Saturday, December 28, 2013

Holiday Advice to Youth

Holiday Advice to youth and students 

In The Name of Allah, The Most Merciful, The Especially Merciful.

While many students will be looking forward to their well-deserved holiday, here are some pieces of advice as echoed by my honourable teacher recently.

So, how should we spend our break? How can we make the most of this time so that we come back fresh and alert for another period of study?

Firstly, the holidays are a time to get some rest. The body has rights and one of those of rights is that you take good care of it. Just as we work hard during the day and use the night to allow our mind and body to rest, in the same way our holidays are a sort of ‘long night’. Once we wake up, we feel fresh and alert ready for another period of learning. The same way, the holidays act as a refresher.

But that doesn’t mean we just sleep through our holidays. Go to sleep early so you can get up early. Also, try and pray your Salat al-Dhuhaa and Chast. Do you know the reward for this?
In a narration mentioned in Tirmidhi, The Messenger [peace be upon him] is reported to have said, 'He who performs Fajr Salat with Jamaat and remains seated in the same place while engaging in Dhikr until after sunrise and thereafter performs 2 Rakaats Nafil Salat, (Ishraaq), he will obtain the Thawaab of one Hajj and one Umrah.'

Secondly, help your parents out at home. Get involved with the shopping, cleaning and general needs of the family. Be proactive and be ready to help them. Your parents must be tired because they have been working hard all year round.  So work together, after all, a task shared is a task halved!

Get your coat and woollies on and visit your relatives to strengthen the bonds of relation. This act not only carries great reward but also fosters love between family members. So go out and get to know your family better and bring joy to their faces!

To build a house is very difficult but to destroy it is very easy. The same applies to all the hard work we have been doing over the past months with our studies. Don’t become lazy and start to slacken - put your studies and knowledge into practice! So here are some simple tips:

Make sure you are punctual for your Salaah. Get to the masjid early and try and get to the front. It’s a great feeling when you come early to the masjid in a calm, relaxed manner!

Next, show your parents that you are putting into practice what you are learning. There is nothing that brings greater pleasure to mums and dads than seeing their children practicing what they have been taught. Moreover, people in our community will be looking at us to see how much we have really learnt. Never forget, knowledge is what is practiced regularly.

Our behaviour needs to be spot on. It’s easy being well behaved when we are at school or at madressah because of the environment. The real test is when we are no longer there anymore: back home with our family and friends. So we need to control ourselves and be well behaved. This isn’t easy but becomes easy with practice. So what is the great reward for this? Allah Almighty mentions in the Qur’an :

“But as for he who feared the position of his Lord and prevented the soul from [unlawful] inclination, then indeed, Paradise will be [his] refuge.” (79: 40,41)

Wow, paradise for being good and well behaved!

Next, spread goodness at home.  Start a study a circle or ta’leem. Grab a book and sit down every evening for at least half an hour. Fix this time so everyone at home knows when it is and make sure you don’t miss a single session. Take turns to read it so everybody can benefit and practice their reading skills!

We all complain about not having enough time. Why is that? The Messenger of Allah never complained about time. The simple reason is that we don’t plan and have a timetable. Think about it, The Messenger of Allah  was the busiest man with the greatest amount of responsibilities ever. Yet, he achieved so much in such a short space of time. That was down to the fact that He was organised and had a plan.

I pray that Allah blessed us with barakah in these holidays and grants us all steadfastness. Ameen.

Maulana Haroon Sidat


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