Fountain Archive


Issue 125 (Sep - Oct 2018)
The Fountain

Science Square (Issue 125)

Robotic skins turn everyday objects into multifunctional robots Boot et al. OmniSkins: Robotic skins that turn inanimate objects into multifunctional robots. Science Robotics, September 2018. Wh... read more..

Issue 125 (Sep - Oct 2018)
M. Fethullah Gulen

Repairing the Stronghold of Faith

Question: Bediuzzaman says that the stronghold of faith has been damaged for years. What needs to be done to restore this stronghold? Answer: Restoring is thousand times harder to achieve than destro... read more..

Issue 125 (Sep - Oct 2018)
Imam Mamadou Toure

Under the Shade of Tranquility: My Meeting with Fethullah Gülen

No concept is more central to Islam than the concept of peace. From our origins, to how we are to live in this world, to our return to Allah – every milestone in the life of man is associated, in the ... read more..

Issue 125 (Sep - Oct 2018)
Fethullah Simsek

In the Footsteps of Wisdom: A Journey Through Said Nursi’s Eighth Word

“Ideology is the marriage of the truth with the apocryphal whereas wisdom is the distinction of the former from the others,” (1) says Cemil Meriç, a prominent Turkish intellectual figure, philosopher,... read more..

Issue 125 (Sep - Oct 2018)
Salma Hany Abdel Fattah

Avoid the Negaholics – Always

Some people are full of negative thoughts. They don’t dream or strive. These are negaholics, and if you’re trying to achieve great things you must not listen to them! Attention! They are everywhe read more..

Issue 125 (Sep - Oct 2018)
Omer Yildiz

A Miraculous Molecule: Hemoglobin

Do you know what hemoglobin does? You should, because it has been perfectly created to keep you alive! Hemoglobin is one of the miraculous molecules in the human body. While its most important fu read more..

Issue 125 (Sep - Oct 2018)
Esra Akdogan

Life and Education Based on Positive Thought

Positive thinking is a mental attitude, a process of generating thoughts that transform energy into reality. In this article, we will approach positive thinking, especially in education, from a psycho... read more..

Issue 125 (Sep - Oct 2018)
M. Fethullah Gulen

Mukashafa (Disclosure)

Mukashafa (derived from kashf, meaning discovering or unveiling) denotes that the Divine mysteries will be disclosed to those well-versed in the Divine truths when, by rising through a spiritual strug... read more..

Issue 125 (Sep - Oct 2018)
Osman Arslan

Kidneys: What Are Our Responsibilities?

Every organ in the human body has vital functions. The kidneys play fundamental roles in maintaining human health. One of the most important functions of the kidneys is producing urine. This function... read more..

Issue 125 (Sep - Oct 2018)
Allen S. Maller

Ramadan and Yom Kippur: Why Afflict Ourselves By Fasting?

Jalal al-Din al-Rumi taught, “Ritual prayer can be different in every religion, but belief never changes” (Fihi Mafih). In the light of this insight I would like to share why I think of myself, especi... read more..

Issue 125 (Sep - Oct 2018)
Atif Yorulmaz

Alzheimer’s: Causes and How to Prevent It

As human life expectancy has grown longer, it has led to the emergence of disease that were once quite rare. One of these is Alzheimer’s. At the beginning, Alzheimer’s manifests as a decrease in overa... read more..

Issue 125 (Sep - Oct 2018)
Momina Naveed

The Boycott: How the Prophet and Early Muslims Responded to the Oppression

When some of the earliest Muslims faced a devastating boycott, Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) turned not to violence, but to faith and brotherhood. The Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, read more..

Issue 125 (Sep - Oct 2018)
Dr. Ibrahim B. Syed

The Honeybee

The three monotheistic religions Judaism, Christianity, and Islam extensively mention bees and honey in their scriptures. For instance, Chapter 16 of the Qur’an is titled “The Bee.” Other religions al... read more..

Issue 125 (Sep - Oct 2018)
M. Fethullah Gulen

The Dynamics of a Changing World

Today’s generations will leave aside their material, and even spiritual, expectations by sacrificing their own whims and desires, choosing to live for others rather than themselves. From day one, read more..

Issue 125 (Sep - Oct 2018)
The Fountain

Editorial (Gratitude)

Who are we? How do we define ourselves? Where do we place ourselves within the context of current events and tribulations we face? While pointing to the changing dynamics of the times, this issue’s le... read more..

Issue 124 (July - Aug 2018)
Justin Pahl

Finding Faith in Difficult Times: Ten thinkers on the writings of Said Nursi

Many western readers are unfamiliar with Bediüzzaman Said Nursi, an Islamic scholar who wrote mostly in the first half of the twentieth century. Those few who are familiar with Nursi – who know that ... read more..

Issue 124 (July - Aug 2018)
M. Fethullah Gulen

The Four Most Difficult Virtues

Question: Why are forgiveness, generosity, chastity, and speaking up for truth said to be the four virtues very difficult to accomplish? The following is related in Al-Munabbihat (The Counsel) with r... read more..

Issue 124 (July - Aug 2018)
Felix Kaiza

A Global Democratization Formula

One morning, an office friend gets my attention and asks, “Have I (ever) given you this book?” The face on the well-designed cover is familiar. It is that of a thoughtful Fethullah Gülen. My mind fli... read more..

Issue 124 (July - Aug 2018)
The Fountain

Science Square (Issue 124)

Magnetic wire could allow early cancer detection Vermesh O. et al. An intravascular magnetic wire for the high-throughput retrieval of circulating tumor cells in vivo. Nature Biomedical Engineering... read more..

Issue 124 (July - Aug 2018)
Rabbi Larry Seidman

Göbekli Tepe: The World’s First Religious Temple

Discovery In 1963, a team of American and Turkish archeologists surveyed Southeast Turkey, looking for sites of archeological importance. Eight miles from the city of Sanliurfa, they climbed a hill c... read more..

Issue 124 (July - Aug 2018)
Ferhat Ozturk

Honey: The First Wound Healing Agent in Human History

Hay and Su had been hungry for almost a week. Spring was in full bloom, and birds were chirping. Living in a cave was safer and warmer than outside, especially during the long winters. However, the read more..

Issue 124 (July - Aug 2018)
Kassandra M. Lighthouse

It’s Not About Where You Break

After watching my father battle a severe mental illness, threaten my family members, and assault a family friend, I called the police on him. It was 11 p.m., the night before Easter. Though most of t... read more..

Issue 124 (July - Aug 2018)
Beth J. Polazzo

80 Miles

80 miles. 80 long, traffic-filled miles ahead of me. Breathe. Yes. Inhale, exhale, inhale, exhale. This isn't working. The call that I have been dreading for over ten years has come. “Andrew is dying... read more..

Issue 124 (July - Aug 2018)
Nyri Bakkalian

Curtains in the Breeze

Trauma and memory being the strange things they are, a part of me will always be there. A part of me will always be frozen in time, still a young twentysomething with her heart in her throat on a Beir... read more..

Issue 124 (July - Aug 2018)
Lara Middleton

How Is Baby Affected If The Parents’ Blood Types Do Not Match?

Happy start Your blood type is one of the least important matters in your life unless you are in a medical situation where blood transfusion is needed. It also matters when you decide to have a baby.... read more..

Issue 124 (July - Aug 2018)
M. Fethullah Gulen

Bitter Truths and Hopes

Thus far in time, and across different parts of the world, we have witnessed desires to realize a great many disparate notions of freedom, fraternity, and equality represented through differing philos... read more..

Issue 124 (July - Aug 2018)
Hakan Gok

Albert Camus and Said Nursi on the Problem of Evil

Many atheists suggest that if God exists, there should not be evil, since God, by definition, is omnipotent, omniscient, and benevolent. Therefore, atheists conclude that the existence of evil actuall... read more..

Issue 124 (July - Aug 2018)
Ulan Dakeev, Mariee Cruz Mendoza

Virtual Reality as a Learning Tool in Modern Education

A group of friends are out in the city, shopping. While they are walking down a crowded sidewalk, they hear a siren. That siren is a warning of an attack. People begin to run and scream when the frien... read more..

Issue 124 (July - Aug 2018)
Ceyda Sablak

Photosystem II: Can It Be Applied in Hydrocar Technology?

For hundreds of years, people believed that the sun rotated around the Earth. Similarly, people have misbelieved that the reason for photosynthesis was to convert carbon dioxide to oxygen for humans t... read more..

Issue 124 (July - Aug 2018)
M. Fethullah Gulen

Talwin and Tamkin (Coloring and Self-Possession)

Meaning coloring, taking on a color, painting, and presenting different views, talwin (coloring) in the Sufi language is an important degree belonging to those who continuously seek to change their st... read more..

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