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Fountain Archive

2009

Issue 70 (July - August 2009)
Yasin Ceran
6949

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 read more..

Issue 70 (July - August 2009)
Maimul Ahsan Khan
5780

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
4982

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... read more..

Issue 70 (July - August 2009)
M. Fethullah Gulen
4337

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 obs read more..

Issue 70 (July - August 2009)
Sehnaz Dogu Ekicikol
12118

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
4821

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 read more..

Issue 70 (July - August 2009)
Bill Sayoran
6017

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
7091

"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
6386

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 cha read more..

Issue 70 (July - August 2009)
Irfan Yilmaz
6927

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
5766

Self-Confidence

Question: What is the believers' version of the concept of self-confidence or self-esteem? Can we strike a balance between being an ordinary person and cherishing high goals? Answer: Self-confidenc... read more..

Issue 71 (September - October 2009)
The Fountain
4662

Need For a Bit More Quiet Lament

In the face of so many things happening around us, we have two options: either to ignore them, or to take action. Nevertheless, taking action does not always entail outward mobilization. A prophetic t... read more..

Issue 71 (September - October 2009)
M. Fethullah Gulen
7186

Cries of Silence

For many years now, cries of silence have clamored above my voice. So many times have I been frustrated to the point that I was going to condemn the tyranny, spit in the face of the tyrant, answer bac... read more..

Issue 71 (September - October 2009)
Ali Kemal Unver
5329

Mathematics and the Universe

People have very different attitudes to mathematics. While some love it, some find it very difficult and some even hate it. Even though it is true that mathematics is built on an axiomatic foundation,... read more..

Issue 71 (September - October 2009)
Hamdi Sener
5460

The Amazing Story of Hearing

He has granted you from all that you ask Him. Were you to attempt to count God's blessings, you could not compute them. But for sure, humankind is much prone to wrongdoing (sins and errors of judgme read more..

Issue 71 (September - October 2009)
Erdal Budak
4338

How Lungfish are Protected from the Sun

Water means purity, beauty, and life; it would be unrealistic to talk about life if water did not exist. Though it is widely known that water is a colorless and odorless substance with no taste, the e... read more..

Issue 71 (September - October 2009)
Taufik Mohammad
9345

Coping with Life's Problems: Western and Islamic Perspectives

God burdens no soul except within its capacity… (Al-Baqarah, 2:286) This verse is not strange to any Muslim. God has promised that He will never burden a person with difficulties beyond his or he read more..

Issue 71 (September - October 2009)
Yasin Ceran
4419

Need a Third Eye?

“For he who has but one tool, the hammer, the whole world looks like a nail.” Since the time of Copernicus, natural philosophers have commonly assumed there is a real, physical world that exists read more..

Issue 71 (September - October 2009)
Ahmet Cetinkaya
5974

Did Jesus Have Brothers or Sisters?

The pregnancy of Mary, the greatest example of purity, was a miracle of God and a wonder of divine creation, and the birth of Jesus, peace be upon him, was the result of this miraculous command. The Q... read more..

Issue 71 (September - October 2009)
M. Fethullah Gulen
4843

'Ibada, 'Ubudiya, and 'Ubuda (Worship, Servanthood, and Deep Devotion)

‘Ibada, ‘Ubudiya, and ‘Ubuda (Worship, Servanthood, and Deep Devotion)Although some view worship, servanthood, and devotion as synonymous, most Sufi scholars and masters say that these words have diff... read more..

Issue 71 (September - October 2009)
Kaptan Murat Celebi
3988

The Tale of a Photon

I do not know where I should start to explain my life story. Perhaps the best way is to start from the time I was brought to this life. I am a particle of light, a photon. The place I was created was ... read more..

Issue 71 (September - October 2009)
Victor Nitelea
4866

Romania: A Land of Peace

While undertaking a larger study on the biases and commonplaces in Romanian popular history, we encountered several deep-rooted preconceived ideas of the image of the Turk amidst the largest section o... read more..

Issue 71 (September - October 2009)
Hamza Aydin
3682

Connection, Always and Everywhere

“… there is a stable order in the world as well as a well-established connection, constant norms and fundamental laws. In this sense, the world is analogous to a clock or a well-designed machine. Ev read more..

Issue 71 (September - October 2009)
Seth Mette
5029

Inspiring Story

from the memoirs of an inventor that lived long, long ago I especially love when the spider webs shine with the sunrise. The little water beads on them make an extraordinary scene in the early mo read more..

Issue 71 (September - October 2009)
Nizamettin Yildiz
3986

Action and Coincidence

It is not easy for people living today to believe that every object, every law and every incident in the universe is planned in a very detailed way. However, it is a fact that there is a seen and unse... read more..

Issue 71 (September - October 2009)
Abdullah Aymaz
4245

Can I Be Your Baggage?

A significant international conference was held in Melbourne, Australia on the 15th and 16th of July 2009. The conference, “From Dialogue to Collaboration: the Vision of Gulen” was hosted by the Aust... read more..

Issue 71 (September - October 2009)
Bagasra Omar- Pace D.gene
5891

A Climate of Tolerance in Rwanda after Genocide

Since the beginning of civilization, humankind has engaged in various conflicts all over the world. History offers many examples of internal conflict in countries as well as wars between them. Sometim... read more..

Issue 71 (September - October 2009)
Mustafa Torun
4488

The Abyss of Modern Thought

Without attributing any value to previous eras, modern thought claims that the only true knowledge is its own, that is, knowledge that is based on rationalism and positivism. According to this view, p... read more..

Issue 71 (September - October 2009)
Irfan Yilmaz
5404

It's me, Peter, your Tongue!

Peter, until now I have been speaking on your behalf, telling people of your wishes, happiness, likes, and dislikes. I have been expressing the feelings in your heart and the thoughts in your mind. No... read more..

Issue 71 (September - October 2009)
Hikmet Isik
5715

Who are the people the Qur'anic verses 2:18 and 2:171 refer to?

Q: Who are the people the Qur’anic verses 2:18 and 2:171 refer to? A: “They are utterly deaf, dumb, and blind; they can no longer recover.” (Al-Baqarah, 2:18)“They are deaf, dumb and blind, and so... read more..

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