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How can we encourage children who are going through a difficult time?
Chapter 12

فَإِنَّ مَعَ الْعُسْرِ يُسْراً * إِنَّ مَعَ الْعُسْرِ يُسْراً (سورة الشرح, آية 5-6)

So, verily, with every difficulty, there is relief: Verily, with every difficulty there is relief. (Surah 94, Verses 5-6)

Warod, a pupil in the third grade, is having difficulty with reading and writing. She is a diligent pupil, but suffers from learning disabilities and is trying to keep up with the pace of her classmates. Every afternoon she sits at home, struggling with her homework and does not go out to play until she has completed it. Her teacher has promised her several times that: "with every difficulty there is relief", and that one day she will read and write as well as her classmates. But only when she actually showed Warod the verse, did the girl understand its meaning and realize that these were not just words but the word of God. And, indeed, towards the end of the year, Warod improved to such a degree that she almost caught up with the other children. Now that she is reading and writing quite fluently she often recalls the verses her teacher quoted and thinks how important it is to repeat them to other children experiencing difficulties.

Explanation: we all know how important it is to offer hope to someone struggling with difficulties. Without hope there is no reason to make an effort to overcome problems. The truth is that in many sphere of life, after the difficulty comes relief, because if we confront the problems and do not give in, we make progress and improve and will probably reach a better place. Sometimes we are dealing with pain which passes with time and sometimes with emotional pain which is also healed by time. But when one is in the midst of the crisis, it is often hard to raise ones head and see the light. The teacher was right not merely to quote the verses but to show them to Warod as they appear in the Quran. The words were an injection of courage and hope for the little girl and the outcome proved how true they were.