The Sins Of Youth

It is often taken for granted that these are the years of carelessness and not those of serious thought. This is not an Islaamic position. Indeed we find youth in the time of the Prophet performing heroic deeds and very serious in their practice and dedication. Examples such as Ali Ibn Abi Taalib, Ibn Abbaas, Anas Ibn Malik, Usaamah Ibn Zaid, Mus'ab Ibn 'Umayr, Ammaar Ibn Yaasir and others will be forever remembered for their sacrifices and willingness to give their lives in the cause of Islaam at tender ages.

This is a character assessment checklist aimed at the youth to assist them in making their own assessment of themselves and decide if changes in their character are in order. Parents too can use it as a gauge. In fact, what is listed are sins certainly not limited to youth. Each point is an interrelated sin that either weakens eemaan or comes from weak eemaan. Some stem from others while others lead to something worse. Possessing any of them makes change necessary because to continue doing them may lead to worse sin, hypocrisy and disbelief. It may not seem like it, but even you, as young as you are, could face death at any moment. Do you want to meet Allaah in a sorry moral condition?

One step toward correction is recognizing one's faults and setting out to do the opposite. A second step is honestly seeking Allaah's help and asking His forgiveness. There have been people who commit terrible sins and Allaah has guided and forgiven them after true repentance and struggle with themselves. Certainly you can too. Look at yourself and ask yourself if you do any of the following:

Don't use the faulty logic that ‘I am young so I want to enjoy as much as I can before I get old and I will ask forgiveness before I die’! Such people almost never change on their own. They usually get worse because sins become a part of their character that they can no more rid themselves of than they could the noses on their faces. Being good or right according to Islaam has absolutely no importance in their lives. Almost anything else is more important than their religion and they couldn't care less about how Allaah sees them. They may even be ashamed to be Muslim! This is a sure sign that they are headed for the worst fate if they don't change.

You are a Muslim and you must not take a defeated attitude or think that your sins affect you only. When the Muslims complain of their position or situation it is because there are too many of them who take the attitude that Islaam is not the number one concern in their lives and it is not important to follow or that it's for ‘old’ people. Are you a part of the problem or part of the solution? Practicing Islam to the fullest is a cause for great inner joy, satisfaction and happiness and totally eliminates the desire or need for any other means to feel good, better or best.

May Allaah help you to be the kind of youth that all Muslims can be proud of and not ashamed of or whom they disdain. We pray that you are a boon and not a burden to Islaam and the Muslims. This can only occur if you are first a youth that Allaah ta’aala is pleased with.

Avoid Hypocrisy.
Strengthen Your Faith.
Depend On Allaah.
Make Your Islaam Real!

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