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As a young person, that which can be achieved in one’s youthful years cannot be achieved in old age. The prime of one’s most fruitful and productive years are during that phase, when one is mentally, physically and spiritually resilient and focused.
The children of Nabi Adam (AS) … i.e. mankind … need to remember:
The clock can never be turned … time missed can never ever be regained.
It is thus logical to conclude that one’s youth is indeed a great gift from Allah Ta’ala. Viewed against this backdrop, it is thus sheer foolhardiness and madness if one messes up this “great- once-off-gift-of-genius”.
Allah loves a young person spending quality time in ‘ibadaat and in the obedience to his Creator. It is common knowledge, and an accepted fact, that the prime and potent years of a youth are the envy of mankind. During this rampant and robust phase, the youth could indulge in a plethora of unimaginable “action”. With this “bounding bundle of energy” (josh) a youth could dive into, and become enmesh and entangled with the “wild attractions” of the world.
Just imagine, this same youth with his/her “bounding bundle of energy” (josh) purposefully engaged in the services of the noble Deen of Allah, and the Ummat of Nabi (Sallalahu Alayhi Wasallam)?
Ah! What rewards await him/her in the court of Allah Ta’ala!
Nabi (Sallalahu Alayhi Wasallam) once stated:
“(When) That young person honours (shows respect) to an old and frail person, Allah will appoint such attendants in his (the young person’s ) old age, who will (in turn) respect and honour him.” (Tirmizi)
This hadith most eloquently points to the respect, honour and dignity that are the “Allah-given-rights” of our old, infirm and frail. Additionally, the rewards for this great act are such that it “pours” upon the doer of this deed, in this world and in the hereafter. Ah! What a blessing for the youth … in his/her “old, infirm and frail” age … they too shall be endowed and awarded with these meritorious rewards.
Without a doubt, a truly superb and wonderful way for the youth to spend their sprightly and vigorous youthful years!