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Utilise Your Youth Series: Introduction

Utilise Your Youth Series: Introduction

Your life is a gift.

It comes with a unique wrap. This wrap is a special mix and match of strengths, possibilities and tendencies.

Beneath the wrap lies many opportunities. These opportunities are mixed with hurdles, weaknesses and distractions.

The good thing is that you have the free will and choice to utilise these opportunities in the best way you can. But, it depends on your own understanding of the purpose of life and the expectations you have of your life.

The opportunities in life are many.

And one of such is the period of youth.

Youth is a period of great opportunities. You can utilise so many of them and encourage others to do so too. You can also create opportunties as long as you are aware of them, believe in their benefits and invest in them as you move along in life.

Yes, we all come from homes with unique values, traditions and ties which may present stress, pressures and challenges.

Yet, you can utilise your youth by maximising the opportunities within and investing in every chance that comes along. And there are many chances to learn, grow, change and develop positive enduring habits.

You have opportunities for:

> Connecting with Allah (swt) and His Book;
> Developing a true Islamic personality based on sunnah;
> Taking lessons and inspiration from the companions’ lives;
> Learning and teaching from knowledge, skills and understanding;
> Channelling time and youthful energy into beneficial activities;
> Nurturing positive connections and important relationships;
> Supporting others and contributing positively to Ummah;
> Understanding and safeguarding an Islamic identity.

There are many hadiths on youth that can help you better understand these opportunities.

So, in what specific ways can the Muslim youth create or invest in such opportunities?

That’s what ‘utilise your youth’ series will be all about insha Allah.

So strap on your seatbelt and enjoy the ride on the upcoming series.

You can make the best of the opportunities in youth and ultimately make your life a success. Value your life and commit to the growth process with sincerity, positive attitude, growth mind-set and general awesomeness.

Don’t let anyone and anything into your time, space, leisure and lifestyle without permission. Because you will be held accountable for your actions and reactions.

You can choose to be a hero, a leader and a contributor through your daily choices.

You really have no excuses, rather you have many choices:

The choice to learn, support others, and to win over your nafs; the choice to submit and surrender to Allah (swt); the choice to overcome hurdles; the choice to sacrifice your time, knowledge, and resources for a higher purpose beyond the temporal worldly life; and the choice to live as a Muslim in the 21st century.

Make that choice today by utilising your youth wisely.

Prophet Muhammad (saw) said: “Take advantage of five things before five things take place: Take advantage of your youth before you grow old. Take advantage of your free time before you become busy. Take advantage of your life before your death. Take advantage of your health before you become sick. And take advantage of your richness before you become poor.”

(Mustadrak Al Hakim)

Utilise your youth through this enlightening series.

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Which opportunities do you think exist in youth and which ones can be easily created? Please share below…

Comments

  1. Very well written post….that’s why they say ibaadat when you are young and busy nurturing all the household things, job, kids, etc…is much important than the one you do when you are at old age…

    • Amina Edota says:

      You are so right. I listen to stories about my only living grandparent – my maternal grandma – and can’t believe the sweet looking, frail bed-bound lady is the same active lady her children and loved ones describe her as.

      May Allah accept from her and from us all the little we are able to do for His sake while still strong and energetic.

  2. Looking forward to reading the rest of this series although my youth is long behind me! (Beginning to feel old)

    Although reading another comment you said Youth is up to 40 so guess I still fall in that category!

    • Amina Edota says:

      Dear sister, do not feel old! And do not feel boxed-in by numbers, age is only a number.

      I feel vibrant and full of energy with each passing day. And I pray for more energy, zeal and vibrancy each day… Alhamdulillah.

  3. Thankyou so much for the beautiful post. Watching my daughter grow I feel that I have wasted all these years running after baseless things and wasted all those precious years that could have been well spent for Allah

    • Amina Edota says:

      You have a blessed opportunity as a Mother and experience from your own life to support your daughter through her youthful years… Alhamdulillah.

  4. I always say youth is a choice! But not everyone is able to reach out their inner one!

    Gigi

  5. JazakAllah Amina for this series,
    Being pious and righteous in the youth is a sort of Jihad, and used to have effect on the rest of the life but it needs a sound base.

  6. I wish I had been given such a wonderful reminder during my teen years! Those are the years we often tend to be rebellious too.

    • Amina Edota says:

      True Rubina.

      Teen years comes with much stress and storm. For some it drifts away in early adulthood while for others it lingers much longer. Every reminder helps.

  7. I love this! We have been given the wonderful gift of youth and we dont use it to the best of our abilities! X

  8. This was not only a good evening read but also a perfect reminder. I really like reading your posts.

  9. I am exited for this series ! It’ll be beneficial for the youth insha’allah 🙂 These days people go to the masjid just to play basketball or worst gossip but everyone says “at least they’re at the masjid right ?”

  10. Great post! Youth is so important, and i agree we must take advantage of it whilst we still can.

  11. Very great idea sister. Really feeling it. though I thought I should ask: from age to what age is one considered youth?

    • Amina Edota says:

      Masha Allah… happy you are feeling some vibes.

      Now to summarise my response to your brilliant question – I would say from my readings and research; for the vision and mission of this site; and for the sake of putting numbers to it ~ *Youth* refers to those who are not-yet-40. Whether its of age, energy/zeal, psychology or just relating to that group. And hence the name of the site ***Youth.ly***. Hope that helps.

      Baarakallahu feek.

  12. SubhanAllah how I wish my 20 year old self read this then! I was just telling my husband (we have two young children now) how I wish we had made better use of our time when it was just us. May Allah (swt) put barakah in our time and allow us to make the most of every minute!

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