Fountain Archive

July 2009

Issue 70 (July - August 2009)
The Fountain
4600

Problem Solvers

"There were no lovers left for me in the world, I used to think, Then I took leave of my self and saw all were nothing but lovers.”The above couplet from Niyazi Mýsri describes the state of a “perfect read more..

Issue 70 (July - August 2009)
M. Fethullah Gulen
6325

Believers Do Not Fall... No Matter How Shaken They May Be

Do not, then, be faint of heart, nor grieve, for you are always the superior side, if you are (true) believers. (Qur’an, 3:139)The situation before our eyes is as horrific as it could be, but with fai... read more..

Issue 70 (July - August 2009)
Kerim Balci
5562

Fethullah Gulen: Inspirer of Multi-disciplinary Studies

"The work of Gulen's followers in Turkey shows that Islam-as taught by Gulen-seeks tolerance, not conflict; it aims for a better society, not political power; and it manifests itself in prayer and con read more..

Issue 70 (July - August 2009)
A. Kadir Yildirim
6637

Microfinance for the Poor: Burden or Blessing?

Microfinance, which has become well known since its leading advocates Muhammad Yunus and the Grameen Bank of Bangladesh were awarded the 2006 Nobel Peace Laureate, has been helping millions of people ... read more..

Issue 70 (July - August 2009)
Huseyin Algul
10317

Islam as a Religion of Love and Peace

The definition of IslamThe root of the word Islam, silm, refers to "making peace, being in a mutually peaceful environment, greetings, rescue, safety, being secure, finding peace, reaching salvation a... read more..

Issue 70 (July - August 2009)
Yasin Ceran
4383

Are you RFIDed?

Though tremendous technical efforts are being spent on solving the problem of privacy concerns in RFID usage, this is only one side of the story. The problems human beings encounter cannot be solved s... read more..

Issue 70 (July - August 2009)
Maimul Ahsan Khan
5214

A Universal Islamic Phenomenon in Turkish Religious Practice: the Gulen Case

Fethullah Gulen started his professional career as a traditional imam, trained and certificated by the governmental authorities in Ankara. His innovative ideas of educational and social reform have ma... read more..

Issue 70 (July - August 2009)
M. Fethullah Gulen
4143

Continuous Beauty

Everywhere is your Beauty, wherever I look, in whatever I see,Dancing in the enchantment of Your love,Like a moth, the world is rushing to meet You, I wish I could reach You, even if only once it may ... read more..

Issue 70 (July - August 2009)
M. Fethullah Gulen
3699

Wara' (Abstinence)

Wara' relates to both the inner and outer aspects of a believer's life and conduct. A traveler on the path of wara' must reach the peaks of taqwa, or piety; his or her life must reflect a strict obser... read more..

Issue 70 (July - August 2009)
Sehnaz Dogu Ekicikol
11193

A Vitamin that Could Change Your Life: Folic Acid

To have a beautiful, healthy baby is the dream of all would-be parents. Nevertheless, dreams do not always come true. Austin was a very healthy boy. He used to sleep and eat nicely. In fact, he was ve... read more..

Issue 70 (July - August 2009)
Nuh Aydin
4301

Infinity: A Window on Divinity

The infinite! No other question has ever moved so profoundly the spirit of man; no other idea has so fruitfully stimulated his intellect; yet no other concept stands in greater need of clarification t... read more..

Issue 70 (July - August 2009)
Bill Sayoran
5467

The Good, the Bad, and the Happy

How do we discriminate between right and wrong? What are the mechanisms for executing moral actions? Why do individuals ever commit self-sacrifice? Why do we recognize and honor high morals and righte... read more..

Issue 70 (July - August 2009)
Yuksel A. Aslandogan
6271

"Religion vs. Science?" with Dr. Lynn Mitchell

Lynn Mitchell PhD is a Professor of Religious Studies, the director of A.D. Bruce Religion Center at the University of Houston. He has been teaching a course entitled “The Bible and Modern Science” fo... read more..

Issue 70 (July - August 2009)
Abdullah Sancak
5806

Is the Shape of the Earth Changing?

The Earth's shape is becoming rounder as a result of the construction of projects like the Three Gorges reservoir. The weight decrease due to the melting icecaps has played a major role in these chang... read more..

Issue 70 (July - August 2009)
Irfan Yilmaz
5337

It's me, Peter, your Nose!

You recognize light with your eyes, while you perceive sound waves with your ears. Earlier, those organs told you how they represent God's beautiful creation. They show His splendid art and His Beauti... read more..

Issue 70 (July - August 2009)
Hikmet Isik
5295

Self-Confidence

Believers Do Not Fall... No Matter How Shaken They May BeWhat is the believers' version of the concept of self-confidence or self-esteem? Can we strike a balance between being an ordinary person and c... read more..

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