Dr. Abdal Hakim Murad’s advice for the youth

The following is an extract of an interview with Shaykh Dr. Abdal Hakim Murad published earlier in the Fifteen21 Youth Magazine.

“If you are studying, especially religious subjects, you should read Imam al-Ghazali’s little book ‘O Youth’ (Ayyuha’l-Walad), in the excellent translation by the British Muslim scholar Tobias Mayer. He shows in very simple language how to study in a way that yields light, sincerity and blessing. My recent book Commentary on the Eleventh Contentions also tries to be uplifting for young people, dealing with modern political and intellectual questions in a hundred short sound bites.

Other advice: don’t forget anything you have memorized of the Holy Qur’an, because that is to lose light after gaining it, and the presence of the Book of Allah in your heart will influence and strengthen everything you do, if you have a good intention. Try to empathise with others, and see their situation from their point of view, whether they are Muslims or non-Muslims. Treat everyone with the respect due to all descendents of our first father Adam (AS). Do not hate unbelievers, feel sorry for them, because in most cases their unbelief is the result of an ignorance which may be our fault as much as theirs. Know that the world is Allah’s gift, and that He needs nothing in return, and that your worship and gratitude are part of His gift to you. And if you realize how much He gives, and how little you deserve or do, you will never stop praising Him. He is the infinitely lovable, the overlooker of faults; the Gifter of all beauty, so we are surrounded by a banquet! The only rule is: have good table manners, and do not spoil your enjoyment by overindulgence! Muslims are here to party, giving hamd and shukr, and we remember that the Sahaba had the most beautiful smiles.”

Please click here for the full interview.

One response

  1. Assalamualaikum Sdr Aril, makalh ini merupakan salah satu yg terbaik sebagai resepi utk tatapan n makanan rohani para belia kita hari ini n harus diperluaskan sebarannya. Banyakkanlah pendedahan penulisan2 seperti ini. Bagaimanapun, nampaknya penulis tidak sentuh Malaysia sumbangan Malaysia dlm peranannya mengembang n menerapkan nilai2 Islam negara n ke negara2 luar. Pernahkah beliau dtg ke Malaysia? Atau apa yg dilakukan negara terhadap Islam, “not worth mentioning?”. Mengenai Brunei yg disebut beliau, sy akur dgn pendapatnya. Kerana nilai2 Islamnya amat kukuh. Misalnya, solat berjemaah sesama keluarga merupakan amalan biasa. Negara itu pernah diterajui seorang Sultan yg kental Islamnya, dibantu Perdana Menteri lulusan Sekolah Arab Al-Junied yg terkenal di Singapura, Kokej Islam Malaysia, n Al-Azhar n kini beliau meneraju Kementrian dlm Negrinya, seorg teman rapat yg pernah sy kenalkan nya kpd Sdr Hj Aminuddin Yahaya, Timb. Presiden ISMA. Harap2 ramai dlm kalangan n jenerasi belia kita akan berjinak2 menyertai kuliah2 penyuburan rohani kumpulan2 ajaran. Seperti Bak Alwi, Al Hadad, Habib2 Affeefuddin Al-Qadriah n Habib 0mar Abdul Rahman Al-Attas, Al-Jenderami, dsbnya.
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