Fountain Archive

2017

Issue 120 (November - December 2017)
The Fountain
1044

Is There an American Muslim Song?

This question, posed by Dr. Ingrid Mattson during her address at the conference “Islam in America: Civic and Religious Youth Identities,” stresses the need for Islam to start feeling at ... read more..

Issue 120 (November - December 2017)
M. Fethullah Gulen
1082

Perhaps One Day We, Too, Will Be Revived

In our gloomy lands, we have waited years for a breeze of revival, expecting the momentous sound of a resurrecting trumpet. Though we hope God will not make us wait any longer, we are determined to... read more..

Issue 120 (November - December 2017)
Harun Avci
890

Water Management and the Qur’an

Water is a unique blessing, given to all living beings. It needs to be used with balance, harmony, economy, and justice. Agriculture, industry, and ecology depend on our water sources. What happens... read more..

Issue 120 (November - December 2017)
Ali Gomaa
891

Ethics: A Principle in Islamic Epistemology

Islam has been ordained for higher objectives designed to refine the conduct of those who endeavor to follow its guidance. The hope is to yield benefits both for society and individuals. These honorab... read more..

Issue 120 (November - December 2017)
Lawrence Brazier
904

In A Different Light

Our cause is not the acceptance or rejection of religion, or the debate of Faith against Reason. We wish to make faith a matter of reason because, if the mystics are right, reason is not necessaril... read more..

Issue 120 (November - December 2017)
Adam Allison
940

Awesome Inspirations from SHARK SKIN

There are more than 500 species of sharks that have been identified. They can live both in the sea and in fresh water. According to the fossil records obtained to date, sharks have been around for ... read more..

Issue 120 (November - December 2017)
Mubina Muftic
935

Saadi Shirazi’s Influence on Ralph Waldo Emerson

“To Baron von Hammer Purgstall, who died in Vienna in 1856, we owe our best knowledge of the Persians,” wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson (d. 1882) in his essay “Persian Poetry.” Thus read more..

Issue 120 (November - December 2017)
The Fountain
874

Ghayba (Absence)

Literally meaning disappearance and no longer being existent, ghayba (absence) denotes that the heart has cut its relationship with the corporeal world in order to give itself to exclusive devotion... read more..

Issue 120 (November - December 2017)
Rafiq Ebrahim
610

Stem Cell Treatments A Breakthrough in Medical Science

There have been certain moments in human history that have stunned humanity and changed the way we thought. Some have even altered the very course of civilization. The late twentieth century and the... read more..

Issue 120 (November - December 2017)
Omer Yildiz
583

Arteries and Veins – How and Why Are They Different?

The human body is an ideal example of the perfect harmony between structure and function; every part serves a purpose. Arteries and veins differ in many ways, including diameter, strength, d... read more..

Issue 120 (November - December 2017)
Zara Khan
884

Is There an American Muslim Song?

Islam in America presents a growing field of research for social scientists who explore Muslim societies and the contentions that arise around them, given the current political and cultural context... read more..

Issue 120 (November - December 2017)
Justin Pahl
869

On Bodies

1. Having a body is a strange thing – stranger, still, when you think about how rarely we consider our bodies and what goes on inside of them. When was the last time you stopped while taking the read more..

Issue 120 (November - December 2017)
Gunel Mehraliyeva
583

Teenagers and Eating Disorders

“You look great. Have you lost weight?” Most of us enjoy such compliments. Our culture’s messages maintain the importance of being slim. Dieting, exercising, skipping meals, bo read more..

Issue 120 (November - December 2017)
Esra Akdogan
726

Prejudice and Ways to Avoid It in Education

Prejudices are attitudes that may lead to the stereotyping of and discrimination against certain groups, usually minorities. Psychologists have conducted detailed studies on prejudice. In this arti... read more..

Issue 120 (November - December 2017)
Zuleyha B. Ozturk
657

I See No Difference

“I do not see color, or culture, or any sort of difference about anyone because that leads to discrimination; everyone is the same anyways.” My ears picked up on this conversation r read more..

Issue 120 (November - December 2017)
The Fountain
562

System Blindness and the Lifespan of a Society

Question: It usually is inevitable to lose motivation in good works, which, like other things, may become ordinary and monotonous in time. Is this a consequence of system blindness? What can b... read more..

Issue 120 (November - December 2017)
The Fountain
592

Hidden Oceans in Frozen Worlds

Hidden Oceans in Frozen Worlds Saxena P. et al. Relevance of tidal heating on large TNOs. Icarus, December 2017. Searching for alien life, a new study from NASA suggests that some icy worlds in ou... read more..

Issue 119 (September - October 2017)
M. Fethullah Gulen
1542

Souls Devoted to the Path of Truth

Devoting oneself to communicating the truth is an expression of humanity’s privilege of having “the perfect pattern” in creation; it is an unparalleled rank for those who can attain ... read more..

Issue 119 (September - October 2017)
Omer Serranur
1145

The Heart and the Miraculous Blood Flow in Our Body

One of my patients came one day with her daughter and complained about her being too weak to do anything. The child looked very thin. After our checks, she was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect... read more..

Issue 119 (September - October 2017)
Al Strong
1140

Globalized Islam and the Muslims in the West

All immigrants face challenges in their new countries. For Muslim immigrants or their offspring in the West, these challenges are heightened. How can Muslims successfully integrate without losing thei... read more..

Issue 119 (September - October 2017)
Atif Yorulmaz
1207

Animals That Sense Earthquakes

In 1975, Chinese scientists successfully predicted a major earthquake. How did they do it? By paying attention to animal behavior. Might careful observation of animals be the key to predicting future ... read more..

Issue 119 (September - October 2017)
Lawrence Brazier
1356

Early Islamic Culinary Art

How do we alleviate the harshness of our daily routine? One may contend that the true purpose of art is to offer readers, viewers, and listeners the opportunity to forget themselves, which means a qui... read more..

Issue 119 (September - October 2017)
Sage Chen
1332

“Don’t Forget to Like Me”

Impacts of Excessive Social Media Use on Our Psychology and Facebook as an Exemplary Case Social media has become an important part of our lives. It has led a communication revolution, making it far... read more..

Issue 119 (September - October 2017)
Mir Mohammad Saber Ansari
1154

Lovers Are Gnostic and Gnostics Are Poets

Love is the only path to recognizing and reaching God. It is the only power that will enable humanity to reach maturity. If love did not exist, we would never have had Gnostics; we would never have ha... read more..

Issue 119 (September - October 2017)
M. Fethullah Gulen
1099

Istighraq (Immersion)

Literally meaning absorption, diving into, becoming deeply involved in, istighraq (immersion) denotes transportation by joy, oblivion of the world, the cleansing of the heart from worldly worries enab... read more..

Issue 119 (September - October 2017)
Suleyman Cifci
1266

Joseph: Islamic and Christian Teachings from the “Best of Stories” (Part 1)

Joseph is one of the most important, revered figures in both Islam and Christianity. What lessons can be learned from the Qur’anic and Biblical accounts of his life?  “When we are being t... read more..

Issue 119 (September - October 2017)
James Jackson
1219

Joseph: Islamic and Christian Teachings from the “Best of Stories” (Part 2)

What to learn from the story of Joseph: A Christian perspective James Jackson The Biblical accounts indicate that the name Joseph means, “The Lord will add” (Genesis 30:24). It was a v read more..

Issue 119 (September - October 2017)
Fatih Bera Aslan
943

How Do Ants Find Their Way?

Desert ants cover great distances in search of food, and yet they always manage to find their way home. How do such small creatures accomplish such a difficult feat?   Imagine you are a desert ant.... read more..

Issue 119 (September - October 2017)
Salma Hany Abdel Fattah
1362

A Tale of Two Ends

My pen is heavy and my words are messy; is the world I know gone already? I miss the rhythm of listening to predictable news and the certainty of a life that was once secure. I miss staying up for no ... read more..

Issue 119 (September - October 2017)
Omer Serranur
927

Wet Cupping Therapy

Wet cupping (hijama) – an ancient practice – is a form of alternative medicine that might be effective at treating certain medical conditions. It was not an extraordinary thing when Michael Phelps, t... read more..

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