat; Ibne Umar(R.A.) told him that, after skinning the goat, he should first give a share of the meat to his Jewish neighbour and he repeated these words several times. The slave enquired why he was repeating the same words. Ibne Umar(R.A.) said that he heard Rasullullah Sallallaho alaihe wasallam saying that Jibra'il Alaihis-salaam repeated himself several times in stressing the neighbour's right; that is why he too was repeating it again and again.

Many Traditions(Ahadeeth) narrated by Bukhari and Muslim emphasise: "Treat your neighbour well", and in some of them it is said, "Be kind to the neighbour", meaning- 'Help him whenever he is in need and save him from any adversity'.
In one Hadith, Rasulullah Sallallaho alaihe wasallam has said,'Do the people know their obligations to the neighbour? They are: help him whenever he asks for it, give him a loan when he wants it, help him if he is needy, visit him in his sickness; in the event of death, accompany the funeral; congratulate him on his happy occasions; condole with him in adversity, do not build your house higher than his without his permission,lest the ventilation of his house is obstructed; if you buy some fruit, send some of it to him as a present and, if you cannot do so, take the fruit into your house covered up, so that he cannot see it and make sure that your children do not take the fruit out of the house and make his children grieved, and do not let your smoke cause him annoyance,unless you are cooking something that you propose to share with him!"

Another Hadith says that Rasulullah Sallallaho alaihe wasallam said, repeating his words three times, 'By Allah, he is not a Believer(Mu'min), By Allah, he is not a Believer(Mu'min), By Allah, he is not a Believer(Mu'min)'. Someome asked as to who was he referring to.Rasulullah Saliallaho alaihe wasallam said, 'The person who causes suffering to his neighbour." Another Hadith says that such a person will never enter Jannah.

From the above Traditions(Ahaadeeth); One may now appreciate and understand the importance of the rights of a neighbour.


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