Which parent finds the threshold of the alternate universe of their teens easy to cross? Let’s not kid ourselves: The teen rites of passage of the past and present are hardly comparable. The pressures on the modern Muslim teen are unimaginable. Our youth are facing existential, and not merely identity, crises.
Modern Islamic education for teens needs a radical revamp. We cannot isolate our teens. But how do we insulate them? Without providing our teens with a clear compass with both an intelligence and spiritual quotient (IQ/SQ), they will be unable to negotiate the waters of an increasingly turbulent future.
For Ustadh Hassan, teaching is a calling to perfect the virtues of the soul and the acuity of the mind for both teacher and student. He grounds his teaching in Islamic belief, spirituality, character and practice, then uses a diversity of resources – literature and poetry, critical book reviews, acclaimed documentaries – to inoculate the student’s mind and heart from the false fads and fashions of post-modernity.
With a degree and many sub-specializations in teaching, years of educational consultantship, commitment to studying sacred knowledge, and his pioneering work with the teens of the Suhbah Program, Ustadh Hassan is a unique mentor. He negotiates the teen universe with ease, energy, empathy, commitment and candour.
Teens love his classes and before they realize it, they are inhabiting a different world. And parents see the hallmarks of this new residency: a deepening love of Allah and His Messenger ﷺ; a rising commitment to beautiful character and etiquette (akhlaq and adab); precocious spiritual certainty; and startling intellectual confidence. And with Allah is all success and solicitude.