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Fountain Archive

2010

Issue 76 (July - August 2010)
Julie Ann Cunningham
8139

Music of the Spheres

Music is a moral law. It gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, a charm to sadness, gaiety and life to everything. It is the essence of order, and leads to all t read more..

Issue 76 (July - August 2010)
Sean William White
8613

Medina Charter and Pluralism

The clash of civilizations, cultures, tribes, and religions seems to be prevalent throughout all of history. At the same time, history reveals simultaneous conflict and efforts to resolve tensions and... read more..

Issue 76 (July - August 2010)
Abdullah Akpinar
5195

A Landscape of Beauty: the Alteration of Colors in Autumn

Every autumn we find ourselves in the beauty of a variety of colors. A mixture of orange, red, yellow, and purple appears in the trees as the seasons change from summer to winter. That is when we all ... read more..

Issue 76 (July - August 2010)
M. Fethullah Gulen
5517

Good Nature (Khuluq)

Good nature, in addition to meaning temperament, disposition, and character, is a goal to which a traveler aspires, for it is the most important dimension of creation. In brief, this station means tha... read more..

Issue 76 (July - August 2010)
Hasan Gul
7586

Keep Your Blood Pressure under Control

Hypertension occurs when the force of blood in the veins rises higher than the normal level. So what are the blood pressure levels that indicate we may be suffering from hypertension? If the blood pre... read more..

Issue 76 (July - August 2010)
Fatih Gelgi
33167

The Influence of Islamic Art on M.C. Escher

Although most of us do not remember or have not ever heard the name M.C. Escher, we are probably familiar with the world-famous illustration shown below: Figure 1: Drawing hands, 1948 Maurits Cornel... read more..

Issue 76 (July - August 2010)
Sevgi Zubeyde Gurbuz
4721

Signs

Verily, in all this there are messages indeed for those who can read the signs. A conversation I had with my mother last November still haunts my dreams. My mom had been sick for several weeks with ... read more..

Issue 76 (July - August 2010)
M. Fethullah Gulen
4004

The Realm of Zeal

Everything comes up roses in our sphere, rapture, zeal, and joy... So enraptured that We’re oblivious to spring and summer. The magical song of faith on our tongues, There’s a love like Majnun’s i... read more..

Issue 76 (July - August 2010)
Mirkena Ozer
8569

In the land of Yooks and Zooks

What you are about to read is a review of a children’s book which had been banned from the shelves of the U.S. libraries during Cold War years. It opens with these peaceful panoramic lines: On the la... read more..

Issue 76 (July - August 2010)
Hurisa Guvercin
76139

Mother Tongue: The Language of Heart and Mind

Today we are all witnessing an aspect of globalization which is the increasing movement of people from one country to another for different purposes, such as education, desire for a better life, the n... read more..

Issue 76 (July - August 2010)
Irfan Yilmaz
6159

It's me Peter, your Immune System!

Peter! Let me tell you a basic, but important thing: in order to create a piece of art, you need to have great knowledge, will, and power, which will be manifested in that work of art. However, creati... read more..

Issue 76 (July - August 2010)
Hikmet Isik
5456

Method of Contemplation

Question: There is a saying of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, to the effect: “One hour of contemplation is better than one year of supererogatory worship.” What is the method or path of cont... read more..

Issue 76 (July - August 2010)
The Fountain
4212

Synthetic life: hype or reality?

1- Synthetic life: hype or reality? Original Article: Gibson, D.G. et al., Science Express (2010). A team of genome researchers at the J. Craig Venter Institute in the U.S recently announced that af read more..

Issue 77 (September - October 2010)
The Fountain
5061

Women

Male-domination is a matter of dispute in every sphere of life as much as it is in language. The transition from “man” to “human” is still an ongoing process in the usage of the English language. The ... read more..

Issue 77 (September - October 2010)
M. Fethullah Gulen
6092

Reflourishing Thoughts

In the course of history, the sequence of events periodically recurs-just like the day alternates with the night-over and over again but with just a little variation. I say it comes about “with just a... read more..

Issue 77 (September - October 2010)
Ayse Meva Nur
5865

Belief and Our Treatment of the Environment

I see... Everywhere I look, I see citizens polluting, communities mistreating and nations exploiting the earth. I watch them as they misuse and abuse this sacred place, as if it was theirs. What th... read more..

Issue 77 (September - October 2010)
Paul Kearns
15902

The Spread of Islam

There are several historical reasons for the astounding spread of Islam throughout Arabia and abroad after Muhammad’s death in 632 AD. These factors differed in degree depending on which Islamic leade... read more..

Issue 77 (September - October 2010)
Mary Lahaj
4772

Forgiving Dad

For many years, Zainab had been struggling to understand the true meaning of forgiveness. She was especially distressed whenever she thought about her father who had died in 1973. He was someone she l... read more..

Issue 77 (September - October 2010)
Halil I. Demir
6867

Our Unique Digital Footprint

The term “footprint” refers in general to traces left or caused by human beings through the consumption of resources while guests in this physical world. It is the culmination of our environmental imp... read more..

Issue 77 (September - October 2010)
Murat Yuksel
3949

Bridging the Nano and Macro Worlds: Shadowing and Reemission

Understanding the dynamics involved in the formation and development of physical structures on both atomic and galactic scales has been a key topic for the scientific investigation since the beginning... read more..

Issue 77 (September - October 2010)
Zainab Cassim Akdemirci
10298

True Altruism and Unconditional Love

Altruism and love - these are two words that are fast losing meaning in today’s world of violence, selfishness and avarice. These words are losing their true meaning and value in the eyes of some peop... read more..

Issue 77 (September - October 2010)
Mirkena Ozer
4502

Portrait of a Mother

I am a mother, instead of a picture, multiplication table adorns my kitchen wall. I have 8 arms like an octopus reaching in every direction. Nobody can worry as much as I do. There is always some ... read more..

Issue 77 (September - October 2010)
M. Fethullah Gulen
4784

Humility (Tawadu)

Tawadu (modesty and humility) is the opposite of arrogance, pride, and haughtiness. It can also be interpreted as one's awareness of one's real position before God, and as letting that realization gui... read more..

Issue 77 (September - October 2010)
Ertan Salik
9456

Critical Thinking

The Fountain Magazine recently published an interview with Nobel Laurate Ahmad Zewail, in which he answered a question about critical thinking. In his response, Prof. Zewail promoted critical thinking... read more..

Issue 77 (September - October 2010)
Omer Arifagaoglu
3916

Straighten Up Yourself and Know It's a Miracle

Just after having started my job at the university, I was shocked by some sad news. One of my professors, who was only in his fifties, had died; when the cause of death was revealed, we learned that d... read more..

Issue 77 (September - October 2010)
Safiye Arslan
4439

Career and Kids: Can I Have Both?

I was just sitting there hysterically crying and thinking what I would do now. It didn’t seem like a right time to have another baby in that point of my life. We had planned so many experiments with m... read more..

Issue 77 (September - October 2010)
April Bollig
3926

Brittany's Spirit: A Legacy of Learning and Living

It was a day not unlike any other typical school day. I got up at 5:30 a.m., caught the bus to high school at 6:20 a.m. and was in my second period class. It was February 17, 2005, and it was extremel... read more..

Issue 77 (September - October 2010)
Irfan Yilmaz
5604

It's Me Peter, Your Nervous System

Dear Peter! Finally, I have come to say goodbye to you. As you probably know, there is a saying “Leave the best till last.” I am the greatest of all the organs and systems that have described themsel... read more..

Issue 77 (September - October 2010)
Hikmet Isik
5068

Time Management

Question: How should a person spend one day, one week, one month, and one year in order to perform services in the path of God? Management of time and work is one major area where many of us perform ... read more..

Issue 77 (September - October 2010)
The Fountain
4473

How the tests survive

1- How the “fit” tests survive Original Article: Lewis, G.D. et al., Science Translational Medicine 2, 33 (2010). Visits to biochemistry labs are frequent in our lives. Often we give blood to know l read more..

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