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سلام Just a quick thought. As we get older, we always seem to complain about the younger generations. We also seem to assume that the world is rapidly degenerating into a dystopia of some sort. This isn't new. The same complaints can be seen in Plato's writings, too, for example. Much of all the crying and panicking about the youth is usually just old Conservatives, lacking imagination and fearing the future unknowns. It's important to note that it only took approximately 50 years from Prophet Muhammad ((صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم)) bringing Islam to "Muslims" murdering Imam Hussain (عليه السلام), the Prophet's grandson. And this was approximately 1400 years ago. It only took 50 years to go from the best of times to the worst of times, 1400 years ago. This notion that the past was always better is a myth. The time it took to go from Muhammad ((صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم)) to Hussain (عليه السلام) is one clear evidence for it. Just read what Hussain (عليه السلام) had to remind his opponents about. I think we need to realize that each era has its own specific challenges, and we need to rid ourselves of this mythical magical past that we refer to whenever we want to express our outrage about the youth today. Our youth are doing great! They're challenging the status quo loudly and explicitly. They're seeking and fighting for equality and diversity and equity. And most importantly, like us old people, they're learning as they're moving forward, as they're going through experiences day after day. We have Hussain (عليه السلام) as our greatest example of someone who stood against the status quo and challenged people's comfortable conformity. Challenging the status quo should always be our top priority, regardless of where/when we are, until Mahdi (عليه السلام) takes over and governs by the will of Allah.
Assalam-o-Alaikum Two New Propositions are added to SDOL.org 1. Toddler, The Teacher Exact Link: http://www26.brinkster.com/sdolshah1/prop33.html A wise man learns from everything around him; the birds, the animals, other wise men. However, infants have a very precious thing to teach to us grown ups! 2. Comprehending Patience Exact Link: http://www26.brinkster.com/sdolshah1/prop34.html [103:1-3] I swear by the time, Most surely man is in loss, Except those who believe and do good, and enjoin on each other truth, and enjoin on each other patience. It is easy to say that patience is the key to success, however, how to be patient? What is the key of achieving patience of the highest virtues? Wasalaam www.sdol.org
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