Fountain Archive

1997

Issue 19 (July - September 1997)
The Fountain
4644

Reflections on the Existence and Unity of the Creator

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
4177

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 in vain; rather, all things manifest God’s Will behind the veil of natural caus... read more..

Issue 19 (July - September 1997)
Arslan Mayda
20759

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 glor... read more..

Issue 19 (July - September 1997)
Irfan Yilmaz
5227

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
25755

The Merchant and The Parrot

A 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. Therefore, before his departure, h... read more..

Issue 19 (July - September 1997)
F. B. Rahim
29862

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
5943

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 poin... read more..

Issue 20 (October - December 1997)
M. Fethullah Gulen
14918

Education from Cradle to Grave

Introduction The 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
3244

Generating Electricity from the Sun

Introduction In 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 ... read more..

Issue 20 (October - December 1997)
Y. Mermer
3062

Causality and the Qur'anic 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
3598

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
6924

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 ... read more..

Issue 20 (October - December 1997)
The Fountain
10327

Reflections On The Existence And Unity Of The Creator

'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 t read more..

Issue 20 (October - December 1997)
Useyd Salihi
2910

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

The Qur'an has four essential aims: explaining and proving Divine Existence and Unity, the Resurrection, Prophethood and Divine worship and justice. All its explanations and injunctions, and its accou... read more..

Issue 20 (October - December 1997)
A. Sahin
2970

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
8382

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 m... read more..

Issue 20 (October - December 1997)
M. Fethullah Gulen
7449

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

The nature of jinn Jinn 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 ar... read more..

Issue 20 (October - December 1997)
V. Ayhan
8668

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
5339

Abuse of Religion and Religious Sentiments

The 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, they have fundamentally the same root and goal even... read more..

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