Coping With Peer Pressure

Whatever happens during the school years is extremely important. Many parents reject non Islamic Muslim youth behavior as short term phenomena, a mix of hormones and bad friends. It is argued, will mature their thoughts and bring them in line. This is hardly ever the case.

The school years form a critical part of the mental, religious and social development of our Muslim youth. Factors such as the school’s curriculum and social pressures can solidly mold the direction the Muslim youth will take. By far the most dangerous influence is that of peer pressure, whereby Muslims are pressured to adjust to some social group behavior. This can set an irreversible path for the rest of their lives.

Pressures from the Education system

In a country which consists of individual and religious rights, Muslims are still on the lower bar of the ladder. Even the school administration will put many pressures on Muslims to take part in non Islamic activities.

Obligatory participation in sports events brings many Muslim brothers and sisters into a state of disagreement, who refuse to participate, will be publicly humiliated. Sisters have been known to be harassed to participate in swimming carnivals, gymnastics and dancing, many of which can involve male participation. Not attending these activities are punished, through increased study load, and also mentally through public disgrace by letting the school know who is not joining in.

Other cases of teacher discrimination in Australia includes teachers snatching the hijab off sisters, ignoring cases of abuse against Muslims. Muslims are supposed to have been use to being singled out by now, and police research into the activities of Muslims purely on the basis of their religion.

Peer Pressure

Fellow students can have a massive effect on the moral of a Muslim. These pressures should never be taken lightly, which can scare a Muslim into taking drugs, smoking, hanging out with a friends; to nightclubs, and having illegal relationships with men and women.

Sisters feel compelled to waste money on useless items like name tags, such as Benetton, for the purpose of fitting in. The preservation of her virginity is not a virtue, but rather a disgrace. It sounds crazy, but whether we ignore this or not, it is there.

Brothers must act and look like the Kuffaar to avoid any punishment. Anything which will take them away from their Islam. It’s the right thing to ignore your parents, obeying them is downright lack of personality.

The sorrow is, we have the answers for all of this, but we neglect it. Muslims don’t have to feel like that they’re a group without identity. Nor should we allow anyone to prevent us from fulfilling our duties to Allah.

Legally, we have many options to take in practicing Islam at school. We have a right to pray during the specified times. Many schools now have Friday Prayers in a seperate room. All it took was the combined effort of Muslim students. We also have the right to celebrate our festivals, and wear our prescribed clothing without harassment. Other religious groups are permitted by the Schools to refrain from certain school activities. The Amish do not watch television class, the Sikhs wear their turbans wherever they go, the Jehovah Witness do not participate in theĀ  singing the national anthem. We also have our rights to watch what we allow permissible. It requires the strength of our brothers and sisters, a combined effort, and the knowledge that Muslims will not disobey Allah for the will of anyone.

The Prophet (S.A.W) and the Companions had nothing but disgust for the way of life of the disbelievers. In fact, they had so much disgust that they purposely did everything the opposite of them. Umar bin al-Khattab (R.A) forced Muslims to look at the disbelivers differently. So why are we trying to copy them?

Muslims have been given honor through Islam. Not through expensive stuff. In fact, if you examine the history of the Kuffaar, you will find them so conflicting in their behavior that only an idiot would want to copy them.

Australians imitate Americans, which shows how much sense of identity they have. Americans love hip hop, so do Australians. We all may as well follow them.

Muslims however have their own identity, history and religion, which millions have failed to escape the stupidity of the Kuffaar.

Why are we doing the opposite?

Our Youth have to be supported by the community. When they are in need of help, we must be there to aid them. When they begin on reforming themselves, and assisting in bringing a change, the support must be there to help them for growing.

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