Islam's teachings about neighbors


Islam engages all aspects of life, such as dealings with Non-Muslims in our community and in our immediate family. The Quran sets the standards for how to treat them:

In the verse (49:13) the Quran teaches that we all are brothers and sisters of humanity, descended from the same "single (pair) of a male and a female", so that "ye may know each other (not that ye may despise each other".

Again we find in 4:36 "Serve God, and join not any partners with Him; and do good to parents, kinsfolk, orphans, those in need, neighbors who are near, neighbors who are strangers. The companion by your side, the wayfarer -traveler- (ye meet)".

In chapter 107, the Quran criticizes those who don't do small favors for their neighbors;

"So woe to the worshippers. Who are neglectful of their prayers. Those who (want but) to be seen (of men). But refuse (to supply) (even) neighborly needs. (107:4)

Doing good to one's parents is the same commandment which Muslims have to follow concerning their neighbors. Yet, not only do Muslims have to do good and care for their immediate neighbors, but they also help those who are strangers or far away neighbors, no matter what belief they hold. Muslims must also assist those who are travelers, i.e. to those whom they may meet only once in their lifetime.