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The 21st Century Muslim Youth’s Five-point Survival Guide

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The 21st Century Muslim Youth’s Five-point Survival Guide


Here is a basic survival guide for every Muslim (not-yet-40) living in the 21st century.

For the believer, survival is about meeting all basic worldly needs of the mind, body and soul while intentionally seeking to return in the best of states to the akhirah. A state where one is eager and pleased to return to the One True Lord and He is pleased to meet with His servant.

The Prophet (SAW) said, “Whoever loves the meeting with Allah, Allah too, loves the meeting with him; and whoever hates the meeting with Allah, Allah too, hates the meeting with him.” (Bukhari)

Start and end your day remembering these points.


Muslim youth’s five-point survival guide

1. On diverse roles

You are a Muslim youth with many roles living in the 21st century. 

Nothing compares to being a Muslim. Nothing should matter to you like being a Muslim and you shouldn’t change or compromise  your faith for anything.

Beyond the label of ‘Muslim’; remember that you are also a daughter/son, creative person, sibling, business owner, spouse, parent, student among various other roles.

Your fulfillment must come from serving Allah (SWT) through your various roles, skills and knowledge. And you should strive hard to achieve this every single day.

It isn’t the events of life that should determine how you feel and act, but rather your natural submission to the will of Allah (SWT) through the teachings of the Quran and Sunnah. Therefore, try to nurture true love for Allah (SWT) and His Rasul (SAW) above anyone else.

Be humbled to be identified as a Muslim always. And be happy and proud to live as a Muslim in all areas of your life – no shaking!

2. On busting stress

You have a busy lifestyle and things get really stressful, but you have many cool stress busters at hand.

From headlines to deadlines; study pressure to societal pressure; tech. trouble to family trouble; household chores to community chores; the stress seems endless.

Try to remember that stress is simply the body’s way of responding to changes in life. So, either you let it build up and wear you out or deal with it in the best way possible, to make it work for you.

You know you can bust stress in many ways.

Your instant stress relief comes from Dhikr -remembrance of Allah (SWT) using prophetic words such as those that help to overcome anxiety and sorrow. You try to remember paradise and the rewards that comes with patience.

Another stress buster you can’t let go of is the night prayer (tahhajud) as it brings relief and tranquility to your mind, body and soul. The Qur’an also brings calm and clarity; derived from reading, reflecting & listening to the noble words. So you aim to bring the Qur’an close to your heart always.

Certainly, you do not  leave out physical exercise as a stress buster.  It releases endorphins which triggers feelings of happiness and satisfaction. You find creative ways to remain physically active day-in day-out.

Despite all the busyness, you consciously take out time to relax, rest and just chill.

3. On self development

You prioritise on constant beneficial learning, self growth and development.

Materialism and ignorance have become the new world order, bringing along so many distractions. From fancy gadgets to digital pageants, social media updates to lifestyle upgrades.

You have remained committed to learning and bettering yourself.

Your rules come from the companions and early scholars of Islam on the importance, etiquettes and attitude of those seeking knowledge. In much the same way, you purify your intention and try to take action on what  you learn – conveying even if it’s a verse.

Ignorance is no excuse, for you know you shall be answerable for your time and deeds carried out on this temporary planet earth.

You believe that you only grow old when you stop learning. So you do not wait to sit in a fancy classroom or acquire the latest digital device. Your lessons come from all around – for the world is truly your classroom.

4. On being part of the community

You actively participate in the community you live in.

You strive to give, not just take.

You strive to bring benefit not just receive benefit.

It is your goal to utilise your energy, skills, intellect and experience to give back to your community.

It is truly your mission to serve the ummah and humanity at large through service to Allah (swt). Knowing well that you are responsible for your time and blessings and will be held accountable for them.

You start your day thinking, how can I add value to someone’s life today in my community?

5. On living the sunnah

You are an embodiment of true Islamic values – etiquette and attitude – by living the sunnah day-to-day.

You strive to walk, talk, think, make decisions, act, dress and behave like a Muslim online and offline.

Lowering your gaze while adopting modesty beyond dressing. No celebrity stalking, hots gist and mindless chatter. You shun immoral content such as profanity, porn and other sex related materials.

Whatever the Rasul (SAW) has given you, you are happy to utilise it fully and whatever he has warned against, you are not remotely interested in. You are eager to learn about the lifestyle of his family and companions.

There you go ~ your five-point survival guide.

Set aside some time to reset your mind and learn these skills…

– embracing your roles
busting daily stress
– developing yourself
– being an active part of your community
– living the sunnah

And you will survive and thrive excellently in the 21st century.

Youthlyhub.com poster on Muslim youth's survival guide
Say, “Indeed, my prayer, my rites of sacrifice, my living and my dying are for Allah , Lord of the worlds. (Al-An’am 6, 162)
In what other ways can Muslim youth survive in the 21st Century?


  1. naiem khan May 24, 2016

    Mashallah, Allah will reward this effort, jazakallah

    1. Amina Edota May 24, 2016

      Alhamdulillah… Amin ya Rabb to your du’as

  2. Abbie May 16, 2016

    Such an all-rounder summation of how a Muslim should function. This post came right on time for me. i am passing through a negative state of mind and depression is making me sink. Most of it comes from the failures associated with the worldly roles that I am playing. There is a power statement in this post “Your fulfillment must come from serving Allah (SWT) through your various roles, skills and knowledge. And you should strive hard to achieve this every single day.”

    1. Amina Edota May 19, 2016

      Alhamdulillah ala kulli Hal.

      Insha Allah you will bounce right out of it – remember Allah and attach yourself to Him, He will remember you and make a way out for you.

  3. Rubina May 11, 2016

    That infographic is so handy and ideal. I hope and pray this does help the youth grasp some form of identity living here in the West. It’s so difficult for them to simply maintain being “Muslim” that even prayer or hijab becomes a huge issue. May Allah make it easy for them, aameen.

    1. Amina Edota May 13, 2016

      Amin thumma amin. It is a huge issue for many youth.

  4. Auwalmubarak May 10, 2016

    jazakillahu khair for inspiration

    1. Amina Edota May 10, 2016

      Wa iyyak. Thank you for your kind words.

  5. Nakida May 10, 2016

    Al hamdulillah, you hit the nail on the head with this one, I do agree with all of your survival guide tips and yet so easy to build your life upon as a believer. May Allah make it on the believing men and women. Ameen

    1. Amina Edota May 10, 2016

      Amin to your duas. Surviving and thriving is easy, yet not-so-easy in this century.

  6. Iman May 9, 2016

    This sounds like a survival guide for me and I’m an almost 30 year old mother of two! I love these tips masha’Allah. Particularly dealing with stress and investing in self-development. I believe those two things are so important to personal wellbeing. JazakAllahu khairan for sharing this x

    1. Amina Edota May 10, 2016

      Those two are among my favourites too.

      Our personal well being should really be a priority all times – it is a great reminder of this blessing called life. Alhamdulillah x

  7. Zainab Dokrat May 9, 2016

    Awesome suggestions! Jazakallah for sharing 🙂 May Allah guide us all and keep us on the right path and grant us barakah in our daily times to complete our duties 🙂

    1. Amina Edota May 9, 2016

      Ameen ya rabb dear sister.

  8. I really love how comprehensive this list is, yet at the same time, easy to implement and actually apply to life. I am going to print this poster out and display it on our fridge ( Thank you for putting the poster together!!! )

    1. Amina Edota May 9, 2016

      Thank you for reading and commenting. Baarakallahu feek, insha Allah your family benefits x

  9. Umme Hafsa May 8, 2016

    I love these suggestions. Especially number 3 and 5. When we commit to self-development and living the sunnah – we really live a much more fulfilled and happier life. I love the point about life-long learning because I love learning so much – it’s sad that it’s become part of the norm to stop learning once we finish university. But as you’ve said we only become old when we stop learning 🙂

    1. Amina Edota May 8, 2016

      Same here…

      Learning is a BIG part of me, in fact I feel like I started learning after university. All barriers/ expectations were broken apart and my mind opened up to various kinds of skills and knowledge building ~ Alhamdulillah.

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