Fountain Archive

January 1999

Issue 25 (January - March 1999)
M. Fethullah Gulen
5613

Being Shaped by Ramadan

At this time when we experience occasions, of much sorrow and some contentment, we sense the promise in the advent of Ramadan, the month of mercy and forgiveness. In the climate of this month of light... read more..

Issue 25 (January - March 1999)
Dr. S. Aksoy
12527

Euthanasia: Mercy or Murder?

Euthanasia is one of the most widely discussed issues among health care professionals as well as ordinary people. While supporting and practising euthanasia was an exceptional and extreme view in the ... read more..

Issue 25 (January - March 1999)
Dr. Joseph J. Bright
11477

Language and Cognition: An Unexplored Territory

The desire to investigate the secrets of knowledge and cognition goes back to ancient times. The Egyptians, during the seventh century BC, wondered which was the earliest form of language and how lang... read more..

Issue 25 (January - March 1999)
H. Ibrahim Hatip
4796

Victim Rights in Islam and Western Legal Systems: A Comparative Anlysis

1. Individual and society as victim While it is true that crimes committed against an individual usually affect society as well, in many cases it is the victims whose rights are directly violated (U read more..

Issue 25 (January - March 1999)
H. Aydin
12668

Understanding in Teaching

I. INTRODUCTION Although it is difficult to explain the concept of understanding briefly, we will try to give a brief account of its meaning and consequences in the context of teaching from the viewp... read more..

Issue 25 (January - March 1999)
Irfan Yilmaz
4350

Rivileging Evolution Theory in Schools

Evolution is seen as the only scientific explanation of how life began and developed on earth. Creation, by contrast, is regarded as only a religious belief and therefore as unscientific. The theory o... read more..

Issue 25 (January - March 1999)
Bediuzzaman Said Nursi
3604

Reflections on Man and Life

Glory be to God! How thin is the veil between the manifest and inner, invisible dimensions of existence, while how great is the distance between them! How short, yet, how long is the way between the w... read more..

Issue 25 (January - March 1999)
Gamze Aras
11605

Social Impacts of the Theory of Evolution

Social Darwinism refers to the attempts to utilize the evolutionary theory of Darwin to give descriptions of society or prescriptions for its best constitution. According to that theory, there is a st... read more..

Issue 25 (January - March 1999)
Reza Shah
5195

The Imperatives of Marifa the Pitfalls of Modernism

My chief aim was to stress how precious the perspective of ma‘rifa is, not only as the dimension of realized wisdom within the Islamic tradition, but also as an antidote to so much of what passes for ... read more..

Issue 25 (January - March 1999)
I. Erturk
3757

Future Telecommunication Networks

Over the last two decades telecommunications technology has evolved dramatically from analog to the new digital systems. Where once only voice transmission possible, new services such as video telepho... read more..

Issue 25 (January - March 1999)
M. Fethullah Gulen
4276

Destiny and Man's Free Will

The arguments for the existence of man’s free will Before passing on the arguments for the existence of man’s free will, we should point out: Most of the Western orientalists accuse Islam of being f... read more..

Issue 25 (January - March 1999)
A. Sahin
3576

Backbiting is unforgivable

Islam strictly forbids spying into people’s sins and secrets and backbiting. It also forbids talking ill of people behind their backs. The Quran declares: O you who believe! Refrain from cherishing s... read more..

Issue 26 (April - June 1999)
M. Fethullah Gulen
4844

What the World Will Look Like After Turmoil and Chaos Disappear

The world’s population, which has been suffering crisis after crisis during the last three centuries, is being drawn into a new type of turmoil. People in many countries are at the brink of utter coll... read more..

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