Where are the people who will understand?
Who know that this world is like a castle made of Sand?
And with a single tide, it can all wash away
One moment it’s there, the next cast away
Where are the people who still value love?
Who realize all this is a blessing from above?
And those who don’t recommend over men
Their money and their cars, or how much they can spend
Where are the people who realize you’re sincere?
Who know that Allah has control of your affair?
And those who rely on HIM and HIM alone
Not depending on what’s apparent and what’s only shown
Where are the people who have insight?
Who are ready to take a leap from darkness to light?
And those who do deeds not be seen
Worried about hearts more than clothes to be clean
Where are the people who are your true friends?
Who are not afraid to walk with you against the false trends?
And those who, when you fall, will help you to rise
Hold your hand and walk with you on the path to Paradise
Volume 3, Book 43, Number 643:
Abu Huraira (radiallaahu `anhu) said, “Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, ‘No-one should prevent his neighbor from fixing a wooden peg in his wall.” Abu Huraira (radiallaahu `anhu) said (to his companions), “Why do I find you averse to it? By Allah, I certainly will narrate it to you.”
There are two sides to the way we can understand the rights of neighbors in Islam. One, showing kindness on your part, sharing with them and visiting them etc. Two, if you get disturbed or annoyed because of them, you be lenient and forgiving, overlook and move on. So if they’re remodeling the house next door, try ear plugs instead of cursing them r the like. :)
Islam warns against annoying one’s neighbors or treating them badly. The Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) explained that this would lead to being deprived of Paradise: “He will not enter Paradise from whose harm his neighbor is not safe.” (Agreed upon. Narrated by Muslim, 64).
Having said all that, I sometimes wonder how selfish we are. In this fast-paced world, we are so swamped with work and deadlines and our own lives that we don’t even know who lives next door! We don’t even know their names, visiting them when they’re sick is out of the question. Isn’t village life better than this, where neighbors are like family? They can walk in whenever they feel like because there are people to welcome them and treat them as guests. Now that is the cool kind of neighborhood.
Volume 3, Book 39, Number 518 :
Narrated by Abu Huraira (radiallaahu `anhu)
The Ansar said to the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam), “Distribute the date palm trees between us and our emigrant brothers.” He replied, “No.” The Ansar said (to the emigrants), “Look after the trees (water and watch them) and share the fruits with us.” The emigrants said, “We listen and obey.”
The Ansaar were talking about the trees (or gardens) that they themselves owned.. they wanted to give away some of them to help the emigrants financially. Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) disliked to take anything away from their properties and he knew that Allah will grant them all enough wealth and riches soon, so he declined. Hence the Ansaar decided to hire the emigrants to work on their gardens and share the fruits with them as wages.
The people of Madinah truly earned this title: Ansaar (helpers). We see how selflessly they offered to help the emigrant brothers from Makkah in every way possible. And it is for this reason that Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) declared it a sign of faith to love the Ansaar.
Hadith no. 1825 (below) is a repeat. Read it here.
Volume 3, Book 34, Number 330 :
Narrated by Abu Huraira (radiallaahu `anhu)
Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “The congregational prayer of anyone amongst you is more than twenty (five or twenty seven) times in reward than his prayer in the market or in his house, for if he performs ablution completely and then goes to the mosque with the sole intention of performing the prayer, and nothing urges him to proceed to the mosque except the prayer, then, on every step which he takes towards the mosque, he will be raised one degree or one of his sins will be forgiven. The angels will keep on asking Allah’s forgiveness and blessings for everyone of you so long as he keeps sitting at his praying place. The angels will say, ‘O Allah, bless him! O Allah, be merciful to him!’ as long as he does not do Hadath or a thing which gives trouble to the other.” The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) further said, “One is regarded in prayer so long as one is waiting for the prayer.”
Ahadith 1826 and 1827 (below) are also repeats. Read here.
Volume 3, Book 34, Number 331 :
Narrated by Anas bin Malik (radiallaahu `anhu)
While the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) was in the market, somebody, called, “O Abu-l-Qasim.” The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) turned to him. The man said, “I have called to this (i.e. another man).” The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “Name yourselves by my name but not by my Kuniya (name).” (In Arabic world it is the custom to call the man as the father of his eldest son, e.g. Abu-l-Qasim.)
Volume 3, Book 34, Number 332 :
Narrated by Anas (radiallaahu `anhu)
A man at Al-Baqi’ called, “O Abu-l-Qasim!” The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) turned to him and the man said (to the Prophet ), “I did not intend to call you.” The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “Name yourselves by my name but not by my kuniya (name).”
Volume 3, Book 34, Number 333 :
Narrated by Abu Huraira Ad-Dausi (radiallaahu `anhu)
Once the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) went out during the day. Neither did he talk to me nor I to him till he reached the market of Bani Qainuqa and then he sat in the compound of Fatima (radiallaahu `anhaa)’s house and asked about the small boy (his grandson Al-Hasan (radiallaahu `anhu)) but Fatima (radiallaahu `anhaa) kept the boy in for a while. I thought she was either changing his clothes or giving the boy a bath. After a while the boy came out running and the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) embraced and kissed him and then said, ‘O Allah! Love him, and love whoever loves him.’
A very comprehensive description of the hadith in this video. Do watch:
Volume 3, Book 31, Number 208:
I asked ‘Aisha (radiallaahu `anhaa) “Did Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) use to choose some special days (for fasting)?” She replied, “No, but he used to be regular (constant) (in his service of worshipping). Who amongst you can endure what Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) used to endure?”
And that question makes one shudder. Really. Who can be like the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) when it comes to worship, or akhlaaq, or leadership, or anything? There’s not ONE man who supersedes him in any respect. Not even when it comes to suffering hardships. Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) used to feel double the pain even in fever. So Ayesha (radiallaahu `anhu)’s question really hits home, doesn’t it? Who amongst you can endure what Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) used to endure?
Having said that, we must not think that since Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) was so perfect, and no one can ever be like him, there’s no point in trying to follow his footsteps. Rather, his perfection is the reason why we must follow him. Since there’s none better than him, it only makes sense to follow none but him, you see?
May Allah enable us to follow his sunnah in the best manner so we can please Him and him on the Day of Judgement. May we get a spot closest to him in Jannah. May we get the chance to see him and enjoy his nearness and company. May his love only grow in our hearts and lead us to do great things – like him. Sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam. <3