How to determine who is a neighbour

Question ID: 22330

Assalamu alaikum, Respected Mufti Sahab, Sir I have heard that a neighbour is one who is forty houses front, back, left and reight. But now days in modern era the houses are built upwards i.e tall buildings and highrises. So in this case how can one determine the extent of ones neighbour.

Secondly, suppose there are people living in an area with one roof houses not buildings.But there are 4 to 5 families living in different houses. There are all mixed people living like hindu, muslim, christian etc but all are neighbors. Among these
2 of the families left the place and went and took a house elsewhere and are living there. But these people still have contact with the old neighbors where they used to live. Or if not fully in contact but occasionally they meet or talk to each other. So will they still fall under the category of neighbors as because they were neighbor once upon a time or will they fall under friends or just known people and not neighbors.

3. Will the same rule apply if one is living in a different flat but on the same floor. Like a floor may have 3 to 4 flats all neighbors. But if some one leaves and occasionally come to his/her flat or one goes to the other persons flat or meet occasionally, will they be called neighbors or not.

Jazzak Allah!

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Asked on September 10, 2016 5:40 pm
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السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَةُاللهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ

If you’re living in a flat situations then classify 40 nearest to you.
If a neighbour moves out, he will loose neighbourhood rights.

وَعَلَيْكُمُ السَّلَام وَرَحْمَةُ اللَّهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ وَمَغْفِرَتُهُ
Mufti Elias

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Answered on September 20, 2016 12:43 pm