Islam & Nihilism: My Poison & My Cure

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In this book, the author seeks to make clear the growing problem of nihilism prevalent throughout the world. The feeling of the meaninglessness of life has more and more people in its grip, and this book explains the root causes of this issue, along with outlining its effects. This is done as a type of diagnosis of an illness which is connected to growing problems of depression and suicide which nearly everyone has either experienced themselves first hand, or knows someone who has. Religion, and more specifically, Islam, is offered as a cure to this illness, and step by step it is shown how Islam has within its framework the antidote to many of the issues caused by nihilism, along with providing a toolkit to many of the common obstacles/objections that impede the way towards Islamic Monotheism.

Author(s): Yusuf Ponders
Edition: First
Publisher: Sapience Publishing
Year: 2023

Language: English
Pages: 148

preface 1
Who Am I & Why Do I Care? 3
Introduction 11
part one: beginning to understand nihilism 15
The Philosophy of Nihilism 17
The Importance of Nihilism 19
Nihilism’s Relevance to Goals and Values 23
A Higher Value Undermining Itself 25
part two: the causes & effects of nihilism 29
The Rise of “Post-Truth” 31
Societal Exhaustion 33
Overwhelmed by Overabundance 35
Nihilism as a Sickness 39
Truth & Techno-Hypnosis 43
Society, Obligation & Duty 45
A Fractured Society 51
Morality, Meaning & Leaps of Faith 55
The Nihilist Yearning 61
part three: overcoming obstacles 65
What Obstacles? 67 Why Believe in the Divine? 69
No Empirical Evidence? 71
Too Many Gods & Religions! 75
On the Wisdom of Old 81
More on Leaps of Faith 87
On Finding Balance 93
part four: islam as an antidote 97
The Final Step 99
Recommending Prevention and Cure 101
Post-Truth and Epistemic Nihilism 105
Overcoming Pessimism & Instilling Hope 109
Combatting Scepticism and Moral Nihilism 115
Patience, Contentment & Perseverance 123
Duty & Responsibility 127
A Solid Foundation for the Human Being 131
Conclusion 141
bibliography 143