Fountain Archive

January 2010

Issue 73 (January - February 2010)
The Fountain
4939

Torture and Human Rights

The Fountain magazine was discussed in one of the panels of the “East and West Encounters the Gulen Movement” conference, organized in Los Angeles, December 5-6, 2009. Dr. Fran Hassencahl, Director of... read more..

Issue 73 (January - February 2010)
M. Fethullah Gulen
7389

Fleeting Storms, Perennial Breezes

Despite all odds, time seems to flow toward long awaited days of splendor and hours of bliss. Albeit, there is a shadowy presence of ominous days which cultivate an “evil” that is disposed to mischie... read more..

Issue 73 (January - February 2010)
Ferhat Ozturk
5895

Playing with Genes: Gene Therapy

As we live our lives, we often come across problems that can block our way. If our car leaks oil, stalls, or breaks down on the road, we immediately bring it to the mechanic to get it fixed. He either... read more..

Issue 73 (January - February 2010)
Ayse Meva Nur
4697

The bomb ticks on'

Torture is an act that is almost universally condemned. It is prohibited in international law and is not officially sanctioned by any domestic laws in any state. Nevertheless, torture is widely used. ... read more..

Issue 73 (January - February 2010)
Ibrahim Yildiz
4805

The Magical World of the Mosquito

O humankind! A parable is struck, so pay heed to it: Those whom, apart from God, you deify and invoke will never be able to create even a fly, even if all of them were to come together to do so. And i... read more..

Issue 73 (January - February 2010)
Izzet Coban
20689

Free Will and Foreknowledge in Augustine

For those who accept the existence of God, He is a deity who infallibly foreknows the entire future. On the other hand, human beings have a psychological feeling that they are completely free. Through... read more..

Issue 73 (January - February 2010)
Mirkena Ozer
6918

Married to a Turk?!

“Have you lost your mind?!” Professor Lydia cried as soon as I announced that I had been engaged two days ago to Ali, a young man from Turkey. I had offered her “lokum,” Turkish delight, the tradition... read more..

Issue 73 (January - February 2010)
Seth Mette
4851

First Journey to Light

Recognized scholar of his time by many contemporaries, and author of the great Risale-i Nur collection, Bediuzzaman Said Nursi lived in the last quarter of the nineteenth and first half of the twentie... read more..

Issue 73 (January - February 2010)
Selim Mutlu
4737

The Carrot: A Source of Healing

Arguably one of the most popular vegetables that we use in our kitchens is carrots. With the exception of its well known benefits to the sight, only few of us really know about some of its alternative... read more..

Issue 73 (January - February 2010)
M. Fethullah Gulen
3844

Surprise Farewell

Surprise FarewellDeath is a guest at our door, uninvitedTo some it brings bliss, to others perditionSuddenly shows up at an unexpected locationBeyond which is Paradise or the pit…The spirit is anxious... read more..

Issue 73 (January - February 2010)
M. Fethullah Gulen
5158

Ikhlas (Sincerity or Purity of Intention)

Ikhlas has been interpreted as being upright, sincere, and pure; being distant from show and ostentation in one’s intention and conduct; and being closed to whatever clouds or fouls the heart. Purity ... read more..

Issue 73 (January - February 2010)
John Shuck
3787

The Flower's Song

The humble flower swaying free,Bent down in prayer as winds blow by.No glimpse of greed or poverty,Once again she stretches up beneath the sky.Listen closely to the flower’s song,As pedals play their ... read more..

Issue 73 (January - February 2010)
Veli Keskin
5100

The Prestige

“Every great magic trick consists of three parts or acts. The first part is called ‘The Pledge.’ The magician shows you something ordinary: a deck of cards, a bird or a man. He shows you this object. ... read more..

Issue 73 (January - February 2010)
Taufik Mohammad
7975

Psychological Projection: Islamic and Freudian Views

Projection is a term applied by Sigmund Freud for the act of projecting one’s feelings, attitudes, etc. onto other people. Projection is one of many defense mechanisms, another term for the strategies... read more..

Issue 73 (January - February 2010)
Huseyin Faruk Coskun
4266

Two Perspectives on Nature

We have a book written in golden letters lying in front of us. The decoration of the pages is attractive and impressive.. the small diamonds that are spread out over the pages are so shiny.. the cove... read more..

Issue 73 (January - February 2010)
Arslan Mayda
5681

Memory and Forgetfulness

Adam forgot, so did his children.How does our brain store information? How is it possible to make learning faster and easier? Is there any way not to forget what we have learned and to remember things... read more..

Issue 73 (January - February 2010)
Kelly J. Smith
4771

Sugar and the Human Body

In the world we live in today, while great efforts are being made to improve human health, diabetes is a problem that is ever on the increase. Although not yet thoroughly understood, there are a few e... read more..

Issue 73 (January - February 2010)
Huseyin Bingul
5016

Tales from Rumi: Rediscovering a World Classic

Tales from RumiEdited by Ali Fuat BilkanTranslated by Jeannette Squires Okur9781597841245Tughra Books, 2008There are books that I have always kept within arm’s reach on my desk-books that I have enjoy... read more..

Issue 73 (January - February 2010)
A. Gafur Taskin
4454

Spirals: Windows to Reflective Thought

Spirals and helices are each a work-of-art and they are found in many dimensions of existence, from galaxies filled with billions of stars to the DNA strands, which we can observe with electron micros... read more..

Issue 73 (January - February 2010)
Irfan Yilmaz
4854

It's me Peter, your Skeleton!

Dear Peter! My fellow organs in your body have been telling you about themselves. You have seen that each of them fulfills different special tasks. But did you ever stop to ask where they sit or what ... read more..

Issue 73 (January - February 2010)
Hikmet Isik
4023

Faults in Belief and Fellowship

Question: Feelings of fellowship between people can be damaged because of some unexpected behavior, and thus good will towards one another can easily be weakened. Is this situation a result of a fault... read more..

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