Ansaari Manifest    
Chapter 4

The Rights of Neighbors

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‘Ayesha, may Allah be pleased with her, narrated the Prophet peace be upon him saying, “The Archangel Gabriel Peace Be Upon used to constantly admonish me about the neighbor (nice treatment of the neighbors) to the point that I suspected they would inherit (from me)”.
In another Hadith (Narration) Abu-Said quotes from Abi Shorayh who narrated from the Prophet, “By Allah believes not and by Allah believes not and by Allah believes not”, and people asked, “And who is that O! Prophet?” and Prophet replied, “The person whose neighbor is not safe from his harm”.
Ishārat (Paradigm)
It is amazing how someone hears this Hadith (Narration) and lowers his voice within his own home avoiding disturbance for his neighbor though he was saying “I should not stress out my neighbor”, in spite of his voice sounding of a good statement he feared violating the thresholds of this Hadith (Narration).
And again how amazing it is for a person who might be unfair at times, but when it comes to the well being of his neighbor he seeks the utmost of justice to avoid any mistaken harm to his neighbor. Bravo! When a man builds a home either in high mountains or midst the harsh sorrows of the rocks in order to avoid any violation of the neighbor’s rights, fearing the retributions caused by the ramifications of this Hadith (Narration).
Accepts the loss of this world with affright of this Hadith (Narration) and it is no shock to find the person not residing within any social setting (to avoid harm to prospect neighbors).
And again in another Hadith (Narration) Abu Hurairah quotes the Prophet, “Whomsoever believes in Allah and the Day of Judgment ought attempt to annoy his neighbor”. 
And in another Hadith (Narration), “Honor and cherish the neighbor if you truly believe in Allah and the Day of Judgment (upon honoring the neighbor) shall reach Imān (Faith). Do offer the neighbor your benevolence and guard him against your evil”. (Did not have the original Arabic text so this translation may not be accurate)
And in the remaining of the Abu Horairah’s Hadith (Narration) Prophet said, “Whomsoever believes in Allah and the Day of Judgment honors the guest”.
In another Hadith (Narration) the Prophet implied that: If the guest stays for 3 days that is a Prize (Jāyizah) and upon more days it is likened to Charity (Sadaqa).
(Continuation of the Abu Horairah’s Hadith (Narration)) And whomsoever believes in Allah and the Day of Judgment either speaks the good or stays silent.
Ishārat (Paradigm)
O! Sālek (Traveler) upon the path of religion either speak the good or stay silent in order to be saved from the evil of the speech. You observe the rights of the one who resides adjacent to you, what about the rights of the one who loves you? What about the rights of the one who prays for you, wishes well for you? (Your neighbor in heart i.e. loves you and neighbor in tongue i.e. prays for you) Appreciate him and offer gratitude to the Lord for such a person so you will benefit from him in your heart, manners and religion. Know that a good friend is better than a good deed! Because a good friend excuses you (forgives your faults but you become aware of them) but good deeds may make you pompous or self-congratulatory. 
If you have a good friend be frolic, else seek one seriously. Be a true friend do not be a burden. Be a flower not a thorn. A good friend in your Din (religion) is precious and if you already befriended one such a person endear him.
No matter what the faults (of your friend), do not drop the friendship with a good friend. Help the friend to remove the faults but do not remove his friendship (due to his faults). Think: You wash the faeces from the intestines of animals and make wholesome eatable food out of such horrifically dirty object, but cannot do the same for a friend? First sign of a fault you are disgusted with him? Indeed you appreciate not the value of a true friend, you found him easy thus with ease you let him go!
Lo! Originate not the mention of a fault from a true good friend since a true friend has no eyes gazing upon any faults. You put much effort to wash the intestines to bring out the good but you put no effort to cleanse a friend from faults!? And you boast: I am intelligent, I appreciate the value of all things, I have sense separating man from beast… And when it comes to the whims and wishes of this world he buys a monkey and cleans intestines! And once facing a true believer in Oneness of Allah denies him a little seed and exchanges his righteous friend in return for a seed of hay and barks at him for every little thing. Finally throws upon the gales his most endeared possession i.e. a true friends and boasts that I am from the specie of Human Beings and boasts that I appreciate the value of a man.
This day, soul-search within this Hadith (Narration) so that you will not reach the gates of death without faith. Based upon the words of the Messenger of Allah, seek righteousness and truth within your Self before your death so you will leave this world in peace and not sinking within this ocean (of loveless-ness).
Have no sorrow for this world, save your sorrow for the Din (religion). Worry not about the bread instead melancholy for your faith since there are much perils upon this path. Be smart since the final judgment is quite stiff and the path quite narrow. Be alert since the grave is tight and horrific.
O! Lord save us from three plagues: Whispers of Satan, lusts of Self and deception of ignorance.
Hekāyat (Story)
Abul-Hasan Banān, May Allah have mercy upon his soul, was one of the spiritual giants of Egypt. He has said:
“Any Sufi who constantly worries about his provisions perhaps is better off seeking daily sustenance (rather than Sufism). His repose and calm is his trust upon that which is residing with Allah (his needs and wishes). He is more trusting upon that which is promised (hidden) with Allah than that which in his own hands! The foundation of this relationship is upon the trust. If he is melancholy about daily provisions, then that is being a well-disguised beggar, and beggars have no trust (upon Allah). (Because beggars ask from other than Allah)
Furthermore he advised to be away from the lowly behavior, the same way avoiding the forbidden sins.
Ramz (Secret)
The Sālek (Traveler) of this path (Sufi Divine Love) and the inner circles of this courtyard (Dargāh), nurture the jewels of their innate essence by means of good wholesome behavior whilst performing good deeds. The Sultan of their deeds is the Shariah (Divine Law), Tariqat (Path towards Allah) Sultan of their behavior, completing to perfection the benevolent behavior via Islamic Attitude and propensity towards faith administrated by Shariah (Divine Law). Therefore saved from the whirlpool of Self, tasting the passion of Nonbeing and seeing through the “Alternator of the Hearts” (Muqal-libul Qulub i.e. Allah) so you can view what your mind was humiliated unable to comprehend. There is not but one deity worthy of worship and no deity exists except Hu (IT).


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