Certainly, youthfulness is an age full of energy and creativity to an extent a society that has youth, is expected to be proud of them since they are a priority in achieving all spheres of life. Unfortunately, today the youth are suffering and causing others to languish including their parents, relatives, neighbors and society at large.
In all corners of the world including Kenya, we are hearing voices demanding for change to alleviate the situation of youth. Strategies, policies and laws are enacted to liberate the youth from the problems facing them including unemployment, use of drugs and alcohol, “early” pregnancies, prevalent HIV infections, lack of morals and respect to their elders etc.
All the processes taken by the secular capitalist regimes across the world are only aimed at addressing the effects of the problem and not exposing the source of the problem facing the youth. Prior to embarking on solving the challenges it should have being crucial to find out the root cause. If we look keenly, we shall realize that the source is the existence of the secular creed (separation of religion and life) and capitalist ideology that emanate from man’s mind. Separating Deen or its guidance in humanity’s life is to make humankind not to fear Allah and His laws and instead they have all sorts of freedoms to do whatever they like. Due to that, humanity that include the youth are secularists that run their affairs based on their desires (freedoms). In addition, the capitalist ideology ruling them is there to secure their desires and measures their actions based on interests and benefits only! For instance gambling, drugs, alcohol etc. despite having harm to society, but; to capitalists it is a profitable business economically. In order words, the so-called campaigns against drugs etc. are nothing but a charade. Therefore, the problems facing the youth will not end and instead are daily increasing due to their submission to the secular creed and capitalist ideology.
On the contrary, the solution to challenges facing humanity who amongst them are the youth lies in Islam. Is a Deen that emanates from Allah (swt). The Creator of the heavens and the earth and what is in them including people amongst them the youth. Certainly, the Creator is the one who is supposed to organize how creation ought to live and not vice versa. Due to that, Islam made humankind slaves to the Creator and it is their responsibility to seek His pleasure by sticking to the measurement of halal and haram without caring for anyone’s blame. Islam praised the youth to an extent were given a position amongst seven type of persons that will have a shade on the Day of Judgement. Abu Huraira (ra) narrated that the Prophet (saw) said:
(سَبْعَةٌ يُظِلُّهُمُ اللَّهُ فِي ظِلِّهِ يَوْمَ لاَ ظِلَّ إِلاَّ ظِلُّهُ الإِمَامُ الْعَادِلُ، وَشَابٌّ نَشَأَ فِي عِبَادَةِ رَبِّهِ)
“Allah will give shade, to seven on the Day when there will be no shade but His. A just ruler, a youth who has been brought up in the worship of Allah…” [Bukhari and Muslim]
As per the above statement, it is clear that Islam benchmarked a radical solution and that is for humanity in general to adhere to the commandments and prohibitions of Allah (swt). Since there is no authority to oversee the comprehensive implementation of Islam, is when we are witnessing all sort of problems and people committing all manner of evil to an extent corruption has spread on the land and sea. All the governments across the world are there to guarantee peoples’ freedoms!
Consequently, it is our duty to unite in condemning the call for secularization of people to have a secular identity (ideas, concepts and conduct). At the same time, raise our voices against laws passed to promote Moderate Islam but also fight Islam and Muslims on the pretext of confronting terrorism, radicalization and extremism. Most importantly, we must unite to work for the resumption of the Islamic way of life through the reestablishment of the Islamic state of Khilafah (Caliphate) on the method of Prophethood. Definitely, it is through the Khilafah’s comprehensive implementation of the Shari’ah (Qur’an and Sunnah) that will lead the youth and people in general across the world to have genuine tranquility, development, respect, dignity, status and prosperity in this world and in the Hereafter. The Khilafah will be a true shield and guardian to all humankind.
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Ali Nassoro Ali
Member of Media Office of Hizb ut Tahrir in Kenya
Article No.54: Friday, 16 Dhul-Qa’da 1440 | 2019/07/19