Fountain Archive

2005

Issue 49 (January - March 2005)
M. Fethullah Gulen
30539

Beauty and the Beautiful

Beauty elevates our hearts, awakens our souls with sweet excitement and appreciation, and then becomes the esthetic of our inner self. This hard-to-describe phenomenon, this sense that is present in o... read more..

Issue 49 (January - March 2005)
Murat Erdin
9189

Are Religion and Science Compatible?

The heated debate about whether religion and science are complimentary or not has been raging for years. Several theologians, philosophers, and scientists have put forward different views on this subj... read more..

Issue 49 (January - March 2005)
Brian Johnson
49121

Istanbul's Vanished City of the Dead: The Grand Champs des Morts

With a rich and varied architecture embodying centuries of history, Istanbul is one of the world’s most celebrated cities. Besides the splendid monuments of its classical, Byzantine, and Ottoman herit... read more..

Issue 49 (January - March 2005)
Omer Said Gonullu
8885

The Message of Meteorites

According to a news item that appeared in the middle of 2002, there was a 6% probability that a meteorite measuring 2 kilometers in diameter could hit the Earth on February 1, 2019. At the start of Se... read more..

Issue 49 (January - March 2005)
Brian Parker
4769

The History of (pi)

The story starts in 2000 BC with attempts by the Egyptians and Babylonians to compute π. The Egyptians arrived at (4/3)4 3.1604, while the Babylonians found 25/8= 3.125. The Indians used A10 3.1622 fo... read more..

Issue 49 (January - March 2005)
Dr. Zeki Saritoprak
10462

Love: the Reason for the Creation of the Universe

Said Nursi frames his treatise of the Twenty-Fourth Word in his collection of words on a well known Qur’anic verse that discusses God’s beautiful names. God, there is no god but He; His are the Most B... read more..

Issue 49 (January - March 2005)
Nuh Gedik
9610

The Miracles of Water

Water is the most abundant substance in our world. It has one of the simplest possible chemical formulas: two hydrogen atoms attached to one oxygen atom (H2O). Yet, it is one of the most anomalous sub... read more..

Issue 49 (January - March 2005)
Dr. Sami Polatoz
5214

Spiders Expand New Horizons in Fiber-Optic Technology

Spiders, known to be horrifying animals to many, are recognized by us for their role in the ecological balance. If spiders were to be removed from the natural food chain, and thus, from the ecological... read more..

Issue 49 (January - March 2005)
Firat Kocol
8860

A Rationale for Fiction

In one of the most comprehensive and intense novels ever written, Jorge Luis Borges launches his story with a scene where a friend is discussing a great idea: “. . .to write a novel in the first perso... read more..

Issue 49 (January - March 2005)
Cemil Demir
14788

Animals that Challenge the Freezing Temperatures

One of the natural conditions that animals struggle with is surviving the freezing cold. Cold weather causes great loss in animal life. In some ways, this phenomenon helps balance the animal populatio... read more..

Issue 49 (January - March 2005)
Alphonse Dougan
10948

Eating Habits and Time

“The things that I fear most for my people are being overweight, sleeping too much, laziness and a lack of deep faith.” 1Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) Effective time manageme read more..

Issue 49 (January - March 2005)
Dogan Koc
24593

Vanity of Worldly Desires

A gold ingot fell into the hands of a pious man and so turned his head that his enlightened mind became gloomy. He passed the whole night in anxious thought, reflecting, “This treasure will suffice me... read more..

Issue 49 (January - March 2005)
Hikmet Isik
9359

What are Information Sources in Religon?

Much has been said on the issue of information sources. Some of the people who have commented on this issue have sometimes been restricted by their knowledge and/or faith, thus they have vocalized dif... read more..

Issue 49 (January - March 2005)
Nuri Delen
12775

Fundamentals of Rumi's Thought: A Mevlevi Sufi Perspective

There are numerous translations of Rumi’s poetry into English, but there was still a need for a book on Rumi’s life and personal character in English. Almost all the translators were Westerners who we... read more..

Issue 50 (April - June 2005)
The Fountain
10485

When Does Human Life Begin?

Life” incites our feeling of awe. We are unable to expound or arrive at a comprehensive interpretation of the cosmos in which we come across this phenomenon of “life.” Every new thing that we meet and... read more..

Issue 50 (April - June 2005)
M. Fethullah Gulen
12087

A Tribute to Mothers

A mother is a blessed saintly being in her own world. The Ka‘ba is the spirit, meaning, essence, and atlas of the entire reality of the universe; Makka is the same for all places, and the mind for the... read more..

Issue 50 (April - June 2005)
Alphonse Dougan
10020

Fields of Certainty as a Unifying Paradigm for Science and Religion

A superficial understanding of science and religion perceives these two fields as being disciplines of different realms. Such a perspective sees science as an objective pursuit of knowledge based on o... read more..

Issue 50 (April - June 2005)
Dr. Selim Aydin
9609

The Newly Discovered Dimension of The Heart

In our world of knowledge and wisdom, there are two meanings for the word “heart”; as an emotion that is open to the spiritual realms and an important power plant for the biological structure. Our Lor... read more..

Issue 50 (April - June 2005)
Alphonse Dougan
27381

Good and Evil in Islam

The relationship between good and evil has always intrigued people, and it is one of the central principles upon which religious doctrine and belief systems are built. Religion plays a central role in... read more..

Issue 50 (April - June 2005)
Olgun Hasgul
9111

Ensoulment: When Does Human Life Begin?

One of the most controversial topics in modern bioethics, science, and philosophy is to try to pinpoint the beginning of an individual human life. The consequences of this discussion are vitally impor... read more..

Issue 50 (April - June 2005)
Dr. Zeki Saritoprak
10945

The Creation of Evil is not Evil: Nursi's Theological Approach to the Existence of Evil

The recent tsunami and the devastation that it caused-the deaths of more than 300,000 people and the creation of millions of homeless-have raised the question: How could a loving and benevolent God al... read more..

Issue 50 (April - June 2005)
Ian Markham
10936

Rethinking Globalization

Although globalization is a helpful category, there is considerable disagreement about its precise meaning. Many commentators, while conceding an economic aspect, want to see it defined much more broa... read more..

Issue 50 (April - June 2005)
Dr. Naim F. Erdem
15062

Service-Learning: An Alternative Teaching and Pedagogy

Civic commitment has been a major emphasis of education around the world since ancient times. Public education was founded on the notion that people need to be trained in basic skills in order to serv... read more..

Issue 50 (April - June 2005)
Ismail Acar
59534

Interactions between Prophet Muhammad and Christians

The first interaction between Prophet Muhammad and Christians took place when he was traveling to Syria with his uncle Abu Talib. Later, the Prophet had meetings and dealings with several Christians a... read more..

Issue 50 (April - June 2005)
Veli Karabuga
9714

How Are Babies Protected?

Did you know that the only place human beings are not exposed to germs, such as bacteria or fungi, is in their mothers’ uterus? Yes, from the moment human beings are born into this world they are expo... read more..

Issue 50 (April - June 2005)
Harun Avci
13698

Trust: An Essential Emotion in Interpersonal Relations and Cooperation

George Eastman, the founder of the Kodak Company, took close-up photographs of wild animals in Africa with a simple camera in 1935, which he then showed to his friends. Surprised at seeing how close h... read more..

Issue 50 (April - June 2005)
Korkut Altay
10683

Is there still a chance for me to be forgiven?

The following Hadith on repentance is narrated in the Hadith collections of both Bukhari and Muslim: Once there was a man, a long time before, who killed ninety-nine people. One day he began to feel ... read more..

Issue 50 (April - June 2005)
Hikmet Isik
11976

How should we establish balance with respect to the spiritual and worldly dimensions of our life?

Balance holds a very significant place in every phase of life. Balanced action is necessary over the spectrum which covers the essentials of belief and worship, as well as those of eating and social c... read more..

Issue 50 (April - June 2005)
Oleg L. Kuznestov
11148

Terror and Suicide Attacks: An Islamic Perspective

Frankly, I was happy to accept the request to prepare a foreword for the readers of the present collection of articles, Terror and Suicide Attacks: An Islamic Perspective, which had been extended to m... read more..

Issue 51 (July - September 2005)
The Fountain
10272

The Blessed Months

The worth and sanctity attributed to a time or a land are essentially related to the Will of God. This Divine Will brings along countless benefits and examples of wisdom for the creation. We mark cert... read more..

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