Germany: Muslim Youth and Puzzling Identities

"The profile of the German Muslim youth has been changed visibly. Their expectations towards their local communities, their parents and also towards their society have been changed likewise. But dangers increase on the other hand. If you neglected those young people, there might be a possibility of ending up in drugs, violence and crime. We are not able to address all the masses, but we rather have to deal with the youth personally, individually and locally," Mesut Gülbahar, chairman of Islamische Gemeinschaft Milli Gôrüs (IGMG)'s youth section, commented on the situation of Muslim youth in Germany.

"My parents wanted to educate me in a certain direction, but I don't think they succeeded in their attempt because they missed something important: They could not give me a Muslim identity that is compatible with Germany," Hischam Abul Ola, a German Muslim youth, summarized his point of view.

Torn between different identities and affected by real problems (such as unemployment, poverty, educational deficiencies, and assumedly crime), young Muslims in Germany are trying to find their way, not only in their daily lives but also in their religious practice.

Seen with a sober eye, Germany seems to be missing a lot when it comes to the traditional role model of the "Futuwwa" that shaped, for more than thousand of years, the attributes of Muslim youth. The young Muslims are not to be blamed for this statue, but rather the current circumstances and the failing of the previous generations to create the proper condition for the appearance of this life transaction are to be blamed.

There are currently around 1.5 million Muslim children and youth living in Germany. Mostly, their parents and mosque societies are caring for their religious education. So far, there is no Islamic teaching in state-run schools, an issue discussed for years.

Recently, there are pilot projects in some of the German federal states. "But even if Muslim students are informed about their religion by means of regular Islamic teaching in the state schools, this would be only a small contribution to the religious identity of young Muslims," observed well-known sociologist Werner Schiffauer.


Source: Islam Online (English)


Anonymous said...

Instilling kids with an Islamic identity is ot the job of a school system in a secular society. It's also incredibly counterproductive because it detracts from real education and the students who would be taught this curriculum are, at least in the States, almost without exception in special education and are already way behind the ball. It's also using tax dollars and government infrastructure to ultimately turn kids seditious, which will be Germany's undoing. Religious education has absolutely no place in public schools. The reason these kids feel that a Muslim identity is incompatible with a German identity is because the two are essentially incompatible. The German identity is one which is hard-working, industrious, and places a high value on literacy, education, personal responsibility, and individual agency; it is nationalist and still kinda Christian. It is everything that a Muslim identity is not and could never aspire to be. It's not a coincidence that 2nd- and 3rd generation Muslim immigrants feel isolated from German society. They are completely different in their belief systems, work ethic, and social values.

FreeSpeech said...

Now they found someone else to blame.