Name: Ather Shareef
FQ 29: We often hear quarrels and fights from our neighbors. Please describe in light of the Holy Quran and Hadith, the rights of neighbors.
Answer: Almighty Allah says in the Holy Quran about rights of neighbors:
There are many glad tidings for those who treat neighbors nicely. There is a Hadith in Jame’ Tirmidhi:
Translation: It is narrated on the authority of Hadhrat ‘Abdullah bin ‘Amr (May Allah be well pleased with them) that the Holy Prophet (Peace be upon Him) said: The best friend in the opinion of Allah Most High is the one who is best for his friend and the best neighbor is the one who is best for his neighbor. (Jame’ Tirmidhi, Vol. 2, Pg. No. 16)
There is another very detailed Hadith in Jame’ Tirmidhi on the authority of Hadhrat Abu Hurairah (May Allah be well pleased with him). Please see one part from it:
Translation: You treat your neighbors nicely; you will become a (true) believer. (Jame’ Tirmidhi, Vol. 2, Pg. No. 56)
Harming or hurting a neighbor is a very grave sin about which strict warnings have been given. There is a Hadith in Sahih Bukhari Vol. 2, Pg. No. 889:
Translation: It is narrated on the authority of Hadhrat Abu Shuraih (May Allah be well pleased with him) that the Holy Prophet (Peace be upon Him) said: By Allah, that person is not a believer! By Allah, that person is not a believer! By Allah, that person is not a believer! He was asked: Who is not a believer
And Allah The Most Compassionate and The Most Beneficent knows best.
FQ 30: I am a reporter. I take photographs for Islamic causes and Islamic activities and put them in the newspaper. Is this work of mine correct? What is the ruling about the photographs taken of Islamic activities and for the sake of reformation of the Ummah?
Answer: There is a famous guideline of the Shariah, which means that the basis of the acts is on their aims.
Under this guideline, there might be an allowance for this in the Shariah.
And Allah the Exalted and the Majestic knows best.
Mufti Hafidh Syed Ziauddin Naqshbandi Qadri
[Professor, Islamic Law, Jamia Nizamia, Founder/Director Abul Hasanaat Islamic Research Center]