ICICE AL-NOOR MASJID KHUTBAH FOR FRIDAY 18/09/2020

IN THE NAME OF ALLAH MOST GRACIOUS MOST MERCIFUL

AL – NOOR MASJID, ICICE, WUSE II, ABUJA

Jumma’ah Khutbah Translation, 29th Muharram1442AH, equivalent to 18th September 2020

 MORAL DECADENCE IN OUR YOUTHS AND THE WAY FORWARD

 All praise is due to Allah, we seek His help and forgiveness, we seek refuge with Him from the evils of ourselves and the evils of our deeds. Whoever Allah guides cannot be misguided by anyone and whoever Allah sets astray cannot be guided by anyone. I bear witness that none deserves the right to be worshiped except Allah alone who has no partner and I bear witness that our master Muhammad is His servant and messenger.

Fear Allah’s servants of Allah and take good care of your sons and daughters most especially during their youthful/teenage years. Indeed youthful period is a period of strength and exuberance, what comes before it is childhood and weakness, and what follows it is old age and weakness, Allah says: “Allah is the one who created you from weakness, then made after weakness strength, then made after strength weakness and white hair. He creates what He wills, and He is the Knowing, the Competent.” [30:54]. Servants of Allah, indeed looking at the situation of our youths nowadays, easily gives you a glimpse of the dangers that surround them. Among the dangers are those that are nullifiers of their creed (Tauheed/Aqeeda), some dangers subject them to being carried away from their acts of worship, others are lusts that destroy their character while some are imported bad characters that detach them from a lot of morals and etiquettes.

Most of our sons and daughters are addicted to electronic games, they fancy following nasty celebrities on different social media platforms and they are already used to speaking to people they know and those they don’t mostly on social media. The afore-stated distractions have diverted most of our youths from their obligatory acts of worship like a prayer on time and in the congregation, they became distracted from being dutiful to their parents and from extending the ties of kinship. Unfortunately, they found themselves deeply immersed in sins of the eyes, ears and private parts alongside being carried away from their studies and useful academic achievements.

With regards to the dangers related to their character, it is not something hidden to us all the lethal efforts put in by the enemies of Islam geared towards changing their morals and etiquettes through the promotion of recreational drugs that destroy their character, minds, bodies, and resources. It is equally obvious that most of the contemporary media is on a mission to directly or subliminally alter their thinking towards embracing immorality and so called ‘freedom’ from the doctrines of Shariah, they made them feel that such doctrines are stringent, barbaric or archaic. A lot of our youths are made to believe that the Hijab is something that isn’t consistent with their freedom, so are they uncomfortable with the God-given vested authority of men upon their wives.

Brothers and sisters in Islam, these are some of the derailments that threaten the wellbeing of our sons and daughters in terms of character and a sound mind. The essence of their mention here is to warn against their dangers and to get to know the causes of these ailments so that we proffer solutions, every one of us is expected to change the ugly picture no matter how insignificant in their own ways because this is a duty which is obligatory upon us all, Allah says: “So why were there not among the generations before you those of enduring discrimination forbidding corruption on earth – except a few of those We saved from among them? But those who wronged pursued what luxury they were given therein, and they were criminals. And your Lord would not have destroyed the cities unjustly while their people were reformers.” [11:116-117]. Talking about solutions, the derailment of our youths in terms of their religiosity and character should be faced with reform, advice, guidance, enjoining good and forbidding evil, it is mandatory to apply these whenever an evil deed is seen or observed. The messenger (peace be upon him) said: “Whosoever of you sees an evil, let him change it with his hand; and if he is not able to do so, then [let him change it] with his tongue; and if he is not able to do so, then with his heart — and that is the weakest of faith.”

If we intend to succeed, we should then resort to exercising this reformative assignment as it is contained in the previous Hadith. Allah says: “And let there be [arising] from you a nation inviting to [all that is] good, enjoining what is right and forbidding what is wrong, and those will be successful.” [03:104]

It is imperative to know that, this nation (Ummah of Muhammad, PBUH) maintains and continues to maintain its status of being the best only when each individual reform and mends himself first, then struggles towards mending others based on the provisions of Islam. Allah says: “You are the best nation produced [as an example] for mankind. You enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong and believe in Allah.” [03:110]

As guardians and trainers in our various homes and as those in charge of our wives, daughters and sons, we should usher our family members towards that which is good, we should enjoin them towards acts that bring them righteousness, we should discourage and warn them against committing what destroys their religiosity and importantly to be patient in the course of that. Allah says: “O you who have believed, protect yourselves and your families from a Fire whose fuel is people and stones, over which are [appointed] angels, harsh and severe; they do not disobey Allah in what He commands them but do what they are commanded.” [66:06]

The messenger (peace be upon him) said: “All of you are guardians and are responsible for your subjects. The ruler is a guardian of his subjects, the man is a guardian of his family, the woman is a guardian and is responsible for her husband’s house and his offspring; and so, all of you are guardians and are responsible for your subjects.”

Another aspect that helps parents succeed in their duties as guardians is exhibiting good manners, especially when relating with their sons and daughters. Also, there should be reciprocal love and trust in the house because that’s one of the greatest determinants of success in achieving cohesion and oneness in families.

On the other hand, when rudeness, coarseness, violence, harshness, neglect, and inattentiveness from parents become apparent in the house, such families become unstable and thereby disintegrate, members of the family become like enemies of one another and some become like strangers to others. You should therefore work towards tightening the fabric of togetherness in your respective families, be patient about what emerges of shortfalls from some of the members, you should use the mechanism of advice and guidance and hold their hands firmly with a blend of strictness in situations nothing works but that.

On a final note, no mother, father, teacher, or trainer should despair or give up on the youths because the goodness in them is still abundant, it is wrong for us to see them through the lenses of despair or to think bad of them.

We ask Allah to grant us guidance, guide our sons and daughters, and protect them from the evil plots of the crafty.