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2021

Issue 139 (Jan - Feb 2021)
The Fountain
658

Editorial (Issue 139)

It is uncommon that we observe the background details of a well-produced film or notice the subtle masterpieces behind a state-of-the-art play. Aside from those that are very observant, these elements... read more..

Issue 139 (Jan - Feb 2021)
M. Fethullah Gulen
1421

Being of Adam

Being human is being “of Adam.” In terms of the Universal Spirit (al-ruh al-kull), “being of Adam” is a kernel from the truth of the Praised One, Ahmad (meant to bear fruit as the perfected human). In... read more..

Issue 139 (Jan - Feb 2021)
Naim Yilmaz
1110

Drug Development

We all focused on one topic throughout 2020: Covid-19. No single day passed without news on the pandemic as we counted numbers of positive cases and the death toll while anticipating for a vaccine. In... read more..

Issue 139 (Jan - Feb 2021)
Cevdet Selim
1247

Computational Universe Theory

The questions on the creation of mankind and the inner workings of the universe have been the primary issues that have had a profound impact on both modern, secular philosophy and traditional religion... read more..

Issue 139 (Jan - Feb 2021)
Lawrence Brazier
980

The Reason Why

On the back cover of the 2017 May-June edition of this magazine we were reminded of the knot that binds us to the tangle we have made of human existence. Releasing the knot, one would contend, require... read more..

Issue 139 (Jan - Feb 2021)
Nilufer Sagat and Bengisu Yildiz
1035

Embryonic Stem Cells

In 1981, scientists discovered ways to derive embryonic stem cells from early mouse embryos. Since then, they have been the subject of intense scrutiny, controversy, and advocacy. They are unique cel... read more..

Issue 139 (Jan - Feb 2021)
Gurkan Polat
1737

Servant Leadership

The leader of a people is the one who serves them. That is the essence of leadership, serving a group or community first, rather than focusing on leading them. This understanding of leadership is vita... read more..

Issue 139 (Jan - Feb 2021)
The Fountain
1006

Individuality (Tafrid)

Tafrid (individuality) means seclusion from society or going into retreat to devote all one’s time to worshipping God. More particularly, it denotes that even when initiates have attained states or st... read more..

Issue 139 (Jan - Feb 2021)
Omer Pamuk
983

Tinge of Life

In his Twentieth Word, Bediuzzaman Said Nursi, a 20th century Islamic scholar and teacher, uses an interesting phrase, where he argues that the miracles of the prophets represent the highest points th... read more..

Issue 139 (Jan - Feb 2021)
Ceyda Sablak
1177

The Heart Never Rests

“God contracts and expands.” (2:245) The heart is a fairly small muscle that beats 100,000 times a day and produces roughly 115,000 Joules of energy, enough to boil a cup of water for some tea. L read more..

Issue 139 (Jan - Feb 2021)
Sinem Akbulak
1011

Tears

When we think of tears we generally think of the emotional implications behind them, such as why a person is crying in the first place. This is certainly one of their important functions, however tear... read more..

Issue 139 (Jan - Feb 2021)
Irfan Yilmaz
1025

Flies

Athlete’s foot is a frequent infection that millions of people suffer from annually. I once had it during my military service where we had to wear boots almost an entire day. Once during a noon interc... read more..

Issue 139 (Jan - Feb 2021)
The Fountain
1055

How to Respond to Oppression

Question:  Oppression is everywhere and exists in almost every form. How should believers respond to oppression when they have to face it? Oppression, at its most basic form, is a transgression of bo... read more..

Issue 139 (Jan - Feb 2021)
The Fountain
1046

Science Square (Issue 139)

How does loneliness affect your brain? Spreng et al. The default network of the human brain is associated with perceived social isolation. Nature Communications. December 2020. A recent study found ... read more..

Issue 140 (Mar - Apr 2021)
The Fountain
171

Editorial (Issue 140): Caring for Others

Life is short, and we often wonder what the best way to spend it is. Some advocate for hedonism and indulgence with the goal of making the most out of their short stay, while others believe this time ... read more..

Issue 140 (Mar - Apr 2021)
M. Fethullah Gulen
523

In the Presence of the All-Compassionate

O the Most Merciful of the Merciful! You are the One who spreads these vast universes like a book before each of us. You are the One who makes our consciences sense their secrets, and again it is You... read more..

Issue 140 (Mar - Apr 2021)
Dr. Ibrahim B. Syed
339

FLASH Radiotherapy

FLASH radiotherapy is a brand-new model of radiation therapy that may be administered to a cancer patient in as little as a single, complete treatment. The therapy lasts much less than one second and ... read more..

Issue 140 (Mar - Apr 2021)
Lawrence Brazier
355

Atheists

Your correspondent was musing just the other day. Enter one’s wife. “Are you thinking, dear?” she asked.“I am reflecting, receiving,” I replied.“What about, then?” she asked anew.“Atheists,” I repl... read more..

Issue 140 (Mar - Apr 2021)
Thomas Michel
346

The Theological Dimension of the Thought of M. Fethullah Gülen (Part 1)

Gülen as Spiritual Master In recent years, much has been written about the thought of Fethullah Gülen and the activities of the “Gülen community” [1] from diverse perspectives. Some have focused on h... read more..

Issue 140 (Mar - Apr 2021)
Naim Yilmaz
410

Me or We?

A pandemic (from Greek, pan, "all" and demos, "people") is an epidemic of an infectious disease that has spread across a large region, for instance multiple continents or worldwide, affecting a substa... read more..

Issue 140 (Mar - Apr 2021)
M. Fethullah Gulen
339

Absorption (Jam’) - 1

Jam‘ (absorption) literally means coming and bringing together. In the language of Sufism, it means fixing all one’s feeling, sight and consciousness on the Ultimate Truth, to the extent that one is a... read more..

Issue 140 (Mar - Apr 2021)
Aaliya Khan-Fatmi
769

Women’s Participation in Faith-based Social Movements

Fethullah Gülen, the Muslim scholar who inspired the global educational movement called Hizmet, has not only challenged popular perceptions of Islam in the West and certain practices among Muslims, bu... read more..

Issue 140 (Mar - Apr 2021)
Omer Yildiz
369

Avocado

The avocado is a fruit that grows in hot, tropical climates that has a sweet and sour taste. Avocados are a well-known source of carotenoids that provide a multitude of vitamins including vitamin A, m... read more..

Issue 140 (Mar - Apr 2021)
M. Fethullah Gulen
358

Steadfast

Stop giving up, or else you cannot reach the end. You cannot harvest the fruit, unless you firmly stand. Those who reached their purpose, made it thanks to their being steadfast. Steadfast you sho... read more..

Issue 140 (Mar - Apr 2021)
Cemal Ozgur
351

8 Shared Values of Science and Faith

Book Review Why Science and Faith Need Each Other: Eight Shared Values That Move Us Beyond FearBy Elaine Howard Ecklund978-1587434365Brazos Press, May 2020pp. 176 “70 percent of [these] scient read more..

Issue 140 (Mar - Apr 2021)
Onur Stevens
427

The Power of Body Language

Communication is the essence of the qualities which make human beings social creatures. The primary purpose of inter-personal communication is information exchange between two parties, but the conveye... read more..

Issue 140 (Mar - Apr 2021)
The Fountain
318

The Web of Arrogance and the Centrifugal Force of Sincerity

Question: Arrogance is a serious character problem we experience throughout our lives. We falsely claim ownership over every good deed we are involved, forgetting that they are blessings from God. How... read more..

Issue 140 (Mar - Apr 2021)
The Fountain
323

Science Square (Issue 140)

No link found between gender and performance in physics courses Dew et al. Gendered performance differences in introductory physics: A study from a large land-grant university. Physical Review Physic... read more..

Issue 141 (May - Jun 2021)
The Fountain
7

Editorial (Issue 141): Being Genuine

Virtually every action that a person undertakes is affected by his intentions. Whether they be mundane and routine or grandiose and life-changing, our true, heart-felt goals influence us on a massive ... read more..

Issue 141 (May - Jun 2021)
M. Fethullah Gulen
130

Love for Knowledge

While attempting to obtain a love for knowledge and willpower to think, one must not overlook reality or disregard past experiences. One must relate to the “sense of reality” under the watch of reason... read more..

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