Fountain Archive

January 2020

Issue 133 (Jan - Feb 2020)
The Fountain
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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..

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