1. Confusion About Destiny – Do we really have a free will? Why should we work for our hereafter if everything has already been written in our palms? In today’s time we are challenged with unnecessary information, things, and ideas about destiny brought by culture and media. Fortune telling, and horoscopes are just few of the things that we engage ourselves with consciously and unconsciously. It is part of the pillars of faith to belief in predestination yet many of us are trapped in confusion. I wrote this blog post when I found out that people close to me are visiting a fortune teller.
2. Identity Crisis – Many of us are raised being dictated about how their life should be, what role in the society should they portray, and what dreams should they dream for themselves. Being raised in cultures where children don’t have the right to decide for themselves regarding studies, career, marriage, etc makes this crisis an unspoken issue among youth. This blog post is for those youth who are trapped between wanting to be themselves while wanting to not disappoint their parents.
3. Parents Comparing Their Children To Others – Being raised in an Asian setting, I observed how this works in almost every Asian home. While our parents think they can motivate us by comparing us to others, they don’t know they are making us feel bad about ourselves, and incapable of discovering our skills and talents. I hope this blog post will be of benefit in building good relationships between parents and children.
4. Comparing Ones Selves To Others – Sometimes it is us who turn ourselves down. And, that’s worse than when other people compare us to others. This blog post simply tells, ‘Do not compare yourself to others because you are unique.’
5. Malnourished Souls – Spending much of our time at work or school, and the rest of it to our activities with families and friends, we find it hard to spend a spare of our time to things that actually matter.
6. Chase Improvements Not Perfection – When we are told to achieve the sky as our only way to fit in the society we live in, we find ourselves fearful to commit mistakes. We want to chase perfection whatever it takes. But, every attempt makes us feel worse because the truth is we will never meet any form of success without committing mistakes.
7. You Are Not Your Grades – As students, it’s normal to be labeled based on our grades. That’s why we aim to get good marks. This blog post is to tell the youth that grades don’t say the entirety of your character. If you want to make a difference to the world, to inspire others, to make a positive influence, or to fall in love with someone, remember that grades won’t make a difference. Exert your best effort, aim high, study well, focus, but don’t depress yourself over few X marks.
8. Race To Materialism – As people of the techy era, we are blessed to use gadgets that ease our living, and bring one-of-a-kind digital experiences to us. But, what makes things complicated is when we aim for more when we already have more than enough and when our purpose changed from personal ease to competing with others.
9. Decision Making – This blog post ‘Choosing The Right Course: Is It My Decision Or Their Decision?’ is from a personal experience. I was challenged to decide on my own regarding my studies. This issue isn’t my issue alone as I noticed that many of my fellow youth are forced to pursue a course they don’t have interest with.
10. The Game Of Time – One of the challenges of the youth today is wasting time on things that don’t have benefit both in this world and hereafter such as online games, idle talks, gossips, unnecessary parties/events, etc. This blog post is my reflection about how short our life is in this dunya. The Prophet (SAAW) said: ”Take advantage of five matters before five other matters: your youth before you become old; your health, before you fall sick; your wealth, before you become poor; your free time before you become preoccupied, and your life, before your death.”
Najmah is a Clinical Nutritionist, Med student and Writer. She is the founder of The Muslim Bricks. You can also find her blogging on her blog, By Najmah, where she writes about wellness, personal excellence, and her journey to white coat.