Fountain Archive

May 2009

Issue 69 (May - June 2009)
M. Fethullah Gulen
7059

Satan and His Contemporary Followers

Satan is a miserable and accursed one, who has fallen away from God’s Mercy, whose task is to go astray and to lead astray, who continues his existence around the axis of sedition, incitement, hypocri... read more..

Issue 69 (May - June 2009)
Seth Mette
4637

The Last Prayer for Giants

Long, long ago, before the end of time, I heard a legendary story from my grandpa about what happened between him and a giant unlike others…It was around dawn, and the day was not yet fully light. Rai... read more..

Issue 69 (May - June 2009)
Ahmet Isik
3879

What Algorithms Imply for Us

Different people have different styles of handling situations; as the proverb says “Different strokes for different folks.” Another proverb “Two heads are better than one,” on the other hand, invites ... read more..

Issue 69 (May - June 2009)
Zeki Aydin
5103

Tips on Child Education

Preparing children for life is an art. There are many things that parents should know and do about this. One is to make children have the self-confidence that is bestowed by the Creator as a potential... read more..

Issue 69 (May - June 2009)
Fatih Altun
8704

Health and Natural Balance with Patchouli

Studies made recently in relation to aromatherapy show that aroma can be the preparation for many important functions in connection with a person’s spirit and body. Many experts on complementary medic... read more..

Issue 69 (May - June 2009)
Aalia Sohail Khan
8100

Translation of Sufi Poetry

The misunderstanding and the misconception by some Western readers that Sufi poetry is strongly tinged with sensuality and replete with erotic and bacchanalian symbolism is now discredited as altogeth... read more..

Issue 69 (May - June 2009)
Mehmet Celik
4414

The Koala and Its Amazing Features

Do not be misled by my appearance into thinking I am a type of bear. Although we koalas may resemble bears, we have been created with quite different characteristics. Our birth, diet, habitation and d... read more..

Issue 69 (May - June 2009)
Mustafa Tabanli
7307

On Nature, Beauty, and Transcendence: An Interview with Seyyed Hossein Nasr

Matter and Beyond explores a wide range of ethical, philosophical, spiritual and scientific questions through interviews with leading scholars and scientists on compelling topics such as: mysteries read more..

Issue 69 (May - June 2009)
M. Fethullah Gulen
5283

Taqwa (Piety)

Taqwa is derived from wiqaya, which means self-defense and avoidance. Sufis define it as protecting oneself from God’s punishment by performing His commands and observing His prohibitions. Besides its... read more..

Issue 69 (May - June 2009)
Victor H. Earnest
4590

Universal Signs

The old globe speaks on its own,Looks ecstatic with a Godly gown, With spangled Paradise all around,Proclaims Who holds the crown.In the broad wondrous sky on high Like an imperial azure eye,Evoking ... read more..

Issue 69 (May - June 2009)
Osman Cakmak
4448

Time and Beyond as a Dimension

Even if we cannot easily grasp the real nature of “time,” we can understand its aspect of being a “dimension.” For example, specifying only a place without specifying a “time’’ for an appointment woul... read more..

Issue 69 (May - June 2009)
Resit Haylamaz
13529

At What Age Did Aisha Marry the Prophet?

When covering the life of Prophet Muhammad, one of the most debatable topics is that of the age of his wife Aisha when the two married. Her alleged very young age has been used in smear campaigns agai... read more..

Issue 69 (May - June 2009)
Enis Turker
7161

Open Heart Surgery: A Matter of Life and Death

The miraculous duty of the heart, which throughout life pumps the blood with no interruption and sends unpurified blood to the organ where it is refined, is a clear source of contemplation and wonder ... read more..

Issue 69 (May - June 2009)
Dr. Sami Polatoz
3679

Fish: A Source of Inspiration for Efficient Energy Production

A perfect balance exists between the movements and behavior of a creature, its habitat, and anatomic structure. The sciences try to understand this triple mechanism in every species and put the knowle... read more..

Issue 69 (May - June 2009)
Vedat Akyuz
4734

How Finite Becomes Infinite

Followers of the Abrahamic religions-Muslims, Christians, and Jews in general-believe in an eternal life after death, in one form or another, and that the righteous will be rewarded for their good dee... read more..

Issue 69 (May - June 2009)
Ihsan Orhan
5700

Do We Worship the Same God? Comparing the Bible and the Qur'an

In spring 2008 I was asked to accompany a group of people from the United States during their stay in Istanbul. I was told that this group was working on a documentary and they would spend some time i... read more..

Issue 69 (May - June 2009)
Irfan Yilmaz
5286

It's me, Peter, your ear!

I was impatiently waiting for my turn to tell you about myself and so about my Creator while in the previous issue, my neighbor organs in your head, the eyes, were telling you how they were placed on ... read more..

Issue 69 (May - June 2009)
Hikmet Isik
4463

Because of me

Question: What are the matters that believers should always keep in mind with regard to the fact that both individual and collective misfortunes and disasters are results of their sins?Answer: By cour... read more..

Issue 69 (May - June 2009)
The Fountain
4691

Unity of Knowledge

Seyyed Hossein Nasr, an outstanding figure of our time, rejects the separation of spiritual thought from science. In this issue we feature an interview with Professor Nasr in “Talks on Matter and Beyo... read more..

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