‘Read! In the name of thy Lord and Cherisher, Who Created-‘
(Surah Al Alaq, verse 1, the first Revelation)
Assalamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, my dear brothers and sisters.
I was invited to speak at a teens camp in Ulu Yam, Selangor and I took the opportunity to bring Adam and Daniel along to swim in the river nearby. On the way to the camp site, we came across the Empangan Batu (Rock Dam) and just had to stop to take a picture!
The kids at the teens camp were very welcoming and participative. We spoke on current issues and the comments and feedback made me realise that these kids are very aware of what is happening around them, versus what we think is their rebellion and ‘don’t care ‘ attitude.
They do care. I believe what is happening now is due to the breakdown in communication between adults and teens, where the transition from being a child to an adult is confusing to both teen and parents. It is within the state of fitrah for a young person i.e. teen to begin to want the responsibilities and decision-making of an adult but if he or she was never taught from young to do this, parents are very reluctant to let go of control over their teenage son or daughter.
I believe by empowering our young adults i.e. teens with (manageable) responsibilities and (limited) decision-making control, we will begin to see a shift in our society , from non-performing, non-active members of society to teens making a difference and actively speaking up for their rights and the rights of others in their community, Insha’Allah.
As for me, getting to know those teens yesterday has inspired me to believe that, as long as those kinda kids are around, I still have got a bright future ahead of me. Allah knows best.