LOVING YOUR NEIGHBOUR: A MUSLIM PERSPECTIVE
Khutbah delivered by Imam Dr. Zijad Delic at SNMC on April 27nd, 2012 corresponding to Jumadath Thani 6th, 1433 H. BACKGROUND
Indeed all praise is for God, Lord of the worlds.
Peace and blessings of God be upon Muhammad
(S), his family, Khulafai Rashidin, all his
Companions, and all those who follow in their
footsteps until the Last Day. All praise is for God!
We praise Him. We seek His help and ask for His
forgiveness. We seek God’s refuge from evils of
ourselves and from our evil actions. I bear witness
that none has the right to be worshipped except
God, alone, having no partner, and I bear witness life- before the day of Judgment-when he/she will ‘have no dinars and dirhams (no dollars/money) to
that Muhammad (S) is His Messenger.
settle the claim. If he/she will possess a stock of
My dear brothers and sisters in Islam ~ As Salamu good deeds, the aggrieved will be recompensed from it in relation to the injustice done to him/her.
‘Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu.
And in case he/she is empty-handed in the matter of
good deeds, the sin of the hurt will be thrust upon
him/her. (thus justice will be done that Day).”
Teachings of Islam tell us that all of humanity
originates from one couple, Adam and Eve. Thus
we are all brothers and sisters in humanity, and our
differences in languages and colors are but a mercy
so that we might know one another.
Teachings of Islam can basically, be divided into
two parts. The first part is related to the rights of
God. It tells what the claim of God is upon human
beings and what the duties of human beings are in
that regard, and how this claim should be
discharged and how the obligations are to be
fulfilled (huququllah). The second part consists of
the teachings related to the rights of people on each
other, and the duty they owe to all created beings in
general (huququl ‘ibad). How human being is to
fulfill his/her social responsibilities and act towards
all individuals or groups or any other creature with
whom he/she may come into contact in the
different life circumstances or conditions.
The close communal ties, that were once
emblematic, allowed neighbors to build strong and
healthy neighboring environment. Today, social,
cultural and political strains are leading to an
aggressive ‘individualism’, eating away at our
traditional society and the shared values that
underpin it. It is to the detriment of us all. Some
have said it has led to an explosion in anti-social
behavior, and is driving support for some extremist
groups, dividing us even further.
Today, Canadian Muslims should inherently
identify with a strong ‘neighborly’ culture in every
city or town and practically live out the teachings
of Islam, which call on us to be exemplary good
neighbors. As a national community, Canadian
Muslims are in Canada to stay and thus they must
do their part in helping make the streets around
them better places to live.
Apart from our parents, children and near relatives,
there also exists a permanent association and
contact between us and our neighbors. The state of
his/her association – be it good or otherwise has a
great influence on our lives and morals. The
Messenger Muhammad (S) had attached great
importance to this and has constantly urged
Muslims to pay due regard to the rights of
neighbors to the extent that he had declared good
neighborliness to be part of Iman (Faith) and an
essential requisite for salvation.
The emphasis placed on Muslims towards their
neighbors is emphatic: “Worship God, and
associate no partners with Him; and do good to
parents, relatives, orphans, those in need,
neighbors who are near of kin, neighbors who are
strangers, the companion by your side, the
wayfarer you meet.” (An Nisa 4: 36)
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