Fountain Archive

2007

Issue 57 (January - March 2007)
M. Fethullah Gulen
10284

An Extensive Wish in the View of Historical Recurrences

WATERFALLS OF ASSISTANCE AND EFFORT GURGLE IN THE BED OF DIVINEBLESSINGS; THEY PASS OVER OR BYPASS ANY OBSTRUCTION THEY FACE ANDTHEY TRY TO REPRESENT THE MISSION ENDOWED BY DIVINE DESTINY IN DETAILWIT... read more..

Issue 57 (January - March 2007)
Osman Cakmak
8964

Atoms And The Foundation Of Matter

IF EVERYTHING AROUND US CONSISTS OF ATOMS, MOST OF WHICH ARE MADE UP OF EMPTINESS, AND IF THE ACTUAL PHYSICAL STRUCTURES THAT COMPOSE OUR BODIES ARE SO FEW, THEN WHAT MAKES MATTER SO SOLID AND DURABLE... read more..

Issue 57 (January - March 2007)
Sefik Hikmet Toprak
9974

Issues Raised in the Aftermath of the Cartoon Offense

The offensive editorial cartoons published in a Danish newspaper started a controversy that eventually led to protests all around the world. However strange it may sound, the editors of the paper clai... read more..

Issue 57 (January - March 2007)
Fatih Kolbay
11311

The Miraculous Functions of the Human Skin

THE SKIN IS THE PHYSICAL INTERFACE BETWEEN THE CREATURE AND THE WORLD. HENCE IT IS THE LOCATION OF ALL CONTACT, GOOD OR BAD IN KIND. THE QUR’AN DECLARES THAT THE SKIN WILL ALSO TESTIFY WHEN WE ARE CAL... read more..

Issue 57 (January - March 2007)
As-safsafi Ahmad Al-qaturi
13800

The Ottomans and Sacred Places in Jerusalem

THE AQSA MOSQUE WAS THE FIRST OF THE TWO QIBLAHS TO WHICH MUSLIMS DIRECTED THEMSELVES IN PRAYER. There are close spiritual relations between the Cave of Hira in Mecca and the Aqsa Mosque, and between... read more..

Issue 57 (January - March 2007)
Mustafa Nutku
25005

The Most Terrifying Global Catastrophe

The atmosphere, which completely surrounds our Earth, is an aggregate of different elements. Its composition is 78% nitrogen and 21% oxygen; the remaining 1% consists of argon, neon, carbon dioxide an... read more..

Issue 57 (January - March 2007)
Fatih Kolbay
10450

Labor Pain

Skyscrapers now stand Where oaks once grew. Power plants displace our cornfields On that lovely land. The breeze roughly sidles and bends Over the purling brooks, And all the mockingbirds hush ... read more..

Issue 57 (January - March 2007)
M. Fethullah Gulen
10344

Tawba (Repentance), Inaba (Sincere Penitence), and Awba (Turning to God in Contrition)

I HAVE REPENTED AND TURNED TO GOD SO SINCERELY THAT I WILL NOT BREAK [THE VOW OF REPENTANCE] UNTIL MY SOUL LEAVES MY BODY. ( RUMI) Tawba (repentance) means that one feels regret and, filled with read more..

Issue 57 (January - March 2007)
Seth Mette
9408

Eternia

ALTHOUGH THEIR QUALITIES AND ACTIONS ARE UNCERTAIN, WHOEVER COMES TO THIS LAND DEFINITELY LEAVES IT ONE DAY. BY EXERCISING OUR FREE WILL HERE, WE WEAVE OUR DEEDS BETWEEN THE SAME START AND END, I.E. B... read more..

Issue 57 (January - March 2007)
Alim Birkiye
7799

Hydrogen Energy

“I believe that water will one day be employed as fuel, that hydrogen and oxygen which constitute it, used singly or together, will furnish an inexhaustible source of heat and light, of an intensity o... read more..

Issue 57 (January - March 2007)
Kathleen St.onge
17101

A Wonder for Mankind

The waves are lapping the hull of Noah’s boat. Far beneath, in stages of darkness, the ocean world lives on through the flood, for the heavy rains only make it grow in richness. It is a sublime world read more..

Issue 57 (January - March 2007)
Frank Merchant
7248

Cellular Defenses against Cancer

THE REASON WHY WE ARE PROTECTED FROM DEVELOPING CANCER, EVEN THOUGH OUR DNA IS UNDER NUMEROUS TYPES OF ATTACKS EVERYDAY, IS THAT OUR CELLS ARE EQUIPPED WITH SEVERAL LINES OF DEFENSE AGAINST CANCER FOR... read more..

Issue 57 (January - March 2007)
Salih Yucel
10106

The Necessity for Dialogue

“WE HAVE TO FACE THE FACT THAT EITHER ALL OF US ARE GOING TO DIE TOGETHER OR WE ARE GOING TO LEARN TO LIVE TOGETHER AND IF WE ARE TO LIVE TOGETHER THEN WE MUST TALK.” The word “dialogue” derives read more..

Issue 57 (January - March 2007)
Bruce C. Williams
32992

The Moon Sighting and the Lunar Calendar

The Islamic calendar is based on lunar months, which begin when a new crescent is sighted in the western sky after sunset within a day or so after the New Moon. Hence, the month is either 29 days or 3... read more..

Issue 57 (January - March 2007)
Yasin Ceran
10268

Right or Might?

A Criticism of Materialist Philosophy and Praise for Human Rights "Philosophy considers force to be the point of support in social life, and life as the realization of self-interest (as its goal) and... read more..

Issue 57 (January - March 2007)
Hikmet Isik
8489

Questions and Answers

We know that Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, possessed contrasting merits like courage and compassion. Could you please tell us more about these? In the same way that God’s Messeng... read more..

Issue 58 (April - June 2007)
The Fountain
9735

The End of the World

Are we approaching the end? Will life on Earth as we know it end sooner than we expect? Are we face to face with “an inconvenient truth”? Most religions give place to eschatology in their doctrines. B... read more..

Issue 58 (April - June 2007)
M. Fethullah Gulen
10248

The World in the Womb

In the recent past, the Islamic world as a whole has lived through its most depressed periods, whether considered from the point of view of faith, morality, modes of thought, education, industry, cust... read more..

Issue 58 (April - June 2007)
Osman Cakmak
7958

Black Holes and Possible Depictions of the Judgment Day

The Day when We will roll up the heaven as written scrolls are rolled up. We will bring the creation back into existence as easily as We originated it in the first instance. This is a binding promise ... read more..

Issue 58 (April - June 2007)
The Rev. Kip Gilts
10296

Levels of Tolerance Can Culminate with Love

Keep on loving each other as brothers and sisters. Don’t forget to welcome strangers. By doing that, some people have welcomed angels without knowing it. Hebrews 13:1-2 The day that my daughter and I... read more..

Issue 58 (April - June 2007)
H. Huseyin Erdem
7218

Physics of the Unseen

“Ever since the beginnings of modern science, four or five hundred years ago, scientific thoughts seem to have moved humankind and consciousness further from the centre of things. More and more of t read more..

Issue 58 (April - June 2007)
Halim Calis
10493

Holy Sources of Human Dignity

In the Holy Scriptures we can find vital instructions to reach peace and harmony in both our individual and social lives. The multicultural structure of the modern world requires that we follow such i... read more..

Issue 58 (April - June 2007)
Dr. Sami Polatoz
10320

Apocalypse from the Perspective of Engineering

The apocalypse is the end of both humanity and the world. Owing to the significance of this event, the Qur’an gives a detailed description of the apocalypse. In various surahs humanity is severely war... read more..

Issue 58 (April - June 2007)
M. Fethullah Gulen
10701

Muhasaba (Self-Criticism or Self-Interrogation)

The word muhasaba literally means reckoning, settling accounts, and self-interrogation. In a spiritual context, however, it takes on the additional meaning of the self-criticism of a believer who cons... read more..

Issue 58 (April - June 2007)
Sebnem Unlu
9324

A Physiological and Spiritual Perspective

Man can attain inner depth as much as he can discern himself correctly. It is a well-observed fact that in our lives we have no input or choice in choosing the place and time of our birth, the pa read more..

Issue 58 (April - June 2007)
Arslan Mayda
15960

The Automatic Systems Operating in Our Body

In a healthy body, all of the involuntarily functioning mechanisms seem to know what to do, at the right time and in the right amount. But are these systems really “autonomous,” doing what they will read more..

Issue 58 (April - June 2007)
Irfan Yilmaz
8969

The Human Question

Statements like “God must have createdwith special care” are most inconvenientand disagreeable. Even for the mostsplendid things, God Almightycommands “Be! and it is.” Imagine yourself in Spain, read more..

Issue 58 (April - June 2007)
Ashley Kelly
10932

Interfaith Dialogue in Turkey

A little over two months ago, I went on a trip to Turkey. One of the stops on our trip was Konya, a city which was once the Seljuk capital and cultural center of Anatolia, but is now best known as the... read more..

Issue 58 (April - June 2007)
Salih Yucel
55014

Islam and Muslims in America before Columbus

Historical facts concerning many established information on diverse fields continue to be unraveled to the astonishment of us all. One of these facts, previously little-known by many, is that Muslims ... read more..

Issue 58 (April - June 2007)
Ali Kurtoglu
7076

Phytoplanktons and the Climatic Balance

At the oceans’ shores, the dominant odor one can feel is that of iodine, a salty smell that arises from bubbles and waves and that is spread over the sea by the wind. Mixed with this salty odor are th... read more..

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