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.
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)