Issue 58

  • The End of the World

    Are we approaching the end? Will life on Earth as we know it end sooner than we expect? Are we face to face with “an inconvenient truth”? Most religions give place to eschatology in their doctrines. Buddhists anticipate the di

    Published April - June 2007 - The Fountain

    The World in the Womb

    In the recent past, the Islamic world as a whole has lived through its most depressed periods, whether considered from the point of view of faith, morality, modes of thought, education, industry, customs, traditions, or practices

    Published April - June 2007 - M. Fethullah Gulen

    Black Holes and Possible Depictions of the Judgment Day

    The Day when We will roll up the heaven as written scrolls are rolled up. We will bring the creation back into existence as easily as We originated it in the first instance. This is a binding promise on Us, and surely We fulfill

    Published April - June 2007 - Osman Cakmak

    Levels of Tolerance Can Culminate with Love

    Keep on loving each other as brothers and sisters. Don’t forget to welcome strangers. By doing that, some people have welcomed angels without knowing it. Hebrews 13:1-2

    The day that my daughter and I were headed t

    Published April - June 2007 - The Rev. Kip Gilts

    Physics of the Unseen

    “Ever since the beginnings of modern science, four or five hundred years ago, scientific thoughts seem to have moved humankind and consciousness further from the centre of things. More and more of the universe has become exp

    Published April - June 2007 - H. Huseyin Erdem

    Holy Sources of Human Dignity

    In the Holy Scriptures we can find vital instructions to reach peace and harmony in both our individual and social lives. The multicultural structure of the modern world requires that we follow such instructions more than ever. I

    Published April - June 2007 - Halim Calis

    Apocalypse from the Perspective of Engineering

    The apocalypse is the end of both humanity and the world. Owing to the significance of this event, the Qur’an gives a detailed description of the apocalypse. In various surahs humanity is severely warned against this terrible en

    Published April - June 2007 - Dr. Sami Polatoz

    Emerald Hills of the Heart

    Muhasaba (Self-Criticism or Self-Interrogation)

    The word muhasaba literally means reckoning, settling accounts, and self-interrogation. In a spiritual context, however, it takes on the additional meaning of the

    Published April - June 2007 - M. Fethullah Gulen

    A Physiological & Spiritual Perspective

    Man can attain inner depth as much as he can discern himself correctly.

    It is a well-observed fact that in our lives we have no input or choice in choosing the place and time of our birth, the parents we have,

    Published April - June 2007 - Sebnem Unlu

    The Automatic Systems Operating in Our Body

    In a healthy body, all of the involuntarily functioning mechanisms seem to know what to do, at the right time and in the right amount. But are these systems really “autonomous,” doing what they will? Can it be coincidence

    Published April - June 2007 - Arslan Mayda

    The Human Question

    Statements like “God must have createdwith special care” are most inconvenientand disagreeable. Even for the mostsplendid things, God Almightycommands “Be! and it is.”

    Imagine yourself in Spain, walking

    Published April - June 2007 - Irfan Yilmaz

    Interfaith Dialogue in Turkey

    A little over two months ago, I went on a trip to Turkey. One of the stops on our trip was Konya, a city which was once the Seljuk capital and cultural center of Anatolia, but is now best known as the town of Rumi, an extremely i

    Published April - June 2007 - Ashley Kelly

    Islam and Muslims in America before Columbus

    Historical facts concerning many established information on diverse fields continue to be unraveled to the astonishment of us all. One of these facts, previously little-known by many, is that Muslims had actually set foot on Ameri

    Published April - June 2007 - Salih Yucel

    Phytoplanktons and the Climatic Balance

    At the oceans’ shores, the dominant odor one can feel is that of iodine, a salty smell that arises from bubbles and waves and that is spread over the sea by the wind. Mixed with this salty odor are the gases that are released fr

    Published April - June 2007 - Ali Kurtoglu

    Questions and Answers

    What is the ideal attitude expected from a believer before divine favors?
    A believer takes all the divine blessings he or she is honored with as an expression of God’s infinite Mercy. Our merits, gifts, and the favo

    Published April - June 2007 - Hikmet Isik