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06-09-2014, 07:51 PM
Manners The Young Muslim Should Adorn Himself With

Noble Shaykh, what are the characteristics that are befitting for the young Muslim to adorn himself with?

Sh Zayd bin Muhammad al-Madkhalee (rahimahullaah):
The characteristics that are binding for the young Muslim to adorn himself with is the actualisation of the meaning of Islaam in his life. The meaning of Islaam being to submit to Allaah, submission to Allaah meaning to obey and carry out His commandments, to stay away from His prohibitions, and to follow His Messenger (sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam) in everything that he came with, whether general or specific, from speech, action, mannerism and etiquette.

The Muslim doesn’t have any other example to follow except the Prophets and Messengers, and their righteous followers. In this way, the Muslim takes his example to follow from the people of righteousness and success - they are the callers to Allaah, so it’s befitting he (also) makes himself a caller to Allaah with whatever he possess of knowledge. Likewise they are people who have reverence of Allaah `azza wa jall, so he too should be someone who reveres Allaah `azza wa jall. They are also the ones who preserve and maintain the obligations set by Allaah, in private and in public, whether in their place of residence or whilst out travelling, no matter what his situation is, the Muslim should make himself like this.

So if a Muslim sees from himself adherence to the Book of his Lord and the guidance of the Prophet (`alayhis-salaatu was-salaam), then this is a sign of goodness and it is the core of righteousness. Whoever sees this from himself, then let him praise Allaah `azza wa jall, and cling firmly to it.

And should he see from himself that he leans towards the callers to evil, deviation, corruption and misguidance, and that he favours them in their wrong, then indeed he has harmed himself, for he has placed his hand into the hand of Shaytaan who directs him by his forelock towards Jahannam (Hell) and an evil ending.

Every Muslim should have mercy on himself, especially the Muslim youth, by:

Firstly: Accompanying and sitting with the people of knowledge and uprightness.

Secondly: Attending the circles of knowledge

Thirdly: Keeping away from evil and its people.

Fourthly: Taking a large portion from the Book of their Lord and the Sunnah of their Prophet (`alayhis-salaatu was-salaam) and by spending their life in every beneficial, useful activity, so that their life becomes blessed and pure. Life will never be blessed, nor pure, nor happy except if it is a life of study and reading, a life of gaining understanding in the religion of Allaah, a life of sitting with the best of people.

This aforementioned life is the pure, blessed life that every Muslim, male and female, should be diligent in acquiring, not to mention the youth. From the youth are those who are in the early years of life and they are purer at this young age. It’s a must that they preserve their purity and their cleanliness, not making their hearts and limbs dirty with the filth of sins and misguidance that pleases Shaytaan and angers ar-Rahmaan (The Most Merciful) and leads the one who treads that path to the punishment of the Fire and an awful end.

- Translated by Abul-Husayn Yusuf McNulty from al-`Iqdul-Munad-dadul-Jadeed, pg.13-14, Daarul-Minhaaj