Hasan al-Basri once fell sick. His neighbour, an unbeliever, came to pay him a visit.
“O Imam,” he exclaimed, “I detect a bad smell.”
The Imam told him it was caused by illness, but the
neighbour insisted: “That is not the odor of sickness. It
is a lavatory smell. For the love of God, tell me what it
He had not noticed that sewage was leaking from his
house into that of the Imam.
When the neighbour pressed him, the Imam finally said:
“For some months your drain has been seeping through
to our side. I tried to fix it, but without success.”
His neighbour asked why he had not told him before, but
the venerable Imam said:
“I might have offended you.”
The unbeliever was so impressed by this ethical refinement that he was ennobled with True Faith, for he recognized the Imam’s morality as a ray of Islam.
by Sheikh Muzaffer Ozak al-Jerrahi.
This story has a very great lesson. It makes us realize that showing good behaviour, being nice, being cheerful, being accomodating and being selfless to your neighbours impacts alots in them. And just your behaviour alone is capable of changing someone and guiding them to the right path.
Be nice to your neighbours irrespective of their religion or race. Our beloved prophet Muhammed(pbuh) encouraged and did it.