Saturday, November 19, 2011

Boundaries of the Neighbor

Here is a Hasan (Good) adīth that shows us the limit of your neighbor, so when we read adīth from the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) that says:  ‘One who spends the night with his stomach full while his neighbor is hungry does not believe in me’, we know now what is meant by “neighbor”.

وَ عَنْهُ عَنْ أَبِيهِ عَنِ ابْنِ أَبِي عُمَيْرٍ عَنْ جَمِيلِ بْنِ دَرَّاجٍ عَنْ أَبِي جَعْفَرٍ ع قَالَ حَدُّ الْجِوَارِ أَرْبَعُونَ دَاراً مِنْ كُلِّ جَانِبٍ مِنْ بَيْنِ يَدَيْهِ وَ مِنْ خَلْفِهِ وَ عَنْ يَمِينِهِ وَ عَنْ شِمَالِهِ
From Jamīl bin Darrāj from Abī Ja`far (عليه السلام) said: “The boundaries of the neighbor is forty houses from each side: from in front of him, from behind him, from his right and from his left”
1.     Al-Kulaynī, Al-Kāfī, ed. `Alī Akbar al-Ghaffārī, 8 vols., (Tehran: Dār al-Kutub al-Islāmiyyah, 3rd Edition, 1388 AH), vol. 2, pg. 669, hadeeth # 2
1.     Al-Majlisī said this hadeeth is Hasan (Good)
à Mir’āt Al-`Uqūl, 26 vols., (Tehran: Dār al-Kutub al-Islāmiyyah, 1410 AH), vol. 12, pg. 575


  1. Asalaamu Alaikum,

    Do you think it applies more to Muslim communities? Because I live in a non-Muslim country and I feel like it would make more sense if my neighbors and I shared the same faith.

  2. Wa `Alaykum Assalaam,

    I have not seen any hadeeth to suggest this is particular to Muslim countries.

  3. Salam,

    Are we talking about both Muslims and non Muslims?


  4. A boa acao é pata Allah
    A boa acao nao tem cor ou cheiro.