Show kindness and respect to neighbours, say Imams

Azlan Othman

Yesterday’s Friday sermon urged Muslims to show kindness and respect for the rights of their neighbours.

“Islam encourages its adherents to always maintain good relations with other people, regardless of their creed or race, especially if they are our neighbours,” said Imams during the sermon.

“As Muslims, we are required to give help to neighbours in times of need. It is not only limited to financial and material assistance, but also extends to offering services, cooperation and suggestions.

“If our neighbours were hosting a function, we should allow them to use our courtyard, and we should tidy up the surrounding areas.

“Similarly, if our neighbours are suffering from great adversity such as death, fire accidents and the like, our actions can foster feelings of goodwill and respect among them.

“To create and maintain good relations between neighbours is not difficult.

The important thing is to exercise good manners.

“If this were common practice in all neighbourhoods, Insya Allah, we would all be living together in peace, harmony, contentment and unity.

“Let us work together then, to form neighbourly life in accordance with the greatness and teachings of Islam.”