Our beloved Prophet (saw) said: “ He is not one of us who does not have mercy upon our young, respect our elders, and command good and forbid evil” (Tirmidhi).
One of the biggest challenges our Muslim youth face today is the lack of necessary Islamic knowledge. We know good and well that the youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow, which is why Dar Al Qalam center supports our community by providing a Youth Program.
This program allows our youth to grow character and leadership skills through deepening their understanding of Islam and partaking in civil engagement. Our youth are experiencing a constant struggle with their ability to balance Islamic and Western cultural values. They often find themselves unable to express issues they deal with in the Masjid, especially issues that are considered “taboo” and difficult to discuss.
Our Masjid serves as a community center where anyone can come for help, support, and guidance. As a part of our youth program, we aim to provide our young community members space to openly discuss their issues in a judgment-free, open-minded space. We give them the opportunity to build soft-skills, achieve their potential, and motivate them to pursue careers that will impact society-at-large.
We engage with them through building relationships with mentors and provide leadership opportunities through having them serve as mentors to younger kids.