The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Whoever believes in Allaah and the Last Day, let them be kind to their neighbour.” (Muslim)
One of the most beautiful teachings of Islam is the emphasis that is placed on fulfilling the rights of the neighbour. We are commanded to show kindness and consideration towards our neighbours. They should be shown respect and good treatment, regardless of their colour, gender, looks or religion. In fact, Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said, “Jibreel kept on recommending me to treat the neighbours kindly and politely, that I thought that Allah would order [me] to make them [my] heirs.“ [Bukhari]. This is a prophetic teaching that can create a huge impact on our communities!
This teaching of wanting good and safety for our neighbours can even be considered to be a part of our faith, as the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said, “By Allah, he does not believe! By Allah, he does not believe! By Allah, he does not believe!” It was said, “Who is that, O Messenger of Allah?” He said, “That person whose neighbour does not feel safe from his evil.” [Bukhari]
After considering all these statements that highlight the importance of honouring our neighbours (including our non-Muslim neighbours!), one of the best ways in which we can do this is to follow another prophetic teaching, which is by giving food or gifts to our neighbour.
Love Your Neighbour is a campaign that is designed to empower and motivate all Muslims in their localities to show respect and kindness towards their neighbour!
In March, we distributed Love Your Neighbour booklets to our team and instructed to do a kind to their neighbour.