Fountain Archive

September 2008

Issue 65 (September - October 2008)
The Fountain
6452

Adaptation to Conditions

In August when the world’s focus was fixed on the most costly ever Olympic Games in Beijing (estimated costs to be over $40 billion), the ugly face of war was seen in another part of the world as news... read more..

Issue 65 (September - October 2008)
M. Fethullah Gulen
7187

From Bright Yesterday to Bright Tomorrows

For centuries we have enjoyed commitment to a belief in eternity, and the atmosphere we inhaled every moment was filled with eternal considerations. Each of our pursuits triggered in us feelings from ... read more..

Issue 65 (September - October 2008)
Omer Arifagaoglu
6506

The Adaptation in the Senses

For centuries we have enjoyed commitment to a belief in eternity, and the atmosphere we inhaled every moment was filled with eternal considerations. Each of our pursuits triggered in us feelings from ... read more..

Issue 65 (September - October 2008)
Kathleen St.onge
4719

On the Perfecting of a Prophet

It is one of the articles of faith of Islam to believe in the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him. So when anyone casts a shadow on his character, the Muslim world feels deeply antagonized. Yet some r... read more..

Issue 65 (September - October 2008)
Nuh Aydin
8220

Some Logical Principles in the Qur'an

When we read the Qur’an, we notice that it appeals to human reasoning and invites us to reason. Among many verses in this regard, consider these: “How little you reflect” (A’raf 7:3), “God sets those ... read more..

Issue 65 (September - October 2008)
Bekir Mugayitoglu
8769

Biogas as a Clean Energy

Recent years have witnessed rapid industrialization and population growth, along with profligate consumption of energy. This in turn has triggered enormous increase in energy production based on non-r... read more..

Issue 65 (September - October 2008)
Mirkena Ozer
6795

Tears of Regret

I was sitting at the dining table, minding my own business, that is, struggling to read a novel too tricky for a fifteen-year-old girl like me, when the doorbell brought me back to reality. My older s... read more..

Issue 65 (September - October 2008)
Osman Cakmak
5152

The Horizon of Science

Atoms and molecules function at the foundation of the entire visible universe and its emerging characteristics. Our nutritional needs of sugar, fats and proteins are made up by atoms merging. For exam... read more..

Issue 65 (September - October 2008)
Yuksel A. Aslandogan
10711

Fasting in Ramadan and Developing Self-Control

Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic lunar calendar. It is a special month of the year for over one billion Muslims throughout the world. It is sometimes referred to as the “Sultan of the 11 months... read more..

Issue 65 (September - October 2008)
Allen S. Maller
8585

Reflections on the Children of Israel and the Qur'an

The Qur’an is the only book of revelation that includes within itself a theory of prophethood which includes other religions. There have always been (since the days of Adam) people inspired by God who... read more..

Issue 65 (September - October 2008)
M. Fethullah Gulen
6494

Huzn (Sadness or Sorrow)

Sufis use the word huzn (sadness) as the opposite of rejoicing and joy, and to express the pain one suffers while fulfilling his or her duties and realizing his or her ideals. Every perfected believer... read more..

Issue 65 (September - October 2008)
Thomas C. Smedley
9696

Turning the Tables to Build Intercultural Friendships

IntroductionIt is usually easy to associate with people from one’s own culture. Why step out of your comfort zone to extend a friendly hand to someone from a different culture? Perhaps, if my experien... read more..

Issue 65 (September - October 2008)
Mehmet Ozalp
5709

The Fundamental Spiritual Benefit of Fasting

The prime goal of Islamic spirituality is to establish an intimate and personal closeness to God. While the beliefs of Islam direct a Muslim along a wide path towards God, the five pillars of Islam pr... read more..

Issue 65 (September - October 2008)
Muhammed Toprak
7150

A Historical Review of Dreams

There are two questions concerning dreams, which have always puzzled human beings. One concerns the actual meaning or significance of dreaming. The other is the relationship between the dream and the ... read more..

Issue 65 (September - October 2008)
Ahamuduzzaman
10583

The Relationship between Law and the Benefits of Intermingling Them

From the ancient Greek tragedian Sophocles to Shakespeare, Dickens and modern legal dramatist Grisham, stories about law have fascinated readers and offered an outsider’s view of the efficiency of jus... read more..

Issue 65 (September - October 2008)
Ertan Salik
5900

Search for Life on Planets Orbiting Other Stars

IntroductionFor a long time astronomers have talked about the nine planets orbiting the Sun. These nine heavenly bodies have always been more special than other objects orbiting the Sun, such as aster... read more..

Issue 65 (September - October 2008)
Valeria Kolos
10409

Ottoman Women: Myth and Reality

Asli Sancar, born and raised in the United States of America, has been living in Istanbul for over twenty years. For more than half of this period she intermittently pursued studies on the social stat... read more..

Issue 65 (September - October 2008)
Irfan Yilmaz
5843

It's me, Peter, your Lungs

First, lean back and let me expand, so that I can take in more air. The more air I take in, the easier your brain works and the better you’ll understand what I’m telling you. Irrelevant? Not at all Pe... read more..

Issue 65 (September - October 2008)
Hikmet Isik
7112

What does "insaf" mean? What are the signs of possessing it as a virtue?

Insaf means accepting and confessing the truth, treating everyone with mercy and justice, observing others’ rights besides one’s own, behaving not according to one’s carnal self, desires, and fancies,... read more..

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