Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Generasi Muda dan Perubahan

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Asy-Syabab wa Taghyir

(Youth and Revolution)

“They were youths who believed in their Lord, and We advanced them in guidance”

Bismillahi walhamdulillah, wassolatu wassalam ‘ala Rasulillah. Hopping that we all will stay under Allah’s rays of blessing and rahmah, forever.

Revolution is a process of substitution of a government with fully fundamental changes and often done whether by forcing it or a coup de tat. And youth are always used as the main subject to make the revolution done. The strength, the courage (read: rage) and the easy manipulate mind of youth are the main factors why they are used.

But, what is Islam view of the used of youth in succeeding a revolution, an Islamic Revolution? What are youth’s jobs in succeeding it? Why it must be youth? And why always focus on youth? Depend on youth? We’ll discuss it further in this article.

Why it must be youth? Youth is an age where is one are fully with strength, ambition, imagination, ideas and high spirited. Islam views youth as an age when one has special values of life and a special responsible need to be done. That’s why Rasulullah said in one of his hadith that everyone should grab their youth before they getting older.

Why it must Muslim Youth? Ustaz Fathi Yakan in his book wrote that there are different between truly Muslim youth and non-Muslim (or non-practical Muslim) youth. A Muslim youth is a goodness and development bringer and a non-Muslim (non-practical Muslim) is not more than a disaster to the world and its inhabitant.

In the crowds nowadays are full with youngster but they are not more than trash, flowing sadly with the current without having or knowing the true destiny of life;

Youth without dignities, are not more than monkeys;

Youth without behaviors, are animals alike;

They are used as soldiers by tyrant powers, organized by the Kuffar and Satan;

There no beneficial with them,

But barakah comes with youth who are Muslim and highly ambitious.

Why preparation of Muslim Youth is needed? And what are the reasons of the preparation? Is the reason is about doing only the obligations and avoiding from sinning? Is it enough? Or the reason is just supplying them with Islamic knowledge so they can write and speak of it? Or just by giving them welfare works like feeding the poor, tending the sick and sympathize the sufferer only? Or by putting them into Muslim Youth Movement environment and do not care whether they become da’ie or just observers.

The truth is we do not have the privilege to choose the reason for youth preparation among above reasons as the world is still governed under Taghut system and Islam is still far from governing. Youth need to be prepared to put Islam up to the power of governing the world. They must transfer the powers from the hand of Pagan to the hand of Islam and also for the thoughts, laws and behaviors. This means that the job for Youth in to revolt, not just repairing or altering and it must be done.

One of Islam characteristics is Inqilabiyah which mean that Islam change something or someone completely. It not change partly or just by altering some part and leaving some intact.

Allah stated in Qur’an: “And fight them on until there is no more Tumult or oppression, and there prevail Justice and faith in Allah” (Surah al-Baqarah; 193)

“Say : O ye that reject Faith!. I worship not that which ye worship. Nor will ye worship that which I worship. And I will not worship that which ye have been wont to worship. Nor will ye worship that which I worship. To you be your Way, and to me mine.” (Surah al-Kaafirun; 1-6)

The youth who will be carrying the job must be the chosen only and already pass trough the preparations needed. This because not all of the muslim youth can carry the job and even among the chosen one not all of them can do a specific job. One can do some jobs and one cannot do it.

When Allah chose Prophet Moses (alaihissalam) to be His Apostate, He said:

“((Allah)) said: "O Moses! I have chosen thee above (other) men, by the mission I (have given thee) and the words I (have spoken to thee): take then the (revelation) which I give thee, and be of those who give thanks." (Surah al-A’raf; 144)

The basic of choosing;

1. Able to hear and follow orders.

2. Productive and giving able.

3. Willing to strive in the cause of Allah. Giving out everything to achieve objective.

“Allah hath purchased of the believers their persons and their goods; for theirs (in return) is the garden (of Paradise): they fight in His cause, and slay and are slain: a promise binding on Him in truth, through the Law, the Gospel, and the Qur'an: and who is more faithful to his covenant than Allah. then rejoice in the bargain which ye have concluded: that is the achievement supreme.” (Surah at-Taubah; 111)

In order to carry this tough job, Muslim youth need to be prepared and the preparation must be fully, balance and practical. 3 things need to be prepared.

1. Thought

To develop Islamic Thought, Muslim youth first need to know the basic fundamental of Islamic Knowledge in order to build their life and as a capital to attract people to them. One who doesn’t have can’t give. Then they also need to know about others stream of thought and knowledge about humanism, science, history and reality.

2. Spiritual

Islam takes spiritual preparation as an important subject. Muslim youth need to give more attention to this part because if they failed to develop their spirit and heart correctly, there will be some risk that they will be among the fallen.

“For, Believers are those who, when Allah is mentioned, feel a tremor in their hearts, and when they hear His signs rehearsed, find their faith strengthened, and put (all) their trust in their Lord; Movement” (Surah al-Anfal;2)

By live up their spirit and heart, Muslim youth can gain the strength they need to keep themselves onto the track.

3. Movement

Muslim youth need to be educated and trained practically by giving them a try of what need to be done to be one of the chosen youth or to stay as one of them. They need to study and understand what is the reality of Islamic movement, the reality of Pagan movement, the environment and its people and study about the center of social, economic and political which desired by the mass.

Then they have to be trained to be loyal and pious to Allah, trained with the method (uslub) of dakwah like the Directing and Instructing method (Taujih & Irsyad) and Encouragement and Warning method (Taghrib & Tarhib), trained about organization, planning, administrating, leadership and trained to be tough in facing hardship, sufferness and dangers. They need to be patient, courage, dauntless, mettlesome and spirited.

The conclusion is, Muslim youth job nowadays is a though job and responsibility. The responsibility to put back Islam in people reality as the main system and the source of life and to do so, a new Quranic generation needed based on the past Quranic generations. And when the day comes, all the mukmin will be in joy in Allah’s blessing. Wallahua’alam.


1. As-Syabab wa Taghyir (Generasi Muda & Perubahan); Fathi Yakan; Pustaka Salam.


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