Its days are the best of days and its hours are the best of hours. The Holy month of Ramadan is departing us. The bitterness is calmed through the celebration of Eid-ul-fitr, the first of Shawaal. While we generally give gifts and love to family and friends, this year, we ask you to think about somebody else -- your neighbor.
The month of Ramadan has been challenging for Muslims around the world. In the midst of this, research for the Pew Research Forum indicates that many of our neighbors have negative feelings towards Muslims. We believe that there is an easy fix to this problem: love your neighbor.
Allah communicates in the Holy Qur'an, “And (be good) to the neighbor who is your relative and to the neighbor who is not a relative" (4:36). In fact, as Muslims we have a religious obligation to assist our neighbors as the Prophet (SAW) mentions, "That man is not from me who sleeps contentedly while his neighbor sleeps hungry." The discussion on Islam and neighbors is beautiful, learn more here.
Send Eid Greetings to your Neighbor
A small gesture, which we recommend, is to send Eid greetings to your neighbor. We've prepared two items to help: (a) a printable Eid Card and (b) a short note on Ramadan. Print out both documents and give them to your neighbor! If you have some extra sweets or food that you've cooked, drop it off as well!
Links to the resources are included below:
It is the absolute least we can do for our neighbors. In doing so, you'll be taking a step towards building a stronger relationship with those around you, and further eliminating negative perceptions of Muslims.
May Allah (SWT) accept our efforts.
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