Home Quranet Chapter 10 How can we ensure positive rather than negative cooperation between friends?
How can we ensure positive rather than negative cooperation between friends?
Chapter 10

وَلْتَكُن مِّنكُمْ أُمَّةٌ يَدْعُونَ إِلَى الْخَيْرِ وَيَأْمُرُونَ بِالْمَعْرُوفِ وَيَنْهَوْنَ عَنِ الْمُنكَرِ وَأُوْلَئِكَ هُمُ الْمُفْلِحُونَ (سورۃ آل عمران, آيۃ 104)

Let there arise out of you a band of people inviting to all that is good, enjoining what is right, and forbidding what is wrong: They are the ones to attain felicity. (Surah 3, Verse 104)

Rami and Rafi are good friends, spend time together between classes at school and in the afternoons and do everything together. When they solved the maths exam together, the mathematics teacher caught them and failed them both. On the last day of school, before the vacation, they decided to take revenge on him. Rafi brought a carton of eggs, called Rami and several other boys and they threw the eggs at the teacher's car. Suddenly their class teacher passed by and saw what they were doing. He called them and reprimanded them for copying during the exam and for vandalism. After explaining that their behavior was unacceptable, he read out to them: "Let there arise out of you a band of people inviting to all that is good, enjoining what is right, and forbidding what is wrong: They are the ones to attain felicity".

Explanation: by quoting the Quran verse, the teacher was exhorting his pupils to do what was right and not what was wrong. Mutual responsibility means that each is responsible for his actions and for those of the other. For example, the pupil who asked to copy was wronging his friend and not only himself. The same was true of the act of bringing the eggs to school. Rafi was wronging Rami by urging him to join him, and by failing to dissuade him, Rami was wronging him in turn. The Quran is referring both to individual and to group responsibility in accordance with circumstances.