I have been recently learning whatever I might have forgotten due to lack of practice; busy schedule; lack of a reminder; and, younger age.
I am usually a quiet person, so this is one reason why I don’t hang out too much; another reason is that intelligent people usually make fewer friends.
Recently, I read an article “Interfaith Dialogue: Seven Key Questions For Theory, Policy, and Practice“. This article discusses the notion of “parallel lives” where people who live next to each other rarely interact in beneficial manner. The article states that this needs to be stopped in order to create proper Interfaith Dialogue, which should lead to social change including World Peace.
I thought about things maturely after learning this. I realized that I already was in the process of achieving this change; however, I lacked complete understanding of why the neighbors are important.
See I was already connected with a couple of my neighbors. I used chat with them; get to know them and their families; and, always made sure to smile and wave at them. When one of my neighbors got injured, I made sure to visit the family. I also eat with one of my neighbors; they are Indian so its easier for me to understand their food. And, I have gifted a couple of my neighbors on special occasion. I have learned that although a friendly chat helps a lot, it does not break one out of living “parallel lives” since its a much deeper notion.
After realizing that I can now easily accomplish some of these tasks—I am older and mature now—I decided to study what Islam has taught us about rights of neighbors. After reading article, “Rights of Neighbors In Islam”, I have learned that some rights of neighbors include sharing meals, ensuring safety, exchanging presents, and being good and generous towards the neighbors. Al-Islam’s article “Rights of Neighbours” state that both non-Muslim and Muslim neighbors have so many rights that they can be considered heirs.
I know its tough to observe these rights in this world; and, that it is even more challenging to observe these rights in Canada because of racism or other relevant issues. However, I am still going to give it my best shot according to my mental, physical, and economic capabilities. For instance, one of my relatives did not like the fact that I was visiting an Indian family so I had to ignore her comments and still connect with them; this is very difficult for me because I am kind of close to that relative and because India and Pakistan have ongoing conflicts. Thus, I realize that managing these rights won’t be easy but it has to be done in order to save the society and its members as well as gradually world peace.
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