Fountain Archive

2018

Issue 123 (May - June 2018)
The Fountain
65

Science Square (Issue 123)

Scientists build synthetic embryos without eggs or sperm Rivron NC et al.  Blastocyst-like structures generated solely from stem cells. Nature, May 2018. A new study reported the production of “synt... read more..

Issue 123 (May - June 2018)
M. Fethullah Gulen
37

Our understanding of servanthood to God

Question: In his work, Gulistan, Sheikh Sadi states: “Be soil, so that you grow roses; nothing other than soil can grow roses.” What meanings does this aphorism suggest pertaining to our understanding... read more..

Issue 123 (May - June 2018)
Jon Pahl
21

Deep Peace as the Emerging Alternative

In the early decades of the twenty-first century, strong-men like Okonkwo, the tragic character in Nigerian author Chinua Achebe’s classic novel Things Fall Apart, appear to rule the world.  From Russ... read more..

Issue 123 (May - June 2018)
Ferhat Ozturk
72

Honey As A Therapeutic Agent

In 67 BCE, the magnificent Roman army, which was led by Pompey the Great, marched through the green mountains and blue shores of the Black Sea, chasing King Mithridates of Pontus and his Persian army.... read more..

Issue 123 (May - June 2018)
Numan Erciyes
61

The Customized Temperature Regulator

Thermostats are devices that keep temperature at the desired level. They are used in refrigerators, dishwashers, electric ovens, water heaters, washing machines, and central heating. Without a properl... read more..

Issue 123 (May - June 2018)
Mat Hritz
65

The Fountain

I had been considered a lot of things in my life but for the first time in my 100 years, I was a time traveler. I walked out on the moonlit deck behind the house with an envelope nearly as old as I wa... read more..

Issue 123 (May - June 2018)
M. Fethullah Gulen
62

Surur (Rejoicing)

Meaning joy and delight, surur (rejoicing) is a kind of contentment that embraces a person from both within and without. Even though every conscience feels it differently, what is common in the rejoic... read more..

Issue 123 (May - June 2018)
Ali Kaya
62

Prime Numbers

My favorite number is 7. It’s a beautiful number and, most importantly, it is a prime number. I emphasize it being prime because I am fascinated by prime numbers. A prime number is a positive number t... read more..

Issue 123 (May - June 2018)
Momina Naveed
97

Purifying the Heart and Developing the Intellect

In Arabic, dua literally means to call out for help. In Islam, it refers to the personal calling of the believer to his Lord.[1] This is to be distinguished from the formal prayers (salah) that are pr... read more..

Issue 123 (May - June 2018)
Atif Yorulmaz
60

Insects at the Extremes

We classify each living thing by the different and similar features they possess. Through such classifications, we understand that all things are created for a purpose. They help us to read the book o... read more..

Issue 123 (May - June 2018)
The Fountain
60

“Real Dialogue Is Practice-Centered”

Recently, we had the pleasure of having a thoughtful conversation with two great thinkers and writers from the United Kingdom. A senior researcher and educator with the Ethical and Shared Remembering ... read more..

Issue 123 (May - June 2018)
Omer Yildiz
64

The Lymphatic System

The word vessel generally makes one think of blood vessels, and the word blood brings to mind the color red. Yet there exists another system of vessels carrying white fluid and undertaking awesome fun... read more..

Issue 123 (May - June 2018)
M. Fethullah Gulen
99

Poisoning of Spirit

The spirit constitutes human's deepest otherworldly aspect, which is open to the heavenly realms. It is like a mysterious wing that helps one remain human while also extending to the realms further be... read more..

Issue 123 (May - June 2018)
The Fountain
18

Editorial (Deep Peace)

For many of us, honey is only a great spread over our bread at breakfast, especially with fresh cream. We also know it is a very healthy food as a general knowledge. Dr. Ozturk explains in this issue ... read more..

Issue 122 (March - April 2018)
The Fountain
177

Science square (Issue 122)

Largest population of “rare penguins” discovered in Antarctica Borowicz et al. Multi-modal survey of Adélie penguin mega-colonies reveals the Danger Islands as a seabird hotspot. Scientific Reports, ... read more..

Issue 122 (March - April 2018)
The Fountain
404

“If Only…”

Question: Is it possible to live a life without regrets? What needs to be done to live a life free from pangs of conscience? Answer: If believers do not want to contaminate their lives in this world ... read more..

Issue 122 (March - April 2018)
M. Tarik Ozgur
411

The Psychology of Kneeling

Many of us are aware of the controversy surrounding a group of NFL (National Football League) players in the United States who refused to stand during the national anthem. Instead, they chose to kneel... read more..

Issue 122 (March - April 2018)
Rumeysa Yazar
214

Collecting Water from Droplets of Fog

Creatures who survive and thrive in the desert have many fascinating characteristics. Just like the cactus, which has a water storage system made up of fluffy hair, the beetles which call the desert h... read more..

Issue 122 (March - April 2018)
M. Fethullah Gulen
392

Make Us Be with Your Love

I’m poorly-loving, lazily-longing; Render me worthy of your loving. Throw a coal, burn me with desire! So my horizons light up with fire. You were near, I was afar, The form, I thought, was enough fo... read more..

Issue 122 (March - April 2018)
The Fountain
571

Many Values of Islam Live in the West but are Challenged in Muslim Lands

Interview with Jihad Turk Bayan Claremont is one of the few institutions offering graduate degree in Islamic studies in the United States. Operating as a division of the Claremont School of Theolog... read more..

Issue 122 (March - April 2018)
Ertugrul Selcuklu
181

Squirrels – Neighbors with Long Tails

As ordinary as they look, squirrels are in fact wondrous creatures and their tail is exceptionally useful. Plenty of animals have distinctive features, such as an elephant’s trunk or a kangaroo’s pou... read more..

Issue 122 (March - April 2018)
M. Fethullah Gulen
415

Safa (Purity)

Safa, in the language of Islamic Sufism, signifies the state of a heart at peace because it has been purified of all kinds of things that contaminate it, such as sin, feelings of ven­geance, jealousy,... read more..

Issue 122 (March - April 2018)
Cuneyt Unsal
391

Joseph Effect and Stock Prices

“And the king said one day: ‘I saw in a dream seven fat cows being devoured by seven lean ones, and seven green spikes of grain and another (seven) dry.’” (Qur’an: 12:43) In perfect capital markets, ... read more..

Issue 122 (March - April 2018)
Rabbi Paul Jacobson
406

Alliance of Virtue for the Common Good

Between February 5 and February 7, I had an opportunity to join approximately 400 other faith leaders at a conference in Washington, D.C. entitled "Alliance of Virtue for the Common Good." The organiz... read more..

Issue 122 (March - April 2018)
Sadiq Ansari
197

Welcoming

As an Australian citizen who has been enriched by the years of interfaith engagement in his local Sydney community, I immediately accepted an invitation to attend my first interfaith gathering after l... read more..

Issue 122 (March - April 2018)
Hakan Yesilova
564

We Are Firefighters - “We Are Not Asking Who Started the Fire”

The city of Kaolack in Senegal is a major destination in Africa for those seeking a spiritual path. Inspired by the mystical teachings of the Tijani order, hundreds of thousands of followers come to K... read more..

Issue 122 (March - April 2018)
Atif Yorulmaz
412

The Life Spans of Plants

Why do plants live such long lives? And could the cure to many illnesses be found in their secrets? One of the underlying reasons behind research into the life spans of living things is that research... read more..

Issue 122 (March - April 2018)
Stanley Ridge
517

Entering into the Risk of Real Dialogue

In memory of Stanley Ridge Prof. Stanley Ridge, the former Vice Rector of the University of the Western Cape in South Africa, was a former writer for The Fountain. He was not only an accomplished a read more..

Issue 122 (March - April 2018)
Kadir Firtina
486

The Giant Tube Worm: The Hidden Paradise in the Darkness of the Ocean

An important exploration was carried out in 1977 that extended into the darkness of the ocean. The awe-inspiring scenes the researchers stumbled upon upset their long-held beliefs. 320 km east of the ... read more..

Issue 122 (March - April 2018)
M. Fethullah Gulen
473

Chaos, Trial and Hope

Today events are being evaluated only in respect to their appearances; there is constant fear, worry, anxiety, and a chilling uncertainty about everything that happens. Intentions are extremely dark, ... read more..

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