Muslim youths in Zimbabwe have been implored not to sit back and wait for the future to arrive but to actively participate in the mainstream economy.

Muslim youths in Africa, especially in non-Muslim countries where they live as a minority group, are faced with a number of challenges that threaten their spirituality, social and economic well-being.

This has seen the youths failing to contribute to national development.

The Zimbabwe Muslim Youth Organisation National Youth Conference held in Harare gathered youths from across the country’s 10 provinces to equip them with entrepreneurial and life skills.

Muslims constitute nearly a quarter of the world’s population according to president of the Supreme Council of the Islamic Affairs Zimbabwe Sheikh Ishmael Duwa, who says imparting knowledge to the youths will enable them to navigate the volatile external environment.

Running under the theme: ‘Harnessing Skills for Youth Transformation: Build 2019’, the conference is centred on career development, youth leadership and peer education.

It also touches on creativity and entrepreneurship, sustainable development and Islamic economic development perspective.