Fountain Archive

2017

Issue 120 (November - December 2017)
The Fountain
1125

Editorial: 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 home in the so... read more..

Issue 120 (November - December 2017)
M. Fethullah Gulen
1174

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 ac... read more..

Issue 120 (November - December 2017)
Harun Avci
972

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 in... read more..

Issue 120 (November - December 2017)
Ali Gomaa
987

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
1019

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 necessarily a... read more..

Issue 120 (November - December 2017)
Adam Allison
1056

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 abo... read more..

Issue 120 (November - December 2017)
Mubina Muftic
1195

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, it was an Austrian Orie... read more..

Issue 120 (November - December 2017)
M. Fethullah Gulen
991

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 to... read more..

Issue 120 (November - December 2017)
Rafiq Ebrahim
715

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 b... read more..

Issue 120 (November - December 2017)
Omer Yildiz
696

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, durability... read more..

Issue 120 (November - December 2017)
Zara Khan
971

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 in... read more..

Issue 120 (November - December 2017)
Justin Pahl
943

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 stai read more..

Issue 120 (November - December 2017)
Gunel Mehraliyeva
681

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, body dissatisfaction, and ... read more..

Issue 120 (November - December 2017)
Esra Akdogan
831

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 article... read more..

Issue 120 (November - December 2017)
Zuleyha B. Ozturk
790

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 right before a read more..

Issue 120 (November - December 2017)
M. Fethullah Gulen
678

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 be done t... read more..

Issue 120 (November - December 2017)
The Fountain
690

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 our ... read more..

Issue 119 (September - October 2017)
M. Fethullah Gulen
1636

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 it. There are devo... read more..

Issue 119 (September - October 2017)
Omer Serranur
1254

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
1241

Globalized Islam and the Muslims in the West

We are living in a globalized world. Different communities live side by side more than any other time in history. The transition comes with many challenges such as language barrier, culture shock, dif... read more..

Issue 119 (September - October 2017)
Atif Yorulmaz
1291

Animals That Sense Earthquakes

Certain phenomena can be known after deliberation, as they occur within the limits of our current knowledge. Other phenomena may be known eventually, although we cannot yet penetrate them with our pre... read more..

Issue 119 (September - October 2017)
Lawrence Brazier
1478

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
1455

“Don’t Forget to Like Me”

Social media has become an important part of our lives. It has led a communication revolution, making it far easier for large, diverse groups of people to communicate. However, social media has also b... read more..

Issue 119 (September - October 2017)
Mir Mohammad Saber Ansari
1259

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
1227

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
1372

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 told a story ... read more..

Issue 119 (September - October 2017)
James Jackson
1344

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

  The Biblical accounts indicate that the name Joseph means, “The Lord will add” (Genesis 30:24). It was a very common name in Biblical times. Although there are many different Josephs mentioned in t... read more..

Issue 119 (September - October 2017)
Fatih Bera Aslan
1051

How Do Ants Find Their Way?

Imagine you are a desert ant. You get out of your nest to search for food in the white sands of Tunisia. You don't know where to find food and thus proceed randomly around the desert. Moving in a wide... read more..

Issue 119 (September - October 2017)
Salma Hany Abdel Fattah
1491

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
1038

Wet Cupping Therapy

It was not an extraordinary thing when Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, won six medals at the 2016 Rio Olympics. The weird thing was he had dark circles in his back, on the sho... read more..

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