Fountain Archive

2006

Issue 56 (October - December 2006)
M. Fethullah Gulen
10763

Tolerance

We are experiencing an intense fervor of recovery and revival. If a wind of opposition does not hinder us, the coming years will be our “years of becoming.” However, there are differences in methods o... read more..

Issue 56 (October - December 2006)
Zainab Goonay
8488

The Essence of Time

St Augustine’s confession expresses the situation most people experience after contemplating the nature of time. Time has puzzled many philosophers. Zeno, Avicenna and St. Augustine even questioned it... read more..

Issue 56 (October - December 2006)
Galymzhan Kirbassov
16851

Has "the Clash of Civilizations" Found Empirical Support?

Samuel Huntington first published his article “The Clash of Civilizations?” in 1993. Later, in 1996 he published “The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order,” giving a more detailed an... read more..

Issue 56 (October - December 2006)
Seth Mette
9118

Eye for an "Eye"

It’s been a long and tough life. The days of the earth when it was still so hot, the day when humanity was created, and the day you, humans, invented fire… I witnessed them all. Though you may not kno... read more..

Issue 56 (October - December 2006)
Evan Radford
12734

The Meaning of Jihad and its Implications in the World Today

The first revelation Muhammad ever received from God was “Read!” (Ali 1672). That was a fitting command for the final prophet of Islam to receive, commanding him to take an action. Taking action would... read more..

Issue 56 (October - December 2006)
C.t. Jeff Yavuz
10525

A Nanowindow to the Thirtieth Word

The Second Aim of the Thirtieth Word in the Risale-i Nur collection accurately describes the true meaning that lies behind the creation and the reason for the creation of particles which constitutes a... read more..

Issue 56 (October - December 2006)
Mesut Sahin
10213

Common Termis Amongst The Muslims and Christians

The Muslim-Christian meetings that are organized in an effort to find a common ground between the two faiths usually focus on a few points that are essential to both parties. The dialogue meetings are... read more..

Issue 56 (October - December 2006)
Fatih Kolbay
8501

We never allow recollections to vanish

The one missing from the heart No one else, you, the candidly expected A voice unreserved, sentimental Nourishing sermons forever in memories The sublime pundit, Within an exalted sound You left... read more..

Issue 56 (October - December 2006)
Dr. Sami Polatoz
9334

Understanding The Order in Nature in a More Analytical Way

This article can be considered as a brief survey of the order in nature carried out through understanding the world around us. The beauty and esthetics that we all see around us are obvious proof of t... read more..

Issue 56 (October - December 2006)
Irfan Yilmaz
11782

Who Has No Fingerprints?

How is it that the fingerprints of children disappear in 24 hours while those of adults remain for longer periods? * How do we leave traces of ourselves everywhere we touch with hardly visible finger... read more..

Issue 56 (October - December 2006)
Ibrahim Sel
13189

How to Become a Bad Teacher

Teachers are entrusted with the jewels of life: Our children. Sometimes teachers may be overwhelmed with this very important task. The teacher-student relationship, or rapport, is the most important ... read more..

Issue 56 (October - December 2006)
Hikmet Isik
32521

What does Islam say about killing an innocent person?

God Almighty declares that killing an innocent person unjustly is like killing all of mankind and saving a person’s life is like saving all of mankind. Could you please explain this? In the preceding... read more..

Issue 57 (January - March 2007)
The Fountain
11948

Recurring History

Regardless of how one defines global religious revival, theological and political debate over religion makes its presence felt on a global scale. This reality came to the surface with vitality after t... read more..

Issue 55 (July - September 2006)
M. Fethullah Gulen
12228

On the Holy Qur'an and Its Interpretation

The Qur’an is God’s miraculous, matchless message that has been sent to all humanity via His last Messenger. With the Qur’an God has shown humanity, one last time, a short-cut to His good pleasure. He... read more..

Issue 55 (July - September 2006)
Seth Mette
9340

Near the End of Time

“It is I who created you out of a pool of mud and it is again I who resurrected you after your death. Yet, you object to me and complain about the good things I have done for you?”“Father! God comma read more..

Issue 55 (July - September 2006)
Prof.dr. Ramadan Al-buti
9819

The Preservation of Equilibrium among Divine Truths

Bediuzzaman Said Nursi has carried out long profound research on the Qur’an. In fact, his studies, bearing the name Risale-i Nur (The Epistles of Light), are all based upon the Qur’an, and the facts t... read more..

Issue 55 (July - September 2006)
Omer D. Ikramoglu
7627

Expansion of the Universe

AND THE HEAVEN, WE HAVE CONSTRUCTED IT MIGHTILY, AND IT IS SURELY WE WHO HAVE VAST POWER, AND KEEP EXPANDING IT. (DHARIYAT 51:47) In this work we study a verse from the Qur’an, the 47th verse of read more..

Issue 55 (July - September 2006)
Nazim Intepe
12167

Wetting The Bed

WHEN WE BRING UP OUR CHILDREN, WE SHOULD REGARD THEM AS BEING ENTRUSTED TO US BY THE ALMIGHTY. The family is the smallest unit of society and it should be a source of happiness for the individua read more..

Issue 55 (July - September 2006)
Mehmet A. Ozturk
11069

Reflections on The Struggle of Life

WHILE BEING CONTINUOUSLY BUSY WITH, OR EVEN OVERWHELMED BY, THE NECESSITIES OF MODERN LIFE HAVE YOU EVER REFLECTED UPON WHAT ALMIGHTY OFFERS US THROUGH NATURE? Nowadays, almost everyone working read more..

Issue 55 (July - September 2006)
Pavel A. Kovganko
10960

Tuberculosis and Pregnancy

THERE IS THE INFLUENCE OF TUBERCULOSIS ON THE COURSE OF PREGNANCY AND CHILD DELIVERY AS WELL AS ON THE HEALTH OF A MOTHER AND HER CHILD. The problem of pulmonary tuberculosis in pregnancy has at read more..

Issue 55 (July - September 2006)
Mustafa Armagan
13334

The Myth of Ottoman Despotism

The concept of Chinese script operated as a kind of a European hallucination. Jacques Derrida1 For over two thousand years despotism has been used by the West as a concept for slandering systems th... read more..

Issue 55 (July - September 2006)
Omer Said Gonullu
8757

Science in Search of Its Soul

In the concepts of today, we can define science as the human effort to understand the physical world through systematic methods and make use of it for their benefit. The scientific world accepts that ... read more..

Issue 55 (July - September 2006)
Mehmet Camalan
32812

The Importance of Ionosphere in Radio Communication

The first step in using electromagnetic waves in space for radio communication was taken by James Clark Maxwell when he came up with “the theory of the electromagnetic field” in 1873. Maxwell claimed ... read more..

Issue 55 (July - September 2006)
Hikmet Isik
13414

What is the Islamic view on the Messiah and the anticipation the Mahdi near the end of time?

Messiah is a name or attribute of Jesus, peace be upon him. Messiah means “blessed” in Hebrew, thus this name might have been used for him in admiration for his merits and virtues. It is reported that... read more..

Issue 56 (October - December 2006)
The Fountain
10314

Respond in Mildness

Pope Benedict’s unfortunate speech has offended Muslims all over the world. The offensive words quoted by the Pope do not sound like they simply slipped through his lips-although we cannot read his he... read more..

Issue 54 (April - June 2006)
M. Fethullah Gulen
10668

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
13073

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
10211

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
11702

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
9805

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..

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