Fountain Archive

2018

Issue 124 (July - Aug 2018)
M. Fethullah Gulen
1547

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)
Justin Pahl
1318

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 125 (Sep - Oct 2018)
The Fountain
626

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 125 (Sep - Oct 2018)
M. Fethullah Gulen
2609

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)
Dr. Ibrahim B. Syed
2570

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)
Momina Naveed
11980

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)
Atif Yorulmaz
1355

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)
Allen S. Maller
1462

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)
Osman Arslan
1971

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)
M. Fethullah Gulen
808

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)
Esra Akdogan
2194

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)
Omer Yildiz
1301

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)
Salma Hany Abdel Fattah
1348

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)
Fethullah Simsek
1592

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)
Imam Mamadou Toure
1180

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)
M. Fethullah Gulen
1488

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)
The Fountain
1016

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 126 (Nov - Dec 2018)
The Fountain
770

Editorial (Pain Doesn’t Differ)

Sight is one of the most miraculous things for which we can never be thankful enough. Our eyes serve as windows connecting our inner life with the outer world. In “Retina the Mind-Boggler,” Dr. Serran... read more..

Issue 126 (Nov - Dec 2018)
M. Fethullah Gulen
1456

Dawn upon Dawn – Once upon a Time

In an era when many parts of the world were defeated by darkness, our horizon was everywhere emblazoned with colors, and the festivals of dawn came one after another. At breakneck speed were the heral... read more..

Issue 126 (Nov - Dec 2018)
Omer Serranur
1311

Retina: the Mind-Boggler

The eye is a miracle as it is. Even though we have a rough understanding of its basic anatomy, we are confronted with a much more complex miracle when we venture into the intricacies of its anatomy an... read more..

Issue 126 (Nov - Dec 2018)
Sophia Pandya
1526

Pain Doesn’t Differ: Turkish Refugees Help Greek Fire Victims

Gasparetto (not his real name)[1] was a young Turkish medical student when he was arrested and imprisoned for eight months by Turkey’s government, merely for his connection to the Hizmet, a social mov... read more..

Issue 126 (Nov - Dec 2018)
Atif Yorulmaz
1246

Embryonic Stem Cells: What Do They Hold in Store?

Embryonic stem cells are cells in the early stages of embryonic development when a fertilized egg cell is divided first into two cells and then into four, eight, and sixteen. Each grows into a brand read more..

Issue 126 (Nov - Dec 2018)
Jan McDaniel
1836

Love and Suicide

The day my husband died, my work for a newspaper had taken me out of the office to do interviews and take pictures. I hurried back to my computer because I wanted to finish early. The man I had loved ... read more..

Issue 126 (Nov - Dec 2018)
Numan Erciyes
5402

How Do Animals Survive?

We live in a magnificent world inhabited by approximately 8,700,000 species. This number includes only general species, not subspecies. Scientists discover around 2,500 new species every year, and the... read more..

Issue 126 (Nov - Dec 2018)
Sumeyra Koc
1174

Demise of Academia: A Sad Case Which Should Not Have Been in the 21st Century

Being an academic is not an easy thing. In many countries, it seems you are always between a rock and a hard place when you are in academia. Politics permeate the academic halls, where positions might... read more..

Issue 126 (Nov - Dec 2018)
M. Fethullah Gulen
1205

Mushahada (Observation)

Mushahada (observation) means using insight to see in Divine Acts the Divine Names that give existence to them, and to become aware, in the manifestation of the Names, of the All-Holy One Who is calle... read more..

Issue 126 (Nov - Dec 2018)
Seth Mette
1585

A Letter from Radon

Radon is one of the noble gases in the periodic table. It is the heaviest, naturally occurring one among them. Due to its size, it is the most likely to establish compounds with other elements, comp read more..

Issue 126 (Nov - Dec 2018)
Omer Serranur
1069

Sleep Wellness: What to Do for It?

Sleep is a period of renewal that prepares us for the new day and enables our brain and body to perform duties that they cannot while awake. Growing numbers of businesses are including good sleep read more..

Issue 126 (Nov - Dec 2018)
Justin Pahl
1157

Nature and Environment in Contemporary Religious Contexts

It’s no secret – or at least it shouldn’t be – that climate change is one of the most important issues of our time. Very recently, a report came out saying that the planet could be facing serious cons... read more..

Issue 126 (Nov - Dec 2018)
Haci Kerem
702

Gravitational Waves: A Universal Force

Gravitational waves can be defined as the vibration of space-time. Sky is an ocean in which the waves are stationary. When you throw a rock into the water, when a taut rope is plucked, when a spr read more..

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