ACJU Online Newsletter: Vol. 1 Issue No. 34
01st Jumaadul Oula 1437 / 11th February 2016
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Youth - The Islamic perspective
The reason why the period of Youth in the human life is so important and crucial is because this the period which is generally what determines the way in which a person's life is spent. If he spends this period of his life in an Islamic environment, visiting the Masjid for the five daily prayers, associating with the pious people and the true scholars of Islam, sitting in their gatherings, then, it is greatly hoped that he will spend the rest of his life in the same way.
On the other hand, if the youth stays away from the Masjid and doesn't associate himself with the pious and scholars of Islam, but spends his time visiting the pubs/clubs, associating himself with the opposite gender and mischievous people, then it is most likely that the rest of his life will be spent in a similar manner, away from the Masjid and away from Deen, except if Allah wishes otherwise.
Just like everything, life is also a gift from Allah and every aspect of it should be regarded as a gift and a trust from Allah. Allah expects us to spend this youth in His worship and obedience, seeking knowledge of Islam and acting upon it. This in itself is a form of gratefulness.
In a Hadith, the Messenger of Allah May Allah send peace and blessings upon him said that the feet of the son of Adam will not be able to move until he is questioned regarding four things.
Out of these four questions, one question asked will be regarding how one spent his time as a youth.
In another Hadith, the Messenger of Allah May Allah send peace and blessings upon him has said that on the Day of Judgement, there are seven types of people to whom Allah will give shade to. It is stated in Bukhari that on the Day of Judgement there will be no shade except for Allah's shade. And from amongst these groups, one group will be those youth who spent their youth in the worship of Allah.
The reason being is because a youth has many desires, so whosoever goes against his desires and controls them in this delicate period of youth, and obeys the command of Allah, and tries his best to follow the Islamic Shariah, in such a time of his life when his desires are at their peak, then Allah will give him a great reward.
Therefore, the period of youth is a very delicate and important period in a Muslim's life. If spent in the right way his time as a youth will benefit not only himself but also others. By visiting the Masjid, attending the gatherings of the scholars of Islam and seeking their advice and knowledge, serving one's parents and trying to carry out Allah Taa'la's orders to the best of ability then it is greatly hoped that one will grow up to become a leader of the Muslim community and become the coolness of one's parents eyes. If wasted by continuously committing sins, disobeying Allah's commands, then it is possible that on the Day of Judgment Allah will reprimand him regarding this. 
We should realise the value and importance of the Youth, as they are the future fate of the Ummah. May Allah guide and protect us all on the day of Judgement. Ameen.
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Abu Hurairah (Radiyallahu 'Anhu) reported:
The Prophet (ﷺ) said, "Seven are (the persons) whom Allah will give Shade of His Thrown on the Day when there would be no shade other than His Throne's Shade: A just ruler; a youth who grew up worshiping Allah; a man whose heart is attached to Mosques; two persons who love and meet each other and depart from each other for the sake of Allah; a man whom an extremely beautiful woman seduces (for illicit relation), but he (rejects this offer by saying): 'I fear Allah'; a man who gives in charity and conceals it (to such an extent) that the left hand does not know what the right has given; and a person who remembers Allah in solitude and his eyes well up".
Al-Bukhari and Muslim

On Visiting the Graveyard

A Lecture program on "The Contribution of the Muslims to the Development of the Country, Then & Now" organized by the ACJU Matara Branch together with Nooraniyya Arabic College & Muhiyaddin Jumu'ah Masjid Matara, was held on the 04th of February at Matara.

ACJU Gampola Division organized an event to Honour the 68th Independence Day of Sri Lanka, at the Al Mina Muslim Maha Vidyalaya, Kahatapitiya, Gampola on the 4th of February.  

A program on 'Manaqibus Sahaabah' on the Topic "The Intrusion of Shias in Sri Lanka" was organized by the ACJU Arakyala Branch at the 'Masjidul Falah Jumu'ah Masjid' on the 09th of February.

Officials of the Buruj Institute-Colombo, visited the ACJU Head office and met Officials of the ACJU Maktab Division on the 08th of February.

Ash Sheikh Arqam Nooramith conducted a Spiritual Motivation Program for the Students of the Moratuwa University which was organized by the ACJU Youth Division at the University premises on the 07th of February.

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