Solution to the Crisis Faced by Muslim Youth
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Abdullah ibn Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) was shown to the youth to be the future of the ummah because of the knowledge which he had gained from being with Prophet (pbuh) and the senior Sahaba. However, the Muslim youth of our times are in a state of crisis the world over. We find our youth caught up in destructive movements like Boko Haram, ISIS, Taliban,etc: groups who are distorting the image of Islam and taking a path against that of our Prophet (pbuh). So how do we deal with this crisis? How can the youth be guided towards the right image of Islam? Listen to this lecture to find out.
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Salatu was Salam
ala and he was happy
indeed operate due to a loss of
and all those who follow the path of righteousness until the last day.
The Muslim youth
of our times
are in a state of crisis
not only here in Malawi,
the Muslim Ummah
Ghana, in South America,
who were supposed to be the future of the Ummah
and the title of Prophet Mohammed Samadhi was
the youth shall war in the midst of the elders from among the Sahaba
some of the big names that we hear
of that generation people like Norma
were youngsters, with the problem
of blindness, pick
up the lightning fast and fit in and especially in tafsir
So much so that,
on one occasion no matter
as the Khalifa,
sitting with the senior Sahaba
insisted that of the live in bass sit amongst them.
they grumble. Why was this young
teenager sitting amongst us elders?
He asked them
a question concerning
one of the students
in terms of what they took and understood from it.
The Sahaba, the leading Sahaba did they understand from it
somewhere, silence because they felt
was about to make an example of them.
based on their knowledge,
the obvious meanings of this world.
what was the significance of this surah.
the surah was a lot informing the prophets, a lot of the sudden them that his time had gone.
And his mission had reached its completion
then a firm saying,
that is what I'm
so delighted when a boss
was showing of the youth in spite them It used to be
the future of the mind
because of the knowledge
She had gained
from Summa laude
from being with him being among the senior Sahaba, etc. and South there are others like him who have a major impact on what we know as Islam today.
However, in our time,
what we find
caught up in movements,
destructive movements, like Boko Haram
southern Philippines, I will say our
troops who are distorting the image of Islam
was taken a path
Other than that, of azula sunlight. And
they have taken a path of violence,
in all possible forms
known today for suicide bombing.
This is the global image of the use of Islam today.
And that global image is put on Islam as a whole. They are,
they are the products.
So the source must be the same.
This is the crisis that the Muslim world faces today with regards to our youth.
Instead of being the leaders in knowledge,
guiding the online the generations to come,
they have become
distorted of the image of this guy.
Where did we go wrong?
That's the question.
Of course, the responsibility does fall on our shoulders.
a good portion of it has to do
with how we have treated the time which Allah has given us.
We have been so busy
with the dunya, with this worldly accumulation,
that we have lost sight of our purpose here.
And have not played the role that we weren't supposed to play in terms of directing the oma the youth forward to carry this forward.
So as I said, I'll have
we have become so caught up in the accumulation,
that we lost sight of our purpose.
And of course, when the purpose becomes
the things of this world
then we have reached a wretched state.
A state which the profit from I was in love described.
When he said I am an owner. This world is cursed by their own life labia, and everything in it is
for those who are addicted to it,
for those who are addicted to this world,
and the trappings of this world, it is a curse.
We see happiness, but we don't achieve happiness, because the goodness has been removed from it. It is matter without
for the past as Alan said, illogical law, except for the remembrance of Allah
While out whatever helps us to remember,
and the student
blessed in this world,
an exception made for it
we cannot become too addicted to the remembrance of Allah.
However, even this wonderful
has become distorted.
So now remember to have allies reduced
to repetition, blind repetition of words and sounds, instead of reflection of a law.
the scholar, either
the scholar is reduced to
making students memorize
the Quran and other areas of knowledge
with a stick.
And the students
don't see much benefit in it and are turned away in droves, from the centers of Islamic learning,
even those who go abroad and studying they come back
and they end up in South Africa elsewhere doing anything, but what they should have come back and
this time which ally is given us, is precious.
When he said well, awesome,
swearing by time
and we are not allowed to swear by other than a law.
So when a law swears by time,
swears by his creation,
he is giving it a special status
telling us this is critical.
All of us
will be lost
That is the same as what prophets said about
Those whose time has been spent in the wrong areas
made it last cause it to be that cause ourselves to be
we have guidance from law school of law so the law they were sending them
which given 1400 years ago was to preserve the oma
on the correct way
to keep the oma
when he told us that famous holidays, which you've all heard, at least 1000 times follow me for either
seeking knowledge is a religious obligation on every Muslim.
When he gave us that statement
implied by that statement.
He identified the solution to our problem
because the solution is none other
knowing the teachings of Islam
not merely from a rote perspective,
if you ask the child, what are the pillars of Islam? They can be 12345 what are the pillars of the man? Faith 123456.
But these pillars have no impact on their lives.
They are being memorized like a parent.
You can get the parents to repeat the five pillars
and the six pillars of Eman
but what benefit is it to the parents?
This is the sense
that what is being taught
is not taught with understanding
the month of Quran,
and source of guidance to humankind.
But we read it like that.
Those of us who know all the text, we read it.
And those who don't know how to recite the Arabic texts
we are told all
this stuff, no value in reciting it or reading it in English
or others in Arabic.
we're not needed.
But the reality is that a lot himself has stolen
a variety the corona
Will they not reflect on the meanings of the bribe?
Or are their hearts locked up?
This way of learning the grind.
Where we understand the meaning. That was the way of the Sahaba.
And seeking knowledge of lightness or that said we use to learn the 410 verses at a time
then versus at the time.
And you would not go on to another 10 until we understood what was in those then. And we had tried to apply it. We used to learn knowledge and its application simultaneously.
So much though,
another sahaabah said the one who memorize Surah Al Baqarah amongst us was called half and
he was given the data how often referred to him as half of
Today we use the term half is for somebody who has not memorized the whole Koran, it is considered sacrilegious. How dare you call this
memorize the whole Quran from
God anyone other than that
the understanding of the Sahaba
that wasn't the understanding of the song.
When the prophet SAW them died,
the number of Sahaba who had memorized the whole core app from fat cat
could be counted on to
because their concern was understanding.
And because their concern was understanding. They applied. Of course after the death of the province was under many of the sahaabah didn't memorize.
But the point is at the time of the death of the promises, they didn't understand that this was the goal.
The goal was understanding the crime and applying it
In the perfecting instruction,
the best of you are going to learn the Parana digital Robbins has become for us human happiness.
The best of you are those who memorize the prime and make others memorizes.
So we have missed out.
Of course, memorizing the grind is not easier than understanding.
If we say, in Ramadan, here we are in Ramadan,
used to read the whole
And of course, it was not complete until the last round of his life.
If I were to say read, the more I was understanding, maybe you all get faster.
If you read the Arabic and read the English, or your local languages, it's been translated into your local language. So you read the Arabic, make sure you get the understanding about what you want them to more than that.
And you will feel sad, I just finished
it, it's far better. No, it's far better for you to have read the book
only in Ramadan and understood it, then you have gone through the water and parenting the text of the Quran.
That is the reality
that we've lost sight of.
We're caught up in the external aspects.
Because the external aspects are easy. It's easier to do that than to understand and apply.
it is not surprising
that we have an educational crisis among the youth of today
a crisis which
to the 20,000 graduates that come out of high school this year, every year.
For only 3.5 1000 actually find seats in university.
The vast majority
do not find.
And this is not just the case of Malawi. I found that to be the same in the Gambia
in Somalia, in Pakistan,
So 80% of the US coming out
have no future.
For us here in Malawi.
It means they're heading for South Africa and the Gambia they're heading for Tunisia, Somalia heading for
trying to get across the Mediterranean. And we reached read about them
every month, every week
found so much so that some have written to me
if we try to get to Germany,
east coast of
Africa, if we tried to get to Germany
and we drowned on the way
when we die sinners or when we die martyrs
knowing that we are trying to get to Germany in order to earn more money to send back to our families back home when we die since
having killed ourselves when we die martyrs
striving for the sake of the law and our families
I have to tell them
what not to fool big.
Don't throw yourself into the structions with your own hands. It is permitted
for you to put yourself in that situation you can see all the way
till you reach Libya, you see the ship there it is just, you know, about to turn over and you still going to climb on board, we have to say you have thrown yourself into destruction with your own hands.
Yes, because I've never had mentioned about people who die with buildings falling on them stomach ailments drowning, etc, fire. But these people are martyrs. But these are not people who have thrown themselves into destruction with their own axe.
So knowledge of the team
for the oma to move forward,
successfully and effectively
and have the data inspired spite of all of these problems that we're faced with.
And people can say, we are lost,
the oma is
We're being overwhelmed by reality, from my perspective, having traveled from Guyana to Mindanao
and that Islam is on the rise.
In spite of all that's out there in terms of distortion, media, distortion of the image of Islam, Islam is under attack, etc.
Know that this attack is a product of the awakening of
the awakening of the world.
And I'm sure
hearing a lot allow. If you compare the situation today to 25 years ago, or 50 years ago, I'm sure he would say
we're far better off now.
If we just look up today, we can say we are worse off. But if we look at
with that passage of time, we can see that in fact, your mind is far better off, far more conscious of Islam, far more efforts to do something for the sake of Allah and uplift the oma, we find that across the world, the naturally, the forces that do not want us to awaken
will try their utmost to keep us
they will try to because
they can only exploit our resources, human and material resources. If we are asleep.
If we wake up, we're not going to tolerate exploitation. As it goes on today.
We will say no,
we can trade and there's no harm with trade, but it must be fair trade.
So the profits will dwindle.
It will not be able to get the huge profits that they are getting for all these years is the time of colonization.
So they're very,
very aggressive in their
media distortion of Islam.
So this that we're seeing today is actually a sign of health that remains a doormat
in spite of the other issues that we mentioned with regards to the US etc.
There is a spark there
that is beginning to burn.
But we need to be a part of
helping that arise.
Not to be sitting on the sidelines and watching
the train go by.
We have to play.
We have to provide alternatives for our youth
to be properly educated
to know Islam themselves
and know the limits of what
and know what they need to do
to have a clear vision as to what is ahead. Because when people asked me
when you accepted Islam
and that's before many of you were born
when you accepted Islam, what was the difference?
Before that I was a communist.
Before that I was a Christian.
I joined communism,
in the belief that communism offered the solution to changing the world, to making the world a better place.
Seeing capitalism, in its ugliness.
I thought I just presented to me communism was the answer.
After being a part of the communist movement in North America for some years, I came to realize it wasn't the answer.
Communism wasn't the solution, as it was presented to me.
And when I found Islam Finally,
in its true form, because I'd stumbled across this land earlier in a distorted form,
then I accepted it.
So they asked me,
What was the major difference between
before Islam and after? I thought that that was
when I became a Muslim, then the way forward became clear to me.
So often, we'll study
that straight path that we asked about every day in a salon?
It was now clear before that, I was trying to do the right thing, but I wasn't sure. Was this right? Or was it not? Right? Let me try this. Let me try that. So I was stumbling and bumbling along,
sometimes doing the wrong thing. I'm doing the right thing. I didn't have clarity. It was cloudy ahead.
Islam brought clarity.
For you. They deserve to have this clarity.
It is our responsibility to provide for them this clarity,
where they know where they're headed. They know their responsibilities.
So we need to provide for them.
That knowledge which Allaah had his messenger, a lot of instructors to get
that military knowledge
which begins with knowledge of law.
That's where it all begins.
knowing who is Allah,
then knowing with messengers,
knowing this theme,
because in the end of this world, the three questions will be asked about well being Morocco,
Who was your Lord? What was your religion? And who was the Prophet said?
Those are the three most important questions that we need. So
we need to take some bold steps
in order to provide
first and foremost, to our youth.
proper education, on one hand to those that are engaged in religious studies, Arabic
who, after graduating from high school,
as only a fraction, not 20%.
But maybe 2% of those who graduate will find places in
higher education. We'll get the scholarship to Medina or to Mecca or to
only a fraction
we need to provide
higher education to that 98%
by the grace of Allah,
that university about which I was introduced, Islamic online university, we are bringing to you that opportunity
which is the future for education for the world,
conventional universities as we know them today, they will disappear
except for a few.
Because no country
of the countries of the world today,
the major countries are able to build sufficient campus physical campuses to provide for that 80% if they provide for the 80% over the next 20 years, by the time we finished providing for what was 80% today, it will not be considered provision for 80% 20 years from now, that number will have expanded
20,000 graduates but 60,000 graduates.
So, the only way forward is online education.
By the grace of Allah tala.
I was given the opportunity to set up that university
where our students can learn
undergraduate graduate level
in English media, along with Arabic.
So it isn't necessary to travel
a quarter of the way around the world which most would not be able to do anyway.
You can study right here,
in this city
Islamic Studies without having to set foot
on any plane or bus to leave.
It's not about my university, the nature of online education is such that if every students
who didn't have a place
the city decided they wanted to join the online university, we would say
all join today.
Our servers can handle up to 2 million students.
So it is no problem.
we do have other issues.
Internet accessibility costs involved laptops is that some things to be able to study. But we hope that with the support of the charitable organizations
operating here in Malawi, that we will get the support to build to establish centers, learning centers, where you, our youth will be able to study
and have free access to the internet
to the equipment necessary to complete this step which will be far cheaper than building
a university from the ground up.
And the costs involved for staff
the cheapest and I believe the best solution for our situation here today.
And talking with the
people from the
Ministry of Education,
the National Commission for higher education
they fully agree
That this is the only solution.
And we should be in the forefront.
We should be in the forefront, we should not wait until other communities step forward established, and then we come crawling in behind. No,
we shouldn't be in the forefront.
This is something within our grasp.
But it requires that we work together.
It can't be a one man show.
It requires unity of the oma
unity of those who want good for the woman to work together and make this happen.
the fact that
by providing this education,
we protect ourselves from the rise of other extreme groups, which are arising in other communities, the Shabaab
in Somalia, wreaking havoc,
where somebody has decided to get itself back on its feet. This is a beast tearing away at the body.
No, that if we don't find a solution,
it is only a matter of time before somebody writes in the month Are you here
and provides or claims to provide a shortcut.
And you will flock to him.
And we have our own version here.
And then of course, the fingers of the oma have pointed us
just everywhere else, fear there.
making this effort,
and showing the oma Malawi that Muslims are productive,
they are striving to uplift the Ummah
we will be accused of destruction of
So, in concluding
This responsibility, we cannot afford
to look at lightly.
Our future is threatened.
If we don't take positive steps today,
then we will reap the consequences tomorrow.
We invite you from the Islamic online university to cooperate with us.
And help us establish the alternative for the Omi
to educate our youth because it's not an online university, though it is called Islamic online university.
We do offer other subjects.
We offer a degree in education.
bachelor's in education, of course, it's a Bachelor's from the Islamic College of Education.
But education, fundamental
the areas of knowledge related to education and teaching.
But not only from a conventional perspective, but also from an Islamic perspective.
Because that's how we have to study. That's how we have to present everything.
Engineering from a design perspective. Yes.
medicine from design perspective. Yes.
There is an Islamic perspective for everything. Islam, governance, everything.
And we should know it as we study
and we teach we should know and we should teach according.
we call upon you
to join with us in this effort
to make a difference for the future of Oman.
I'm here in Malawi.
And the university is not restricted only to Muslims, non Muslims are welcome to join us.
We also offer a degree a bachelor's degree in psychology.
And why might not why psychology are the more important subjects there. But the reality is that if I were to ask care in Malawi
Do we have a Muslim psychologist in the whole country?
I think it might have to say, No.
That doesn't exist in the whole country. A single Muslim psychologist
in America, the UK, Canada,
no school is allowed to function
to set up and function without having a child psychologist.
That is how important psychologies
because understanding the behavior of children
is critical in their educational process, if you don't understand the behavior, many times, you know, parents will come to me they're talking about the problems they're having with their kids, you know, and they say, oh, they're behaving like this. I think they, they they're possessed.
Can you please come and read over that for me?
No, no brothers and sisters not possession. That's how children all around the world.
Their common features. But if you don't understand it, then you misread it. You misunderstand
How many marriages fall apart because there is no constant. We don't have people to counsel, the husband and the wife, and how to deal with the problems that arise.
We assume we just came up from Medina
graduated in Sharia. So that's causing a problem to him.
But the sheer number studying psychology, he doesn't know how to counsel. Yes.
But most of the problems that happen in families and
it's between the gray areas between.
So of course,
you have to tell you something.
So he does something which most of the time was not the right thing. But
maybe after 20 years of selling the different things he came to realize that
becomes a wise choice ship. So now he's giving the right advice, but 20 years of devastation.
We need psychology.
And we also have a college of
Islamic banking and finance, where you learn conventional banking, what constitutes it and then what is the Islamic approach the alternative?
that is a necessary step that the community has to take.
If our dealings our financial dealings or our through the conventional bank, we are exposing ourselves to river
River, which Allah says a lot.
A lot taken all goods out of it.
But we have become complacent.
did a trick on us, as he tricked Adam and Eve.
When a lot of them don't eat from this tree.
He didn't name that.
Satan came to them. And
he called it
the tree of eternal
the tree of eternal life. I had never thought about dying.
But once he was told that was the
Tree of eternal life
then consciousness of dying
wants to die
like the angels
giving it a name and attractive
before was known as usury.
usury not a very nice name.
You know when we use people
it's not nice.
So he called it interest
in your interest to do it.
So now I'm ready
shavon has crept in on us so many different angles. We can't even keep track of it.
One of the simple angles that I pointed out on different occasions
when the time comes to make a stop.
And we dig into our biryani and our de la and everything else eating away without right
now the time comes to take a drink.
Take the left.
Now I take that glass and
I'm not supposed to drink.
So I put my right
now is openly
going against the clear command of the most basic
of Islam. When he said
don't eat drink with your left. Because Satan is drinking stuff. Here we are saying
they point their finger on
This is something from Guyana to Mindanao.
It's not just here in
South America, to Mindanao, southern Philippines. When I mentioned this to people when you sit in gatherings and they're everybody's grappling with the left as well as
the right. The right
are you gonna take this class home with you
to get washed?
What's the problem?
knowing the time of day that
no one would even dare to think to do that. If Schaefer tried to put the idea in their mind he was rejected, unthinkable that somebody would actually train with is that when we saw the law send them says do not train with your left unthinkable
in the time of autonomy.
generations are going by
but somewhere along the line she got to somebody
and convince them
that it's better to drink with your left hand instead of your dirty right hand and just covering them.
And they began
from that beginning it spread over the whole Obama agenda was taken as normal
seems to be the norm. In fact, if you saw somebody picking up his glasses is right dirty Right.
Right and you think
not very sociable.
You look at
on duty fi
so if it can happen on that lower level, don't be surprised that it's happening on the level of Riba. Other major
acts of disobedience.
So we have to revive
bringing it back to the
Simple, not complicated.
The problem is it
doesn't require a philosophy,
logical arguments etc.
Firstly, the both of them will
So this is the way we need to go. This is the way
that was followed by
the math followed by,
by one man and by
and by Abu hanifa.
all of them follow the same
because as as Islamic one
as Islam is one,
there is only one.
That is what all the great scholars of Islam sought.
And we should follow their way
we call it
it was called so now.
So that means way, the way of the Prophet must have means way.
So, I pray a lot on the other, with give us the success
to come together and work as an Omar united
to address the problem faces our youth, our society, our community,
and to do it collectively collective
to join hands with the Islamic online university in achieving this
goal worth sacrificing, sacrificing our time, our wealth, our energies for the sake of the oma. I know you might think
when you hear that the Islamic online university has to go to the website. There is a ticker going on indicating when new students join and you'll see more than 100 students join every day.
The total number was about 190,000 that was when that article was written. It's over 200,000.
And I'm sure you're thinking well 20,000 if each one is just $10
Why don't you just provide all these for us? Well, the truth of the matter is that of the 200,000 students studying in our university
195,000 of them study for free.
They don't pay
the University of the People for the oma
have nothing to narrow anywhere near
poor, striking to the believer that the rest of you.
So let us join together and serve Oman in the best way that we can. And I have a lot to accept it and give us success to fulfill