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What should a juvenile investigator inscribe on his office wall?
Chapter 10

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ لاَ تُحِلُّواْ شَعَآئِرَ اللّهِ وَلاَ الشَّهْرَ الْحَرَامَ وَلاَ الْهَدْيَ وَلاَ الْقَلآئِدَ وَلا آمِّينَ الْبَيْتَ الْحَرَامَ يَبْتَغُونَ فَضْلاً مِّن رَّبِّهِمْ وَرِضْوَانًا وَإِذَا حَلَلْتُمْ فَاصْطَادُواْ وَلاَ يَجْرِمَنَّكُمْ شَنَآنُ قَوْمٍ أَن صَدُّوكُمْ عَنِ الْمَسْجِدِ الْحَرَامِ أَن تَعْتَدُواْ وَتَعَاوَنُواْ عَلَى الْبرِّ وَالتَّقْوَى وَلاَ تَعَاوَنُواْ عَلَى الإِثْمِ وَالْعُدْوَانِ وَاتَّقُواْ اللّهَ إِنَّ اللّهَ شَدِيدُ الْعِقَابِ (سورۃ المائدة, آيۃ 2)

O ye who believe! Violate not the sanctity of the symbols of Allah, nor of the sacred month, nor of the animals brought for sacrifice, nor the garlands that mark out such animals, nor the people resorting to the sacred house, seeking of the bounty and good pleasure of their Lord. But when ye are clear of the sacred precincts and of pilgrim garb, ye may hunt and let not the hatred of some people in (once) shutting you out of the Sacred Mosque lead you to transgression (and hostility on your part). Help ye one another in righteousness and piety, but help ye not one another in sin and rancour: fear Allah. for Allah is strict in punishment. (Surah 5, Verse 2)


Ali, an eighth-grader, is the leader of a gang of boys who vandalize school property, beat up pupils and do as they please. He walks out of lessons and wanders around the school courtyard. Then he calls his friends and they too walk out of their classrooms in the middle of a lesson to join him. They smash windows at school, break faucets and carve on tables and chairs. Every morning Ali's parents fight with him about attending school and he refuses to study seriously.


Last week, Ali quarreled with a teacher who refused to let him leave the classroom. Ali decided to take revenge. He summoned his friends and they damaged the teacher's car, slashing the tires, scratching the body and pouring glue into the locks. When they finished, they fled.

The school investigated with the aid of the police, and discovered that Ali and his gang were responsible. The boys admitted it after a long interrogation, and the police interrogator turned to them and said: "Help ye one another in righteousness and piety, but help ye not one another in sin and rancour: "He asked them if they knew where the verse appeared and none of them recognized it. They he told them that it was Verse 2 of Surah 5, which he often quoted in his work with delinquent gangs.

Explanation: this wise Quran verse is suited to adolescent or adult gangs of delinquents. The Quran encourages them to work together for righteousness and not for sin. Many children who come from homes where they were abused, deprived and humiliated tend to develop social ties of this type. They often join a gang under the leadership of someone whom they fear and obey. When their fear of the leader is greater than their fear of committing a crime, the path to a criminal career is open. Delinquent youths are often repeating the negative experience they have brought from their families. However, positive cooperation does not require a humiliating and oppressive hierarchy, but rather warm and close group relationships. Those who join groups which help the weak are replicating the good experiences of their childhood. The Quran is very clear as to the type of connection it recommends. It advocates warm and close relations wherein the individual contributes to society. Perhaps the policeman would have done well to hang a poster in his office with this verse inscribed on it.