Fountain Archive


Issue 60 (October - December 2007)
M. Fethullah Gulen

Free Will

Having free will-which we can briefly describe as the power or inclination to make a decision whether to do something or not-is a distinctive element of being human and is the very essential of ethica... read more..

Issue 60 (October - December 2007)
H. Aydin

What Makes the Planets Revolve around the Sun?

The Sun consists of three parts: the interior, the outer layer, and the solar atmosphere. The outer layer of the Sun is similar to the boundary that exists between the Earth and its atmosphere. The co... read more..

Issue 60 (October - December 2007)
Rahila Bashir

How Can We Motivate Our Children To Learn?

How often do we hear the words “I hate maths” or “I don’t want to do my homework” and “I don’t like school.” Just imagine how a carer or parent who is concerned and exerts a great deal of time and eff... read more..

Issue 60 (October - December 2007)
Omer Said Gonullu

Thoughts on Matter and Anti-Matter

We see a wall. It seems to be solid, made of one piece, as if it is covered with plaster. If we scrape off the plaster, we can see that the wall consists of hundreds of Stones (or bricks), proportiona... read more..

Issue 60 (October - December 2007)
Trish Madigan

Learning from Islam

One has only to visit a place such as the Gallipoli Mosque at Auburn and receive the welcome and hospitality offered by the Muslim community to all comers to experience the rich contribution that Musl... read more..

Issue 60 (October - December 2007)
Murat Yasar

The Protective Mechanism in Blood Vessels

The blood that is carried away from the heart to all the parts of the body by the cardiovascular system plays a vital role in delivering oxygen and nutrients to all the cells in the body. While the sm... read more..

Issue 60 (October - December 2007)
M. Fethullah Gulen

Firar and I'tisam (Fleeing and Taking Shelter)

Firar, which literally means to run away from something, is used in Sufism to denote the journey from the created to the Creator, sheltering from the “shadow” in the “original,”1 and renouncing the “d... read more..

Issue 60 (October - December 2007)
Muhammed Toprak

Lessons from Nature

Scientists are always trying to find more effective ways of making high performance materials with minimum consumption of energy and resources, minimum waste production and, of course, maximum functio... read more..

Issue 60 (October - December 2007)
Firat Kocol

Paper People

First came to realize my power to distinguish paper people in a formal talk at the university. The speaker was going to great lengths to present his seminal contribution to an age old question, and a ... read more..

Issue 60 (October - December 2007)
Eren Tatari

Attaining Knowledge of God

Every human being is endowed with an inquisitive nature; there is an innate quest to find answers to the existential questions: Where did I come from? Why am I here? Where will I go? Those who pursue ... read more..

Issue 60 (October - December 2007)
S. Utku Ay

Hearing for Deaf Ears

The order, ingenuity, and simultaneous complexity and simplicity of the human organs are simply marvelous. The wonder one feels only increases when the organ for hearing, the ear, is examined. Not onl... read more..

Issue 60 (October - December 2007)
Muhsin Toprak

Islam and Work

A person is not a machine that can remain indifferent to their surroundings. It is a duty for every person to work for their parents and relatives if they are a child or for their children if they are... read more..

Issue 60 (October - December 2007)
Abdullah Aymaz

Gratitude to the Ottomans

The Treaty of Lausanne, signed in 1923 between the allied powers and the Turks in the aftermath of World War I, still prevails on the Turkish agenda. While on the one hand, some celebrate this treaty,... read more..

Issue 60 (October - December 2007)
Hikmet Isik

The Month of Ramadan and Discipline

Question: What benefits can the month of Ramadan provide for us to become disciplined people? What good habits should we develop during this month? Discipline means the directions and prohibitions, a... read more..

Issue 59 (July - September 2007)
M. Fethullah Gulen

Speech and Power of Expression

The most precious of values inherited from our ancestors, speech does not consist only of clarity of meaning, the sound of words, or the expression of certain intentions. It also gives voice to our read more..

Issue 59 (July - September 2007)
Osman Cakmak

Writing with Atoms

Sometimes we make the mistake of thinking that the art and wisdom of small things are easier to make than those which are big in size. Said Nursi reveals how baseless such an assumption is with an exa... read more..

Issue 59 (July - September 2007)
Igor Sulgin

God, the Sun, and the Plant

Have you ever wondered why plants are green? K.A. Timiryazev, a prominent Russian scientist, answered this question first in 1888. In his book, The Sun, Life, and Chlorophyll, Timiryazev argued that g... read more..

Issue 59 (July - September 2007)
Kursat Oz

Rhetoric-An Eloquent Invention: Two Examples from the Present Time

Rhetoric is traditionally defined in literature as the “verbal art” of speaking and writing effectively. In our daily life people perceive a rhetorician as a skilled person who can convince an audienc... read more..

Issue 59 (July - September 2007)
Ayse K. Coskun

A Cry of Desperation Are We Listening?

27, black, living in South Africa, and HIV positive; this is no longer a shocking matter. It has become like getting flu, only deadlier. I never thought I’d make it. But one thing that kept me going w... read more..

Issue 59 (July - September 2007)
Taha Abdel Rahman

The Disconnection between Philosophy and Qur'anic Wisdom

Abstract, rational inquiry does not permit a combination between philosophy and religious wisdom1 and rules that such is impossible. Actual reality does not support such a combination either. Said Nur... read more..

Issue 59 (July - September 2007)
Seth Mette

A Saturday Unlike Others

Many of us either heard about or read Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince. The hero of the story sets out on a journey that will take him to several planets on which he meets people who are ... read more..

Issue 59 (July - September 2007)
M. Fethullah Gulen

Tafakkur (Reflection)

Tafakkur literally means to think on a subject deeply, systematically, and in great detail. In this context, it signifies reflection, which is the heart’s lamp, the soul’s food, the spirit of knowledg... read more..

Issue 59 (July - September 2007)
Esref Sami

A Tale of Design and Love

The value of the iron (or any other material) from which a work of art is made differs from the value of the art expressed in it. Sometimes they may have the same value, or the art’s worth may be far ... read more..

Issue 59 (July - September 2007)
Victor H. Earnest

The Aftermath of Love

How sad, how poor; we are eaten up by the chase. Hurtled all around, we sob and rustle As if we resemble winnowed leaves Since life path tramples our heart castle. Wondering the yonder of the shad... read more..

Issue 59 (July - September 2007)
Salih Uslu

The Relationship between Physical Cleanliness and Moral Purity

Cleanliness is virtue shared by all people and societies. Physical cleanliness and moral purity are highly encouraged by religions, particularly before the commencement of religious ceremonies, sugges... read more..

Issue 59 (July - September 2007)
S. Utku Ay

Camera Chips: Mimicking the Human Eye?

One day an optometrist was talking to his profoundly-blind patient about the possibility of an eye implant that would give him 16 (4x4) pixels of visual information. The patient then told the doctor “... read more..

Issue 59 (July - September 2007)
The Fountain

Rethinking Islamic Philosophy and Theology

There are not many scholars interested in Islamic philosophy and theology in the West. Despite this fact, there has been an increasing interest in that area among young scholars. One of the factors be... read more..

Issue 59 (July - September 2007)
The Fountain

Questions and Answers

Question: Materialism, upon which Marxism is based, alleges that the idea of God was derived from the ignorance of ancient men and suggested that the existence of God is not scientifically provable. W... read more..

Issue 60 (October - December 2007)
The Fountain

Key to the Secret Codes

In all of existence the human being stands out with one major quality: free will. Together with many other superior qualities, like speech and intellect, humans were also blessed with this priceless c... read more..

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

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..

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