Rights of All Muslims in general
Apart from your relatives and friends, all Muslims in general have certain rights over you. Allaamah Subhaani in `Targheeb wa Targheeb’ has mentioned them on the authority of Hazrat Ali (Radiallahu Anhu) to be:
1. Forgive the fault of your Muslim brother
2. Have compassion during their grief and crying.
3. Hide their faults.
4. Accept their excuse.
5. Remove any trouble or difficulty, which has befallen them.
6. Always desire good for them.
7. Guard the love they have for you.
8. Be mindful of their rights.
9. If they are sick then visit them.
10. If they pass away then attend their funeral (Janaaza).
11. Accept their invitation (Da’waat).
12. Accept the gifts they send to you.
13. Return the good they do to you.
14. Be grateful to them for their favours to you.
15. When the occasion arises, assist them.
16. Protect and look after their household and families.
17. Assist them in their need.
18. Listen to their requests.
19. Accept their intercession on behalf of others.
20. Do not make them despair from achieving their aims.
21. When they sneeze and say `Alhamdulillah’, then reply by saying ‘Yarhamukallah’.
22. Return their lost goods to them.
23. Reply to their Salaam.
24. Speak to them with kindness and with soft and pleasant words.
25. Be kind and bountiful towards them.
26. If they take a pledge while relying on you, then fulfill their pledge.
27. If someone is oppressing them then assist them; and if they are oppressing someone else then stop them.
28. Have love for them and do not have enmity with them.
29. Do not degrade them.
30. Whatever you desire for yourself, desire the same for them.
In other Hadiths this too has been added:
31. At the time when meeting them then make Salaam; and if you shake their hands then that will be better.
32. If coincidently you become angry with someone, then do not stop speaking to him for more than three days.
33. Do not be suspicious or doubt him.
34. Do not be jealous or have enmity and hatred towards him.
35. As far as possible command good and forbid him from evil.
36. Be kind to the young and respect the Elderly.
37. If two Muslims fight then create a truce between them.
38. Do not backbite about him.
39. Do not cause him any harm, neither in his honour nor in his wealth.
40. If he cannot mount his conveyance then give him support and assist him.
41. Do not make him stand up from his place for you to sit down on it.
42. Two people should not speak amongst themselves while leaving a third person out.
An important point to note is that previously all the rights mentioned were for special groups of people. Their rights are over and above and also include the above-mentioned rights.