The Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said: “Whoever guides to good has the like of the reward of the person who actually does it.” [Bukhari – Adab Al-Mufrad]
Call others to Good – Call each other to do good and to good and beneficial events and activities. Know that ‘Good’ does not need to be boring. Sports is good, getting together and playing games is good, enjoying yourself is good and all things fun can be good.
I remember when were growing up, when it used to be time for Salah we would knock on each other’s door on the way to the Mosque and go as a group. In the summer days we would play football from after Asr until Maghrib and our meet up point would be the Mosque. Sometime after Maghrib the lot of us would sit in the Mosque and recite Qur’an together until Esha time.It was easier to do because we did it in a group.
Try it – next time on your way to the Mosque, call your neighbours and friends to join you. As you are walking to the Mosque, call on any youths that you see and just tell them that it’s Salah time and that you are going to the Mosque and it would be nice to see them there. They may not respond on day one or respond at all, but imagine if they were constantly told by passers by on their way to the Mosque that it’s Salah time, it is bound to take affect one day.
If we can create an environment where doing wrong is looked down upon and uncool then insha Allah it will be easier for our youth to return to the straight path.
May Allah guide us and our youth.