إِذْ أَوَى الْفِتْيَةُ إِلَى الْكَهْفِ فَقَالُوا رَبَّنَا آتِنَا مِن لَّدُنكَ رَحْمَةً وَهَيِّئْ لَنَا مِنْ أَمْرِنَا رَشَدًا(10)
لَا يَزَالُ اللَّهُ يَغْرِسُ فِي هَذَا الدِّينِ غَرْسًا يَسْتَعْمِلُهُمْ فِي طَاعَتِهِ
Allah Almighty in The Holy Qur’an says: “[Mention] when the youths retreated to the cave and said, “Our Lord, grant us from Yourself mercy and prepare for us from our affair right guidance.””1
What is described in this verse, is a handful of young people known as Ashab e Kahf (companions of cave) who do not hesitate to believe in Allah and say what is right.2 Just like Abraham, at His young age put on tawhid, warned the people with beautiful exemplary and cautionary words.3 Like the youngster Ismael tested with His life and said “O my father, do as you are commanded. You will find me, if Allah wills, of the steadfast.”4 Like Joseph a symbol of chastity, in spite of the dark and heavy tests, such as He was thrown into the well by his brothers, He did not abandon His duty in obedience to His Lord, he who fights with his soul/nafs saying, “[I seek] the refuge of Allah.”5. Like Mary, who Her mother dedicated herself to the temple, despite insults and slanders, went down in history with his faith and devotion6.
The Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.), declared that the young people who find joy and peace in servitude to The Lord is ideal youth, heralded that the youth who maintained their chastity and who their hearts was devoted to the masjid, would be overshadowed by the shadow of Allah’s Throne on the day of judgment7. Because youth; is the most intense period of dreams, excitement, curiosity and quests. It is the most productive and valuable age of life. It is time to gain happiness in the world and in the Hereafter, to work tirelessly and to increase the goodness. For this reason, the believer must act with the awareness that s/he will be questioned about where and how s/he spent his/her youth and should appreciate the value of that blessing 8.
As in every century, there are some problems surrounding our youth today. There are treacherous hands who want to steal their hopes and ideals, to exploit their excitement and energies. When we close our channels of communication with young hearts, many false rescuers and virtual realms open their doors to them. A stray world that seems attractive and fun, offering temporary benefits, will cause young people to break away from the family and society, break the limits of privacy and fall into the trap of addiction.
Another problem that threatens our youth is harmful currents and toxic ideologies. Young people who do not see enough interest and love from their family, cannot find convincing answers to their questions, feel alone and unsupported, are the target of the religion traders who claim to represent Islam, and the mischievous bloodshedding networks. In this case, our responsibility must be to guide our youth, to bring them together with our values of faith and civilization, in order to free them from all the traps established in the virtual world or in the real world.
The societies that protect their youth and educate them in beautiful morality, have built their future. Our Master Prophet (s.a.w.) heralds that, “Allah will continue to plant new people in this religion and use them in His obedience.”9 For the survival of our esteemed nation and the Ummah Muhammad, we must understand and value our young people. We must embrace all of them regardless of their thoughts, ways of life, clothing. We must be a good role model that will enable them to discover themselves. We must equip our youth with precise and authentic religion and knowledge for conscious generations. If we can approach the youth of our age like Our Magnanimous Prophet/Rasul Akram (s.a.w.), if we can represent and communicate Islam with his method, we must never forget that, the valiant people who will be the companions of the companions of the Prophet (s.a.w.) will come in this century.