[Note] This is from a mailing list I belong to. In light of the overall uncertainty in the political scenario we are facing, the following advice by Sayyidi al-Habib ‘Umar bin Hafiz offer important lessons for us here in Malaysia:
(in-progress draft of initial chapter of a proposed monograph; comments are most welcome)
1. Modern Youth – With and Without Islam
Muslim youth – all youth – need facilities. They need a “high-energy space” to grow up in, to borrow a term from telemarketing. Look at the richness of educational and intellectual possibilities for Malaysia’s Muslim youth compared to so many other Muslim countries. And look at how eagerly they “take the bull of modern technology by the horn”, as it were. One must admire them for so bravely embracing their “growing pains”. They seem well aware that they are the vanguard of a new Renaissance of the Muslim Ummah that is occurring throughout the human race.