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How can we encourage an outstanding pupil to help a weak pupil?
Chapter 11

وَالَّذِينَ صَبَرُواْ ابْتِغَاء وَجْهِ رَبِّهِمْ وَأَقَامُواْ الصَّلاَةَ وَأَنفَقُواْ مِمَّا رَزَقْنَاهُمْ سِرّاً وَعَلاَنِيَةً وَيَدْرَؤُونَ بِالْحَسَنَةِ السَّيِّئَةَ أُوْلَئِكَ لَهُمْ عُقْبَى الدَّارِ (سورۃ الرعد, آية 22)

Those who patiently persevere, seeking the countenance of their Lord; Establish regular prayers; spend, out of (the gifts) We have bestowed for their sustenance, secretly and openly; and turn off Evil with good: for such there is the final attainment of the (eternal) home. (Surah 13, Verse 22)

 

Khaled is a weak student. One day he knocked on the door of the counselor's office and asked for help. His family was in a dire economic condition, he told her, and his parents could not afford private tutoring for him. Since they worked long hours and returned home late, they had no time to sit and help him with his homework. The counselor appealed to a group of the best students in the class and asked them to help Khaled. She explained that by so doing they would be encouraging solidarity in the class and that helping others is an explicit command of the Quran. Then she quoted the Quran verse to them: "Those who patiently persevere, seeking the countenance of their Lord; Establish regular prayers; spend, out of (the gifts) We have bestowed for their sustenance, secretly and openly; and turn off Evil with good: for such there is the final attainment of the (eternal) home". The pupils began to take it in turns and each day a different pupil helped Khaled with his homework until, thanks to them, he became one of the best students in the class.

 

Explanation: sometimes another pupil can explain the study material better than the teacher because it is easier for him to understand where his friend's problem lies. Moreover, there are those who claim that there is no better form of study than to explain the material to someone else, because when a pupil acts as a teacher and his friend asks him questions, he is obliged to think deeply and to comprehend the material in order to answer. Thus, the good students enjoyed a twofold reward, the first for having acted morally and helped a friend, the second for understanding the material even better after explaining it to Khaled. The counselor was right to say that such assistance to a friend creates unity and solidarity in the class and she did well to quote that important verse to the class.