Take advantage of your youth, because you are today able to perform optional fasts, and tomorrow, when you are approaching old age, and you will need to nourish and feed your bones and flesh, you will not be able to withstand the pains of fasting. Right now, you are a youth who can perform congregational prayers at mosque, you can attend knowledge sharing events or circles, you can get up and pray in the middle of night, staying up in the bowings and prostrations that you can present to the Lord of the Worlds to bear witness for you, or to one day keep you company in the loneliness of your grave. You can read at least a few verses of al Quran with its meaning everyday to rejuvenate and calm your soul. Today, you are in the early years of your life, the years of your youth. The time of youth, O brothers, is the time of struggle. It is the time in which you are supposed to exert yourself and sacrifice! It is the time in which you are not tied down with many responsibilities, as you are alone, or have just a wife and child. Tomorrow, as the years pass, the responsibilities pile up, the problems of the world catch up to you, and you wish to solve the problems of your family, children, and relatives – this will take much of your time.
ʺTake advantage of five things before five other things: from your youth before your old age, your health before your sickness, your wealth before your poverty, your free time before you become occupied, and from your life before your death.ʺ (Hadis Sahih)
Adapted from: Abdullah Azzam. (n.d). A message to every youth. At-Tibyan Publications.