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There is NO “TEENAGER” Phase in Islam

The ‘teenager’ image was artificially created in the 1920s by marketing gurus and other social engineers. The aim was to bring into existence an artificial demographic that could be targeted by the commercial sector and to encourage the purchase and consumption of all manner of useless, unnecessary gadgets, fads and fashion items designed to give those between the ages of thirteen and nineteen the impression that:

(a) they were different; and
(b) that they were somehow special.

And so, instead of a child being prepared gradually and carefully by its parents for the arrival of maturity and adulthood, and to start behaving responsibly and constructively (a child has the most zest for life in these very same years), children at the age of thirteen were now encouraged to think of themselves as not quite children and not quite adult: an in-between stage full of (mis)adventure, rebellion, financial semi-autonomy, personal freedom, sexual activity without commitment and a whole new – but totally false – social identity.

The creation of the teenager was, then, not only a commercial ploy but also a classic case of divide and rule, and wasting the energy of the youth in utter frivolity.

It is interesting to note that in the three most important languages spoken by people in the Muslim world – Arabic, Persian and Turkish – there are no words for ‘teenager’.

In Islam one is an adult when he or she reaches the age of puberty.

Some examples of youth from Islamic history and their achievements:

Tariq bin Ziyad (Rahimahullah), 19 years old and married. Commander of the Muslim army courageously conquered Spain and most of western Europe.

Abdul Rahman Al-Nasser (Rahimahullah), 21 years old. He was the most powerful prince of Iberia, his era was the golden time of Andalusia, in which he ended the chaos and raised an unrivaled scientific renaissance, making his state the strongest one in his era, which required the leaders of Europe to seek his acceptance.

Mohammed Al-Fatih (Rahimahullah), 22 years old: He conquered Constantinople, capital city of the Roman/Byzantine empire, that the top commanders at the time couldn’t approach.

Sayyidina Usamah bin Zayd (Rahimahullah), 18 years old, led the army of the Muslims that included the top companions may Allah be pleased with them, like Sayyadina Abu Bakr  and Sayyadina ‘Umar (Radhiyallahu Anhum), to face the greatest armies of the earth at the time.

Muhammad Al Qasim (Rahimahullah), 17 years old, married to a princess.: He conquered the Land of Indus, he was one of the top military commanders of his time.

Sayyidina Sa’ad bin Abi Waqqas (Radhiyallahu Anhu), 17 years old: He was the first to throw an arrow for the sake of Allah and one of six people of Al Shura. whenever he turned to the Prophet ﷺ . while sitting among his Companions, he was greeted cheerfully by the Prophet ﷺ . saying, “He’s my maternal uncle. let every person show me who his uncle is?”

Sayyidina Al-Arqam bin abi al-Arqam (Radhiyallahu Anhu), 16 years old: He made his house the headquarters for the Prophet ﷺ for 13 continuous years in MAKKAH.

Sayyidina Talhah ibn Ubaydullah, 16 years old: He was the most generous Arab in Islam, pledged an allegiance to the Noble Prophet ﺻﻠﻰ ﺍﻟﻠﻪ ﻋﻠﻴﻪ ﻭﺳﻠﻢ in the battle of Uhud, and protected him from the Kuffar and shielded him from the arrows with his own hands until it got paralysed and shielded him with his body.

Sayyidina Al Zubayr ibn al-Awam (Radhiyallahu Anhu), 15 years old: He was the first one to raise a sword for Islam, and he’s known as “the disciple” of the Noble prophet ﷺ.

Sayyidina Amr ibn Kulthum, 15 years old: He was a knight and the leader of the Taghlib tribe, in which it was said that “if it weren’t for islam, the taghlib tribe would have eaten the people”.

Sayyadina Mu’ādh ibn ‘Amr ibn al-Jamūḥ, 13 years old and Mu‘awwidh ibn ‘Afrā’, 14 years old: They fatally wounded Abu Jahl the leader of the polytheists in the battle of Badr.

Sayyidina Zayd bin Thabit (Radhiyallahu Anhu), 13 years old: He was entrusted the important role of writing down the Quranic verses that were sent to the Prophet ﷺ from Allah  through Sayyidina Jibreel (Alayhis Salaam). He learned the Syriac and Hebrew languages in 17 nights, memorized the Qur’an and contributed in compiling it, and he was the personal scribe of the Noble Prophet ﷺ.

Sayyidina Attab ibn Asid (Radhiyallahu Anhu) the most Noble Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) appointed him as the governor of Makkah when he was just 18 years old.

MAY ALLAH TA’ALA GRANT DIRECTION TO OUR YOUTH AND MAKE OUR FUTURE BRIGHT THROUGH THEIR UPRIGHT NURTURING AND CORRECT SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY AAMEEN

Ten Comments You Will Hear Before Pursuing Your Deen

For anyone who ever thought of growing a full fist-length beard, observing proper hijab and/or niqab, or dressing in an Islamic manner but have not been able to do so, this is a must read for you. Insha Allah, it may serve to be a source of inspiration for those who wish to pursue Islamic education. But most importantly, it serves to be a reminder for me and Insha Allah, a means of earning Allah’s pleasure by getting people to practice the Deen in its entirety.

Unfortunately, just before you take your first step on the righteous journey to pursue your Deen, your nafs and shaytaan be it your own shaytaan or people around you, even the ones who deeply care for you, will give you awful “advice” and sincere “nasihah”. Perhaps it may not be because they have evil intentions. It is because they do not understand the big picture—what your Deen means to you. They do not understand that, to you, the reward is worth the risk. In other words, a life of hell in this world or a jail as the hadith says is worth more than a temporal “paradise” for an unknown amount of torment the actual hellfire.

So they try to protect you by shielding you from the possibility of failure, which, as a result, also shields you from the possibility of making a Deeni life for yourself a reality.

Our time here in this world is limited, so let us not waste it trying to live someone else’s life. Do not be trapped by lack of faith and Imaan others have regarding themselves and you. Do not let the noise of other people’s opinions drown out the sound of your soul yearning to live a righteous and pious life.

Here are ten tips (lies) people will likely tell you when you decide to pursue your Deen and the reasons why they are dreadfully mistaken:

1. You can follow your Deen someday, but right now you need to calm down and be responsible.

Someday?! When is “someday”? “Someday” is not a day at all. “Someday” never comes. It is not even on the calendar. It is not on the lunar calendar, the Islamic calendar, It is a foggy generalization of a time that will likely never come. Today is the only day guaranteed to you. Today is the only day you can begin to make a difference in your life. And pursuing your Deen is what life is all about. So do not be irresponsible. Do not wait until “someday.” Make today the first day of the rest of your new life, and fulfill the purpose of your life.

2. You are totally at a loss if it does not work out.

Wrong! This is a giant, lame load of whispers and snares in the form of wasawis. You are not even close to being at a loss. In fact, the worst case scenario is that things do not work out and you go back to doing exactly what you are doing right now. Well you can always make Tawbah, and return to Allah. If the sun has risen from the west for these pessimists, then let them have their judgment, but in reality, this event has not yet occurred. So make use of the time at hand. The door for returning to Allah is still open and everyone has a free pass to go in, even those who were in and went out can return back in. Remember that the Qur’an says mankind is in loss and those who practice the Deen are an exception to that.

3. It is safer to maintain your job.

Sure, I suppose. But you know what is even safer than that? Going home, locking yourself in your bedroom, and never, ever coming out. And just like that, your entire life and your Deen would go down the drain. Remember, safer doesn’t always mean better. Allah is our Provider, and our Sustainer. Allah provides so much sustenance to those who reject Him, to those who associate partners and ascribe children to Him, and to those who have unusual beliefs about Him. Yet, He never abandons them! Are we worse than those people that Allah will not tend to at least our basic needs?! Is this world not a testing center for us?!

4. Fully practicing Deen is impossible!

It is only impossible if you never do anything about it. The reason certain things seem impossible is simply because these people are not aware of anyone who has achieved them yet. But this does not mean that with your help these things won’t become possible in the future. If you truly dedicate yourself to an end result, almost anything is possible. You just have to want it bad enough. The examples of our pious predecessors and the examples of the righteous people of today are in front of us. Resolutions only become available to people of firm resolve!

5. Only a lucky few “make it.”

That is because those lucky few got off their rear ends and did something about it! They had the drive, determination, and willpower that you have right now. You can be one of them. It is up to you, and only you. Keep in mind the lives of the pious people. They had to deal with the taunts of people also. In fact it was said that the recitation (Qira’ah) of Imam ‘Asim (the teacher of Imam Hafs) and the jurisprudence (Fiqh) of Imam Abu Hanifah would not reach outside Kufa….Look who gets the last laugh now!

6. You might fail and sin. And sinning is bad.

Failures which lead to sinning are simply stepping stones to repentance. No matter how it turns out, it always ends up just the way it should be. Either you succeed or you learn something: win–win. The biggest mistake you can make is doing nothing because you’re too scared to make a mistake. If you can’t handle failure, then you can’t handle success either. In the end, you will have attained the love of Allah. How you ask? Allah mentions in the Qur’an that He loves the pious and the righteous. But Allah also mentions that He loves those who frequently repent. One will only frequently repent when one frequently fails and sins.

7. You do not have access to the right resources.

It is not about having the right resources; it’s about using the resources available to you. Imam Abu Yusuf was a poor person. He did not have the luxury to give everything up and sit and learn. What he did have though, was his eyes on the prize and sincere yearning for learning. That resulted in the great Imam Abu Hanifah noticing this and resolving to look after the financial needs of Imam Abu Yusuf. Get it? Got it? GOOD!

8. You need more money saved before you can take the first step.

You do not need more money. You need a plan. You need a budget. Eliminate ALL the non-essential costs in your life. If pursuing your dream requires you to leave your day job, figure out the absolute minimum amount of income that you realistically require. Studying the lives of those who have succeeded with similar ventures helps a great deal. But above all, take baby steps. Do not be foolish and assume that you must have a certain amount of money saved right now, or that you must quit your day job today in order to pursue your Deen. Instead, ask yourself this question, “What actions can I take right now with the money and resources I have right now that will bring me closer to the desired goal of practicing Deen properly?”

9. You do not need any help. It is smarter and better to learn and practice on your own.

You are the sum of the people you spend the most time with. If you socialize with the wrong people, they will negatively affect you. But if you socialize with the right people, you will be far more capable and powerful than you ever could have been alone. Find pious people who you click with and work together to make a difference in all of your lives.

10. That sounds like a lot of hard work.

You are darn right it does! But that does not mean it is not worth it. I think success in life hinges on one key point: finding work you love doing and knowing that Allah also loves that work. As long as you do not do anything to incur the wrath of Allah, remain true to yourself and follow your own interests, values, and dreams, you can find success through passion. Perhaps most importantly, you won’t wake up a few years from now in a situation you and Allah despise, wondering, “How the heck am I going to be like this for the rest of my life? What is Allah going to do to me if I were to die?” So if you are not breaking the laws of Allah, nor going against the Sunnah, and you catch yourself working hard and loving every minute of it, do not stop. You are onto something big. Deen is not hard when you concentrate on it and make Deen your passion.

Disregard these misguided bits of nonsense and Insha Allah, you will be on your way to fulfilling your Deen. Now get up and go earn Allah’s pleasure!

Making use of Our Youth-Advice to the Muslim Youth

My dear Slaves of Allah, if Allah gives us 60 years to live then it comes to around 22,000 days (60×365). All these days Allah gives us to prepare for one day of interview with Allah. That is on the Day of Judgement. On that day, Allah will ask us some questions and He wants some correct answers. Allah is so merciful that He already told us what the questions will be through Shari’ah and our deeds. His Mercy is so great that He even told us the answers to these questions.

Now imagine, a student goes to write an exam. He opens his exam paper and finds the questions on one side. Then he finds that the answers to the questions are on the other side. Now after writing the exam, if this student still fails then what would we think of him? We would think that he is the dumbest person around. Well, tell you what, on the Day of Judgement, us people who knew the questions and answers will still fail! That is why, this is the time to wake up before we prove ourselves to be the dumbest of people.

Youth is the prime time of our lives. This is where people make important decisions like what to become in the future. Things you do in this time will most likely affect you throughout the rest of your life. That is why, it is important to bring Islam into your life during these days. Many people have the conception that when they get old then they will start practising Islam. Probably you and me also have this feeling.

But look at it this way:

If you want to become a famous hockey player then you would start playing right from the youth. As you grow up, you will become better and better. But if you think that you will start playing when you are an old man then the chances of becoming famous is virtually zero. That’s the reality. When we become old, we won’t have enough energy to even stand up and pray.

Because youth is the prime time of your life, that is why it is very precious to Allah. Allah has prepared a shade on the Day of Judgement for those people who used to worship Allah in their youth. On that Day, there will be no other shade except the shade from the throne of Allah. Imagine standing outside on a very hot day under the sun for hours after hours. You would definitely want some shadow to rest under. But what about that Day when the sun will be much nearer to us and the heat will be much more extreme. Wouldn’t you want some shade on that day? Of course you would!

You and I are all weak in terms of keeping our duties to Allah and Allah is aware of that. Allah wants that we keep trying to do our best. If a baby falls down while walking he tries to get up again and walk. He doesn’t keep sitting down. Then a day comes when he does start to walk. Similarly, we should keep trying our best and not give up. A day will come when, Insha Allah, we will be strong enough to obey Allah in every situation. Let us make a small promise to Allah right now that we will start doing the things for which we were sent to this life. Otherwise, we will be like that dumb guy who will fail the test on the Day of Judgement.

May Allah make it easy for us. Aameen.