Fountain Archive

March 2014

Issue 98 (March - April 2014)
The Fountain
3021

Pain, Pepper, and Mercy

Life is ever-changing. Many times, it feels like a sweet candy, but many other times it's as painful as a poisonous drink. Facing sorrow, loss, or another misfortune, life can become a torturous night... read more..

Issue 98 (March - April 2014)
M. Fethullah Gulen
5046

The Power in Prayer and Supplication

When the clean black shroud of night enfolds our entire existence, certain darkened souls feel lonely and detached from everything. Yet in the darkest moments, in the remotest corners, and even in the... read more..

Issue 98 (March - April 2014)
Omer Arifagaoglu
3891

Prefrontal Cortex and Its Connection to Human Spirituality

The body-self and spirit of a person generate a dynamic and complex system in which they are in constant communication with one another. The brain is one of the control and management centers of this ... read more..

Issue 98 (March - April 2014)
John Baig
3454

A School of Dreams with Renewed Teachers

Walk with me please, dear reader. I will take you to a school that will take your breath away. You must be tired of reading all those kinds of deep academic studies with various, yet very valid perspe... read more..

Issue 98 (March - April 2014)
Magdalena Rusanova
3389

The Only Memory

How could this piece of information solve my problems? This little sentence cannot really answer all of life's possible dilemmas, can it? I am walking home on the unusually dark street. I am only read more..

Issue 98 (March - April 2014)
Mucteba Muezzinoglu
2703

Freedom from Cigarettes

The formation of a smoking habit and addiction depends on various social, spiritual, neuro-genetic, and neuro-chemical factors. Some of these factors are a desire to appear "cool," boredom, stress, re... read more..

Issue 98 (March - April 2014)
Kemal Serce
3982

The Rhythm in the Universe

A splendid order and an amazing harmony seem to govern the operation of this universe. Big or small, everything is in some kind of motion in a regular or periodical pattern which indicates the existen... read more..

Issue 98 (March - April 2014)
Katharine Branning
2738

Living Faith in Sanliurfa

In the remarkable interfaith city of Urfa, the author is surprised by extraordinary generosity which exemplifies the city's "living faith." Sanliurfa, known to the Turks as "Urfa the Glorious," i read more..

Issue 98 (March - April 2014)
Seth Mette
3460

Why Is God Invisible?

When a father's inquisitive daughter asks him, "Why he is God invisible?" he thinks he's getting off with an easy question. But the answer is far more complex, and wise, than he could have imagined. read more..

Issue 98 (March - April 2014)
Hamza Aydin
3073

Are You Alone?

Loneliness is a serious public health concern, akin to both obesity and smoking. Why is it not treated as such? Through faith, we can combat this growing crisis. Loneliness is a state when people read more..

Issue 98 (March - April 2014)
M. Fethullah Gulen
2383

Jadhba and Injidhab (Attraction and the Feeling of Being Attracted toward God)

In the language of Sufism, jadhba (attraction) means that a servant is attracted toward God by God Himself, purified thereby of human imperfection in spiritual elevation, and equipped with Divine qual... read more..

Issue 98 (March - April 2014)
James C. Harrington
2621

Reflections of a Human Rights Advocate

Civil society has yet to define and accept broader human rights ... The struggle goes on, building on those who went before us, for the benefit of those who come after us. The 50th anniversary of read more..

Issue 98 (March - April 2014)
Caroline Lancaster
2466

Missing Pieces

Once I could see God in one thing - even though it was the vastest, most mysterious, and perhaps most obvious example in creation - I was able to see God in almost anything. Before, there was no read more..

Issue 98 (March - April 2014)
Amina Negm
2370

The Glass Half Full

And alas the day has come,when worlds crash, collide.When the happiest day of someone's life merges with someone else's nightmare.When someone hears of someone's death,while another hears his baby's f... read more..

Issue 98 (March - April 2014)
Yusuf Bilgic
2876

Progress or Fallacy in Inferring

New developments in scientific thought and hypotheses testing are changing the ways we think about truth and certainty. Not only do scientific decisions rely heavily on tools and procedures of qu read more..

Issue 98 (March - April 2014)
Samet Er
3275

Annemarie Schimmel Building Bridges between East and West

This is an article on the life, works, and efforts of Cemile (the Beautiful), as Annemarie Schimmel (d. 2003) was called in the East. Who was Annemarie Schimmel? How did she influence the Occident and... read more..

Issue 98 (March - April 2014)
Salih Yolcu
2828

Sustainable Curiosity: How to Invigorate Curiosity for Scientific Literacy

"Curiosity is the wick in the candle of learning"William A. Ward When I visited my family last time, I realized that my two-year old nephew, who could not speak fluently and knew only a few words read more..

Issue 98 (March - April 2014)
Ali Fethi Toprak
2462

Hot, But Can't Do Without: The wisdom behind the hotness of peppers

Like all omnivorous foods, peppers - both hot and sweet - have been created in unique, wise ways to make them appealing to eat and to help reproduce. Plants and their fruits are sustenance for he read more..

Issue 98 (March - April 2014)
Ali Osman Ozkan
4079

Hui People: Chinese Speaking Muslims

Though most outsiders view Chinese culture as being monolithic, both ethnically and religiously, there are over 20 million Muslims living within China. They've managed to peacefully co-exist with bo read more..

Issue 98 (March - April 2014)
Melissa McPen
2863

Relax - I Am Out Of The Game

I tell myself: "It's ok, there is no race, step aside. Be humble. Keep your beauty within. Liberate yourself from things that don't matter..." Now I am going to ask you a "Fill in the Blank" question... read more..

Issue 98 (March - April 2014)
M. Fethullah Gulen
2575

Financial and Physical Ways of Worship

Question: What would you say about financial forms of worship? Are there any conditions and guidelines for well-off believers regarding donations and charity? Worship is essentially categorized into... read more..

Issue 98 (March - April 2014)
The Fountain
2509

Science Square (Issue 98)

Sequence Integration in the Brain Basal ganglia subcircuits distinctively encode the parsing and concatenation of action sequences. Jin et al. Nature Neuroscience, Jan 2014. When we learn to play a ... read more..

Issue 98 (March - April 2014)
Mehmet Kara
2585

Healing with Venom

The honey bee does not only produce honey. It also produces beeswax, pollen, bee venom, gelee royale, and proplis. These products, as well as honey, have been used as complimentary therapy (apitherapy... read more..

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