Should He Meet The Needs Of His Kaafir Neighbour? Helping Sinful Neighbours

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If I have an non Muslim neighbour and he asks me for something, should I help him?.

Praise be to Allaah.

That depends on what is customary; if it is customary for neighbours to meet one another's needs, such as if one neighbour is going to the marketplace and his neighbours say to him: "Bring me such and such" – fruit or food and the like, then there is nothing wrong with doing that for his kaafir neighbour, because that is part of honouring one's neighbour, and the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: "Whoever believes in Allaah and the Last Day, let him honour his neighbour."

But if that is not customary, then he should see what is best. End quote.

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthmaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him). -- Al-Ijaabaat ‘ala As'ilat al-Jaaliyaat (1/15, 16)

Helping sinful neighbours


In my neighborhood there are many needy people. My question is if they request me for some money which alhamdulillah I have right now, can I give it to them knowing that they will not only use it to buy food but also drugs and alcohol? Some of these needy people are Muslims also.
Some people say that I should not give them any money until I have proof that they are not buying anything illegal or haraam. Others say that I should keep giving them money but calmly give them a little da'wah. May Allah most high reward you for your answer.

Praise be to Allaah.

You can buy things they need, such as food, clothing and so on, or you can let them buy things that are permissible, and pay the bill for them, whilst continuing to advise them, warn them, and call them to Islam, because your neighbours' rights over you are great indeed. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: "Jibreel kept advising me of the rights of neighbours so much that I thought he would make them my heirs." (Agreed upon).

And Allaah is the Source of help.


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