Issues related to Muslim youth identity


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Issues related to Muslim youth identity

  1. 1. How Different Are We? The Muslim Youth Identity Crisis
  2. 2. Outline <ul><li>Identity Crisis </li></ul><ul><li>The Inferiority Complex </li></ul><ul><li>Peer Pressure </li></ul><ul><li>Identity Defined </li></ul>
  3. 3. Disclaimer <ul><ul><li>Perspectives </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Issues with Identity <ul><li>What Category do I fall in? </li></ul><ul><li>Who do I belong to? </li></ul><ul><li>How should I dress? </li></ul><ul><li>How should I talk? What language? </li></ul>
  5. 5. Environmental Factors <ul><li>Age Group </li></ul><ul><li>Surroundings </li></ul><ul><ul><li>City Side; Country Side, Ghetto Side </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The “ In Crowd” </li></ul>
  6. 6. Changing Identity <ul><li>Why do youth change their Identity? </li></ul><ul><li>Innate feeling/desire to be accepted </li></ul><ul><li>Societies influence on its “norms” not being in line with the norms of Islam </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of acceptance anywhere else </li></ul><ul><li>Inferiority Complexes </li></ul><ul><li>Peer Pressure </li></ul>
  7. 7. Inferiority Complexes <ul><li>Low Imaan </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of Understanding </li></ul><ul><li>Little or no Knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Weak Personality </li></ul><ul><li>No sense/feeling of “belonging” </li></ul>
  8. 8. Peer Pressure <ul><li>Weak Personality---BUT THAT’S OK </li></ul><ul><li>Unable to convey true feelings </li></ul><ul><li>Fear of rejection </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of options (no other friends) </li></ul>“ You end up being a product of their entertainment”
  9. 9. Effects of Losing Identity <ul><li>Unhappiness </li></ul><ul><li>Blindness </li></ul><ul><li>Loss of Focus in Life </li></ul><ul><li>Fights </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Friends </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Family </li></ul></ul>&quot;Unhappiness is not knowing what we want and killing ourselves to get it.&quot; --Don Herold
  10. 10. Solutions Your Identity Defined
  11. 11. Understanding School <ul><li>School as a Microcosm of the World </li></ul><ul><li>-Highly concentrated feelings </li></ul><ul><li>-What matters, doesn’t really matter </li></ul>
  12. 12. Adapting vs. Conforming “ The flag blows in the direction of the wind… But the pole MUST remains firm in its place” “ Am I the flag? Or am I the pole?”
  13. 13. Compromised or Uncompromised? <ul><li>Faith </li></ul><ul><li>Salah </li></ul><ul><li>Foods </li></ul><ul><li>Family </li></ul><ul><li>Fasting </li></ul><ul><li>Clothing </li></ul><ul><li>Language </li></ul><ul><li>Music </li></ul><ul><li>Overall Behavior </li></ul>“ I will be your best friend, But I will never compromise my Faith”
  14. 14. Peer Pressure <ul><li>Question: </li></ul><ul><li>When do you know your falling into peer pressure and how do you get out of it? </li></ul>
  15. 15. Understanding Peer Pressure <ul><li>“ You know your falling into peer pressure when, you realize that your being pushed or encouraged to do something that you really don’t want to do” </li></ul><ul><li>Feeling Uncomfortable </li></ul>When I’m falling into peer pressure: How do I get out? <ul><li>Understand that your probably not the only one </li></ul><ul><li>Be strong, be firm, never compromise… </li></ul>
  16. 16. True Friends… <ul><li>Many people will walk in and out of your life, </li></ul><ul><li>But only true friends will leave footprints in your heart. </li></ul><ul><li>To handle yourself, use your head; </li></ul><ul><li>To handle others, use your heart. </li></ul><ul><li>Anger is only one letter short of danger. </li></ul><ul><li>If someone betrays you once, it is his fault; </li></ul><ul><li>If he betrays you twice, it is your fault </li></ul><ul><li>Great minds discuss ideas; </li></ul><ul><li>Average minds discuss events; </li></ul><ul><li>Small minds discuss people. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Continued <ul><li>He who loses money, loses much; </li></ul><ul><li>He, who loses a friend, loses much more; </li></ul><ul><li>He, who loses faith, loses all. </li></ul><ul><li>Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, </li></ul><ul><li>But beautiful old people are works of art. </li></ul><ul><li>Learn from the mistakes of others. </li></ul><ul><li>You can't live long enough to make them all yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Friends, you and me....You brought another friend.... </li></ul><ul><li>And then there were 3. </li></ul><ul><li>We started our group.... Our circle of friends.... </li></ul><ul><li>And like that circle....There is no beginning or end. </li></ul><ul><li>Yesterday is history. </li></ul><ul><li>Tomorrow is mystery. Today is a gift. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Solutions to Peer Pressure <ul><li>“ If he/she forces me to do something that I really don’t want to do, then he/she isn’t really my friend.” </li></ul>
  19. 19. Inferiority Complexes <ul><li>What do you feel inferior about? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Language? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dress? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Culture? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Religion? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Family? </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Solutions <ul><li>Develop and set your beliefs/guidelines </li></ul><ul><li>Establish your personality </li></ul><ul><li>Realize that you must convey your feelings of what you stand for </li></ul>
  21. 21. Want Respect??? <ul><li>“ People respect you for what you stand for… </li></ul><ul><li>If you don’t stand for anything, they will not respect you…” </li></ul><ul><li>WAKE UP!! </li></ul><ul><li>YOU DON’T HAVE TO LOSE YOUR FAITH FOR RESPECT!!! </li></ul>
  22. 22. Muslim Youth Identity <ul><li>My personality reflects who I am </li></ul><ul><li>I will be your best friend, but don’t ask me to give up my way of life </li></ul><ul><li>I REFUSE to compromise my faith for your entertainment </li></ul>
  23. 23. The IN CROWD??? <ul><li>Choose the people you hang around with… </li></ul><ul><li>Why???? </li></ul><ul><li>“ Lead the crowd, or the crowd will lead you..” </li></ul>