By Khalil Champsi (Toronto, Canada)
When one looks back to the past one hundred years, it tells us a lot of where we have come from and the path forward. From the silent generation to the present Gen Z, one can only appreciate generational blessings in all aspect of life and development and now we live in one Global Village.
Allah says in the Qur’an, Chapter 46 verse 15:
“And We have enjoined on man doing of good to his parents; with trouble did his mother bear him and with trouble did she bring him forth; and the bearing of him and the weaning of him was thirty months; until when he attains his maturity and reaches forty years, he says: My Lord! grant me that I may give thanks for Thy favor which Thou hast bestowed on me and on my parents, and that I may do good which pleases Thee and do good to me in respect of my offspring; surely I turn to Thee, and surely I am of those who submit.“
In the above verse, one cannot miss out in looking at the way to appreciate one’s blessings, in his or her creation and in the form of parents and children and worship towards God.
Similarly, by looking at one’s creation and parents as a means of Ihsaan, meaning being good to one’s parents, it provides the human race, a platform of the concept of ‘caring’ across generations; children to the parents and children learning from the parents
By reflection of the above verse, number 40 is the normal age of the maturity of intellectual faculties. At this age man (biologically man and woman) begins to look to his/her growing children, and, if he/she is a believer, present them to the Lord with confidence.
By extension, one should be thankful to the earlier preceeding generations and the present generations in appreciating the level of spiritual, intellectual and technological growth. This can be seen in the form various communications and comfort levels of livings and travels too and thus one is able to take it to the next level. One can achieve spiritual growth by using tools available with us such as Information Technology, Artificial Intelligence and social networking and learn from history by making meaningful conversation with the scholars and various generations prevailing : silent, baby boomers, X, Y and Z.
Shaheed Muttahari in his book ‘Guiding the youth of New Generation’, has said:
“I should state this point here that when we use the phrase the “generation of the youth,” our aim is not to specify the level or age of the youth. Rather, our aim is to speak to that level or group of people who, due to the effects of their own studies and acquaintance with the new civilizations, have developed a specific way of thought and intellect – whether these people happen to be old or young.
However most of these people are from the younger generation and it is because of this that we refer to it as the “generation of the youth,” whereas we see that there are also a great number of “older people” who possess this new way of thinking and there are also many “youth” whose thought pattern and beliefs resemble the older, past generations.
In any case, our intention is to speak in regards to that category of people who possess this specific mode of thinking – something which is increasing day by day. This is a mode of thinking which both the older and younger individuals are beginning to possess and in the future, if God forbid, the correct ways and methods to guide and lead this generation are not put into practice, then we will lose complete control of the future generations.
By definition, as obtained from Wikipedia ,A generation is “all of the people born and living at about the same time, regarded collectively.” It can also be described as, “the average period, generally considered to be about thirty years, during which children are born and grow up, become adults, and begin to have children of their own”.