Empowering Muslim Youth in the Face of Destructive Ideas

Empowering Muslim Youth in the Face of Destructive Ideas

  • 30 June 2015

Prof. Dr. Farouk Hamada

The Muslim youth of today are faced with a number of destructive ideas that are breeding instability across the Arab world. This lecture will stress the need to strengthen the youth’s ability to come to terms with the perceived dangers that are commonly associated with these destructive mind-sets.

Attention will be cast towards the defining features of these destructive ideas, the underlying objectives of the ideas themselves and those disseminating them, sources of inspiration, as well as analyzing their psychological and social impact on the Arab youth. A breakdown of the various parties responsible for confronting these ideas and mitigating their effects will also be provided.

A number of key solutions shall be presented, including building a greater appreciation of the values of centrism, positive thinking, moderation, and the acceptance of the other among the Arab and Muslim youth. There should be a notable effort to provide positive educational, social and economic activities, as well as promoting honorable national and humane goals. Action must be taken to harness the youth’s ability to think critically, strive for individual excellence in a healthy competitive manner; the end result of which will enable their efforts to be channeled in a positive direction.

The lecture also raises important questions regarding the future role of the youth in the Arab and Muslim worlds and their ability to assist with the societal development of their respective countries and deprive those promoting these destructive ideas the opportunity to exert greater influence.

Dr. Ali S. Al-Kaabi

The youth in any nation are the driving force of its present and the pioneers of its future. Therefore, providing them with good care and a suitable upbringing represents the best investment a society can make to achieve its aspirations for a successful present and a strong, secure future. Any neglect or indulgence in this regard can lead to disastrous consequences for young people themselves, as well as for society and the nation as a whole.

An epidemic of destructive ideas plagues some Arab and Muslim communities, targeting young people both directly and indirectly; their aim is to inflict the maximum damage on society by taking control of the young, who make easy prey. In this context, this paper tackles several points, including:
• The importance of early adulthood: this is of special importance to young individuals and the communities they inhabit.
• Characteristics of this stage: each age stage of development has its own particular characteristics; those that apply to early adulthood should be recognized and understood in order for them to be properly managed.

Empowering the young to resist destructive ideas: in this age of advanced communication technology and social networking, the use of which continues to grow, we cannot insulate the young from the various different opinions and ideas they will encounter via multiple sources and means. However, we can empower them in the face of destructive ideas and immunize them against their effects. This can be achieved by promoting awareness among the young and developing their cognitive skills so that they may distinguish between what is good for them and their country and what is not.

None of this will be possible in the absence of cooperation and a mutual understanding of the roles of various institutions in society, including the family, educational institutions, and the media.

Lecture Video



Tuesday 30 June 2015


Tuesday 30 June 2015