Fountain Archive

2004

Issue 45 (January - March 2004)
M. Fethullah Gulen
25830

A Brief Overview of Islam

The word 'Islam' literally stems from the root 's-l-m' and the words 'silm' and 'salamah' which mean peace, and which indicate the 'submission' or 'surrender' of oneself to God Almighty, being obedien... read more..

Issue 45 (January - March 2004)
Osman Cakmak
36917

A World of Balance

We live in a cozy and dynamic home called the Earth, which moves through cold, dark space at a great speed. Everything we need can be found on this specially made spacecraft of ours. There is neither ... read more..

Issue 45 (January - March 2004)
Steven Krauss
26220

Making Meaning with an Islamic Wordview

The role of meaning is of paramount importance in human life (Frankl, 1963). Human beings have a natural inclination to understand and make sense out of their lives and experiences. It is one of those... read more..

Issue 45 (January - March 2004)
Irfan Yilmaz
6036

Listening to a Fly

"Surely, those whom you invoke, apart from God, will never create a fly even if they combine together for the purpose. If the fly takes something from them, they cannot rescue it from him."; (Qur'an read more..

Issue 45 (January - March 2004)
Saban Sarsilmaz
8720

Computers and Artificial Nervous Systems

Created with miraculous abilities, like intelligence, thought, and speaking, it is the human, apart from all other living things, that has invented much and enriched human civilization. The human brai... read more..

Issue 45 (January - March 2004)
Akif Uygur
21817

A Bridge From Heart To Heart : Empathy

The environment of today is one equipped with high-tech means of communication, some of which are so complicated that we find them difficult to conceive; such a world causes the people of today to lea... read more..

Issue 45 (January - March 2004)
Alphonse Dougan
25392

A Mathematician's View of Darwinian Evolution: How Natural Selection Fails to Design

The theory of evolution, originally based on the ideas of Darwin, proposes an explanation for life on earth. In this theory there is no place for an intelligent Designer. The sole mechanism of advanci... read more..

Issue 45 (January - March 2004)
Bediuzzaman Said Nursi
28296

Is the Creation of Evil Evil?

TWELFTH LETTER The creation of evil is in no way evil, it is the committing of evil that is evil. Man is endowed with free will and God enables man's willed actions. Therefore, it is man's willing an... read more..

Issue 45 (January - March 2004)
Ahmet Guc
34526

Satanism and Youth's Quest For Identity

Briefly defined as the worship of Satan as if he were God, Satanism is the name given to a reaction that basically started in the 1880s in such countries as France, England, Germany, and especially in... read more..

Issue 45 (January - March 2004)
Suleyman Eris
31061

The Concept of Prayer in Said Nursi's Works

One of the most famous Turkish Islamic scholars of the last century was Said Nursi. Nursi, who had a great influence on Turkish people, wrote over 50 books and spent most of his life behind bars. Toda... read more..

Issue 45 (January - March 2004)
Harun Avci
23112

The Power of Perspective

Can be restructured and converted into occasions that might work in the favor both of the individual and of humanity. Most of the people who have had a significant positive influence on history and wh... read more..

Issue 45 (January - March 2004)
The Fountain
26783

Religion, Violence, and Reconciliation

Thomas Petriano, Ph.D, is the chairperson of the Religious Studies Department of St. Joseph's College in Patchogue, NY. He teaches comparative religions, as well as courses in Christian Studies. He ha... read more..

Issue 45 (January - March 2004)
Hikmet Isik
24091

How should we react to the evil thoughts and desires?

Q: How should we react to the evil thoughts and desires whispered by Satan? A: Involuntary evil thoughts, fancies, or associations of ideas usually are the result of Satan's interference. Just as a b... read more..

Issue 45 (January - March 2004)
Michael Starzinski
28469

Pearls of Wisdom

This book is a compilation of some of the wise sayings of M. Fethullah Gulen, each of which is a criterion or pearl of wisdom This work by M. Fethullah Gulen is a continuation of a long tradition of ... read more..

Issue 46 (April - June 2004)
The Fountain
31208

Editorial (Issue 46

Can you imagine a baby, newly delivered and handed over to the mother, feeling hate and regret emanating from the mother? This would be an extremely rare, unnatural event, one that would only occur un... read more..

Issue 46 (April - June 2004)
M. Fethullah Gulen
30446

Love for Humankind

Love is an elixir; a human lives with love, is made happy by love and makes those around him or her happy with love. In the vocabulary of humanity, love is life; we feel and sense each other with love... read more..

Issue 46 (April - June 2004)
Dr. Steve Sablack
30761

Emotional Intelligence

Research has shown that Intelligence Quotient (IQ) alone is not a guarantee of success in life. Today, you need a high IQ plus a high Emotional Quotient (EQ) to ensure development as a “whole person.”... read more..

Issue 46 (April - June 2004)
Alphonse Dougan
29788

Understanding Prophet Muhammad Beyond the Stereotypes

“None of the great figures of history is so poorly appreciated in the West as Muhammad.”W. Montgomery Watt Michael Hart received much heated criticism from some of his readers when he listed Prop read more..

Issue 46 (April - June 2004)
Baha Abushagra
4462

Celestial Reflections

In cosmic jargon, a planet is said to be at “opposition” when the Sun is on one side of the Earth and the planet is on the opposite side. On 27 August 2003, the Sun, Earth, and Mars lined up in rare o... read more..

Issue 46 (April - June 2004)
Mustafa Tabanli
9299

The Book of Daniel

In this work we focus on the character analysis of Daniel as a man chosen by God. The King James’s Bible was used as the main text. We have tried to understand the text within its own context, indepen... read more..

Issue 46 (April - June 2004)
Dr. Sami Polatoz
39544

The Golden Ratio

It is very obvious that there is an amazing system at work in the universe. Words are usually insufficient to explain this perfection. Therefore, one must refer to the different language and approach ... read more..

Issue 46 (April - June 2004)
Dr. Zeki Saritoprak
9030

A Nursi Reader - Be Kind to Your Parents

In this series of articles, A Nursi Reader, the aim is to present the thoughts of the famous Islamic scholar Bediuzzaman Said Nursi (1877-1960) on a variety of topics, using his own writings. As a pro... read more..

Issue 46 (April - June 2004)
Hakan Ufuk
25179

Genomes and Languages

Languages are actually not that different from genes. Just as you would expect events like the Barbarian Migrations of the 5th century, or the Bubonic plague of the 14th century to leave marks on the ... read more..

Issue 46 (April - June 2004)
Rosemary Steel
20259

Discussions on the Meaning of Life

One day a traveler in the desert was being pursued by a ferocious animal; he saw in front of him a disused well, the depth of which was sixty meters. He jumped in without looking to see what was at th... read more..

Issue 46 (April - June 2004)
Fatih Gelgi
6171

Artificial Intelligence vs. the Mind

In the last fifty years, computer technology has led a new discussion centered on Artificial Intelligence (AI) vs. the mind. The main aim in AI is to construct systems which behave in ‘logical’ ways a... read more..

Issue 46 (April - June 2004)
Osman Cakmak
5851

How Did the Earth and Sky, Having Once Been Attached, Part?

Books concerned with cosmology compare all the characteristics of the period that followed the six phases of creation with the current features of the universe. This period was when matter was given i... read more..

Issue 46 (April - June 2004)
Omer Said Gonullu
4059

The Age of the Earth

Methods of Measuring the Earth’s Age All methods of estimating “time” use the same principle: measuring the velocity of natural processes that show continuity over time. One of the most advanced meth... read more..

Issue 46 (April - June 2004)
Dogan Koc
24997

A Moment for Reflection

The Generosity of ‘Ali ibn Abu Talib (May God be pleased with him) One day Ali ibn Abu Talib was working in the date orchard. After a long day’s work he loaded a sack of dates on his camel, and head... read more..

Issue 46 (April - June 2004)
Hasan Aydinli
30370

The Effect of Television in the Early Years

Among the greatest inventions of the twentieth century are devices of mass communications. Every invention can have either a positive or a negative effect, depending on how it is used. TV is one of th... read more..

Issue 46 (April - June 2004)
Hikmet Isik
26466

What is the purpose of death?

Although we are confined in this impermanent material world, every one of us has an inborn feeling and yearning for eternity. Our desire for the eternal life is so great that the whole universe would ... read more..

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