YOUTH IN ISLAM
اَلْحَمْدُ لِلّهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِيْنَ نَحْمَدُهُ وَنَسْتَعِيْنُهُ وَنَسْتَغْفِرُهُ وَنَتُوْبُ اِلَيْهِ وَنَعُوْذُ بِاللهِ مِنْ شُرُوْرِ اَنْفُسِنَا وَسَيِّئَاتِ اَعْمَالِنَا مَنْ يَهْدِ اللهُ فَلاَ مُضِلَّ لَهُ وَمَنْ يُضْلِلْ فَلاَ هَادِيَ لَهُ.
اَشْهَدُ اَنْ لاَ اِلهَ اِلاَّ اللهُ وَحْدَهُ لاَ شَرِيْكَ لَهُ وَاَشْهَدُ اَنَّ مُحَمَّدًا عَبْدُهُ وَرَسُوْلُهُ وَالصَّلاَةُ وَالسَّلاَمُ عَلَى نَبِيِّنَا مُحَمَّدٍ وَعَلَى اَلِهِ وَاَصْحَابِهِ وَمَنْ تَبِعَهُ اِلَى يَوْمِ الدِّيْنِ.
Ladies and Gentleman…
Today we live in a world where the Muslims do not even know why they are Muslims. Many people today are just Muslims by name and they have no understanding of what Islam is or the basics of Islam. It is important that we study our aqeedah (belief) which is Islam. Islam is a beautiful deen (way of life) where there is no room for blind following. Allah (swt) in the Quran encourages us to learn about this deen as much as possible. Allah (swt) commands us to seek knowledge in Surah TaHa,
وَقُلْ رَبِّ زِدْنِي عِلْمًا
“…And say: My Lord increase me in knowledge.”
So we see in this ayah that Allah (swt) says that those amongst the Muslims who have knowledge are indeed the ones who fear Allah (swt). We also see that the Messenger of Allah (saw) made it fard upon us to see knowledge: Anas Ibn Malik reported that the Prophet (saw) said,
طلب العلم فريضة على كل مسلم
“Seeking of knowledge is incumbent upon every Muslim....”.
Many things triggered the loss of the Muslim Identity within the Ummah. One of the biggest things is the fall of the Islamic State (Khilafah). The whole state in which Islamic culture was applied throughout daily life had collapsed in 1924.
It’s important to note the distinction of the youth in Islam and the youth of the West. In the West children are raised as immature, even when they are in their teens until they reach the age of eighteen or twenty one. Eighteen and twenty one is when the society in the west starts holding them responsible for their actions. Such bazaar ideas like the one mentioned above is imposed on the youth of the West which make them act like blind sheep. The main concerns of the youth in the west are: pop idols, sports, Brittney Spears, Madonna, fashion, hair styles, clothes, Jay-Z, and so forth. In Islam the treatment of the youth is completely different. In Islam when one has reached the age of puberty, he/she is considered to be mature. The mature individual in Islam is required to follow certain obligations and duties. Unlike concerns for Madonna, fashion, and Brittney Spears, Islam focuses the concerns on that which is relevant to the individual’s life. The purpose of human beings, the hereafter, the acts of obedience to Allah (swt), etc. is all addressed. Therefore the actions, characteristics, and concerns are completely different from the youth of Islam to that of the West.
Ladies and gentleman…
We as Muslims cannot continue to raise generations of dumb, blind and deaf children. We must make our Youth strong because they are the future hufaaz, scholars, fighters and revivalists of Islam. The fall of the Khilafah and loss of the Islamic identity should be a lesson for all of us. We must culture ourselves about the Aqeedah of Islam and identity of the Muslims as much as possible. This is one of our greatest obligations and priorities at the moment which cannot be neglected. Imagine if Allah were to take your life right this second, you will have no excuse in front of your Lord about why you didn’t learn about your deen. If you’re going to call yourself a Muslim, then actually look into Islam and see what a servant of Allah is truly supposed to be like and act upon it!
Unlike society today where the role models for young youth are people like Brittney Spears, Madonna, Eminem, Maryilen Monroe, etc; the Youth in Islam look up to the best example of mankind which is the Prophet Muhammad (saw). In Islam Allah (swt) blessed the Muslims and gave us a Prophet so that we may be guided by him. Allah (swt) says in Surah Al-Ahzab, verse 21 :
لَقَدْ كَانَ لَكُمْ فِي رَسُولِ اللَّهِ أُسْوَةٌ حَسَنَةٌ لِمَنْ كَانَ يَرْجُو اللَّهَ وَالْيَوْمَ الْآخِرَ وَذَكَرَ اللَّهَ كَثِيرًا
“Indeed in the Messenger of Allâh (Muhammad SAW) you have a good example to follow for him who hopes in (the Meeting with) Allâh and the Last Day and remembers Allâh much.”
The Youth in Islam are encouraged to follow the people of Ahlus Sunnah wal Jammah. Ahlus Sunnah wal Jammah is composed of the belief that the Prophet Muhammad (saw), the Sahaba (companions), Tai’been (students of the Sahaba), Tabbi Tai’been (students of the students of the Sahaba) and so forth were on.
At the time when Islam was first introduced to mankind it attracted a major number of the Youth. We see amazing examples of the true Muslims at that time and look up to them. The Prophet (saw)’s wife and the mother of the believers, Aishah (ra) was only 18 when she became a Mujtahida. She was also the first Muslimah to memorize the whole entire Quran. Aishah (ra) is a source that we look back to learn and understand our deen, she narrated many ahadith. Many scholars of that time used to travel from distant places just to attend her halaqas (classes) and learn about Islam. Arwa Bin Zubair said: “I did not find anyone more proficient than Aishah in the knowledge of the Qur’an, the Commandments of Halal (lawful) and Haram (prohibited). That is why even senior companions of the Prophet used to consult Aishah in resolving intricate issues.” Indeed she was one of a kind and sisters should look unto her as a great example of a Muslimah.
If we see the attitude of Zayd Ibn Thabit (ra) we can understand how serious the youth were about Islam and how well they understood it. When Rasoolullah (saw) was getting ready to fight at Badr, Zayd not even thirteen years old yet was quick to fight Fe Sabilellah. Zayd Ibn Thabit said to Rasoolullah (saw) "I dedicate myself to you, Messenger of God. Permit me to be with you and to fight the enemies of God under your banner." Since he was so young Rasoolullah (saw) refused to enlist him. The Prophet Muhammad (saw) said to Zayd Ibn Thabit: “Zayd, learn the writing of the Jews for me," Zayd was quick to respond: "At your command, Messenger of Allah.” Observing just some of these examples we see how quick, enthusiastic, motivated and pious the youth were of that time. There is no doubt that the Muslim youth today should take these great motivating Sahabiyat as examples to follow.
When we look back at these great companions of Rasulullah (saw) and compare them to ourselves, it’s very different. Let’s ask ourselves how much did we know about Islam at the age of eighteen? How much were we willing to sacrifice for Allah’s sake at age thirteen? It’s important to try and copy the Salaf us Salih as much as possible. Abdullah ibn Amru narrated: "The Prophet (saw) said: "My Ummah will face what bani Israel faced step by step, even if one of them approached his mother publicly (sexually) there will be one of my Ummah will approach his mother. The people of Israel divide into divided into 72 sects, my Ummah will divide into 73 sects, all of them are in the hellfire, and one of them is in paradise." We asked "which one is saved?" the Prophet (saw) said: "the one that is Me and my companions."
Ladies and gentleman…
We must remember to spend our youth for the sake of Allah wisely before Death over takes us, then it will be too late. Once you become old, weak, and feeble it’s extremely hard to do certain things that would normally be easy for the youth. Take your energy, build motivation, use your body, mouth, eyes, hands, legs, all for the sake of Allah (swt) Alone and InshaAllah Allah will reward you. The Youth of Islam today are the ones who will revive the Islamic State, protect Islam and the Muslims. It is a great honor and once in a lifetime opportunity for the youth to manage their energy and time wisely for the sake of Allah and His deen. We are accountable for every second we spend in our life, so InshaAllah make every second count. The Prophet of Allah (saw) said:
اغتنم خمسا قبل خمس: شبابك قبل هرمك، وصحتك قبل سقمك، وغناك قبل فقرك، وفراغك قبل شغلك، وحياتك قبل موتك
“Value five things before the other five comes to pass: Value youth before old age, health before illness, affluence before poverty, leisure before becoming too busy and value life before death.”
I think, that’s all what I can say. And thank’s for you attention…
Wassalamu alaikum warahmatullah wa barakatuh…
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