"That person is not of us ... the elder who has no compassion for the young and the young who has no respect for the elder." - Prophet Muhammad
The Generation Gap is a continual source of pain and confusion for every successive generation and is often seen as the difficulties and struggles represented in the attitudes and experiences of people of differing ages who share the same time span.
The Generation Gap occurs when older and younger people do not understand each other. This is brought about because there arises a lack of communication between one generation and another, especially between young people and their parents, who may have different perspectives, tastes, outlook, ...
Prophetic Example of Bridging the Generational Gap:
Our beloved Prophet announced prophet-hood at the age of forty and therefore, it is well-known that a sizable majority of his companions were much younger than him.
Throughout the Prophet's life, he maintained a most perfect balance between appreciating and respecting the wisdom and the experience of the elder companions such as Khadijah and Abu Bakr as-Siddiq at the same time appreciating and respecting the dynamism and the sharp insights of the younger companions such as Ali ibn Talib, 'Aishah and Abdullah ibn Abbas.
The beloved Prophet led by example when he kissed his grandchildren at a time in Arabia when such intimacy was not common. We learn from Abu Huraira (may Allah be pleased with him) that, Allah's Apostle kissed Al-Hasan bin Ali while Al-Aqra' bin Habis At-Tamim was sitting beside him. Al-Aqra said, "I have ten children and I have never kissed anyone of them." Allah's Apostle cast a look at him and said, "Whoever is not merciful to others will not be treated mercifully."
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October 25, 2007.
Unto him we may enrich our swalath
Unto him we may turn our face in grief
Unto him we may shower our love,and
From him the answers for all the quries.
There's no pont for scolding we should listen to them and guide
them the right way and show them what's wrong and whats right.
Children will emmulate their parents in very way possible. It is therefore important for us parents to lay a foundation that will nuture our children towards the rightly guided path.
Generation Gap has been a burning issue in modern society, and we can learn lesson from the traditions of Prophet(PBUH)and other Islamic spiritual leaders.
What is more required is to maintain self-respect, respect for self and respect for others. Give respect to win respect, and if we practiced this, there would not be any issue of Generation Gap or other social problems related to that.
The article is hallmark and we could benefit a lot from this, with further readings and guiding from other related sources.
We much show them mercy, but we also must set limits for them and show them the seriousness of setting parameters for acceptable behaviour.
I came to Islam because of the clear roles and responsibilities it sets out for us. How can I then not encourage my own children (Muslims by birth, not by choice) to adopt such guidelines if I am overly lenient with them.
It would have been nice to see a more detailed article in this respect.