Fountain Archive

2015

Issue 108 (November - December 2015)
The Fountain
1076

Combatting The Extremist Cancer

The more the news places Islam side by side with terrorism, the louder we will cry that Islam is peace. This issue of The Fountain adds one more voice to this cry, with three strong articles. "Muslims... read more..

Issue 108 (November - December 2015)
M. Fethullah Gulen
2038

Muslims Must Combat the Extremist Cancer

As the group that calls itself Islamic State, known as ISIS, continues to produce carnage in the Middle East, Muslims must confront the totalitarian ideology that animates it and other terrorist group... read more..

Issue 108 (November - December 2015)
Adem Arikanli
1196

A Mystery Signal: Yawning

Humans were created to be aware of our surroundings. We pick up on what is happening around us, and inside us, via certain signs. Every organism has a body language. And every body generates various s... read more..

Issue 108 (November - December 2015)
Sumayya B. Sharaf
1244

Literacy, Violence, and Reading Habits in the World

According to UNESCO, literacy is, "the ability to identify, understand, interpret, create, communicate, and compute, using printed and written materials associated with varying contexts. Literacy invo... read more..

Issue 108 (November - December 2015)
Ali Erkan Uguz
1069

The Design of the Vascular Tissue in Plants

Just as humans have blood vessels under their skin, leaves also have vessels. These vessels transport water and various nutrients around through the leaves and trunk of the plant. Be it giant sequoias... read more..

Issue 108 (November - December 2015)
Sermed Ogretim
1103

Birth of Physical Principles of Educational Philosophy

I remember a renowned author saying "I don't talk about the articles I want to write; because when I do so, I fail to write them." I also remember a anonymous person shouting at people, "if you have a... read more..

Issue 108 (November - December 2015)
Barbara Anderson
1118

Friendships Rooted in Faith and Love

It was September, 2003. A diverse group of women from many different Christian denominations, both Catholic and Protestant, began meeting at Dublin Community Church-United Church of Christ, in Dublin... read more..

Issue 108 (November - December 2015)
Nuh Ozdin
1178

The Rhythm Embroided Into Existence

Events that occur on the space-time continuum and then vanish have been granted a certain, specific period of time. As we discover that every object in the universe, no matter how big or small, is org... read more..

Issue 108 (November - December 2015)
Elif Cansu Guler
1284

Church of Mary

In his book, The Culture of Ambiguity: Another History of Islam, the contemporary Islamic scholar Thomas Bauer wrote:For about a thousand years Arab-Islamic societies cultivated a "culture of ambiguit... read more..

Issue 108 (November - December 2015)
Ibrahim Ugurlu
1027

An Organism Which Doesn’t Burn or Freeze

The land, freshwater lakes and rivers, and seas are adorned with all types of organisms. Up until now, only 2.5 million species have been identified. Upon a complete investigation of the deep seas and... read more..

Issue 108 (November - December 2015)
Aydogan Vatandas
1331

Does Islam Promote Violence?

In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, a huge number of books and articles have been published investigating the link between some certain interpretations of Islam and the terrorist attacks.Further ter... read more..

Issue 108 (November - December 2015)
Metin Aysel
1027

Prayer - A Hotline to God?

As newborn children, we are not able, for example, to shoo away even a fly that lands on our nose, or reach out on our own to our mother's delicious milk. And once this milk passes through us, we don'... read more..

Issue 108 (November - December 2015)
Zekeriya Ozsoy
1251

Creativity as a Process of Reliance in God

No two consecutive generations in human history have ever lived under the same circumstances. The innovation of new technologies and cross-fertilization of different ideas, which happen across generat... read more..

Issue 108 (November - December 2015)
M. Fethullah Gulen
1060

Don’t Leave Me Alone

My heart and eyes open with You, Impossible obstacles are overcome with You, When Your name is mentioned, light sparkles Lovers seek You everywhere, The sherbet of your lips is a remedy for every... read more..

Issue 108 (November - December 2015)
Zafer Dogan
1096

Globetrotters of the Middle Ages

Sain bina, dear readers! As-Salamu Alaikum! Or would you prefer Hello?With this multilingual welcome I hope to get you in the mood for the subject of my essay: the first documented globetrotters in hu... read more..

Issue 108 (November - December 2015)
Mesut Sahin
1199

Our Brains, Ethics, and the Practice of Prostration

A report from the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, tells us that prostration (sajda) as the early Muslims practiced it during their daily prayers was so humiliating to non-believers that most of t... read more..

Issue 108 (November - December 2015)
Suat Yildirim
1063

Jihad and Qital: Two Concepts Where Confusion About Islam Starts

In this article, I will try to summarize the concept of jihad and war according to the Qur'an, and analyze their practices during the time of the Prophet. As these concepts have often been confused, i... read more..

Issue 108 (November - December 2015)
Zeliha Celiker
1107

Loving Words, Loving Actions

I am a practicing Muslim woman living in the USA. Practicing, you may ask? How much? How well? It's between me and God, but I can assure you that I am more practicing than I was before. I wasn't reall... read more..

Issue 108 (November - December 2015)
The Fountain
1077

Science Square

Processed meat increases cancer riskThe International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the cancer agency of the World Health Organization, has investigated nearly 1,000 things that increase the r... read more..

Issue 108 (November - December 2015)
M. Fethullah Gulen
1015

(Discernment) Firasa

Firasa (discernment) can be defined as profundity, productivity and coherence in thought and the forming of opinions, the ability to penetrate the meaning of existence, and acting on conscious insight... read more..

Issue 108 (November - December 2015)
The Fountain
975

What needs to be overcome for people of will

QUESTION: The Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, said, "The things I fear most for my community are: large stomachs, excessive sleep, idleness, and lack of certainty." What is meant by these weaknes... read more..

Issue 107 (September - October 2015)
The Fountain
1968

Math, the Internet, Peace

Around the northern hemisphere, most schools are about to begin their fall semesters. As parents send their kids out the door into the world, they have numerous concerns, one of which has to do with f... read more..

Issue 107 (September - October 2015)
M. Fethullah Gulen
3097

The Human Being and Endless Blessings

Every moment in life is composed of certain opportunities to obtain new treasures. It is up to every person to take advantage of these opportunities. They can choose to honor their humanity and live i... read more..

Issue 107 (September - October 2015)
Mesut Sahin
1891

Scientific Skepticism vs. Religious Faith

In the positive sciences, the scientific pursuit requires a unique set of personal qualities. A good scientist should verify the source of each piece of new information before using it to build a scie... read more..

Issue 107 (September - October 2015)
Brian Turk
1744

The Impeccable Digestive Tract

Almost every single system in the human body works without rest, even during sleep. The mechanism is set, the gears are in place, and all the components are in order. The only thing the body needs to ... read more..

Issue 107 (September - October 2015)
Humayun Mujahid
2236

How To Listen To Your Life

All the inspirational material we find around us—poetry, fiery speeches, wise quotes—warns us never to feel down or disappointed. They claim that by keeping our morale constantly up, we can pursue wha... read more..

Issue 107 (September - October 2015)
Onyeagolu Tochukwu
1912

Where Is the Virtual World Taking Human Relationships?

Humanity is now facing one of its greatest ailments - and it threatens to overwhelm us. Though terminal diseases like AIDS, cancer, and other pathologies have defied the expertise of medical experts, ... read more..

Issue 107 (September - October 2015)
John N. Dorner
1764

Green Faith

Dialogue is about authentic expression as to who I am, who we are. It is about listening to one another and learning from one another in a spirit of love, respect, and dialogue. This mission helps us ... read more..

Issue 107 (September - October 2015)
Chris Roe
1776

Old Man

By your side There is peace, A quiet place Of beauty and realisation, Where wisdom Seeks reason and understanding, Where myth is laid to rest By the reality of knowledge. By your side there is hope Th... read more..

Issue 107 (September - October 2015)
Allen S. Maller
1541

Universe Is Filled With Life

During Medieval times almost all Christian theologians accepted the Ptolemaic, earth-centered Greek view of the universe as an absolute universal truth. The Catholic Inquisition punished those who dar... read more..

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