Fountain Archive

2020

Issue 133 (Jan - Feb 2020)
The Fountain
667

Editorial (Issue 133): Everything Has a Home

Almost all living creatures have a home of sorts. It is a land that is familiar to us and is a place where we often have fond memories and positive associations. It provides safety, comfort, control, ... read more..

Issue 133 (Jan - Feb 2020)
M. Fethullah Gulen
2294

Facing Oneself

The Example of the First Circle around the Prophet and Those Who Followed Them So much so a source of blessings was the Prophet Muhammad, according to the Islamic tradition, that he always had fo read more..

Issue 133 (Jan - Feb 2020)
Sinem Akbulak
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Metabolic Syndrome: A Major Health Problem of Our Civilization

Life is in the center of existence, and food is in the center of life. All living things are in pursuit of their sustenance to continue their lives. Failing this pursuit means the end of it all. Yet, ... read more..

Issue 133 (Jan - Feb 2020)
Richard Nelson
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My White Experience in the Black Community

It never occurred to me that I was prejudiced. In fact, I was inspired to leave the life I knew as a young white man to be a Christian missionary in Africa. Yet, until that time at age 22 in my little... read more..

Issue 133 (Jan - Feb 2020)
Didem Firtina
1286

Trypanosomes: Creatures with One Thousand and One Sheaths

If you heard that a very destructive creature was in your village, what would you expect this creature to look like? Perhaps a ferocious cat, or a colossal beast that was capable of leveling whole bui... read more..

Issue 133 (Jan - Feb 2020)
Zain Hussain
1555

Service in the Face of Disaster: A Memoir of a Visit with Refugees in Greece

I didn't know what to expect when we landed in Athens. I knew we were going to be meeting with refugees and hearing their stories, but I did not expect what I saw and heard. For one thing, I may have ... read more..

Issue 133 (Jan - Feb 2020)
Nuh Aydin
1401

The Macro and the Micro: Introducing Two New Organs You Never Knew You Had in Your Body

Robots continue to advance and develop every year, and these consistent improvements continue to amaze us with how much they physically resemble humans. Even though these robots lack spiritual qualiti... read more..

Issue 133 (Jan - Feb 2020)
Aisha Kaplan
1386

The Chaplain Cares: Reflections on Hospital Chaplaincy

Tears and touching are some of the most profound forms of connection among people. They soften hearts and open doors to each other’s hearts that were otherwise closed. Spiritual care in a hospital env... read more..

Issue 133 (Jan - Feb 2020)
M. Fethullah Gulen
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Subsistence by God (Baqa Bi’llah)

Subsistence by God denotes that the servant of God regards all existence, including him or herself, as being non-existent in and of itself, and discovers in his or her consciousness that every being, ... read more..

Issue 133 (Jan - Feb 2020)
Ibrahima Sacko
1234

Camera Clicks

The slight drizzle hitting the dry ground and dead grass was the highlight of my day. It’s been over three months since the last glimpse of rainfall, the drizzle dropped and filled the cracks and cr read more..

Issue 133 (Jan - Feb 2020)
Nuh Aydin
1389

Cryptochrome: The Compass of Animals

Animals such as butterflies, turtles, and birds are given the ability to perceive the Earth’s magnetic field and navigate themselves accordingly. Migratory species also benefit from the sun, stars, an... read more..

Issue 133 (Jan - Feb 2020)
Fatma Gunduz
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Itching: The Way Our Skin “Talks” to Us

Sometimes, your back itches slightly and scratching it at that perfect spot fills you with an odd sense of happiness. Other times, you notice a biting itch on your arm and a chickpea-like redness show... read more..

Issue 133 (Jan - Feb 2020)
Salih Ergun
1414

Nonstop from Alaska to Hawaii: Pacific Golden Plovers and Their Miraculous Journey across the Ocean

Many animals would tell us fascinating stories about their behaviors and marvelous abilities if only we could understand their language. As a result of years of research, many outstanding features of ... read more..

Issue 133 (Jan - Feb 2020)
A. Mufazzal
2327

Hizmet Movement: An Exemplary Paradigm of Transnational Civic Engagements

The origins of a seemingly nameless civic-social movement which later became popularly known as the “Gülen Movement” or “Hizmet Movement” date back to the early 1970s in Turkey.  The Movement’s goal i... read more..

Issue 133 (Jan - Feb 2020)
The Fountain
1241

I Seek Refuge in You…

Question: Among things Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, sought refuge from were “knowledge, hearts, prayers, and eyes” according to one specific tradition? Why did he do so? Are there types of kno... read more..

Issue 133 (Jan - Feb 2020)
The Fountain
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Issue 134 (Mar - Apr 2020)
The Fountain
25

Editorial (Issue 134) - Preserving Our Health

The Coronavirus pandemic has swept the world in recent months and with it came a wave of panic, unease, and a need for courage. Humanity is collectively fighting for its health, a treasure that we som... read more..

Issue 134 (Mar - Apr 2020)
M. Fethullah Gulen
69

Facing Oneself-2

The Example of the First Circle around the Prophet and Those Who Followed Them  (continuing from the previous issue) Zayn al-Abidin (659-713), the son of Prophet Muhammad’s grandson Husayn, was a de... read more..

Issue 134 (Mar - Apr 2020)
Rabbi Burton L. Visotzky
57

Find a Teacher for Yourself

As a rabbi and professor of rabbinic literature, I am naturally drawn to interpreting texts. The best moments are when these texts come alive and inform my life (inshallah). I have long been intrigued... read more..

Issue 134 (Mar - Apr 2020)
Cemal Ozgur
49

Powering Down the Brain

How excessive cell phone usage can cripple a child’s mental development The scene of a quiet child tapping away at a phone or tablet with glee is an image that, by now, most people are familiar w read more..

Issue 134 (Mar - Apr 2020)
Omer Yildiz
41

Sugar or Fat?

Diabetes is one of the most serious public health risks today. The United Nations declared diabetes as a global threat in 2007 in order to highlight just how widespread and destructive diabetes had be... read more..

Issue 134 (Mar - Apr 2020)
Mustafa Ridvan Donmez
54

Selfishness or Selflessness?

To attain happiness and to avoid mood disorders, which should we pursue The messages of modern society are all too familiar to us: buy more, eat more, sleep more, take more pictures, and care les read more..

Issue 134 (Mar - Apr 2020)
Hakan Oztunc
33

Life Is a Function

We perceive several problems related to the functions in many situations in life and develop solutions accordingly. The function shows the effect of one (or more) variable(s) on another variable. In s... read more..

Issue 134 (Mar - Apr 2020)
Seyma Aslan
39

Mother of Orphans

- Hello grandma, how is everything? - Oh, my dear Seyma, is that you? Since you are calling all the way from America I will not waste much. I am doing well, take good care of yourself and never forge read more..

Issue 134 (Mar - Apr 2020)
M. Fethullah Gulen
24

Verification (Tahqiq)

In the language of Sufism, tahqiq (verification) means that not only does an initiate who has almost come to the final step of the journey know the Unique, Eternally Besought One with His Existence an... read more..

Issue 134 (Mar - Apr 2020)
Daniel Skubik
31

Birds or Humanity?

There is often mixed joy and sorrow when traveling abroad, sometimes discovered in the journeying, sometimes found at the destination. Such a mixture was mine on a recent trip with Hizmet to India, wh... read more..

Issue 134 (Mar - Apr 2020)
Sinem Akbulak
43

Hand Hygiene: Wash hands against Corona, and to remove traces of the past

Our hands are vital for performing tasks throughout our daily lives and must be taken care of and cleaned regularly. They can easily spread germs, bacteria, or viruses such as Covid-19 (Coronavirus). ... read more..

Issue 134 (Mar - Apr 2020)
Rafiq Ebrahim
40

Subliminal Advertising: Hidden Conveyor of Messages

Advertising is an age-old concept of conveying the messages to the people. In prehistoric days, people used to write with chalk, which was available in plenty, in their own languages the messages they... read more..

Issue 134 (Mar - Apr 2020)
Sean Paquet
35

Trying to Understand the Reasons behind Violence

Violence. It surrounds us. It is all over the media. It is so common in our society today that violence has become the norm rather than the exception. Perhaps one out of every ten people in the United... read more..

Issue 134 (Mar - Apr 2020)
Osman Demirel
33

Pauli Principle and the Manifestation of Unity in Particles

All human beings have similar organs, but each organ has qualities unique to itself and to the person it belongs to. Research has revealed that even some of the genes of monozygotic twins are differen... read more..

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