Issue 45

  • Editorial (Issue 45)

    Another year has passed, leaving much for us to take lessons from. We have seen a dictator leave the stage, taking with him a never-ending list of crimes committed against his own people over the years. Wars and acts of aggression

    Published January - March 2004 - Louia Cunningnam

    A Brief Overview of Islam

    The word 'Islam' literally stems from the root 's-l-m' and the words 'silm' and 'salamah' which mean peace, and which indicate the 'submission' or 'surrender' of oneself to God Almighty, being obedient to His commands, embarking o

    Published January - March 2004 - M. Fethullah Gulen

    A World of Balance

    We live in a cozy and dynamic home called the Earth, which moves through cold, dark space at a great speed. Everything we need can be found on this specially made spacecraft of ours. There is neither excessive cold nor excessive h

    Published January - March 2004 - Osman Cakmak

    Making Meaning with an Islamic Wordview

    The role of meaning is of paramount importance in human life (Frankl, 1963). Human beings have a natural inclination to understand and make sense out of their lives and experiences. It is one of those attributes that make us dist

    Published January - March 2004 - Steven Krauss

    Listening to a Fly

    "Surely, those whom you invoke, apart from God, will never create a fly even if they combine together for the purpose. If the fly takes something from them, they cannot rescue it from him."; (Qur'an 22:73)

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    Published January - March 2004 - Irfan Yilmaz

    Computers and Artificial Nervous Systems

    Created with miraculous abilities, like intelligence, thought, and speaking, it is the human, apart from all other living things, that has invented much and enriched human civilization. The human brain, as a histological organ, fo

    Published January - March 2004 - Saban Sarsilmaz

    A Bridge From Heart To Heart : Empathy

    The environment of today is one equipped with high-tech means of communication, some of which are so complicated that we find them difficult to conceive; such a world causes the people of today to lead their lives in isolation. A

    Published January - March 2004 - Akif Uygur

    Why is Internet Control Necessary?

    'At school we had difficulty answering questions like 'Who am I? What do I expect in life? Where will I go? What's the meaning of life? Using drugs... Having meaningless conversations... Listening to foreign pop music and memorizi

    Published January - March 2004 - Mehmet Koylu

    Is the Creation of Evil Evil?


    The creation of evil is in no way evil, it is the committing of evil that is evil. Man is endowed with free will and God enables man's willed actions. Therefore, it is man's willing and committin

    Published January - March 2004 - Bediuzzaman Said Nursi

    Satanism and Youth's Quest For Identity

    Briefly defined as the worship of Satan as if he were God, Satanism is the name given to a reaction that basically started in the 1880s in such countries as France, England, Germany, and especially in the USA, against

    Published January - March 2004 - Ahmet Guc

    The Concept of Prayer in Said Nursi's Works

    One of the most famous Turkish Islamic scholars of the last century was Said Nursi. Nursi, who had a great influence on Turkish people, wrote over 50 books and spent most of his life behind bars. Today, his teachings are adm

    Published January - March 2004 - Suleyman Eris

    The Power of Perspective

    Can be restructured and converted into occasions that might work in the favor both of the individual and of humanity. Most of the people who have had a significant positive influence on history and who have provided guidance that

    Published January - March 2004 - Harun Avci

    Religion, Violence, and Reconciliation

    Thomas Petriano, Ph.D, is the chairperson of the Religious Studies Department of St. Joseph's College in Patchogue, NY. He teaches comparative religions, as well as courses in Christian Studies. He has a doctorate in theology

    Published January - March 2004 - The Fountain

    How should we react to the evil thoughts and desires?

    Q: How should we react to the evil thoughts and desires whispered by Satan?
    A: Involuntary evil thoughts, fancies, or associations of ideas usually are the result of Satan's interference. Just as a battery has two

    Published January - March 2004 - Hikmet Isik

    Pearls of Wisdom

    This book is a compilation of some of the wise sayings of M. Fethullah Gulen, each of which is a criterion or pearl of wisdom

    This work by M. Fethullah Gulen is a continuation of a long tradition of books and art

    Published January - March 2004 - Michael Starzinski