Fountain Archive

2019

Issue 128 (Mar - Apr 2019)
The Fountain
20

Issue 128 (Mar - Apr 2019)
Hikmet Isik
16

Boasting of One’s Rank, Reviling Others’ Genealogies

Question: Among the characteristics of “ignorance” that his followers would not completely abandon, the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, mentions boasting on the basis of one’s rank, reviling othe... read more..

Issue 128 (Mar - Apr 2019)
M. Fethullah Gulen
5

Mirage of Life

Life is over, only its silent voice remains, Entrusted to the next, its breath remains; I know not what I will be in the beyond, Only a broken plectrum’s melody remains. From the memories of the days... read more..

Issue 128 (Mar - Apr 2019)
Richard Shields
14

Religion: More Than Life or Life Itself?

Respect for life is more than a religious value; it is a constituent dimension of faith found in every major religion of the world. One cannot have faith in a creator God (or an all-embracing transcen... read more..

Issue 128 (Mar - Apr 2019)
Eldrian Johnson
20

The Ride of My Life

When you ride a rollercoaster for the first time you feel a surge of emotions that grab, terrify, and haunt you all at once – well, at least at the start. But once you get over that first drop, that f... read more..

Issue 128 (Mar - Apr 2019)
Ceyda Sablak
15

Fire on the Mountain

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a terminal illness of the nervous system, resulting in the degeneration of neurons. When the motor neurons in the lateral spinal cord degenerate, the muscle cann... read more..

Issue 128 (Mar - Apr 2019)
Nuh Aydin
9

The Brain in the Intestine and Pets in Our Body

We eat, sleep, and go to the bathroom. Yet, we never think about how all these physical needs are processed in the systems of our body when they are functioning normally. Yes, our bodies are created ... read more..

Issue 128 (Mar - Apr 2019)
Hassan Aslan
4

The Great Wave: The Aftermath

“It’s my fault, all my fault; I should’ve tried harder,” he said. A quintessential characteristic of his - always pinning the blame on no one other than himself. They were closing us down; there was ... read more..

Issue 128 (Mar - Apr 2019)
Yasemin Bakar
14

Chlorination of Water

For nearly a century, chlorine has been used to disinfect drinking water. The use of chlorine in water started when John Snow used to purify the cholera-causing water of the Broad Street Pump, in Lond... read more..

Issue 128 (Mar - Apr 2019)
M. Fethullah Gulen
17

Life (Hayah)

Hayah, which can be translated as liveliness and being alive, means that a heart which is already dead because of ignorance, misguidance and unbelief, comes to life through belief, and knowledge and l... read more..

Issue 128 (Mar - Apr 2019)
Lawrence Brazier
16

Divine Humor

Quite obviously, divine humor is not by me, as the title and byline may imply. I also sense a few wrinkled brows among our readers. Can humor be divine? The question is not unreasonable: the prophets ... read more..

Issue 128 (Mar - Apr 2019)
Omer Yildiz
28

Orexin: The Miraculous Secretion from the Brain

Fear of obesity may sometimes lead people to an extreme diet, and this may cause a deadly disease: anorexia nervosa. The sufferer initially tries to lose weight by going on a diet, but the illness soo... read more..

Issue 128 (Mar - Apr 2019)
Behzad Fatmi
145

Ilm Ethos and Convivencia

Journey into Europe: Islam, Immigration and Identity explores the mighty continent of Europe by an academic whose origins lie in the Third World. Professor Akbar Ahmed, one of the renowned scholars of... read more..

Issue 128 (Mar - Apr 2019)
Aysenur Demir
17

Tumor Suppressing Mechanisms and Cancer

It is estimated that there are approximately 100 trillion cells in the human body. They fulfill their duties harmoniously with all the systems, organs, and tissues manifesting innumerable signs of won... read more..

Issue 128 (Mar - Apr 2019)
Jessica Doroslovac
17

The Mountain Climb

  What if somebody came up to you and said the words, “you can’t do it?” What if somebody came up to you and pushed you down, kicked you, forced you to stop moving forward, and forced you to stop try... read more..

Issue 128 (Mar - Apr 2019)
Ali Kaya
32

The Mathematical Patterns around Us

“How can it be that mathematics, being after all a product of human thought which is independent of experience, is so admirably appropriate to the objects of reality?”Albert Einstein I have alway read more..

Issue 128 (Mar - Apr 2019)
M. Fethullah Gulen
26

Years of Heedlessness

Heedlessness means abstraction, carelessness, and not being oneself. The heedless persons are uninformed about what is going on around them; they are always confused and careless regarding their relat... read more..

Issue 128 (Mar - Apr 2019)
The Fountain
6

Editorial (Issue 128)

East and West. Maybe it is not easy to draw straight lines where these two are clearly separated, and yet everyone has a conceptualization of what is meant when this distinction is proposed. While som... read more..

Issue 127 (Jan - Feb 2019)
The Fountain
273

Science Square (Issue 127)

A new Artificial Intelligence (AI) approach to translate brain waves into speech Akbari et al. Towards reconstructing intelligible speech from the human auditory cortex. Scientific Reports January, 2... read more..

Issue 127 (Jan - Feb 2019)
Hikmet Isik
362

Hunt for Divine Manifestation

Divine manifestation (tajalli) is the attainment of inner light as a result of special Divine gifts. This is experienced by travelers on the way of Truth who are committed to prayer. Tajalli is not on... read more..

Issue 127 (Jan - Feb 2019)
Alicia Sabah Torres
329

Two-Way Street

As I sit and wait for my day of judgment, I ponder the future. Can I continue to live my life as I dream and desire? Or will I remain doomed to a lifetime of cries and days of gloom? People say th... read more..

Issue 127 (Jan - Feb 2019)
Ali Kaya
319

The Mathematical Beauty of Snowflakes

“There was a footpath leading across the fields to New Southgate, and I used to go there alone to watch the sunset and contemplate suicide. I did not, however, commit suicide, because I wished to kn read more..

Issue 127 (Jan - Feb 2019)
Kerri Davidson
306

In the Eye

It was 3:45 pm. I was sitting crossed-legged with twenty other seven-year olds under a wall of flat glass windows. An eerie calm had settled outside, where a short time before there had been whipping ... read more..

Issue 127 (Jan - Feb 2019)
Sage Chen
374

Hizmet Is a Social Movement

Hizmet Movement (aka Gülen Movement) has always been given different names, which rely on and point to divergent underlying ontologies and understandings. Cemaat (Community), Hizmet (Service), Gonullu... read more..

Issue 127 (Jan - Feb 2019)
Atif Yorulmaz
386

Timing of Medication

We are all aware of the fact that there is certain rhythm and order in the movement of the sun and the earth, as well as other planets along their pre-assigned orbits. This order has ongoing without a... read more..

Issue 127 (Jan - Feb 2019)
M. Fethullah Gulen
292

Manifestation (Tajalli)

Tajalli (manifestation), which has almost the same meaning as showing itself, display, and appearance, in the language of Sufism means being favored with God’s special gifts. It also denotes that the ... read more..

Issue 127 (Jan - Feb 2019)
Dr. Ibrahim B. Syed
348

Alzheimer’s Disease (AD)

Alzheimer’s disease is “an irreversible, progressive brain disease that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills, eventually even the ability to carry out the simplest tasks” according to the Alzhei... read more..

Issue 127 (Jan - Feb 2019)
Jacob Hardy
394

Circling in the Universe

"It is He who created the night and the day, and the sun and the moon; all (the celestial bodies) swim along, each in its orbit with its own motion.”  (Quran 21:33) Almost everyone – depending on read more..

Issue 127 (Jan - Feb 2019)
Ron Messier
368

Jesus: One Man, Two Faiths: A Response to 9/11/01

The September 11th terrorist attack was traumatic for many people. At that point in my life, I had been studying Islam for thirty-six years: first as a student, then as a professor of Islamic history ... read more..

Issue 127 (Jan - Feb 2019)
Ali Kaya
335

Beyond the Rainbow

Have you ever seen a rainbow? Until recently, I had looked at many rainbows, but had never truly seen a rainbow. In his writings on faith and logic, religious scholar Bediuzzaman Said Nursi maintaine... read more..

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