Fountain Archive

2006

Issue 53 (January - March 2006)
M. Fethullah Gulen
11636

Respect For Humankind

Loving and respecting humanity merely because they are human is an expression of respect for the Almighty Creator. The other side of the coin, loving and showing respect to only those who think the sa... read more..

Issue 53 (January - March 2006)
Vitaliy Sheremet
6724

A Dead End for Science or A Call to the Creator

The scientists of the world have been engaged in solving the problem of deciphering the so-called human genome during the last few decades. At the turn of the millennium the genetic map had finally be... read more..

Issue 53 (January - March 2006)
Seth Mette
9239

Dynamic Ego

Can you tell without looking at a reference point or without feeling any force due to acceleration that you are moving? The answer to this question leads to one of the fundamental premises of the Theo... read more..

Issue 53 (January - March 2006)
Olgun Hasgul
8274

The Virgin Birth: The Birth of Jesus without a Biological Father

Human development begins at fertilization when a male gamete or sperm unites with a female gamete or oocyte to form a single cell-a zygote. This highly specialized cell marks the beginning of each hum... read more..

Issue 53 (January - March 2006)
Mustafa Armagan
12295

Montaigne and the Ottomans

Essays are like flexible rhapsodies.”1 They are freer, arbitrary, and subjective as compared to a more rigid, systematic, and organized plain text. Free and always open to new perspectives. This must ... read more..

Issue 53 (January - March 2006)
Yetkin Yildirim
11254

Peace and Conflict Resolution Concepts in the Madina Charter

It is much easier to make contact with people from vastly different cultures and beliefs in the context of today’s world. Unfortunately, increased globalization has also broadened the scope of conflic... read more..

Issue 53 (January - March 2006)
Abdullah D. Dogan
5087

Gen-ethic Anxiety and Some Reflections on the Genome Project

The Genome Project was started at a research institute known as HUGO, which is short for the Human Genome Project, in Montreux, Switzerland on October 1, 1990. This important project, with consequence... read more..

Issue 53 (January - March 2006)
Kamran Mofid
10593

The Acknowledgment of God: The Only Cure to Our Spiritual Poverty

One of the main causes of today's global disorder is the absence of justice and the rise in the false religion of materialism. When justice disappears, it becomes no wonder to see oppression, corrupti... read more..

Issue 53 (January - March 2006)
Alphonse Dougan
10763

Radiating Compassion and Love in a Student of an Eternal Teacher

“When the full moon shines on a clear night, What would it have to fear of the dogs or their barking? The dogs continue to do what they are supposed to do And the moon continues to beautify the fac... read more..

Issue 53 (January - March 2006)
Firat Kocol
11629

A Rationale for the Collapse of Civilizations

Any observant individual walking among the ruins of an ancient city is immediately faced with the following question: “How did the once magnificent civilization that ruled this place, that built this ... read more..

Issue 53 (January - March 2006)
Yusuf Al- Qaradawi
10783

Dialogue with the People of the Book and Exchange of Good Will on Holy Days

God most high has revealed in chapter Mumtahana of the Qur’an two explicit verses which could be considered as the basis for the relationship between Muslims and non-Muslims. These verses are plain an... read more..

Issue 53 (January - March 2006)
Kathleen St.onge
14455

Abstaining From Alcohol

Like all converts to Islam, I am sometimes haunted by my past and always in awe of the mercy of God. By the grace of God, many people reading this have probably never tried alcohol themselves. For lik... read more..

Issue 53 (January - March 2006)
Mehmet Sultan
11749

Forensic Entomology: How Insects Solve Murder Cases

In a homicide case or any accident that results in death, it is essential to know the exact time and place where the death occurred. Insects and their larvae may yield elaborate data, such as the amou... read more..

Issue 53 (January - March 2006)
Hikmet Isik
9551

What should be the understanding of Mujaddin our time?

Q: What should be the understanding of “Mujaddid” in our time? Does it refer to a single individual only, or does it rather signify a collective personality (shakhs al-manawi)? A: There is no Mujaddi... read more..

Issue 53 (January - March 2006)
Vitaliy Sheremet
10411

On the Messenger of God

This introduction by me as a professor of Oriental studies might be seen as an incentive to attract attention, but I hope that the reader will welcome this book by Muhammed Fethullah Gulen from the ve... read more..

Issue 54 (April - June 2006)
The Fountain
10411

Editorial (Issue 54)

In this 54th issue a variety of topics are presented which are all geared toward enjoyable contemplative activity. M. Fethullah Gulen draws our minds, puzzled with a global trauma, once more to the fa... read more..

Issue 54 (April - June 2006)
M. Fethullah Gulen
10685

The Portrait of People of Heart

With their vision, faith, and deeds, people of heart are integrated heroes of spirituality. Their profundity relies not on their knowledge or acquisitions, but on the richness of their hearts, the pur... read more..

Issue 54 (April - June 2006)
Salih Uyar
13095

How Should We Sleep

Human beings spend about one third of their life sleeping. But the place of sleep in the life of human beings is not restricted to this time; the quality of a person’s sleep also affects the waking ho... read more..

Issue 54 (April - June 2006)
Muhammet Mertek
10230

In Search of Peace On Integration Problems and Provocations

After the series of violent events in France, the Muslim immigrants in European ghettos and their integration into society have become a hot topic. People shuddered when watching the burning shops and... read more..

Issue 54 (April - June 2006)
Mesut Sahin
11719

Neural Prosthetics Where Man-Made Systems Tap Into the Works of Divine Wisdom

In medical sciences, among many other subjects, we learn about human body parts (anatomy), how the body functions at the cellular (biology) and systemic levels (physiology), its diseases (pathology), ... read more..

Issue 54 (April - June 2006)
Nuh Gedik
9836

Supernova Explosion and a Miracle of The Qur'an

...And We sent down Iron, in which is great might, as well as many benefits for mankind... (Hadid 57:25) The above verse in the holy Qur’an uses the Arabic expression "anzalna"which means "sent d read more..

Issue 54 (April - June 2006)
Cafer Tayyar Yavuz
12970

15 Minutes

Most of us don’t worry about 15 minutes, which perhaps is no time at all. In 15 minutes, it is hard to drive to work; it is hard to read a newspaper or even to eat a filling meal. However, this very s... read more..

Issue 54 (April - June 2006)
Kamran Mofid
11334

Nursi on Materialism

Materialism is an ideological movement that destroys spiritual values and distances people from religion. Today, sadly, a vast majority of the societies globally, consciously or not, remain under the ... read more..

Issue 54 (April - June 2006)
Ertan Salik
9598

Pinhole Cameras, Imaging, and The Eye

Cameras, eyes, telescopes, microscopes are various imaging systems. In general, everyone knows that an imaging system has one or multiple lenses. Interestingly, one can also make a camera without usin... read more..

Issue 54 (April - June 2006)
Safak Ozturk
6755

A Message from Glowworms

Professor Joachim Illies was stunned when he observed the luminescent behavior of the glowworms-Arachnocampa luminosa-found in the Waitomo caves of the islands to the north of New Zealand. He describe... read more..

Issue 54 (April - June 2006)
Mustafa Nutku
23025

Ozone Curtain

The issue which has occupied the agenda of the entire world in this century is the environment. As a matter of fact mankind can never be considered indifferent to this phenomenon of environment for we... read more..

Issue 54 (April - June 2006)
Pavel A. Kovganko
9456

Medication, Pregnancy and God's Will

Pregnancy is a unique condition for women, and childbirth has always been considered to be one of the most important events in a woman’s life. Maternity has always been highly respected and esteemed. ... read more..

Issue 54 (April - June 2006)
Mehmet A. Ocak
15984

Towards a Multicultural Society and Education

Democratic societies are strengthened by fundamental principles, such as freedom, equality, and justice. To keep the identities of people who produce knowledge and research quiet seems paradoxical in ... read more..

Issue 54 (April - June 2006)
Dr. Selim Aydin
7104

Seismologist Termites

All living organisms have the peculiar feature of being equipped with special biological devices that warn and inform them about the changes occurring in the environment in which they live. These orga... read more..

Issue 54 (April - June 2006)
Hikmet Isik
11171

As God already gives His blessings and peace to the Prophet Muhammad...

As God already gives His blessings and peace to the Prophet Muhammad, what is the wisdom in our invoking God’s blessings and peace upon him? Does he need our invocations? The Prophet Muhammad is like... read more..

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