Supreme Religious Authority warns against underestimating young people, calls for embracing them

In Friday’s sermon delivered by the representative of the Shia Muslim Supreme Religious Authority, sheikh Abdul-Mehdi Elkerbela’i, on April 26, 2019, he talked about the importance of taking care of the youth and the challenges they face.

Elkerbela’i said that young people are the backbone of the country and they represent vitality, creativeness, and progress, and they are the pivot of performing life’s essential tasks, noting that Islam and advanced societies always take care of the youth by educating them and protecting them from delinquency.

One of the challenges, Elkerbela’i mentioned, is intellectual invasion, saying that young people – at an early age – are exposed to different cultures, behaviors, creeds, traditions, and desires, and such people are usually inexperienced and may be deceived or tempted to embrace inappropriate concepts.

He warned the youth of feeling frustrated and lost, for each young person has potential they should use in a good way.

Elkerbela’i indicated that materialistic and emotional privation is another challenge young people face who may take inappropriate ways to fulfill such desires, if they don’t find them possible to fulfill appropriately.

He also called for avoiding underestimating the youth, noting that those who underestimate young people with credentials will kill their credentials and potential, and it is inappropriate to compare an expert’s knowledge to a young person’s and think that their qualifications are inadequate, for they society needs young people with great potential.

Elkerbela’i stressed the necessity of appreciating the youth and discovering their capacities to use them properly.

He added further that young people with great knowledge and potential shouldn’t feel conceited, and therefore not be receptive or listen to others’ advice.

He said further that some people think success can be achieved with money, by having power, or an academic degree, noting that academic studies are essential to build the society, but that should not direct the attention merely to academic studies and neglect ethics, values, the Creator of life and the hereafter, appropriate traditions, and the sense of community belonging.

Elkerbela’i concluded, saying it’s important that intellectual and cultural establishments, schools, universities, and mass media take care of the youth, for they are the society’s promising future.


Editing: Wela’ EsSeffar

Translation: Mohammed Elobaidi