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Youth is the quality or state of being young; a young person; especially, a young man. The part of life that succeeds to childhood; the period of existence preceding maturity or age;  [1]


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Allah says regarding wealth and children and good deeds: Wealth and children are the adornment of the life of this world. But the good righteous deeds (five compulsory prayers, deeds of Allâh’s obedience, good and nice talk, remembrance of Allâh with glorification, praises and thanks, etc.), that last, are better with your Lord for rewards and better in respect of hope. Quran Surah Al-Kahf 18:46


And no (moving) living creature is there on earth but its provision is due from Allâh. Quran Surah Hud 11:6


Consequently, if Allah makes it easy for you to get married, then He will make providing for your children easy. Allah said: We provide sustenance for you and for them. Quran Surah Al-An’am 6:151


Marriage does not burden the young man above his ability as some of the people think. Marriage brings benefits and blessings. Matrimony is a necessary Sunnah of Allah for the human-being. Matrimony is not a horrible nightmare. It is only a door from the doors of righteousness for the person with the correct intention. [2]



The Prophet (peace be upon him) paid great attention to Muslim youth, and gave them and their parents special guidance and directives. He gave the parents these instructions: Command your children to pray when they become seven years old, and beat them for (neglecting) it when they become ten years old; and arrange their beds (to sleep) separately. Classed as Hasan by Shaikh Albani  Sunan Abi Dawud 495 He (peace be upon him) addressed the youth by saying: ‘O young people! Whoever among you is able to marry, should marry, for marriage helps him lower his gaze and keep his virtuousness, and whoever is not able to marry, is recommended to observe Sawm (fast), for Sawm diminishes his sexual desire.  Sahih al-Bukhari Vol.7: 5066 [3]


Abu Hurairah narrated from the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w) that he said: "The people of Paradise are without body hair, Murd, with Kuhl(on their eyelids), their youth does not come to an end, and their clothes do not wear out." Jami at Tirmidhi Vol. 4, Book 12, Hadith 2539


It was narrated that Jundub bin 'Abdullah said: "We were with the Prophet (), and we were strong youths, so we learned faith before we learned Qur'an. Then we learned Qur'an and our faith increased thereby." Sunan Ibn Majah Vol. 1, Book 1, Hadith 61 [4]


Youth of today

The youth of today are the men of tomorrow and they are the foundation of our future nation. If the youth are raised upon strong foundations of the Deen and Akhlaq then the future of this Ummah will be luminous, Insha'Allah. Hence, the texts of the Sharee'ah encourage nurturing them in the best way and guiding them to that which is good and beneficial. But, before we can make an effort to encourage righteous & praiseworthy attitudes, and set aright the corrupt and sinful traits, it is important for us to reflect upon our youth; their thoughts & actions


3 categories of youth

A close look at the society shows that the youth may be classified under 3 broad categories;


1. Straightforward Righteous Youth 

They are firm in the implications of the Shahadatain (the two testimonies) and the pillars of the Deen. He is satisfied with his Eeman, and considers acquiring it a blessing and loosing it a big loss. He lives out the teachings of the religion and invites others to it with wisdom and manners laid down in the Book of Allah. He is mindful of his responsibility to Allah and the Muslim nation; he strives to change the evil in the way established by the Prophet and loves good for the general Muslims. He possesses Deen and Akhlaq and is therefore a person of refined character, religion, gentle, noble-minded, clean-hearted, steadfast & persistent. He is distant from Kufr (disbelief), apostasy, lowly character and evil mutual relations. Such a youth is the pride of the nation and a symbol of prosperity and Deen, who we hope, Insha'Allah Allah will, by His Grace, employ to rectify the Muslims . 


2. Misguided & Deviated Youth

They are erroneous in their Aqeedah and careless in his behavior. He is proud, engulfed in vice and selfish in his conduct as if he was created for the worldly life alone and the world was created for him alone. He is stubborn, does not accept the truth from anybody and does not renounce falsehood. He does not care about his neglect of the Rights of Allah nor the rights of the people. He is confused and lacks wisdom, rationality and sound judgment in his thinking, behavior and all his actions. He is self-satiated with his own opinion as if truth flows upon his tongue, and in his opinion he is free from errors while others are prone to mistakes and slip-ups when they are against his opinion. He is far away from the straight path in the religion and the accepted norms of the society in his behavior. He has beautified his evil acts for himself, so he looks up at them as decent and good deeds, so he is from among those loosers whose deeds have misled them from the true goal of life and all the while they deemed those acts to be good deeds. This youth is an evil portent for himself and a calamity for the society, and he is driving his nation to the lowliest stage. He is a barrier between his nation and its respect and esteem - a deadly disease that is difficult to treat except if Allah Wills and Allah is All-Able over everything.


3. Confused Youth

They are those who knows the truth and is content with it. He lives in a guarded society but the doors of evils have opened up unto him that heave doubts in his Aqeedah, flaw his conduct, corrupt his actions, and cause deviation from the known good practicesand trends of falsehood are many So he stands hesitant between the two differing paths. He does not know whether the truth lies in the prevailing ideologies or in the way of the pious predecessors. Therefore, he sometimes gives preference to one side and sometimes the other. These type of youth are found in abundance, who acquire little knowledge of the Islamic way of life but are well-informed of the secular knowledge that contradict the Deen either in reality or in their presumptions and thus, stand helpless between the two cultures. This type of youth is passive in his life and requires a captivating force to guide him to the truth and the path of goodness. They can be released from this confusion by focusing on Islamic education based upon the fundamental sources of the Qur'aan and the Sunnah at the hands of sincere devoted scholars. How easy would this task be if Allah brings out for him, one who would call him to the good with wisdom, knowledge and good intention! [5]


See also

Mercy of Allah; Rights of Parents; Keys of Provision; Righteousness;









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