Issue 119

  • Souls Devoted to the Path of Truth

    Devoting oneself to communicating the truth is an expression of humanity’s privilege of having “the perfect pattern” in creation; it is an unparalleled rank for those who can attain it. There are devo

    Published September - October 2017 - M. Fethullah Gulen

    The Heart and the Miraculous Blood Flow in Our Body

    One of my patients came one day with her daughter and complained about her being too weak to do anything. The child looked very thin. After our checks, she was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect and had surgery. She recov

    Published September - October 2017 - Prof. Omer Serranur

    Globalized Islam and the Muslims in the West

    All immigrants face challenges in their new countries. For Muslim immigrants or their offspring in the West, these challenges are heightened. How can Muslims successfully integrate without losing their rich, unique religiou

    Published September - October 2017 - Al Strong

    Animals That Sense Earthquakes

    In 1975, Chinese scientists successfully predicted a major earthquake. How did they do it? By paying attention to animal behavior. Might careful observation of animals be the key to predicting future quakes?


    Published September - October 2017 - Atif Yorulmaz

    Early Islamic Culinary Art

    How do we alleviate the harshness of our daily routine? One may contend that the true purpose of art is to offer readers, viewers, and listeners the opportunity to forget themselves, which means a quietening of the mind, perhap

    Published September - October 2017 - Lawrence Brazier

    “Don’t Forget to Like Me”

    Impacts of Excessive Social Media Use on Our Psychology and Facebook as an Exemplary Case

    Social media has become an important part of our lives. It has led a communication

    Published September - October 2017 - Sage Chen

    Lovers Are Gnostic and Gnostics Are Poets

    Love is the only path to recognizing and reaching God. It is the only power that will enable humanity to reach maturity. If love did not exist, we would never have had Gnostics; we would never have had a poet like Rumi.


    Published September - October 2017 - Mir Mohammad Saber Ansari

    Istighraq (Immersion)

    Literally meaning absorption, diving into, becoming deeply involved in, istighraq (immersion) denotes transportation by joy, oblivion of the world, the cleansing of the heart from worldly worries enabling one to turn t

    Published September - October 2017 - M. Fethullah Gulen

    How Do Ants Find Their Way?

    Desert ants cover great distances in search of food, and yet they always manage to find their way home. How do such small creatures accomplish such a difficult feat?  

    Imagine you are a desert

    Published September - October 2017 - Fatih Bera Aslan

    A Tale of Two Ends

    My pen is heavy and my words are messy; is the world I know gone already? I miss the rhythm of listening to predictable news and the certainty of a life that was once secure. I miss staying up for no reason and feeling the weat

    Published September - October 2017 - Salma Hany Abdel Fattah

    Wet Cupping Therapy

    Wet cupping (hijama) – an ancient practice – is a form of alternative medicine that might be effective at treating certain medical conditions.

    It was not an extraordinary thing when Michael Phelps, the most

    Published September - October 2017 - Prof. Omer Serranur

    Enes Kanter - A Dervish in the NBA

    Enes Kanter is unique among American athletes. He is one of the few practicing Muslim players in the NBA, and in a league known for its political activism, Kanter is still one of the most outspoken players.

    It wasn

    Published September - October 2017 - Justin Pahl

    Eat fat, live longer?

    Roberts MN et al. A Ketogenic Diet Extends Longevity and Healthspan in Adult Mice. Cell Metabolism, September 2017.

    As more people live into their ’80s and ’90s, scientists focus more on the issues of health

    Published September - October 2017 - The Fountain

    Why are yawns contagious?

    Brown BJ et al. A Neural Basis for Contagious Yawning. Current Biology, August 2017.

    Why do we yawn if someone else does? Ecophenomena drives us to imitate other people's actions, but it's also found at excessive levels

    Published September - October 2017 - The Fountain

    “Pen” diagnoses cancer in 10 seconds

    Zhang J et al. Nondestructive tissue analysis for ex vivo and in vivo cancer diagnosis using a handheld mass spectrometry system. Science Translational Medicine, September 2017

    A team of engineers and scientists has dev

    Published September - October 2017 - The Fountain

    How to Face a Disaster?

    Hurricanes, tropical storms, earthquakes … More people are being affected by more natural disasters. But life’s challenges do not only come in the form of natural disasters – individuals have to face all sorts of disa

    Published September - October 2017 - The Fountain