أعوذ بالله من الشيطان الرجيم

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

If the persons considered above, that is the common Muslims, acquire any other peculiarities, they become entitled to special rights. An example is the neighbour. He has the following rights:

1. Deal with him with goodness and leniency.

2. Protect the honour of his family.

3. From time to time send him and his family gifts. You must help him with some food, if they are reduced to starvation.

4. Do not cause him trouble and inconvenience, nor quarrel with him on small matters.

5. The laws of the Shari’ah allow him preference over others in matters of sale and purchase. The learned men of Islam have said that there are two kinds of neighbours: the one who is living in your vicinity and the other with whom you happen to travel from the very start or come across him by chance during the journey. In the Traditions the former has been called a permanent neighbour, and the other a temporary neighbour. They both are entitled to equal rights, which may be summarised as under: Prefer his comfort to your own instead of giving him trouble, as some passengers do during railway journeys. This is very bad, indeed.

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