Neighborhood Outreach

  • I keep my windows closed all day, even when the sun is at its brightest.
  • I do not know the names of the people who reside on either side of me.
  • I try to avoid eye contact as I pass anyone on my way to the car.
  • I walk by a gathering of neighbors and they become noticeably quieter as I pass.
  • I do not know how many Muslims reside within my neighborhood, let alone the Faiths of my other neighbors.

Sound familiar? For the majority of Muslims living in the United States, their houses are not places that they can feel at home. They feel little, if any, sense of security or comfort amongst their own neighbors.

While this phenomenon is widespread among Muslims living with non-Muslims, it should definitely not be the way a Muslim should lead his or her life.

Indeed, the Prophet (s) showed the Ummah how interaction amongst neighbors is of great significance. Not only is the nature of one’s dealings with neighbors related to a direct command in the Qur’an, but it defines one’s own iman!

Allah commands: “And serve Allah. Ascribe no thing as partner unto Him. (Show) kindness unto parents, and unto near kindred, and orphans, and the needy, and unto the neighbor who is of kin (unto you) and the neighbor who is not of kin, and the fellow-traveler and the wayfarer and (the slaves) whom your right hands possess. Lo! Allah loveth not such as are proud and boastful.” (4:36)

Contrary to widespread belief, it is not sufficient to merely abstain from being unjust to one’s neighbor; one must make the effort to do good: The Prophet (s) said, “Jibreel continued to recommend me about treating the neighbors kindly and politely so much that I thought he would order to make them as my heirs.”

Now the question arises: Why are the actions of the Muslims in regards to their neighbors so conflicting to the ideals they know to be truth?

Obviously the world views Muslims differently after 9/11. However, Muslims must play their own parts; they must continue to try and live in harmony with those around them. Regardless of the outcome, one must realize that it is the Muslim’s duty to be a good neighbor.

Therefore, as a concerned and effected Muslim, what can you do to ease the tension and at the same time fulfill your Islamic duty? This is where, with the help of Allah (swt), “Neighborhood Outreach” comes in.

What is Neighborhood Outreach?

This is a concept designed by Dawah Corps to aid the Muslims to live, invite, and co-exist peacefully amongst their non Muslim neighbors. It is designed to initiate meetings and increase the chances for da’wah. It is to encourage the Muslim to interact with his or her neighbor in a peaceful, mutually beneficial manner.

Basically, Neighborhood Outreach results in the awareness of Islam and the understanding of who true Muslims are. Initiated by the Muslim, this program emphasizes Muslim/non-Muslim interaction within a neighborly context.

To initiate a Neighborhood Outreach program in your neighborhood, download the Dawah Corps white paper here.