Independent Research: The youth are more accepting of the truth

In the name of Allah the Most Gracious the Most Merciful

The youth are more accepting of the truth

Collected and translated by Trying To Follow The Salaf

The youth, generally, are more likely to accept the truth due to the mere fact that their minds are more open and willing to change.

Imaam Sa’di also made this point in his explanation of Surah Yunus: 83,

فما ءامن لموسى إلا ذرية من قومه على خوف…إلخ الآية

“But no one believed Moses, except [some] offspring among his people, for fear of Pharaoh and his establishment that they would persecute them. And indeed, Pharaoh was haughty within the land, and indeed, he was of the transgressors”

He said,

“And the wisdom, and Allah knows best, as to why only the people who believed in Musaa were the offsprings from his nation is because the offsprings and youth are more accepting of the truth and quicker to submit to the truth as oppose to elders, and those like them, who have been nurtured (or cultivated) upon disbelief.

For this reason – due to what remains in their hearts from corrupt beliefs – the elders are furthest away from accepting the truth than others”

Look at the companions and how there were many who converted in their youth.

Then look to Abu Taalib who, although he knew Islam was the truth* and even went as far as to protect and aid the Prophet (peace be upon him), didn’t accept Islam due to fearing his reputation and his lineage becoming tarnished.

He had false beliefs and was nurtured upon that. That fear of change stayed with him until he reached his deathbed and prevented him from accepting Islam.

*There are a couple lines of poetry in Abu Taalib’s famous “Laamiyyah” (that i’ll try my best to translate and corrections are appreciated) that shows that he believed in Islam and it was the truth. He said,

لقد علموا أن ابننا لا مكذب…لدينا و لا يعني بقول الأباطل

“Surely they know that our son is not a liar with us and he doesn’t mean statements of falsehood.”

و لقد علمت أن دين محمد… خير أديان البرية دينا

“And surely I knew that the Deen of Muhammad is the best out of all of the other ways of life.”

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