Issue 50

  • When Does Human Life Begin?

    Life” incites our feeling of awe. We are unable to expound or arrive at a comprehensive interpretation of the cosmos in which we come across this phenomenon of “life.” Every new thing that we meet and all the details that en

    Published April - June 2005 - The Fountain

    A Tribute to Mothers

    A mother is a blessed saintly being in her own world. The Ka‘ba is the spirit, meaning, essence, and atlas of the entire reality of the universe; Makka is the same for all places, and the mind for the entire body; so too a moth

    Published April - June 2005 - M. Fethullah Gulen

    Fields of Certainty as a Unifying Paradigm for Science and Religion

    A superficial understanding of science and religion perceives these two fields as being disciplines of different realms. Such a perspective sees science as an objective pursuit of knowledge based on observation and logic, and reli

    Published April - June 2005 - Alphonse Dougan

    The Newly Discovered Dimension of The Heart


    In our world of knowledge and wisdom, there are two meanings for the word “heart”; as an emotion that is open to the spiritual realms and an important power plant for the biological structure. Our Lord, Who has created

    Published April - June 2005 - Dr. Selim Aydin

    Good and Evil in Islam

    The relationship between good and evil has always intrigued people, and it is one of the central principles upon which religious doctrine and belief systems are built. Religion plays a central role in shedding light onto these abs

    Published April - June 2005 - Alphonse Dougan

    Ensoulment: When Does Human Life Begin?

    One of the most controversial topics in modern bioethics, science, and philosophy is to try to pinpoint the beginning of an individual human life. The consequences of this discussion are vitally important, as they may help to art

    Published April - June 2005 - Olgun Hasgul

    Rethinking Globalization

    Although globalization is a helpful category, there is considerable disagreement about its precise meaning. Many commentators, while conceding an economic aspect, want to see it defined much more broadly. For example, Roland Robe

    Published April - June 2005 - Ian Markham

    Service-Learning: An Alternative Teaching and Pedagogy

    Civic commitment has been a major emphasis of education around the world since ancient times. Public education was founded on the notion that people need to be trained in basic skills in order to serve their communities as effect

    Published April - June 2005 - Dr. Naim F. Erdem

    Interactions between Prophet Muhammad and Christians



    The first interaction between Prophet Muhammad and Christians took place when he was traveling to Syria with his uncle Abu Talib. Later, the Prophet had meetings and dealings with several Christians and Christian grou

    Published April - June 2005 - Ismail Acar

    How Are Babies Protected?

    Did you know that the only place human beings are not exposed to germs, such as bacteria or fungi, is in their mothers’ uterus? Yes, from the moment human beings are born into this world they are exposed to millions of germs. W

    Published April - June 2005 - Veli Karabuga

    Is there still a chance for me to be forgiven?

    The following Hadith on repentance is narrated in the Hadith collections of both Bukhari and Muslim:

    nce there was a man, a long time before, who killed ninety-nine people. One day he began to feel remorse for

    Published April - June 2005 - Korkut Altay

    Terror and Suicide Attacks: An Islamic Perspective

    Frankly, I was happy to accept the request to prepare a foreword for the readers of the present collection of articles, Terror and Suicide Attacks: An Islamic Perspective, which had been extended to me by the Turkish publishers a

    Published April - June 2005 - Oleg L. Kuznestov