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