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In the Name of God بسم الله
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For Those in the 21st Century....

So how’s this whole 21st century thing coming along? Yeah. With the passage of time, each new era is forced to carry a higher burden and inherit a larger legacy than the generation before. Time is a double edged sword. On one end, more time can expand the opportunity to build constructive relationships, goodwill, positive institutions, and human progress. Conversely, time can serve to widen the accumulation of baggage, knot tighter the machinations of deceit and derision, and aid in the sol

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For Those Facing Bullies...

Salaam: If you've ever suffered from bullying, you know how traumatic it can be. The stress, the anxiety, the intimidation throughout the painful encounter. Not to mention the anticipation for the next one. Never a moment to take off the chain of fear, unless you are lucky to preoccupy yourself or have supportive friends.  I've been fortunate to not experience severe bullying myself, although I've had occasional small incidents here and there. Unfortunately, this doesn't happen for eve

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For Those Seeking Truth...

We all seek truth. But what is truth? Truth is what is real. So in other words, we are seeking what is real. As the verse below from Surah al-Isra states: This makes a prolific point. Only truth is real and will remain standing. Falsehood, illusion, and delusion are not real, and are destined to vanish. This is the opposite of truth. It's in our intrinsic nature to seek the everlasting, because the very soul of humankind is eternal. Therefore, the human being desires truth over untruth. T

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For Those Struggling...

I know many such threads exist, but everything in life needs a reminder, especially in this saturated Information Age.  For all those struggling, with whatever it is, big or small, revealed or concealed, internal or external, whatever the story, understand that Allah (swt) is in control, and to him lies the ultimate resolution, the ultimate arbitration, and the ultimate peace. This dunya is a chaotic and complex place. Everyone suffers afflictions, often due to the misguided actions an

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For Those Who Are Perfectionistic...

A very important point for self-reflection. Has our youthful generation become overly conscious of ourselves, to a narcissistic degree of over self-importance? Is our demands for the ideal aesthetic, a customized and polished version of the individual, an obsession with ourselves as the ultimate adaptive social creature, leading us towards excess fragility and anxiety? Why this fixation and compulsion with making ourselves the perfect product? Why this excessive idealism towards manufacture

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For Those Who Use Social Media...

Yes, I hate social media. Especially the most common ones. For the record, I have a nearly empty Facebook profile I only use to follow a few group pages. I don't send friend invites, but I may accept some if I know that person well enough. I don't have a Twitter, Instagram, or any other major social media service. Something just doesn't seem right. Social media is not comprised of people, but of profiles, which are at best theoretical reflections of people. And this makes a huge difference.

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For Those Who Are Spenders...

According to Zizek, we live in an era of "cultural capitalism".  We're not just terminal consumers of hollow products, rather we're consumers of the broader philosophies, ethos, lifestyles, and symbolisms attached to the products. Humanistic, cultural, or loftier ends are commonly invoked as an effect of the purchase. His example was Starbucks. You don't just buy a cup of coffee, but you buy into a "coffee ethics", where part of your money goes to help the coffee farmers and help starving childr

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For Those Who Are Deliberately Delaying Marriage..

I'm currently reading the online book "Youth and Spouse Selection". It was written in the 90s, primarily targeted towards youth in Iran (but has some relevance to youth everywhere). One particular story shared was quite eye opening:     Full text of book here: http://www.al-islam.org/youth-and-spouse-selection-ali-akbar-mazaheri  

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Welcome!

Welcome to the revitalized Volcano Republic Blog! Feel free to hang around if you like. 

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