Fountain Archive

March 2008

Issue 62 (March - April 2008)
The Fountain
7151

How Swift Our Minutes Pass!

Great God, how frail a thing is man!How swift his minutes pass!His age contracts within a span;He blooms and dies like grass. Time is ticking “swiftly” away, consuming the “minutes” that have been app... read more..

Issue 62 (March - April 2008)
M. Fethullah Gulen
8174

The Souls Besieged by a Life of Transience

Those who perceive the world solely in terms of its transitory face and physical constraints can be seen, in spite of the breadth of the human conscience, to have darkened their lives by having chosen... read more..

Issue 62 (March - April 2008)
Bill Sayoran
7862

Water: The Molecule of Life

The sustenance of all known life-forms relies heavily on water, and almost all living things are mostly composed of water. The chemistry of biological reactions is based on water, which renders condit... read more..

Issue 62 (March - April 2008)
Aydin Kara
13216

Understanding Today's Schools with Chaos Theory

Today’s schools are more complex systems than the one-room schools of the past. However, most of the beliefs and expectations about schools today still remain the same as they were in the olden days. ... read more..

Issue 62 (March - April 2008)
Allen S. Maller
7487

A Reform Rabbi Learns from Muhammad

All Muslims know that the Qur’an often refers to the “people of the book” and their prophets. In addition, there are dozens of hadiths, sayings of the Prophet of Islam, that speak about Jews and Chris... read more..

Issue 62 (March - April 2008)
Mehmet Ozalp
6212

Heroes of Compassion

Once there were model menRoaming in our shining civilization.They breathed life into lost souls,We called them heroes of compassion.How we have missed you, waiting,O heroes of compassion, alight.Our d... read more..

Issue 62 (March - April 2008)
A. Kadir Yildirim
7170

Economic Development via Human Development

Think about two South African children born on the same day in 2000: Nthabiseng and Pieter. Nthabiseng is born to a black family with no formal education about 400 miles away from Cape Town in a rural... read more..

Issue 62 (March - April 2008)
M. Ali Kaslioglu
5984

Curative Cherries

Fruits of various kinds in abundance, such as dates in sheathed clusters, bananas piled one above another, grapes, olives, figs, pomegranates, and cherries with their abundant blossom and fruit, are m... read more..

Issue 62 (March - April 2008)
Ashley Hatchett
6378

A Personal Pilgrimage

“If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must man be of learning from experience.” These words, spoken by George Bernard Shaw, didn’t phase me as I walked into my W... read more..

Issue 62 (March - April 2008)
Irfan Yilmaz
5660

From the Spider's Web

Hello dear humankind,Many of you are frightened of us. You have even invented a disease called “Arachnophobia” (fear of spider). On the contrary, I do not inflict any harm on you, but rather help tidy... read more..

Issue 62 (March - April 2008)
M. Fethullah Gulen
6494

Hal and Maqam (State and Station)

Hal (state) denotes experiencing in one’s inner world the “breaths” blowing from the realms beyond the world, and feeling the difference between the “night” and “day,” as well as the “evening” and “mo... read more..

Issue 62 (March - April 2008)
Sophia Gallant
9637

Belief in God: A Matter of Life and Death

Odd as such a question might sound, do you think God is still alive in the twenty-first century? Do we need Him? Is He still our “ultimate concern” as Tillich argued, or have we, as the human species... read more..

Issue 62 (March - April 2008)
Mustafa Guler
6490

Tissue Engineering; Towards Spare Human Parts

Everyday, thousands of people from all age groups are treated for organ malfunction. Many of these patients require organ transplants; however, there is a long waiting list for people looking for orga... read more..

Issue 62 (March - April 2008)
Ozgur Cagla
5376

In Search of Freedom

Throughout the ages, people have given different meanings to freedom. Every scholar has defined it in their own way according to their own thinking. At times, the concept of freedom has served as a to... read more..

Issue 62 (March - April 2008)
Ibrahim Yildiz
4431

Miraculous Carrier in Blood: Hemoglobin

By means of rapid and astonishing advances in science and technology, every day we witness amazing discoveries related to the mechanisms in the human body. Have you ever thought that your heart beats ... read more..

Issue 62 (March - April 2008)
Ugur Kuru
7296

The Place of Tolerance in Islam

In the aftermath of September 11, Islam’s relation to violence and tolerance have been widely discussed. The critics have generally tried to produce a monolithic image of Islam, which is isolated from... read more..

Issue 62 (March - April 2008)
Ahmet D. Bahadir
7966

Sheikh Galib and His Definition of Divine Love

Galib’s master work Hüsn ü Ask ("Beauty and Love") is viewed as one of the most distinguished works of Turkish Literature. It is known for its perfect presentations of symbols and characters with whi... read more..

Issue 62 (March - April 2008)
Joseph Clay
7904

A Brief Introduction to the Noble Qur'an

Islam is a fast growing religion in the West. For the last few decades, there has been growing curiosity about the Qur’an, the holy book of Muslims, among non-Muslims. Yet, there is significant confus... read more..

Issue 62 (March - April 2008)
Hikmet Isik
6799

Human Rights and Islam

Question: What is the Islamic stance on human rights? How does Islam regard the killing of a person?Islam is a universal religion, and the significance it gives to rights is inclusive of all creation.... read more..

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