Fountain Archive

2018

Issue 121 (January - February 2018)
The Fountain
1114

Time Moves On

Time moves on – and it moves really fast! Busy with day-to-day affairs, many of us live for short-term objectives; the finer details of life become less significant. In this issue, “The Council of the... read more..

Issue 121 (January - February 2018)
M. Fethullah Gulen
1046

To Remain Fresh and Strive for Renewal

Relying upon the air, sun, water, and soil, a seed sprouts and eventually becomes a bud. Soon, this bud has become a full plant with grain-bearing ears. And when the appointed time is up, they bend to... read more..

Issue 121 (January - February 2018)
Safiye Arslan
1238

Mmm, Mmm, Popcorn!

Who doesn't love popcorn! Eating popcorn is fun for everybody especially for kids. James Hörner’s [1] poem below might express feelings of Americans for popcorn that they consume 16 billion quarts ann... read more..

Issue 121 (January - February 2018)
Phyllis Robinson
1211

Education: Reconstructing Norms and Empowering Dialogue

“…all cultures are partial and benefit from the insights of others [resulting in a genuine global universalism that] can be arrived at only by means of an uncoerced and equal intercultural [or inter read more..

Issue 121 (January - February 2018)
The Fountain
783

The Council of the Mute

Some scholars and poets once formed a group called the Council of the Mute. There were thirty of them, and they did not admit new members. The first requirement for being a member was engaging in dee... read more..

Issue 121 (January - February 2018)
Stefan Pacovski
867

Islam and Capitalist Modernity

There are some who say Islam and Western capitalism are at odds, but as with any faith or ideology, there are many different strains of Muslim thought on the West. Capitalist modernity emerged in the... read more..

Issue 121 (January - February 2018)
Horatio I. Davis
1210

Future of Innovation: Ideas and Trends

When we watch science fiction movies, and see all the incredible, futuristic technologies on the screen, many of us wonder when these technologies will be available: flying cars, spaceships, teleporta... read more..

Issue 121 (January - February 2018)
M. Fethullah Gulen
1104

Waqt (Time)

In the language of Islamic Sufism, waqt (time) denotes the time when the Divine gifts pour on a traveler to the Ultimate Truth in accordance with one’s nearness to Him. These gifts invade the inner wo... read more..

Issue 121 (January - February 2018)
Omer Yildiz
1063

How to Deal with Pain

Pain is like our sixth sense. Biology classes and textbooks consider pain as a sensation stemming from some injury to cells or tissue, which may have died, so it is wise to pay attention when we feel ... read more..

Issue 121 (January - February 2018)
Nahida Esmail
707

3 Lessons from Mount Fuji

Every nation has something to be proud of. Japan has Mount Fuji, a mountain that proudly stands at 3,776 meters. Although less high than other iconic peaks around the world, it is still a challenge to... read more..

Issue 121 (January - February 2018)
Rumeysa Yazar
805

The Thorny Devil: A Lizard with Unusual Physical Features

Australia is an extraordinary part of the earth, with its scorching sand mountains that stretch across barren plains, rock columns each unique and amazing, labyrinth-like domes that rise like towers, ... read more..

Issue 121 (January - February 2018)
Ed Stevenson
415

Too Often

Too often, O God, the terrors of the world seem to overwhelm the promises of Your love. Too often, O God, the smallness of our talents, resources and opportunities dishearten and distract us and ma... read more..

Issue 121 (January - February 2018)
Yakup Kagan
528

Who Taught Science to Dolphins?

Teaching science is sometimes a challenge, and teachers need to find ways to draw kids’ attention. Young children are naturally interested in the behavior of animals. They especially enjoy making frie... read more..

Issue 121 (January - February 2018)
Lawrence Brazier
762

Jesus & Muhammad: Commonalities of Two Great Religions

A pleasing coincidence of mutual thought has occurred because some years ago your correspondent was asked why he had not embraced Islam. My reply was that had Jesus and Muhammad ever met they would ha... read more..

Issue 121 (January - February 2018)
M. Fethullah Gulen
981

Q&A: How to be effective while “enjoining the good”

Question: What points should we consider to avoid doing more harm than good while carrying out the duty of “enjoining the good and forbidding the evil”? Answer: The Qur’an outlines that “enjoining th... read more..

Issue 121 (January - February 2018)
The Fountain
521

Scientists have cloned monkeys; are humans next?

Liu, Z. et al. Cloning of macaque monkeys by somatic cell nuclear transfer. Cell, January 2018. After two decades of failures, scientists have finally cloned monkeys using somatic cell nuclear transf... read more..

Issue 122 (March - April 2018)
The Fountain
930

Editorial - Unified Identity

Religion is one of the many factors that we define ourselves with. While many people around the world express frustration with organized religion, or feel distant to the idea of a merciful God, religi... read more..

Issue 122 (March - April 2018)
M. Fethullah Gulen
1244

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..

Issue 122 (March - April 2018)
Kadir Firtina
1684

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)
Stanley Ridge
916

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)
Atif Yorulmaz
1069

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)
Hakan Yesilova
1143

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)
Rabbi Paul Jacobson
926

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
558

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)
Cuneyt Unsal
1131

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)
M. Fethullah Gulen
887

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)
Ertugrul Selcuklu
421

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)
The Fountain
971

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)
Rumeysa Yazar
611

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
755

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..

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