I am blessed to have the best and amazing neighbour ever! Yesterday she asked for my permission: “Eh Ah Bob ah!!! Malam ini gua mau sembahyang lu tau? Gua letak balang-balang depan lumah gua. Gua mau bakar balang. Boleh ah?”
“Bob, tonight I need to do my prayers. I’m placing an altar infront of my house and burn incense. Can?”
She definitely do not need to inform me yet alone ask for my permission to do that but yet she did. I love you lah aunty!!!! Should I have said cannot, I’ll be the biggest jerk-ass in Pasir Ris. But by now you all already know that yours truly is a lover, not a fighter right?
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said:
“If anyone is pleased to love God and His Messenger or to have God and His Messenger love him, he should speak the truth when he says anything, fulfill his trust when he is put in a position of authority and be a good neighbor.” – Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 1289
So me corazon, be good to your neighbours, to everyone and anyone. No matter if they are good to you or not. We need to be the “bigger” person and show kindness and compassion.
Love begets love.
Respect begets respect.
Hate begets hate.