In order to live a fulfilling life, we must pay attention to maintaining healthy relationships with people around us, ourselves, and Allah (swt). For teenagers, this is not easy to achieve because with the changes happening within us and the fact that nobody prepares us for them, we are unable to understand ourselves, let alone others. If we do not maintain a relationship with ourselves and others, then the relationship with Allah becomes endangered, too. Yes, lack of faith is on the rise among the teenagers of today. Let us look into why and how this happens.
Most of us will agree that the most important reason for this lack of faith is that Islam has become merely the name of a couple of obligations, rather than a way of life. Even these obligations are not fulfilled with excellence – do we wake children up for Fajr like we wake them up for school? Why is it that we feel sorry for the person when waking him up for prayer and not when waking him up for a TV show?
Secondly, many adults of today hold questionable religious views – they do not have sufficient knowledge regarding religion and how one should live everyday life by it. Teens have questions and need wise adults for answering them – explaining with logic. When teens get answers like ‘because it is so, that’s it’, they do tend to question religion. Looking into the Quran and the Sunnah, we can get logical answers for all rules and regulations Islam establishes – teens need to be able to reach more of learned scholars, who could explain the practical application.
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