Muslim creed – Adolescence is the most beautiful period but full of upheavals and life problems. Adolescence is also seen as a period in the search for self-identity. Adolescence is a phase of growth and development faced by every human being as God’s creation. He is a teenager because he has passed the age of children and will enter adulthood.
For this reason, adolescence is sometimes referred to by many as a transitional period filled with uncertainty and uncertainty. At these times, a teenager is faced with temptations or pulls of actions that are compentirelyatic and unclear. For example, will he do work that leads to good, or will he do things that lead to evil?
Since time immemorial, youth or youth have been the hope of the nation’s future. On his shoulders, the end of this nation is carried. They can undoubtedly become controllers, determinants, and future leaders because they will replace their predecessors. Thus, their duties and responsibilities are hefty. How does Islam view the problems and future of a youth?
Youth in the way of Allah
A person’s growth and development can be seen in age restrictions, which can be divided into two phases: before and after puberty. For example, for a woman, puberty is marked by the discharge of menstrual blood, while for a man, it is characterized by something coming out of his genitals during a wet dream. Or, if, for example, you do not experience menstruation and have wet dreams, then the puberty phase is marked by a certain age, which is a maximum of fifteen years. This view of the age limit for puberty that will be experienced by a person, both male, and female, has been put forward by many scholars.
However, the age limit for puberty, as mentioned above,e will have a consequence that someone of that age-who is, also known as a teenager, will be considered a mukallaf who is subject to the burden of tackling: obligations and prohibitions. So, if he does good-even though he is still a teenager, as adults do, he will get the reward as promised by Allah. Vice versa. If he disobeys Allah’s commandments, then the tip he will get is sin, which comes from himself.
Islam places teenagers in a unique and very distinctive position. Many hadiths of the Prophet Muhammad and the statements of the hhakamatreat youth as unique and memorable times. In a hadith of the Prophet narrated by Imam Bukhari and Imam Muslim, for example, it is stated that there are seven groups of people who will be given Allah’s protection on the Last Day, and three of these seven groups are teenagers – although non-teens can also be included in it.
In the seven groups, a young man grows and develops in the way of worshiping God. This young man can be said to be unique
because, in his turbulent age, which is usually away from God’s way, he instead chooses to live in the form of worshiping Allah. Therefore, finding a young man making his life choices is scarce to get closer to Allah.
In the seven groups, two teenagers love each other for the sake of Allah. They gather and separate for the sake of Allah. These three typologies of youth or youth described in the hadith of the Prophet should be a good reference for today’s youth. Another youth profile should be used as a reference for teenagers.
Namely, a teenage boy refuses an invitation or an invitation to a girl or girl who has position and beauty because he has not yet entered into a marriage bond, and with the reason “I fear Allah” (in akhafullah). Also, vice versa. A girl or young girl refuses to be seduced by a boy for the same reason: fear of Allah. Such refusal is not because of selling expensive or so.
Teenagers with such a typology, both boys and girls, will get guaranteed protection from Allah. This is the example the Prophet described for teenagers, a hasanah reference for today’s youth. A teenager is still on the path of truth from God, even though he often experiences self-turmoil that sometimes leads to badness.
A sign for teenagers
The family has a significant role in shaping the character and profile of the ideal youth people want, as described in the hadith of the Prophet Muhammad. It is in the family that a teenager grows, develops, is creative, innovates, and plants reward that can be enjoyed later in life. Without the attention and guidance of the family, a teenager’s life journey may be undirected and without a clear goal.
In the world of education, educating someone, including teenagers, to be responsible is not an instant job, like turning the palm. The education process takes a long time, which can last from a human being in the womb until the time of death to pick him up. A person’s educational process continues unless he reaches the time of his death.
Islam, for example, commands everyone to educate their children at an early age to establish prayer. This kind of education is part of the exercise of responsibility to God and is a disciplined exercise for children. Exercising responsibility and discipline is very important for a child to instill education in his teenage years later in life.
In addition, the family is also responsible for directing the youth amid their fellow human beings. So far, many youth associations, especially in big cities, are not based on religious signs. For example, we often see a teenage boy and girl walking together, even though they are not married. They hold hands intimately; even kissing-as often happens when our teenagers celebrate Valentine’s Day once a year.
Islam does not allow them to be alone even if they do not do anything ‘unwanted.’ Islam forbids a young man and a girl to be alone without marriage. Islam also does not allow them to be alone in the mosque, even though they are both doing i’tikaf, because it is feared that such actions can bring danger to themselves and their family environment.
The Qur’an has given clear signs and guidelines for a man and woman who are not ‘mahram’ in socializing. Inter-adolescent association has clear and strict rules, especially for boys and girls. Allah says, “Say to the believing men, ‘Let them hold their gazes, and guard their private parts; that is purer for them, verily Allah knows what they do.’ Say to the believing women, ‘Let them hold their gaze and guard their private parts, and let them not reveal their adornments, except that which (usually) appears in them'”. (Surat al-Nuur, 24: 30-31).
Thus the rules of association between adolescent boys and girls. These strict rules should be obeyed by our youth today. The ideal teenager is a teenager who adheres to the teachings of Islam. This kind of youth is great hope for the revival of Islam. Violating these regulations means we do not comply with the instructions outlined in the Qur’an. Wallahu a’lam.
Islam places teenagers in a unique and very distinctive position. Many hadiths of the Prophet Muhammad and the statements of the hakama treat youth as unique and memorable times.