Youth and the Responsibility of Deeds
- :Al-Balagh Foundation
If the responsibility of words and sayings are as mentioned above, then how the responsibility of deeds will be?
We are followers of a religion that requires us to attach our sayings with action…we should not make our sayings above our capability nor block any way (Do you enjoin right conduct on the people, and forget (to practice it) yourselves, and yet ye study the scripture? Will you not understand) (Holy Qur'an: 2: 44). (O ye who believe! Why say ye that which ye do not? Grievously odious is it in the sight of Allah that ye say that which ye do not do) (Holy Qur'an: 61: 2-3)
If you see me talking about the value of honesty and its effect in spreading confidence among people, but when you come closer to me and find that I am a liar here and there, then what will be your opinion toward me? Surely, you will regard me as a hypocrite or a contradictor, who is contradicting his saying with his action, this will make you lose confidence in me.
A Muslim who has an Islamic knowledge without working with it will be like: (An example of those who follow the Mosaic law, but subsequently failed in those (obligations), is that of a donkey which carries huge tomes (but understands them not). Evil is the similitude of people who falsify the signs of Allah…) (Holy Qur'an: 62: 5), because what is the use of a library full of valuable books, and carried by a donkey? It is heavy on its back, but he doed not feel the heaviness of its knowledge in his mind, heart and life.
We should put it in our mind that action is the best method that has effect in people. Naturally, actions talk with louder voice than sayings. Based on this, it is narrated in a narration: "Be propagators to people without using your tongues, so when piety and perseverance is seen from you, this is propagation". The words "this is propagation" shows the power of action.
Maybe you might have read in the Holy Qur'an that (And say: work (righteousness): soon Allah will observe your work, and His Apostle and the believers) (Holy Qur'an: 9: 105). Can you close your ears from callings as if the issue doesn't concern you? Are not you a Muslim who tells good and practice it?
Indeed, nonsense fun, play, too much talking and other irresponsible behaviors destroy most of our youth capabilities, likewise, laziness, dullness, negligence and too much relaxation destroy our timely capabilities.
Thus, in the adolescence stage, we are responsible for any act that will benefit people and has Allah's consent. We should talk little and act frequently and we must correspond our sayings with our actions so that people might see honesty in us. There is a lot of hatred and curses between youth and elders toward injustice, but a little number of them tries to light the candle… so be among those who make narrow the black circles and widen the white circles…it is the responsibility in Islamic life.
Adapted from the book: "Youth Aspiration Towards Responsibility" by: "Al Balagh Foundation"
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