Issue 62

  • How Swift Our Minutes Pass!

    Great God, how frail a thing is man!
    How swift his minutes pass!
    His age contracts within a span;
    He blooms and dies like grass.


    Time is ticking “swiftly” away, consuming the “minutes” t

    Published March - April 2008 - The Fountain

    The Souls Besieged by a Life of Transience

    Those who perceive the world solely in terms of its transitory face and physical constraints can be seen, in spite of the breadth of the human conscience, to have darkened their lives by having chosen to spend it in a dungeon. Whe

    Published March - April 2008 - M. Fethullah Gulen

    Water: The Molecule of Life

    The sustenance of all known life-forms relies heavily on water, and almost all living things are mostly composed of water. The chemistry of biological reactions is based on water, which renders conditions suitable for living thing

    Published March - April 2008 - Bill Sayoran

    Understanding Today's Schools with Chaos Theory

    Today’s schools are more complex systems than the one-room schools of the past. However, most of the beliefs and expectations about schools today still remain the same as they were in the olden days. In the one-room schools of o

    Published March - April 2008 - Aydin Kara

    A Reform Rabbi Learns from Muhammad

    All Muslims know that the Qur’an often refers to the “people of the book” and their prophets. In addition, there are dozens of hadiths, sayings of the Prophet of Islam, that speak about Jews and Christians. The hadiths that

    Published March - April 2008 - Allen S. Maller

    Heroes of Compassion

    Once there were model men
    Roaming in our shining civilization.
    They breathed life into lost souls,
    We called them heroes of compassion.

    How we have missed you, waiting,
    O heroes of compassion, alight

    Published March - April 2008 - Mehmet Ozalp

    Economic Development via Human Development

    Think about two South African children born on the same day in 2000: Nthabiseng and Pieter. Nthabiseng is born to a black family with no formal education about 400 miles away from Cape Town in a rural area. She has 7.2 percent cha

    Published March - April 2008 - A. Kadir Yildirim

    Curative Cherries

    Fruits of various kinds in abundance, such as dates in sheathed clusters, bananas piled one above another, grapes, olives, figs, pomegranates, and cherries with their abundant blossom and fruit, are mentioned in the Qur’an. Amon

    Published March - April 2008 - M. Ali Kaslioglu

    A Personal Pilgrimage

    “If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must man be of learning from experience.” These words, spoken by George Bernard Shaw, didn’t phase me as I walked into my World History class my so

    Published March - April 2008 - Ashley Hatchett

    From the Spider's Web

    Hello dear humankind,

    Many of you are frightened of us. You have even invented a disease called “Arachnophobia” (fear of spider). On the contrary, I do not inflict any harm on you, but rather help tidy up nature by

    Published March - April 2008 - Irfan Yilmaz

    Hal and Maqam (State and Station)

    Hal (state) denotes experiencing in one’s inner world the “breaths” blowing from the realms beyond the world, and feeling the difference between the “night” and “day,” as well as the “evening” and “morning,”

    Published March - April 2008 - M. Fethullah Gulen

    Belief in God: A Matter of Life and Death

    Odd as such a question might sound, do you think God is still alive in the twenty-first century? Do we need Him? Is He still our “ultimate concern” as Tillich argued, or have we, as the human species, lost God in the woods du

    Published March - April 2008 - Sophia Gallant

    Tissue Engineering; Towards Spare Human Parts

    Everyday, thousands of people from all age groups are treated for organ malfunction. Many of these patients require organ transplants; however, there is a long waiting list for people looking for organ donors. Recently, tissue eng

    Published March - April 2008 - Mustafa Guler

    In Search of Freedom

    Throughout the ages, people have given different meanings to freedom. Every scholar has defined it in their own way according to their own thinking. At times, the concept of freedom has served as a tool to justify particular cause

    Published March - April 2008 - Ozgur Cagla

    Miraculous Carrier in Blood: Hemoglobin

    By means of rapid and astonishing advances in science and technology, every day we witness amazing discoveries related to the mechanisms in the human body. Have you ever thought that your heart beats about 100,000 times a day to p

    Published March - April 2008 - Ibrahim Yildiz

    The Place of Tolerance in Islam

    In the aftermath of September 11, Islam’s relation to violence and tolerance have been widely discussed. The critics have generally tried to produce a monolithic image of Islam, which is isolated from diverse and dynamic human e

    Published March - April 2008 - Ugur Kuru

    Sheikh Galib and His Definition of Divine Love

    Galib’s master work Hüsn ü Ask ("Beauty and Love") is viewed as one of the most distinguished works of Turkish Literature. It is known for its perfect presentations of symbols and characters with which he tells the stor

    Published March - April 2008 - Ahmet D. Bahadir

    A Brief Introduction to the Noble Qur'an

    Islam is a fast growing religion in the West. For the last few decades, there has been growing curiosity about the Qur’an, the holy book of Muslims, among non-Muslims. Yet, there is significant confusion and misinterpretation su

    Published March - April 2008 - Joseph Clay

    Human Rights and Islam

    Question: What is the Islamic stance on human rights? How does Islam regard the killing of a person?

    Islam is a universal religion, and the significance it gives to rights is inclusive of all creation. The comprehensive

    Published March - April 2008 - Hikmet Isik