Fountain Archive

2005

Issue 52 (October - December 2005)
M. Fethullah Gulen
10576

The Inner Profundity of Humankind

The human being is the essence and the vital element of being, the index and core element of the universe. Human beings are at the center of creation; all other things, living or non-living, compose c... read more..

Issue 52 (October - December 2005)
Adam Asar
12340

Fasting: A Divine Treatment For Body and Soul

Fasting is a school for the training of both the physical body and the soul, and it has numerous merits and benefits. However, just as with any other act of worship, Muslims observe the fast not for t... read more..

Issue 52 (October - December 2005)
Seth Mette
18860

Resonant Egos and The Art of Married Life

Life is an arena where individuals can reveal the secrets hidden in their ego by interacting with the world. Marriage is a part of life that involves the interaction of two egos that are unique in nat... read more..

Issue 52 (October - December 2005)
Melih Mert
9800

Aging

I will start with the cliché: “man is born, grows, ages, and finally dies.” So this cycle of life is inevitable, although at different times in history the speed of this process has varied tremendous... read more..

Issue 52 (October - December 2005)
Fr. Theodore Pulcini
8451

Understanding Islam

Muslims now constitute a significant minority in Western countries, most notably France, Britain, Germany, Canada, and the United States. Consequently, those in the West engaged in theological discour... read more..

Issue 52 (October - December 2005)
Michael David Graskemper
9671

Reflections on The Third Flash of Bediuzzaman Said Nursi

In the Third Flash of his Risale-i Nur Collection, Bediuzzaman Said Nursi offers a reflection on the Sufi phrase: “The Enduring One (al-Baqi), He is the Enduring One! The Enduring One, He is the Endur... read more..

Issue 52 (October - December 2005)
Mustafa Akyol
6007

Darwin's Black Box

Over since the publication of On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin in 1859, his theory of natural selection has been a matter of debate. The theory claims that life on Earth began and developed ... read more..

Issue 52 (October - December 2005)
Alphonse Dougan
15036

Parables in the Quran

The Qur’an pursues the following goals: To teach humanity about the unity of God, resurrection and life after death, the messengers, worship, and justice. It does not treat these goals in a linear fas... read more..

Issue 52 (October - December 2005)
Ahmet Tarik
23970

Global Warming and Forests

Is the number and severity of floods, droughts that cause famine and deaths, forest fires, hurricanes and ice melts increasing? If there is such an increase, what is the main reason for it? Unfortunat... read more..

Issue 52 (October - December 2005)
Zainab Goonay
11688

Understanding God's Manifestation Using The Allegory of a Hologram

In this path of loving, how can it possibly be That we see the world through You, and yet we don’t see You?Rumi What is the universe? The search for the answer to this fundamental question has be read more..

Issue 52 (October - December 2005)
Musa Hub
9433

The Bamboo of Islam

Some personalities are like bamboo, very hard, very tough; they wait, they make one wait, but eventually they compensate for their slow start very quickly. For some people, accepting Islam or und read more..

Issue 52 (October - December 2005)
Hakan Ufuk
5828

Potassium Channels: A Tale of Two Nobel Prizes

In May 2003, Roderick Mackinnon’s research group at Rockefeller University has published the three-dimensional atomic structure of a voltage-gated potassium channel. MacKinnon also received the Nobe read more..

Issue 52 (October - December 2005)
Huseyin Simitci
6040

Constant Change and Renewal in the Universe

Since the time Galileo uttered, “But still, it moves!” when he was forced to declare a stationary Earth, several centuries of scientific discoveries have shown that everything in the universe is in co... read more..

Issue 52 (October - December 2005)
Hikmet Isik
10592

What are the greatest dangers and pitfalls that a believer faces, and what precautions can be taken?

Humanity is being tested in this world. Life itself, from the beginning until the end, is full of tests that are different in shape and level of difficulty. Said Nursi has mentioned the most dangerous... read more..

Issue 53 (January - March 2006)
The Fountain
10645

Heart and Mind on Different Sides

The modern age has assumed a split between what is religious and what is worldly, and the Revelation has been detached from the Universe and the sciences that study it, the spiritual from the material... read more..

Issue 51 (July - September 2005)
M. Fethullah Gulen
13432

A Sacred Phase of Time: The Blessed Three Months

The blessed three months are Rajab, Sha’ban, and Ramadan (the seventh, eighth, and ninth months) in the Islamic hijri calendar1; these months are distinguished from the rest of the year with a special... read more..

Issue 51 (July - September 2005)
Mesut Sahin
12851

The Sinning Forelock

One of the most amazing studies ever conducted on brain function occurred after an industrial accident. The subject of this study was a 25 year-old foreman, Phineas Gage, who had been working at a rai... read more..

Issue 51 (July - September 2005)
Alphonse Dougan
11785

Two Views of The Apple, Honey and Milk

We humans have a tendency to overlook the marvelous aspects of things we witness regularly. To the parents of a newborn baby, the healthy birth is a clear miracle. To the doctor, this may be just anot... read more..

Issue 51 (July - September 2005)
Seth Mette
12044

Adab: Education of One's Ego - A Model for Gifted Education

Although some people deny the existence of super talents, rather seeing success as a result of extreme concentration and hard work, most people agree that there are individuals who are born with certa... read more..

Issue 51 (July - September 2005)
Ali Seyyar
11380

Modern Slavery: Global Trafficking in Human Beings

Each year thousands of people (men, women, and children) fall victim to the vicious and organized trafficking of humans (TH). Particularly after the collapse of Communism, this black market has prospe... read more..

Issue 51 (July - September 2005)
Omer Fatih Celik
5008

Do Not Take Urine for Granted

The amount of activity that goes on in the human body makes it comparable to a city. There is even more activity in a human body than in the busiest of cities, only all on a smaller scale. Most people... read more..

Issue 51 (July - September 2005)
Suleyman Eris
11924

Master and Disciple: An Essay on Joachim Wach

“Master and Disciple: Two Religio-Sociological Studies” is a paper written by Joachim Wach. At the beginning of the paper, Wach makes a comparison between the Teacher-Student and the Master-Disciple r... read more..

Issue 51 (July - September 2005)
Hakan Yesilova
10285

The Blessed Three Months in The Life of Bediuzzaman Said Nursi

The wonder of the age, Bediuzzaman Said Nursi, had an exceptional life of worship. There are many accounts reported by his students about his sorrowful sighs and groans while saying his prayers in ful... read more..

Issue 51 (July - September 2005)
Mehmet Yilmaz
12750

Spiritual Revolution for The Universal Peace

MOSCOW – Arbat Street has always been compared to Oxford Street in London, or 5th Avenue in Manhattan, or Istiklal Street in Istanbul. These streets are well known for their shopping malls, amusement ... read more..

Issue 51 (July - September 2005)
Ugur Tarman
11556

The Role of Education for Dialogue

“No one yet realized the wealth of sympathy, the kindness and generosity hidden in the soul of a child. The effort of every true education should be to unlock that treasure” - Emma Goldman For c read more..

Issue 51 (July - September 2005)
H. Huseyin Erdem
12172

Einstein As a Believer

“My feeling is insofar religious as I am imbued with the consciousness of the insufficiency of the human mind to understand deeply the harmony of the Universe which we try to formulate as ‘laws of read more..

Issue 51 (July - September 2005)
Alim Birkiye
7493

The Modern Mummification Cryonics: Search for Immortality Continues

Throughout history, humanity has been in search of eternal life; explorations into the deep galaxy and bio-medical projects in modern science are in one way dedicated to finding a new direction for th... read more..

Issue 51 (July - September 2005)
Firat Kocol
10772

The Medal Maker

And this world's life is naught but a play and an idle sport and certainly the abode of the hereafter is better.An‘am 6:32 Mr. B was an old medallion maker who took great pride in his art and cra read more..

Issue 51 (July - September 2005)
Hikmet Isik
10127

Three Groups Opposing Dialogue: How are those who are hostile to dialogue activities today relevant to and Kharijites, Karmatis, Anarchists?

Karmatism is a heretical esoteric sect founded by Hamdan ibn Karmat in the ninth century AD. Hamdan took advantage of the poverty of people and was influential, especially in Iraq and its periphery, v... read more..

Issue 51 (July - September 2005)
Ruth Woodhall
10567

The Statue of Our Souls: Revival in Islamic Thought and Activism

Those who have followed Gulen’s world of ideas closely will see that what he wrote or preached 15-20 years ago and the ideas he puts forward today are in no way different nor do they conflict in essen... read more..

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