Fountain Archive

1997

Issue 20 (October - December 1997)
M. Fethullah Gulen
14351

Education from Cradle to Grave

IntroductionThe main duty and purpose of human life is to seek understanding. The effort of doing so, known as education, is a perfecting process though which we earn, in the spiritual, intellectual, ... read more..

Issue 20 (October - December 1997)
Tankut Yalcinoz
2836

Generating Electricity from the Sun

IntroductionIn recent years, we have realized that the world's supplies of coal, gas and oil are limited. Nuclear power has been used as an alternative solution to fossil fuels. However, the use of n read more..

Issue 20 (October - December 1997)
Y. Mermer
2678

Causality and the Qur'anie world-view

The universe has been made in the form of a book, intelligible, so as to make known its Author. The book addresses man. The aim is to make him read the book and its parts, and respond with worship and... read more..

Issue 20 (October - December 1997)
Dr. Senol Ersin
3174

The sub-atomic World and Creation

Out of the three famous papers that Albert Einstein published in 1905, On a Heuristic Point of View Concerning the Production and Transformation of Light explicitly stated the quantum hypothesis for e... read more..

Issue 20 (October - December 1997)
M. Fethullah Gulen
6603

Homesickness

For man this world is like a foreign land, a fearful ocean,where he flounders a whole lifetime among waves of anxiety.At every step and every station, he expects a dawn of hope to break;Morning begins... read more..

Issue 20 (October - December 1997)
The Fountain
9919

Reflections On The Existence And Unity Of The Creator 601

'In the creation of the heavens and the earth; in the alternation of night and day; in the sailing of the ships through the ocean for the benefit of mankind; in the water which God sends down from the read more..

Issue 20 (October - December 1997)
Useyd Salihi
2511

The Styles Of The Qur'an And The Movement Of The Sun

The Qur'an has four essential aims: explaining and proving Di read more..

Issue 20 (October - December 1997)
A. Sahin
2589

The Governor With Four Faults

The second Caliph after the Prophet Muhammad, upon him be peace and blessings, 'Umar ibn al-Khattab has a world-wide reputation for justice and simple life-style despite ruling a very vast area stretc... read more..

Issue 20 (October - December 1997)
Muaz Muallah
7717

Genetic Engineering And Islamic Law

Recombinant DNA technology has not developed quickly. Only after decades of basic research and the accumulation of extensive knowledge did the current technology become feasible and available to the read more..

Issue 20 (October - December 1997)
M. Fethullah Gulen
4717

What kind of beings are jinn and can they appear in different forms in the visible, material world?

The nature of jinnJinn are conscious beings charged with Divine obligations.The word jinn literally means something hidden or veiled from sight. As mentioned earlier (The Fountain No. 15), jinn ... read more..

Issue 20 (October - December 1997)
V. Ayhan
7686

A Turkish Humorist And Sage: Nasr Al-Din Khodja

Nasr al-Din Khodja is one of the most famous philosophers of humour in world history. His anecdotes, told over a vast area from Germany to Japan, contain lessons aiming to highlight a human defect or ... read more..

Issue 21 (January - March 1998)
M. Fethullah Gulen
4920

Abuse of Religion and Religious Sentiments

ABUSE OF RELIGION AND RELIGIOUS SENTIMENTSEditorialThe quest for truth has two principal branches which, if the quest is motivated by sincere love of the truth sought, are radically joined - that is, ... read more..

Issue 19 (July - September 1997)
U. Akyuz
2971

Transgenic Technology and Religion

Nuclear transfer is used in mammals as both a tool for embryonic studies and as a method for the multiplication of ‘elite’ embryos. It involves transferring the complete genetic material (the DNA cont... read more..

Issue 19 (July - September 1997)
Bayram Yenikaya
2890

Mathematics is Real: Why and How?

It is said that on the door to Aristotle’s dwelling was written: ‘One who does not know mathematics cannot enter.’ I do not know whether this means that those who did not know mathematics would not be... read more..

Issue 19 (July - September 1997)
Dr. Hikmet A. Topcuoglu
22993

Air Pollution and its Effect on our World's Climate

It is a Divine rule that As you sow, so shall you reap. The effects of pollution are not always felt by those who create it, but instead are suffered by these downstream or, in the case of air polluti... read more..

Issue 19 (July - September 1997)
M. Fethullah Gulen
2418

Questions for Today

QUESTIONS FOR TODAYM.F. GulenWhat is death and what does the spirit do after death?Man has an inborn feeling for eternity. Confined within this transient, material world, he always yearns for eternity... read more..

Issue 19 (July - September 1997)
The Fountain
21098

Tears

Tears are poetry whose words are written in drops,expressing joy and grief, hope and despair.When consumed with pangs of separation, melting like candle, man breathes in tears and speaks in tears.A ti... read more..

Issue 19 (July - September 1997)
The Fountain
4205

Reflections on the Existence and Unity of the Creator 277

Creatures come into existence easily and, although of various kinds and species, resemble one another in many ways. They are spread out on the earth with perfect order and display a perfect proportion... read more..

Issue 19 (July - September 1997)
Ismail Tavaci
3695

Birds: Colurful Guests in our World

Everything in nature is balanced and created according to laws, proportion, and measure. Nothing in the world is created ýn vain; rather, all things manifest God’s Will behind the veil of natural cau... read more..

Issue 19 (July - September 1997)
Arslan Mayda
20324

Duty for Each Articulation of the Body

At a time when little was known about the anatomy of man, the Prophet Muhammad, upon him be peace and blessings, declared:Every human being is created of 360 articulations. Therefore, whoever glorifie... read more..

Issue 19 (July - September 1997)
Irfan Yilmaz
4683

Perfection and Primitiveness

One of the assertions of Darwinian theory of evolution is that there is a perfection or structural and functional development in the animal kingdom from invertebrates to vertebrates, from fish to mamm... read more..

Issue 19 (July - September 1997)
The Fountain
25176

The Merchant and The Parrot

THE MERCHANT AND THE PARROTA well-to-do merchant planned a long business trip to India. He was a good man and looked after all the people in his household both conscientiously and courteously. Therefo... read more..

Issue 19 (July - September 1997)
F. B. Rahim
29126

Ma'ruf Al-Karkhi

His full name was Abu Mahfuz Ma’ruf b. Firuz al-Karkhi. According to the Shi’i imam ‘Ali b. Musa al-Reza, Ma’ruf al-Karkhi was born to Christian parents but, from an early age, he rejected, even when ... read more..

Issue 20 (October - December 1997)
M. Fethullah Gulen
5245

The Horizon Of Hope: Spiritual Or Metaphysical Thought

The modern Western world-view is said to be founded almost entirely on materialistic notions excluding, even denying, the spiritual or metaphysical dimension of existence. This is a controversial poi read more..

Issue 18 (April - June 1997)
Salih Adem
4328

What a Falling Stone Means

WHAT A FALLING STONE MEANSSalih AdemThe laws of physics are mathematical expressions of how the universe operates. The events taking place in the universe and the relations between them and the laws ‘... read more..

Issue 18 (April - June 1997)
Ali Unal
3838

The Perfectibility of Man

THE PERFECTIBILITY OF MANA. UnalA book exists first of all in its author’s mind as meaning. To have this immaterially existing book known by others, the author must put it into words, shaped into sent... read more..

Issue 18 (April - June 1997)
H. Baki
3377

Virtual Reality

VIRTUAL REALITYH. BakiNobody remembers the day on which he was born. As he gets to know himself, he learns from his immediate physical environment, as also from his family, from the other people aroun... read more..

Issue 18 (April - June 1997)
Mahmud Al-hakem
3281

The World Wide Messianic Mission Attributed To Jesus Christ Toward the End of Time

THE WORLD-WIDE MESSIANIC MISSION ATTRIBUTED TO JESUS CHRIST TOWARD THE END OF TIMEMahmud Al-HakemSome of the first converts to Islam were subjected to the severest persecutions in Makka. They bore th... read more..

Issue 18 (April - June 1997)
The Fountain
21498

The Rose Of My Heart

As I mentioned you again, nothing else remained in my memory;I imagined you travelling on the hills of my heart.A mirage, I know, but it sufficed to calm the anguish of my heart.As I mentioned you aga... read more..

Issue 18 (April - June 1997)
Bediuzzaman Said Nursi
4393

Arguments for The Existence and Unity of God

ARGUMENTS FOR THE EXISTENCE AND UNITY OF GODFirst argumentEvery thing, every being in existence displays God’s Unity as a most manifest truth. For example, of the innumerable arguments for His existen... read more..

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