Serving young people cannot only prepare them to become future leaders, but also allow them to contribute to our community and to our nation. In the search for what works, researchers keep turning up active participation in a faith community as the one consistent potent factor in raising up children to be successful, happy, healthy and engaged adults both in their religious communities and in the world.
It has been proven that a person’s lifelong behaviors and views are generally developed when they are young – particularly before they reach the teenage years- and the moral foundations are generally in place by the time they reach age nine. Fundamental perspectives on truth, integrity, justice, morality, and ethics are formed quite early in life. After their first decade, most people simply refine their views as they age without a wholesale change in those leanings.
Investing in today’s youth is necessary in growing our community. Teaching young people in the Masjid to grow in their relationship with Allah prepares them to serve their Deen and their community in all they do. As a result, this nurtures the congregation and allows our community to flourish.
Our aim from this program is to provide the youth with a caring extended Muslim community family that offers them supervised fun peer groups, and interaction with positive role models. Keeping in mind that parenting is vitally important, but it also takes a caring village to raise a child. Being part of an extended spiritual community family stimulates the intellectual, social and spiritual development of children through long-term caring relationships and the teaching of selfless values at the core of faith.
Children and youth learn how to develop their internal life, which is a proven stress reliever and problem-solving skills. Furthermore, the participation in traditions and rituals helps develop a sense of one’s place in their communities.