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If there is one thing that you will be constantly challenged on throughout your life, it is your identity.
Many of us through the peak of our teenage years think that this is the time where you’ll grapple with the fundamental questions and find yourself. All the fights with your parents about curfews, asking to be treated as an adult, being particular about what you do and don’t like should mean something right?
And yet as you leave the confines of high school, a place you knew like the back of your hand and realise you’re now part of the big bad world; it hits you.
You have no idea who you are and what you’re doing.
To make matters worse, almost everyone is chomping at the bit to tell you. The definition of a ‘good Muslim’ is set on a pedastal so high it’s impossible to fulfil, and that fills you with guilt when you fail to reach it. The expectations set by your parents, teachers and elders of who you should become can be at odds with what you want to be. The worst comes from external forces: society, mainstream media and governments have tried to change what being an acceptable Muslim is, which is slowly eroding that which makes you different and unique.
With such powerful conflicting messages clashing with your own personal struggles, what can you do?
This edition is set up to help start this journey by taking you back to the beginning: how does Allah (swt) see you as His Creation? What did He mean when He chose you to be a Muslim? How much of your identity is shaped by your environment? What of the darker parts of yourself that you keep hidden? This journey will be difficult, as personal endeavours always are, but by asking these uncomfortable questions along with learning our legacy, we hope this edition will help you answer this: