Assalamualaikum lovely souls! Hope you all are doing well! In the previous blog post we talked about our new offerings in the form of mentorships and tools. In this post, we wanted to talk about why young adults need mentors in the first place.
Importance of Mentorship in Islam
Since we are using Islamic Philosophy in our teachings, we wanted to also share what Islam says about the need for mentors.
“The believers, men and women, are supporters of one another; they enjoin good, and forbid evil; they perform the Salah, and give the Zakah, and obey Allah and His Messenger. Allah will have His mercy on them.” [9:71 The Quran]
This particular verse from chapter Al-Tawbah, emphasizes the need for mentors (i.e. supporters), to provide guidance on embarking towards the right path and to encourage performing good deeds while staying away from evil deeds.
What Sets Us Apart?
In the western perspective, mentorship programs primarily focus on human to human relationships, in order to have a more harmonious and successful life. On the other hand, in an Islamic perspective mentorships are aimed at improving both human to God and human to human relationships while keeping both the success of this life and the afterlife in mind. And that is what sets us apart. The advice we give and the programs we plan and execute will have Allah as its pivot.
Why Did We Choose To Target Young Adults?
Young adults are basically those from the age of 18-25. This is the age where most of them would either start their higher education or get started with work. In essence, this is a group of people who are taking their first steps into the practical world. This is where they would need someone to hold their hands and lead them in the right direction. This is the time when they will be making some big life-changing decisions.
Up until the age of 18, we always have someone to hold us accountable. Whether it is our parents at home or our teachers in our schools. However, as we enter early adulthood, we feel overwhelmed as we are used to following a certain structure that keeps us afloat; as a young adult, you need to suddenly start making your own decisions and some level of maturity and independence is required from you.
Does all of that make you feel lost and uncertain? Well, that is exactly why we targeted young adults! There are a lot of youth programs, but hardly any for young adults specifically. We wanted to fill that very gap.
How Can We Help As Mentors
Albert Einstein once wrote,
“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
Our young people have their unique set of strengths and weaknesses. Limiting someone based on societal standards stunts their growth. At Two Souls One Chai, our purpose is to give young adults the space to spread their wings and be themselves without worrying about churning out results. This is where you can understand yourself and pave your own unique career path without any curriculum and at your own pace.
Young adults can often feel isolated and disconnected from the adults around them. This is unfortunately the case in our desi community. We believe that if our mentorship programs can help build trust among young adults and can represent the dynamics of a positive relationship with our Creator and His creations, then perhaps they can make better relationship choices where they feel grounded and connected.
So What’s Next?
If this sparked your interest and you feel we can be of some help to you then feel free to explore our various programs and see what meets your needs and don’t hesitate to sign up!
Umair and I were just discussing that even if we can just help one young adult our purpose will be fulfilled. It would mean a lot if you give us and our venture a chance to change lives, Inshallah.
Rabail and Umair Khan