The Deen Team (established in March 2016) is a youth development initiative dedicated to addressing the vital roles that Muslim youth play as future leaders of the Ummah. With different programs attuned to the youth’s critical stage in life, we seek to address real-life problems and give the support needed for young people to live lives as dedicated Muslim youth and blossom into stable adults.
The Deen Team operates with innovative programme formats in three very specific areas:
- Youth Programmes for boys between ages 13 and 18 in school and beyond
- After care and reintegration for recovering drug addicts (Rope of Hope)
- University programmes (TDT on Campus)
The Deen Team is structured much like an NPO with a panel of trustees serving as board members. We are blessed to also have a team of reputable South African Ulama from who actively serve The Deen Team in an advisory capacity.
The Deen Team relies completely on the generosity of the Muslim public. At selected events we may charge a fee but that is to cover the expenses related that particular event.
Islam also emphasises the importance of the youth. Amongst the 5 most important questions that will be asked on the day of Qiyaamah will be regarding how we spent our youth. Allah has also reserved a special seat under his arsh for the righteous youth.
After the conquest of Makkah, Rasoolullah (saw) appointed a young man by the name of Utbah bin Usayd who was just 21 years old as the governor of Makkah. Usamah bin Zaid who was barely out of his teens was the leader of the last army sent by Rasoolullah (saw) and these are just two amongst many other examples.
As a community it is our responsibility to ensure that our youth are positively stimulated in wholesome activity so that they are not left with a vacuum and get caught up in distractions and temptations. In English they say “An idle mine is a devils workshop”.
The Deen Team’s activities are part of filling that vacuum and guiding youngsters in the right direction.
(Benjamin Disraeli - former British prime minister).
This couldn't be more true.
The youth is the future and the future is the youth.
It is probably this thought that gave birth to THE DEEN TEAM.
For some time now, I have been following some of the initiatives and activities of The Deen Team.
A group of young people who have taken up the challenge of inspiring, guiding, engaging, supporting and fostering a sense of brotherhood amongst the youth through various events and programs. These programs while they serve to engender Deeni awareness, noble character, good manners and caring for others, they also provide an avenue for the youth to safeguard themselves from the temptations that are constantly beckoning.
The founders and administrators themselves being young people who understand the challenges faced by the youth, make it very much easier for youth to relate to and confide in them.
It is my dua that Allah Ta'ala take them from strength to strength, assist them in their noble endeavour, fulfil their every need, grant them success and guide them to that which pleases HIM.
The Deen Team has what it takes to promote good and forbid from evil in a unique way. May Allah swt accept their effort, grant them success and grant our community especially the youth to take maximum benefit from this opportunity. To Deen Team please keep up your good work and keep your courage up. Don't worry about what people will say rather worry about what Allah swt will be happy with. My duas and duas of our community at large are with you for your resounding success, aameen yaa rabbal aalameen. Your brother in Islam.
It was a learning experience for many amongst the young Ulama, students and fathers to note how Deeni Lessons, Values and Combating Vice and Sin can be taught through a different mode, which grips the innocent children and youth of the ummah.
The Islamic viewpoint on Music, its harms, ill effetcs and what consequences it will have in the aakhirah was a topic that was explained and shared in an atmosphere susceptible to the youth. Many who were immuned to Music made taubah and gave up listening from the reports we received after this session.
The very cool and calm approach displayed while presenting the harms of substance abuse touched the hearts of children and parents, whilst few who were addicted went for rehabilitation and today living a better quality life.
The inter-action with the youth via sporting and recreational activities was appreciated by the youth, who enjoyed the programmes, actively participated and found it to be an experience of learning and reform.
May Allah ta'aalaa allow the Deen Team to always remain focused on their vision and mission statement and allow the challenged youth of the ummah to see the light and find the pathway to guidance through their programmes and activities.