and problems of Arab youth
Youth (a sample)
Written by: Zuhair Salem*
Youth issue in the world is regarded as one of the
significant priorities which come on top of the agendas
of research centers as well as the agendas of thinkers
and politicians. It also constitutes a significant
priority for civil society organizations through the
versified activities of these organizations, trying to
accommodate such an additional ability possessed by
youth and exploiting it, which would make youth more
productive and more dangerous at the same time.
The prophetic tradition honored the young men, who
establish their youth in obeying the Almighty, by having
the same position as the just rulers under the shade of
the Almighty's throne in the Day of Judgment.
Nevertheless, the Arabs considered the youth as a sort
of madness. They have decided that the youth is the
stage of life which if it is not engaged with the good
it would instead be engaged with the evil deeds.
Many speeches might be delivered as to how significant
such a stage of life is, because it is one of the
vigorous human sources of energy. It also must be
exploited in the construction, and it must not be
suppressed, diverted, ignored or wasted. This stage of
life can be labeled as (human being +energy + ambition),
and we can focus more on the additional capacity of
youth as described in the economical world.
The prophet peace and prayers be upon him has directed
the youth who are the owners of such an additional and
temporary energy of youth to make the best use of it: he
told the youth to utilize five things before five things
one of which is “your youth before getting old”.
When we talk about youth we are usually have both hope
and fear from and against them.
To contain youth and consume their various capacities,
people have created various activities and set up
centers, clubs, theaters, cinemas in order exploit their
capacities within a deliberate framework that consumes
bodily energies and spiritual and intellectual
aspirations. These centers design these activities
trying to establish an imaginary world within which
there is a conflict, each part is seeking to be in
control. In such worlds the youth energies are
discharged, and their instincts are satisfied rather
than polished. The moral dimension is not of the
objectives of such places that made youth consider the
evil as good and made the human an investment tool to
When we look carefully at the real situation of the
Arab youth in general and the Syrian youth in
particular, we find that youth lead such an abnormal
life, contradiction, and not willing to take
responsibility. They instead join the wrong paths.
This study endeavors to trace the interests of the Arab
youth in general and pursue their
aspirations, problems, concerns, and the obstacles
hindering them from expressing themselves and achieving
their goals. It is neither pessimistic about the Arab
youth future, nor it depicts their real situation.
Instead, it is an attempt to monitor the situation and
change it into the better. The study takes in
consideration that still there are many young people who
are good. In
addition, any other objective study cannot say that
youth are not positive even under bad circumstances.
Our youthful communities
Whereas the prevailing beliefs in the west have
transformed the communities there into divided sects,
our Arab and Islamic beliefs make promising communities.
This fact gives youth in our Arab communities such an
additional significance, and makes them constitute a
strategic challenge for their nation, political systems
and their enemies alike. Some people view this
demographical dimension as negative, and hence; they say
it is necessary to put limits to population growth,
though it is against the construction of the family.
However, some others say it is positive and supporting
force to civilized construction.
According to a survey carried out by American Gallop
Organization in April, 2009, youth under 15 in the Arab
World make up one third of the population, those who are
aged between 15-29 years make up 100 million out of the
total population of 330 million. This means that
children and youth of the Arab World make up two thirds
of the Arab world population. This makes the governments
of the Arab world required to secure one million job
opportunities in the upcoming decades.
Birth control policies, with all its means, as
presented by population and International Development
Organizations Conferences as a solution for the
population growth is escaping from responsibility. The
Arab world political systems as well as the civil
organization implement such policies because they are
just following the west suit.
The Arab youth of which the Syrian youth are part,
represent in my opinion a powerful factor as well as an
essential condition for the success of renaissance
When we focus on the Syrian youth situation, which is a
model to the Arab youth, we find that there are various
groups some of which arouse fear and hence make us
apprehensive. We are anxious about our youth, their
identity, their present and their future. Such fear may
not be the same as the international or the American
fear. Of course, we are worried about the extremism and
at the same time we are worried about the loss of
identity and disorder in orientation and extravagant
lives, corruption, and ignorance. The study endeavors to
trace the interests of the Arab Youth by taking the
Syrian youth as a model.
and problems of Arab youth
Syrian Youth (a sample)
Written by: Zuhair Salem*
of leisure and opulence
I want to confirm here that I do not want to denounce
the situation of the Arab youth in this study. The study
is conducted in a sense of responsibility towards all
youth and their interests.
One of the youth groups which I have classified is
youth of opulence and
leisure which arouses worry and concerns. This group is
not exclusive to the Arab world because the children are
those who are aged until eighteen and youth those who
reached the age of twenty-one.
According to the thinker Edward Cornish, world youth
are corrupted. Moral
chaoses, absence of vision, and violence have befallen
on the world youth instead of visions of futurity. Youth
are now looking for the instant moment, satisfying
pleasures or whims, and they are obsessed by such
One of the thinkers named Bill Moyron ascribes such
things to the youth inability to think in such realistic
and creative way. He also says that youth lack the
vision to the future with hope and aspiration, and that
they also suffer form the future phobia which makes them
their thinking to the instant moment. For that reason
they get into the future without being prepared for it
and hence they find themselves in a great deal of
Some of the Arab world youth are just looking forward
to satisfying pleasures: they hang around streets; spend
one's time in cafes.
They are very much interested in video clips,
movies viewers, drugs addicted. In addition, they like
none and they are inconvincible, unserious, and
indifferent. This is one group of the Arab youth whose
main interests are "where are we going to stay up
tonight?", "Who are we going to stay up
with?", "Which clothes are we going to
wear?", "How are we going to be fit in this or
that clothing, haircut,
car, shoes etc. They deliberately fail in the courses at
university for they believe their university period is a
pleasure. Such people follow up with the latest fashions
in clothes, food and drink, perfumes and audios.
For that reason, many reports were written which say
that there is secret American invasion in the hearts of
Syrian (Arabic) cities. The reports say that there are
clothes, food and drink, tastes which appeal to many
young people who boast about having such things. This
invasion breaks into our cities peacefully in which we
find our children contribute in the destruction of our
civilization. In the past, however, we have known
A new report by Mr. Waleed Azu'bi in Ba'ath newspaper
on 7/1/2010 with regard to this group of young people:
“Young people without wills follow such consumptive
fashions, greatly affected by the western culture.
Therefore, you find them live in their countries while
behaving in other communities' cultures as if they are
Jai Solomon, another researcher in Wall Street Journal
"Consumptive policy in
Another person comments on this group of youth as they
use a language named cocktail which is only
understandable by this group. It includes words and
terms form all the world languages about which they have
all agreed; it belongs to their own world.
Another one concludes that the youth persistence on
having American fast food indicates that "Uncle
Sam" culture is going to prevail.
In his article in Ba'ath newspaper, Mr Zu'bi notices
youth persistence on imitation as an indicator in their
behavior. He also states that such an imitation habit
for such youth group. For example, they wear tight jeans
no matter how inconvenient these jeans are. Wearing
these jeans, however, does not make the body elegant.
Some of these youth make you get shocked, who you cannot
distinguish the males form females, in that they look
like sign boards, for they wear clothes on which there
are pictures and
drawings of famous actors, etc.
He says that such pictures and drawings propagate
for cultures that are totally different from ours. These
people play the role of sign boards that propagate for
sexism and deviation.
What is more worrying about this group of youth
(leisure and opulence group) is
imitating superstars, star academy and other useless
episodes which have crawled into our communities. They,
for example, imitate the western culture in sleeping,
dressing, food, love and other non-Muslim values which
seem as though they are normal such as sleeping with
friends. This is just an instance of what Mr. Zu'bi
wrote in Ba'ath newspaper which
is also a sample of a conservative Arab sample.
The youth of this group have neither worry nor goals to
serve their nation. When these people are asked easy
questions such as: how many months are there in a year?
Who is Yusif Al-Adham? What is the history of unity
Although such group of youth is limited in number, and
they are the children of wealthy and government
officials, they represent a threat to our public. Not
only they do harm themselves and their company, but also
they have such a negative effect on their community.
This group is actually anger-provoking, anger,
unlikeable by the community.
The secret invasion breaks into political, security and
economic families through such corrupted youth. This
invasion greatly affects our children: sons and
daughters without any person being anxious about that.
Such a group of society youth is not directed by the
society, even with guided care. Many Syrians know that
addiction to drugs have reached most of the high class
families. We have really to get scared of these youth
the same way we are afraid that they are corrupted.
Such a group of youth can be characterized as group of
wastefulness, and it does not belong to modernization in
its neither ideological concept nor its practical and
civilized reflection. Modernization, with these two
dimensions, has no place neither in the life of Arabs
nor of the Syrians.
Modernization as a philosophical and practical
attitude is not just acting against beliefs and
legislations but it also has its own attitude towards
The security of the state is being penetrated in Deir
*Director of The
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