Fountain Archive

September 2017

Issue 119 (September - October 2017)
M. Fethullah Gulen
1522

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
1110

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
1122

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
1190

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
1328

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
1317

“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
1139

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
1080

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
1248

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
1200

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
924

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
1344

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
908

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..

Issue 119 (September - October 2017)
Justin Pahl
3339

Enes Kanter - A Dervish in the NBA

Enes Kanter is unique among American athletes. He is one of the few practicing Muslim players in the NBA, and in a league known for its political activism, Kanter is still one of the most outspoken pl... read more..

Issue 119 (September - October 2017)
M. Fethullah Gulen
1002

Sincerity

“Always intend to earn God’s good pleasure when performing your deeds, for God accepts deeds that are done purely for Himself.”[1] Question:  How can we purely seek God’s goo read more..

Issue 119 (September - October 2017)
The Fountain
1029

Eat fat, live longer?

Roberts MN et al. A Ketogenic Diet Extends Longevity and Healthspan in Adult Mice. Cell Metabolism, September 2017. As more people live into their ’80s and ’90s, scientists focus more on ... read more..

Issue 119 (September - October 2017)
The Fountain
949

Why are yawns contagious?

Brown BJ et al. A Neural Basis for Contagious Yawning. Current Biology, August 2017. Why do we yawn if someone else does? Ecophenomena drives us to imitate other people's actions, but it's also found... read more..

Issue 119 (September - October 2017)
The Fountain
1022

“Pen” diagnoses cancer in 10 seconds

Zhang J et al. Nondestructive tissue analysis for ex vivo and in vivo cancer diagnosis using a handheld mass spectrometry system. Science Translational Medicine, September 2017 A team of engineers an... read more..

Issue 119 (September - October 2017)
The Fountain
1169

How to Face a Disaster?

Hurricanes, tropical storms, earthquakes … More people are being affected by more natural disasters. But life’s challenges do not only come in the form of natural disasters – individuals have to... read more..

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