Fountain Archive

November 2009

Issue 72 (November - December 2009)
The Fountain
4961

Home

Home is special for everyone. For many, it is where they were born and raised. For others it is where they earn their living. For yet others it is a combination of both. Many emigrate to other lands i... read more..

Issue 72 (November - December 2009)
M. Fethullah Gulen
6114

Our World and Its Inherently Exquisite Mystery

Despite blurred realities, many fair-minded thinkers still regard our “world” as a center of attraction. Personally, it would not be an exaggeration to say that this “world,” with its four seasons, ni... read more..

Issue 72 (November - December 2009)
Hamza Aydin
3489

Dynamic Programs in Cells

The molecular and genetic diversity in the environmental adaptation mechanisms found in the cells of living beings establishes the ground for fundamental changes in our knowledge about the cell and th... read more..

Issue 72 (November - December 2009)
Bayram Yenikaya
5596

Dawkins' Delusion

Many articles and books have been published to refute Dawkins’ opinions, but most of them focus merely on defending the author’s own religion or sect of religion. I would like to take a different appr... read more..

Issue 72 (November - December 2009)
Hakan Yesilova
5253

Social Reform and Fethullah Gulen: the Cairo Perspective

In Egypt the impression of Turkey in recent times has been shaped by the fantastic goal the soccer player Hasan sas scored against Brazil in the 2002 World Cup. “Yavas yavas Hasan sas” is the first th... read more..

Issue 72 (November - December 2009)
Murat Yukseldi
7202

Al-Andalus

Maria Rosa Menocal (2002) argues that Al-Andalus (711–1492) was a “utopian-like” society in which Jews and Muslims lived side by side in peace and cooperation in what is now Spain. This view has been... read more..

Issue 72 (November - December 2009)
Jon Schuck
3796

The Heart of a Child

Caught in a child’s hand,the seashell becomes treasure,a catalyst of daydreams. Tuneshummed by innocence reachthe seagull nearby who gives upflight to breathe in this fresh air.An air that only they ... read more..

Issue 72 (November - December 2009)
Abdullah Bin Mubarak
4445

An Epic from the Epoch of Qur'an and Epical Deeds

I was on my journey to Hajj. Travelling through the lands of Iraq and Syria, I came across an old woman all on her own. I greeted her and she answered me with the verse, “Peace! is the word from the L... read more..

Issue 72 (November - December 2009)
O. Faruk Gulduren
3344

Steadiness in the Language of Mathematics

Many people think that walking two meters is easy, as the interval between the start and the finish is so small. Anyone who can walk half a meter with every step can cover this distance in four steps,... read more..

Issue 72 (November - December 2009)
Dr. Musa Saracoglu
6320

Ebru or Water Marbling

After the “Sacred Word” was expressed in writing, it met with the refined taste in art. As a result of this meeting, some arts such as ebru, tezhip or illumination, and binding came into being. Reachi... read more..

Issue 72 (November - December 2009)
M. Fethullah Gulen
4462

Muraqaba

Muraqaba has been defined as watching, supervising, controlling, and living in the consciousness of being controlled (by God). Sufis take this further, by defining it as setting one’s heart solely on ... read more..

Issue 72 (November - December 2009)
Fatih Harpci
7616

Honoring Our Parents

Our parents are the people who provide the most care for us in this world. Unfortunately, most of us often fail to show them the respect they deserve. There are many days set aside in societies to hon... read more..

Issue 72 (November - December 2009)
Cendel Tuna
3914

Nucleation

Every day we boil water in our homes for tea, cooking and various other reasons, and during the summer months we usually ensure that there is a constant supply of cold water in the fridge. While some ... read more..

Issue 72 (November - December 2009)
Ali Sebetci
4071

The Islamic Conceptualization of the Sciences

We believe it is not emphasized today as much as it should be that traditional conceptualizations of sciences, whether Islamic or not, were very different from the way modern sciences are currently co... read more..

Issue 72 (November - December 2009)
Ahmet Cetinkaya
4453

Mary

Maryam, or Mary, is the only woman mentioned by name in the Holy Qur’an. She is mentioned in twelve chapters of the Qur’an, a total of thirty-four times. But even more important than the number of tim... read more..

Issue 72 (November - December 2009)
Sebnem Unlu
5395

Physiological Prevention of Cancer

The fine balance and order seen in living beings provides us with clues and directions as to which behavior is most appropriate. Socially acceptable behavior may differ from one culture to another; ho... read more..

Issue 72 (November - December 2009)
Jeannette Okur
5318

Schooling Islam

Moroccan preschoolers acquiring the basics of reading, writing and Qur’an memorization in state-funded kuttabs… Turkish high school students meeting with mentors in private homes after school to prep read more..

Issue 72 (November - December 2009)
Irfan Yilmaz
5260

It's me Peter, your Skin!

Peter! For some time now you have been hearing from the organs in your body who have been telling you about themselves, their importance, and about how miraculously they have been created. However, t read more..

Issue 72 (November - December 2009)
Hikmet Isik
4037

Desire To Retreat

This transient material world attracts us greatly with the kind of life it imposes upon us, the many opportunities it presents, and its overwhelming daily engagements. As a reaction to these attractio... read more..

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