Corona virus has put the whole world on a major crisis. People are digging massive graveyard in Italy and Iran. The death rate has crossed 20,000 and affected hundreds of thousands of people. On the other hand, businesses were closed and poor are likely to be the one who will majorly affected with this virus.
Due to deadly corona virus, the world is facing a shortage of food due to closing of many industries, offices especially the labor work which is almost closed and these people are facing some serious problem as the many countries are lockdown.
During this time, the labor on daily wages will not get anything for the families so there is responsibility on the people who are rich or those who are getting good salaries, this is the best time to pay zakat because they are in need and we don’t know for how much time the situation remains the same. Now first step is to check around in the neighborhood.
There are many people who needs money but they never ask and they may be hungry and they may be present in your neighborhood. Islam has given a lot of respect to the neighbors and they have got some serious rights.
“And be good to the neighbor who is your relative and to the neighbor who is not a relative” (Qur’an, 4:36)
Islam has great respect for the mutual rights and duties of neighbors. The Holy Prophet (PBUH) said, “Jibrael always used to advise me to be generous with neighbors, till I thought that Allah was going to include the neighbors among the heirs of a Muslim.”
The rights of neighborhood are not meant for Muslim neighbors only. Of course, a Muslim neighbor has one more claim upon us – that of Islamic brotherhood; but as far as the rights of neighbors are concerned, all are equal.
Explaining it, the Holy Prophet said: Neighbors are of three kinds:
(1) That one who has got one right upon you;
(2) That one who has got two rights upon you;
(3) That one who has got three rights upon you.
The neighbor having three rights upon you is the one who is also a Muslim and a relative. The neighbor having two rights is the one who is either a non-Muslim or a non-relative Muslim.
Dr. Craig Considine is an American Scholar, global speaker, media contributor, & public intellectual based at Rice University. He is also author of many books & articles on Christian-Muslim relations. In his tweet, he quoted the famous Hadith of Prophet Muhammad(PBUH) and it went viral .
People worldwide are worried about food insecurity.
So let’s lean on each other.
“He is not a believer whose stomach is filled while the neighbor to his side goes hungry.”
These are Prophet Muhammad’s words of wisdom.
They are more relevant than ever in light of coronavirus.
— Dr. Craig Considine (@CraigCons) March 20, 2020
The neighbor having one right is the one who is neither a Muslim nor a relative. Still he has got all the claims of neighborhood-rights upon you. Here are some more traditions which show the Islamic love towards the neighbors:
The Holy Prophet said: “That man is not from me who sleeps contentedly while his neighbor sleeps hungry.”
A being men or women, living a good life with luxuries, we must act right now to help them because it is necessary for every Muslims.
Al-Imam `Ali ibn al-Husayn (a. s.) in his Risalat al-Huquq, said:
These are your duties towards your neighbor.
1) Protect his interests when he is absent.
2) Show him respect when he is present.
3) Help him when he is inflicted with any injustice.
4) Do not remain on the look-out to detect his faults.
5) If, by any chance, you happen to know any undesirable thing about him, hide it from others.
6) Try to desist him from improper habits, if there is any chance that he will listen to you.
7) Never leave him alone at any calamity.
8) Forgive him, if he has done any wrong.
In short, live with him a noble life, based on the highest Islamic ethical code. It’s a time to show our love for our neighbors. Every act of generosity has a reward from Allah.