Fountain Archive

July 2003

Issue 43 (July - September 2003)
M. Fethullah Gulen
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Toward Tomorrow

The Islamic world continues to squirm in the vicious grasp of error, unable to turn to its own spirit and essence for succor. Two steps forward lead to several steps backwards being taken and then one... read more..

Issue 43 (July - September 2003)
Dr. Ibrahim B. Syed
43961

Nanotechnology

Islam encourages the use of science and the scientific method. Acquiring knowledge is obligatory upon every Muslim, male and female. In Islam, science and technology should be used for moral ends and ... read more..

Issue 43 (July - September 2003)
Sara Provins
18087

Islamic Gardens: Growing Cosmological Ideals

If a random group of people were asked about their concept of heaven, it is likely that a wide variety of answers would be received. According to Lisa Miller, a recent poll revealed that 76% of Americ... read more..

Issue 43 (July - September 2003)
Melvin A. Lewis
4804

The Search for Gravitational Waves

Gravitational waves released from cataclysmic events in our galactic neighborhood are 40 orders of magnitude weaker than Coulomb forces and are nearly undetectable on Earth. One order of magnitude is ... read more..

Issue 43 (July - September 2003)
Dr. Huseyin Ozcan
25080

Divine Truth and Lessons in Paul and Virginia

The French author, Bernardin De Saint Pierre expressed the delicacy and beauty of nature, as well as showing the balance and harmony in the universe in his three-volume work "Investigating Nature." He... read more..

Issue 43 (July - September 2003)
Dr. Selim Aydin
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Social Capital: An Important Power Resource For National Progress

Each nation or community has the desire and potential to establish a civilization on its own land, one that suits its worldview and displays this to humanity. The realization of this desire depends up... read more..

Issue 43 (July - September 2003)
Dr. Musa Saracoglu
4825

The Amazing Olive

People pay attention to other people or things according to the degree of their importance. Thus, if the Lord of the Universe explicitly mentions something in His revelation to humanity, it surely is ... read more..

Issue 43 (July - September 2003)
Bediuzzaman Said Nursi
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Transforming Hardship into Mercy

In His name, be He glorified!Prisoners, especially those who are young, need the Risale-i Nur as much as they need bread. Young people, following their blind emotions and desires, prefer an ounce of i... read more..

Issue 43 (July - September 2003)
The Fountain
25795

Self-inflation or Self-improvement?

A Different Approach to Self-improvement(By M.Fethullah GULEN...)In our contemporary world, our self and our ego have become unbridled, insolent arrogant and inflated, as if the ego knows everything. ... read more..

Issue 43 (July - September 2003)
Alphonse Dougan
26843

Painless Love

Love is an innate human trait. To love and to be loved are among the most basic human needs. But while love is probably our greatest source of pleasure, it also has the potential to be our greatest so... read more..

Issue 43 (July - September 2003)
Dr. Besir Altun
10728

Spiritual Absence and Suicide

My heart misses a beat every time an ambulance pulls up in front of our hospital, tearing the silence of the night. When I see a young person lying still on a stretcher entering through the emergency ... read more..

Issue 43 (July - September 2003)
Kadir Demircan
33078

How Much Water Should We Drink?

Ancient thinkers thought that existence came from four basic elements: water, earth, fire and air. Today, although we are aware of different components as well, our existence still centers around thes... read more..

Issue 43 (July - September 2003)
Dr. Kenneth Cracknell
25443

Guidelines for Christian-Muslim Dialog

Since 9/11, no one can doubt the urgency of our need to understand the Islamic world. But even if that tragedy had not occurred, Christians would still be called upon to learn about the faith and prac... read more..

Issue 43 (July - September 2003)
Mona Maisami
46780

Islam and Globalization

The relationship between Islam and globalization has been open to much interpretation and acrimonious debate. At the crux of the current debate is the idea that Islam is somehow opposed to the process... read more..

Issue 43 (July - September 2003)
Jay Willoughby
28951

Living in the Shade of Islam

Ismail BuyukcelebiThe Fountain, 2003, Paper Back, 422 pages, ISBN 1-932099-21-2At a time when there is a vast interest in acquiring an accurate knowledge of Islam, this book is a welcome addition. Wha... read more..

Issue 43 (July - September 2003)
Hikmet Isik
23066

Why are there differences between Muslims?

Q: You say that Islam is a religion of unity, but we see differences - sometimes major differences - even among the Companions. Why is this so?A: In classical Islamic terminology, pluralism means to p... read more..

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