TOWARDS THE YOUTH
It was reported that, one day a young girl of fifteen years of age together with her mother visited a well-known doctor, who wrote many books on the childhood and adolescence stages. When they entered, she requested to see him in private, and he agreed.
The young girl started criticizing, as well as, blaming her parents that they were not giving her any opportunity and that they ridiculed her.
Then, the wise doctor went to her mother to hear her opinion concerning her daughters, he told him an opposite statement. Later the doctor conducted an inquiry into the matter, and found out that the girl feared failure and the unconcern shown to her by her fellow mate, and it was hard for her to blame herself for it. Thus, she thinks that the only solution to the matter is to attack her parents whenever the parents denied her wishes.
Indeed, we are in need of our parent’s care in particular and the elders guide in general, but we are not small children that we will depend absolutely on them.
The family is the starting point, as an explorer starts his journey from his starting point, or as a mountaineer starts his journey from his starting point on the top of a mountain.
The family is also a shelter and resort. We turn to it whenever we are in need of it, especially at the time of difficulties and tribulations.
Despite these realities and importance of the family, we ought to prepare ourselves at this stage, i.e., the adolescent stage. So, we can take some part of our life responsibilities, and became acquainted with them and be able to take the full responsibilities of ourselves, or rather the whole family or our community in the future.
However, from the beginning, we ought to ask, did life bestow on us wealth and capability, so as to utilize it in our life? What power and abilities did the Almighty Allah bless us with, so as to make it a capital in this life and utilize it so as to help ourselves in our whole life? Thus, it is incumbent on us to count what we possess of power and wealth.
First: Intellect (Aql):
This is the best and most important treasure bestowed on us, and which differentiates us, as we human beings, from other creatures. This is the container which contains knowledge, thought and experience. It is the guide, which guides and shows us the right path. It is the intellect that differentiates truth from false, and good from bad, and it is the supervisor of all our undertakings so as to protect us from going astray.