Teenagers!!!. They do the weirdest things, say the weirdest things and have a strange and somewhat bizarre lifestyle exclusive to themselves. It is the Teen culture that teenagers almost all over the world subscribe to. Only if you’re a teenager you will relate to these and consider it normal and furthermore only you will understand and embrace this lifestyle. Everyone else not in the category will consider your behaviour as ludicrous and abnormal. We would call it and aptly too, Teenage Turmoil with a generous lending of insanity. After all did our Prophet Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam not say that “Adolescence is a branch of insanity.”

Remember in the classic, biblical epic films of the 1950s, how Sodom and Gomorrah were portrayed? Hollywood took pains to depict these lost souls in the most debauched and irredeemable manner – to justify their subsequent destruction with fire and brimstone as punishment for their great sinfulness.

Today those Hollywood depictions don't even begin to capture the shocking reality of what is going on in America's youth culture which is sweeping across the globe at alarming rates. We concentrate here on just a few ‘newer activities’! Rebelliousness, drugs etc are proverbial. We need not go down this route.

First of all, there's sex. Of course it’s not surprising that this is the main target area of the devil and his human agents. After all it is the hormones of teenagers that rage like no other! The devil too knows about striking when the irons hot! For teenagers and sex there seem to be neither boundaries nor taboos any more when it comes to sex. Anything goes. Sex has become a ubiquitous, cheap, meaningless quest for ever-greater thrills. As an expert puts it, “the guy no longer has to lie to the girl, pretend he likes her or take her out to dinner to get sex – he just has to show up. It’s like an unspoken agreement! They’re both there for the same reason!

Moreover, with the evolution of online pornography, every type of sexual experience has literally been shoved under the noses of millions of teens against their will, who find their e-mail in-boxes filled with hard-core sexual images. As a result, religious leaders across the globe have gone hoarse in their voices exhorting us to stay away from pornography. For some it has become an addiction too!

What about body piercing? It has progressed from traditional earrings for females, to earrings for males (eager to display their "feminine side" which the '60’s cultural revolution sold them), to multiple piercings for both males and females in literally every part of the body.

It's the same progression to extremes with tattooing. And quiet bold and brazen they are about it. They even call it sin on skin! But why stop with "conventional" piercing and tattooing? Ritual scarification and 3D-art implants are big. How about tongue splitting? How about branding? How about amputations? That's right – amputations. Some people find these activities a real "turn-on."

There are no bounds – no lower limits. Whatever you can imagine, even for a second in the darkest recesses of your mind, know that someone somewhere is actually doing it, praising it, and drawing others into it via the Internet.

Strangest of all is the fact that any behaviour, any belief – no matter how obviously insane – is rationalized so it sounds reasonable, even spiritual. Satanism itself, and especially its variant, the worship of Lucifer (literally, "Angel of Light") can be made to sound almost enlightened – of course, only in a perverse way. But if you were sufficiently confused, rebellious and full of rage – if you had been set up by cruelty or hypocrisy (or both) to rebel against everything "good" – the forbidden starts to be mysteriously attractive. Surprisingly the Qur’aan tells us how shaytaan beautifies all that which is forbidden.

No question about it: The forbidden is very attractive. As a pop star admitted in a recent interview: "When someone tells me not to do something, I do it, that's just my rebellious nature." This rebellious nature happens to be standard in almost all teenagers left on the loose!

And what we’ve just mentioned above is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the behaviour and activities of teenagers today. What we know is shocking enough! What we don’t know as yet of their other clandestine activities, words cannot adequately convey our responses to what we would feel when we discover the levels we have degenerated to.

So why is it that teenagers and almost everyone is attracted to the forbidden? Why is it so exciting?

As we hurtle towards the day of reckoning Shaytaan in his last attempts will do everything to gather as many recruits as possible. This was the vow he made to Allah Ta’ala. In the words of the Qur’aan:

And I will lead them astray, fill them with false hopes, and I will command them so they will cut off the ears of the animals and they will change the creation of Allah. And whoever takes Shaytaan as a friend from besides Allah he has indeed suffered a great loss.” (Suratun Nisaa, verse: 119)

With all the physical transformations we see on teenagers today does the above verse not hold true? Is this sick and sordid behaviour anything else besides being caught up in the clutches of Shaytaan himself?

As parents, guardians and elders we need to do something seriously. Dismissing it as a ‘phase’ is not one of the things that we should be doing. Actually nipping the phase in the bud is the right way! Should we allow the first stages of teenager turmoil to go un-noticed, worse will follow and then nothing would be able to be done! Then we would be sitting with our heads in our hands with mountains of regrets for not stopping the madness in the name of ‘Teenagers’!

Our youth are our future leaders! We need to be on high alert to all that which would corrode and jeopardise their future roles!

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