One could argue that there is a gap between any two generations, even some of the Sahāba are reported to have said, “Realise that your children are living in a different time to yours.”
However, the 21st century brings with it unprecedented challenges to not only young Muslims but the human race itself. In this Islam21c Big Discussion panel, Ust Abu Haneefah, Sh Abu Younus and Dr Uthman Lateef discuss what they believe are some pressing issues facing young people in 21st century Britain, and what we can do as a community to ensure the next generation doesn’t just survive but thrive.
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Discussions about children’s education should include different opinions, not just Islamic ones, for the modern, multi-religious world that children are growing up in. What would you think if a discussion on the future of Palestine was conducted exclusively by Jews? This is a subject for Islam21C to address.
Living in the modern world means understanding the various arguments and opinions which inform religious and political policies, especially if the child lives in a non-Moslem majority country. Censorship of uncomfortable opinions (as I have experienced on Islam21C posts,) is like sticking your heads in the sand.
For example are Moslem children taught about evolution, the scientific writings of Charles Darwin, the branch of anthropology concerned with fossil hominoids and the start of human beings on Earth about 2 million years ago? Are they allowed to challenge assumptions developed before modern science discovered these facts?
Not to allow children to discuss these subjects, which of course challenge religious beliefs of all faiths, is to indoctrinate them into rival, incompatible states of mind which lie at the root of most of the dysfunctional governments today.