Fountain Archive

May 2008

Issue 63 (May - June 2008)
The Fountain
6796

Compassion: The Essence of All Existence

Stories of the prophets are found both in the Qur’an and the Bible, and the prophets appear as historic figures in several other versions in literature. Although these stories do not always match each... read more..

Issue 63 (May - June 2008)
M. Fethullah Gulen
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Compassion

Today, the entire globe but especially certain parts of the world are passing through a critical turn, which is more dangerous than ever. The destruction of the power balance, chaotic situations and u... read more..

Issue 63 (May - June 2008)
Muhammet Erkan Kose
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The Future of Solar Energy in the Energy Market and Why We Need It More Than Ever

Renewable energy resourcesOur current source of energy is mostly fossil fuels such as oil, coal, and natural gas. Fossil fuels are nonrenewable. In other words, they are finite resources and they will... read more..

Issue 63 (May - June 2008)
Thomas Petriano
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Muhammad and Jesus Two Great Prophets of God

The relationship between Christianity and Islam throughout history has been often characterized by misunderstanding, rivalry, and frequently hostility. As illustrated in the recent movie, The Kingdom ... read more..

Issue 63 (May - June 2008)
Ozgur Cagla
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Simple and Beautiful Momentum

Every occurrence in nature obeys some kind of relation that has been put in operation in the universe, and most scientists probably believe that humans have the skill to represent that relation to the... read more..

Issue 63 (May - June 2008)
Mehmet Erdogan
6181

Black Locks

You shot me in the heart, set me on fire,The only rose of my fate, sweet musk-scented hairMy enshrouding sphere, You bestow abundantly,Wings of the angel lay down for you on the way to the Lote-tree.1... read more..

Issue 63 (May - June 2008)
Yigit Alarcin
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Like It or Not, We All Like the Same Thing

There were some little puzzles that kept my mind busy all the time when I was a child. Some were very primitive questions, yet I could not answer them fully. One such question was “What about my perce... read more..

Issue 63 (May - June 2008)
Alper Bursali
11644

Vitamin and Mineral Pills: The Right Answer for a Healthy Life?

In human health, the importance of vitamins is indisputable. Proof of this are the numerous illnesses associated with a lack of vitamins in the diet. Motivated by such established facts, consumers wan... read more..

Issue 63 (May - June 2008)
Roberto Colella
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Science and Faith:Is it Possible for a Scientist to Believe? An Overview of the Western Tradition

The relationship between science and religion can hardly be described as a good friendship. Indeed, as part of our modern inheritance, the unspoken notion that science and religion, like reason and fa... read more..

Issue 63 (May - June 2008)
Namik Sercan
5363

Mathematical Thinking

Equipped with the faculties of curiosity and intelligence, human beings have built telescopes and launched spacecraft to discover the secrets of the universe. It is no longer extraordinary to set a sp... read more..

Issue 63 (May - June 2008)
Mirkena Ozer
6871

Happy Birthday, Son!

Aisha looked at the clock hanging nearby. “It is time,” she hurried, “I have to go.” She wondered what to wear that chilly windy day. As a Muslim she knew that there was a hidden hour within Friday wh... read more..

Issue 63 (May - June 2008)
M. Fethullah Gulen
7097

Qalb (Heart) - 1

In the words of Ibrahim Haqqi of Erzurum:The heart is the home of God; purify it from whatever is other than HimSo that the All-Merciful may descend into His palace at night. The word “Qalb” (heart) h... read more..

Issue 63 (May - June 2008)
Kaan Kerem
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Beyond Order: Optimality and Sub-Optimality in the Universe

This article deals with the feature of the universe known as “optimality.” It particularly deals with optimality in relation to “intelligent design” arguments and addresses certain critiques of evolut... read more..

Issue 63 (May - June 2008)
Dr. Sami Polatoz
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Nanotechnology in Sponges

Sponges, though it is still not clear whether they are plants or animals, are inspiring the solution to a problem which has troubled chemists for years. Scientists were working on ways of obtaining co... read more..

Issue 63 (May - June 2008)
Mary Lahaj
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An American Muslim in Istanbul

Like so many American Muslims, Istanbul too stands at the crossroads of East and West. My trip to Turkey was never intended to be a spiritual journey; but it began as a gathering of the riches of my p... read more..

Issue 63 (May - June 2008)
Mehmet Kurum
5049

Seeing the Third Quality of Light Polarization Vision

Sun is the main source of light for Earth. Without light, there would be no sight for us. Light is nothing but an electromagnetic wave which has three fundamental properties and with naked eyes humans... read more..

Issue 63 (May - June 2008)
Hurisa Guvercin
23098

People with Disabilities from an Islamic Perspective

Special education and the Islamic principle of inclusionHistorically, people with disabilities have been prey to society’s misconceptions, stereotypes, labeling, and prejudices in many different ways.... read more..

Issue 63 (May - June 2008)
Ertan Salik
12727

Ibn al-Haytham: First Scientist

Bradley Steffens is the author of twenty-seven nonfiction books for children and young adults. Ibn al-Haytham: First Scientist is one of his recent books, published in the series Profiles in Science b... read more..

Issue 63 (May - June 2008)
Seth Mette
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When Zero Died

Long, long ago, in a far away world that was inhabited by numbers, it was a clear dawn when the world of numbers witnessed the birth of a new number. It was a baby as small as a dot and capable of not... read more..

Issue 63 (May - June 2008)
Irfan Yilmaz
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It's me, Peter, your Heart!

I started working months before you were born. Even though I have kept beating ceaselessly every second inside, you have never given an ear to find out who it is. It is me, your heart, the engine of y... read more..

Issue 63 (May - June 2008)
Hikmet Isik
7270

Women Confined and Mistreated

Question: Some people claim that in Muslim societies, women are confined to their home and they are oppressed. Is there any truth in this claim? What is the position of women in family life and in soc... read more..

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