Fountain Archive

March 2009

Issue 68 (March - April 2009)
The Fountain
5435

"WIN"-Win for All With Dialogue

A win-win scenario, or game, describes a situation where the two parties involved manage to devise an action plan in a way that is beneficial for both. In interfaith dialogue, however, there are more ... read more..

Issue 68 (March - April 2009)
M. Fethullah Gulen
6397

Towards Spelling Out Our Own Line of Thought

In the past, “Islam” used to come into our people’s minds first as far as “religion” was concerned, and it would resonate with wonder in their conscience. Above all, Islam had left on sound-thinking s... read more..

Issue 68 (March - April 2009)
Kadir Can
4801

The Trembling Sun

In 1962 a group of researchers discovered that the sun oscillated backwards and forwards once every five minutes. As research progressed it was determined that as some sections of the sun were coming ... read more..

Issue 68 (March - April 2009)
Ayse Meva Nur
6174

The Dancing Pen

No one knows dancing like him. Swirl, lift, dip. The routine continues. Swirl, lift, dip. This is what Osman Sahin does to relax. Dance. But he is no choreographer, he is a calligrapher-one who has ma... read more..

Issue 68 (March - April 2009)
Sultan Bashir Mahmood
7911

The Holy Qur'an and Dirac's Theory of Pairs

Paul Dirac (1902–1984), one of Newton’s successors to the Lucasian Chair of Mathematics at Cambridge, was one of the greatest physicists of the twentieth century and his work is one of the monuments o... read more..

Issue 68 (March - April 2009)
Zhandos Utegulov
6145

Dialogue in Central Eurasia

Central Eurasia is characterized by historians as one of the most diverse places on the face of the earth, with its distinct and colorful characteristics. For centuries this geographical region has be... read more..

Issue 68 (March - April 2009)
Mahmut Veziroglu
4329

Tiny, With A Great Mission: Seeds and Bees

Plants sustain the continuity of their species through generative reproduction either with seeds or through vegetative reproduction that uses suckers, bulbs, or tubers. We can observe these methods of... read more..

Issue 68 (March - April 2009)
Omer Arifagaoglu
4288

Will and Balance in Nourishment

Once, Shaykh ‘Abdul-Qadir al-Jilani, one of the greatest poles of spirituality, may God sanctify his holiness, had a pupil who was the only child of an old, anxious woman. That respected woman went to... read more..

Issue 68 (March - April 2009)
Robert Lentz
5429

Holy Migration

Most human beings feel a strong loyalty to the place of their birth. Sometimes this loyalty can be transferred to another place, but there are few people who do not treasure some place they consider “... read more..

Issue 68 (March - April 2009)
M. Fethullah Gulen
5305

Never

To the soul of YunusOnce the heart has found You,Would it ever remember another?Once it has burned in Your fire,Would it ever burn in another?Only those who have found YouAre purified in an incessant ... read more..

Issue 68 (March - April 2009)
M. Fethullah Gulen
5110

Zuhd (Asceticism)

Zuhd, which literally means renouncing worldly pleasures and resisting carnal desires, is defined by Sufis as indifference to worldly appetites, living an austere life, choosing to refrain from sin in... read more..

Issue 68 (March - April 2009)
Hasan Altinbasak
6374

A Miraculous Mechanism: DNA Repair

We live in a world full of technological devices, instruments and machines. Even if we buy them from good retailers, our cars we use to commute, or our CD-players and nowadays the mp3-players we use read more..

Issue 68 (March - April 2009)
M. Louise Row
5028

A Special Blessing: The Story of WIN

There are blessings all around us, of course, but what follows is my account of an unexpected blessing--a wondrous surprise if you will--which came at a time when I needed to experience the presence o... read more..

Issue 68 (March - April 2009)
Hayati Tarhan
7199

The Education of Gifted Children

Humans are created with different levels of ability. A person who is talented in one specific field may not necessarily be as capable in other areas, and individuals who have natural ability in the sa... read more..

Issue 68 (March - April 2009)
Seth Mette
5498

In an Author's Mind

Rational, Romantic, and Regular were three roommates. They were all new writers with splendid ambitions. They all dreamt of displaying the best of their talents one day. For this, they had different s... read more..

Issue 68 (March - April 2009)
Turan Kayaoglu
6228

Unity, Diversity, and Dialogue: A Jewish Perspective

While the appeal of the “dialogue of civilizations” is on the rise, its sources, functions, and consequence cause controversy within and between faith communities. Amidst these controversies, some rel... read more..

Issue 68 (March - April 2009)
Irfan Yilmaz
4827

It's us, Peter, your Eyes!

Dear Peter, the organs entrusted to you by the Creator have been describing themselves to you for quite a while now. As you have probably realized, our friends the heart, stomach, intestine, lungs and... read more..

Issue 68 (March - April 2009)
Hikmet Isik
5990

How do we distinguish between the desire to emulate and envy?

How do we distinguish between the desire to emulate and envy? What are your thoughts regarding the charities and alms given away openly by some leading people in good work in order to inspire others a... read more..

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