Fountain Archive

November 2020

Issue 138 (Nov - Dec 2020)
The Fountain
910

Editorial (Issue 138): Pondering the Metaphysical

Our most immediate perceptions of the world around us cause us to understandably focus on what is readily visible and physical. It is impossible to argue against the reality of something that can be h... read more..

Issue 138 (Nov - Dec 2020)
M. Fethullah Gulen
2199

Searching for Our Souls

Our modern society has gone astray during much of the past several centuries. While every person is in pursuit of one thing or another, we are searching for our own soul. If we can persist on this sea... read more..

Issue 138 (Nov - Dec 2020)
Irfan Yilmaz
1932

Do Plants Develop Cancer?

Cancer is a prevalent disease among humans and animals, affecting millions of lives across the globe. It can be caused in a variety of ways and can affect virtually every part of our bodies, ranging f... read more..

Issue 138 (Nov - Dec 2020)
Ed Stevenson
1294

Irritated by Trivialities

Irritated  by trivialities, overwhelmed  by brutality  and innocent suffering, disappointed by our own inadequacies – –in anxiety, confusion and hope we turn to You. Pry us loose from our self-absorp... read more..

Issue 138 (Nov - Dec 2020)
Selim Akin
1622

Where am I From?

Following a soft negotiation of price with the rickshaw driver, I finally had initiated my way back home from the Time to Help foundation. Next to a quick introduction of our names, the driver asked m... read more..

Issue 138 (Nov - Dec 2020)
Ismael Ituarte
1354

Reboot

The morning had withheld its sunlight and left only a gray hue to open its doors when the man turned aside to his wife facing him, her Cantu-scented curls waving in his face. The sunlight compliments ... read more..

Issue 138 (Nov - Dec 2020)
Laurie Buchanan
1329

Ph.inisheD—How I Went from GED to Ph.D

Following thirteen months behind my only sibling’s academic footsteps was hard. From elementary school on, she was a glowing student; absorbing, digesting, and understanding information seemingly by o... read more..

Issue 138 (Nov - Dec 2020)
Reyhane Daglar
2922

The Meeting Point of Traditional Islamic Literature and Psychotherapy

Muslim psychologists and psychiatrists recently published an eye-opening book titled Applying Islamic Principles to Clinical Mental Health Care. I had learned about Dr. Rania Awaad and her work in men... read more..

Issue 138 (Nov - Dec 2020)
Naim Yilmaz
1558

Pharmacology: The Journey of a Chemical Compound into a Drug

Most of us have taken, or at least interacted with, medicine at some point or another in our lives. This can range from more “simple” over-the-counter drugs to more complex medicines specifically desi... read more..

Issue 138 (Nov - Dec 2020)
Dr. Ibrahim B. Syed
1850

Free Radicals and Aging Faster

“Free radicals” are a special type of atom that have been linked to many age-related diseases. They form as a result of a process called Oxidative Stress, which takes place when an oxygen molecule spl... read more..

Issue 138 (Nov - Dec 2020)
M. Fethullah Gulen
1508

Isolation (Tajrid)

Literally meaning to separate, abstract, peel away, or to isolate oneself from every occupation and engagement, tajrid (isolation) denotes the state where one isolates oneself from worldly things and ... read more..

Issue 138 (Nov - Dec 2020)
Hakan Oztunc
1843

How Do Ants Know Trigonometry?

Think of yourself as a desert ant. You leave your nest to search for food early in the morning in the deserts of Tunisia, except you do not know where to find food. You, therefore, walk randomly in th... read more..

Issue 138 (Nov - Dec 2020)
Aras Konjhodzic
4548

In Search of a Vaccine for COVID-19

It has been over half a year since Covid-19 swept across the world and forced many countries into quarantine. Hopes of a quick resolution of the disease in many countries have since been, unfortunatel... read more..

Issue 138 (Nov - Dec 2020)
Hasna Iman Qureshi
5010

The Existence of God

Kalam Cosmological Arguments of Huduth and Imkan in light of Modern Scientific Discoveries Humankind has grappled with the questions surrounding God, life, and creation for as long as we can remember... read more..

Issue 138 (Nov - Dec 2020)
Hikmet Isik
5664

The Weight of Our Assumptions About Others - 2

Question: While sayings of Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, counsel against condemning believers to shame, despising them, and disclosing their faults, they also enjoin not remaining silent and un... read more..

Issue 138 (Nov - Dec 2020)
The Fountain
3430

Science Square (Issue 138)

How Octopuses Are Able to Taste by Touching Giesen et al.Molecular Basis of Chemotactile Sensation in Octopus. Cell, October 2020. Octopuses have often captured human interest with the ability to us... read more..

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