The Challenge of the Millennial Generation of Muslims: Between the Dilemma of Progress and Setbacks


The millennial Muslim generation has a striking, creative, energetic, and optimistic existence. But not all Muslims today are part of this millennial generation. Some groups refuse, support, or mediate. Modernity, in essence, is no longer a symptom that must be opposed, fought, and destroyed; on the contrary, millennial Muslims believe that faith and modernity can collaborate, go hand in hand, and complement each other. Muslim societies are forced to make changes in mindset and reform their communities so that they can improve their backwardness and are finally able to make many positive contributions. Science, technology, and information are vital parts of progress that have dominated all aspects of social life, even religion. The rapid freedom of information can be taken as an opportunity, while it can also become a challenge for Muslim societies in facing the positive and negative impacts that attack internally and externally, which will cause major changes in influencing the creed, association, and thoughts that slowly damage the teachings of Islam. So it is necessary to have a critical attitude and moderate understanding in facing challenges amid the current of modernity.

Keywords: millennial, generation, Muslim, religion, modern

[1] Alam S, Aunuh N, Luthfi M. “E-Court Effectiveness of Religious Courts in Indonesia,” Atl. Press, vol. 590, 2021, [Online]. Available: citations?view_op=view_citation&hl=id&user=jHB7DKQAAAAJ&citation_for_view= jHB7DKQAAAAJ:YsMSGLbcyi4C

[2] Robertson R. Globalization: Social Theory and Global Culture. London: Sage; 1992.

[3] Tomlison J. Localization and culture. Cambridge: Polity Press; 1999.

[4] Castells M. The power of identity Malden. MA: Blackwell; 1997.

[5] Giddens A. The consequences of modernity. California: Stanford University Press; 1990.

[6] Giddens A. Modernity and self identity: Self and Society in The Late of Modern Age. Cambridge: Polity Press; 1991.

[7] Mouffe C. On the political, thinking in action. Canada: Routledge; 2005.

[8] Wedon C. Identity, and culture. New York: Open University Press; 2004.

[9] Andalas PM. “Homo Religiosus Digital: Faith Formation In The Digital Age,” in International Conference on Religion and Public Civilization (ICRPC 2018), 2019, pp. 122–125.

[10] Hasan A. The Doctrine of Ijma’ in Islam. Islamabad: Islamic Research Institute; 1976.

[11] Ameri MR. “Mafhum Huquq al-Jil al-Ththalith,” Falnāmah-i Pizhūhish-i Huqūq-i Umūmī, vol. 15, no. 39, pp. 167–196, 2013.

[12] Chapra MU. The future of economics: An Islamic perspective. United Kingdom: The Islamic Foundation; 2016.

[13] Oakley A. Sex, gender and society. London: Routledge; 2016.

[14] Katsir I. Tafsir Ibn Katsir. 1st ed. Bandung: Sinar Baru Al-Gensindo; 2002.

[15] A. al-H. Al Mawardi, al-Ahkam al-Sultaniyyah. Beirut: Dâr al-Kutub al-Ilmiyah; 1973.

[16] Bucailie M. Bibel, Qur’an dan Sains Modern. Jakarta: Bulan Bintang; 2000.