It is well known that Abu Hanifa (radi Allahu ‘anhu), did
tahajjut every night. He would spend his night reciting
the Quran. He had a neighbor who was an alcoholic, and
he used to drink a lot and sing love poems. This used to
bother the imam.
But one day, the imam did not hear this man’s revelry,
so he went and asked about him. They said, “Oh, so-and-
so. They took him to jail.” So, the very well respected
imam went to the jail. He was the most respected imam
and qaadi at the time in that place. When the ruler
found out the imam went to the jail, he asked for the
reason and was told that the imam was concerned about
his neighbor who had been arrested. So, the ruler said to
release the man, and he was released.
The neighbor then asked Abu Hanifa why he did that, and
he replied, “Because you have a right upon me as a
neighbor, and I have not been neglectful of that.” That
was the reason that the neighbor made tauba to Allah
subhâna wa ta’âla [that is: embraced islam].
Let’s be good neighbors to one another.