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Guiding the Youth of the New Generation


Author(s): Ayatullah Murtadha Mutahhari

Translator(s): Saleem Bhimji

Publisher(s): World Federation of Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheri Muslim Communities

Category: Youth

Topic Tags: Youth Leadership


A discussion on providing leadership of the youth, with examples from Hadith, Qur'an and lives of the Prophets and Imams.


By Hasnain Walji


“From cradle to one’s grave,

Life seems but an illusion.

The phase of youth so brave,

‘Tis an even greater illusion.”

Abu FaiyyazAbu Faiyyaz


This book is the fruit of one of the many discourses of the distinguished thinker and scholar, Ayatullah Shahid Mutahhari (q.d.s.).  Yet again, he conveys the dire need to re-think how we address challenges posed in the modern era dominated by Western culture and its attendant values. 

This is a continuation of his life-long quest to bridge the gap that seems to separate the traditional language of religion and the language of modernity. The consequence of such a gap has given rise to misconceptions which have become ‘concepts’. One such “concept” is called ‘the generation gap’.

Having gained currency, this misconception which has now become an accepted concept, and has taken the form of a self-fulfilling prophecy, has actually created a ‘gap’ between generations. 

It has given a license and respectability to the younger generation to be ‘different’.  To use modern parlance it has become ‘cool’ to dress, behave and act differently.  This is the roadmap that leads to MTV and the land of hip-hop.

The title, Guiding the Youth of the New Generation, becomes all the more relevant in this day and age of outsourcing, e-mails,

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