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Should we yield to fear?
Chapter 10

قَالُواْ أَإِنَّكَ لَأَنتَ يُوسُفُ قَالَ أَنَاْ يُوسُفُ وَهَـذَا أَخِي قَدْ مَنَّ اللّهُ عَلَيْنَا إِنَّهُ مَن يَتَّقِ وَيِصْبِرْ فَإِنَّ اللّهَ لاَ يُضِيعُ أَجْرَ الْمُحْسِنِينَ (سورۃ يوسف, آية 90)

They said: "Art thou indeed Joseph?" He said, "I am Joseph, and this is my brother: Allah has indeed been gracious to us (all): behold, he that is righteous and patient,- never will Allah suffer the reward to be lost, of those who do right." (Surah 12, Verse 90)

In a certain high-school there have recently been numerous incidents of vandalism. Windows were smashed, tables and chairs broken, walls covered in graffiti and equipment was stolen from the computer room. This worried the school administration and the teaching staff as well as the parents, who want to believe that school is a safe environment. The parents asked the administration to discover who was causing the damage and to expel them from school.

One morning, the school counselor heard that Amal, a girl from the tenth grade, knew the identity of the delinquents who had caused the damage; she invited Amal into her office. At first the girl denied everything but later she admitted that she knew who the members of the gang were but that they had threatened that if she told anyone they would beat her and her little sister. The counselor listened and then said: "behold, he that is righteous and patient,- never will Allah suffer the reward to be lost, of those who do right." When Amal heard this verse, she plucked up her courage and confessed what she knew.

She said that there was a group of seven girls from the eleventh grade who often broke into school in the afternoon hours and created havoc. The gang were caught and brought before the disciplinary committee, and it was decided to suspend them from school for a week. They returned a week later accompanied by their parents and apologized to the entire school. Their punishment was community service in the form of repair work at the school.

Explanation: Amal was in a difficult situation. The counselor asked her to confess to what she knew, thereby placing her and her family at risk. We can demand such a confession only if it is possible to provide protection for the witness; otherwise it is not a fair demand. The counselor apparently thought that the school administration had the power and authority to protect Amal and her sister. The counselor chose to quote a verse which was very appropriate for Amal. She was terrified and the Quran advised her to be strong because Allah would not suffer her reward to be lost. It is an important lesson - we should not be governed by fear and should overcome it and act righteously. If Amal had succumbed to fear she would have been completely under the thumb of the gang and there would have been no end to the story.