Issue 67

  • A Serendipitous November

    "Yes, we can," responded a few hundred thousand people in Chicago to the encouraging and hope-inspiring address of the new president-elect of the United States following the announcement of the election results. The American ele

    Published January - February 2009 - The Fountain

    Days of Depression and Our Atlas of Hope

    Today, almost everybody speaks about "material
    welfare and comfort," without seeing any values other
    than these, or rather without wanting to see them.

    Humanity has come up with many beautiful thing

    Published January - February 2009 - M. Fethullah Gulen

    Men, but not just any men!

    Men, but not just any men!

    If I had not actually seen them I would have said, it is mere fantasy, idle talk or imagination-a luminous shadow of the generation of the noble companions of the Prophet. Although it is under

    Published January - February 2009 - Farid al-ANSARI

    A New Model: Multiple Universes (MULTIVERSE)

    There are a number of critical points in the history of physics, which strives for a better understanding of the mysteries about the creation of the universe. We can classify all the viewpoints which aim to explain the universe as

    Published January - February 2009 - Salih Adem

    Once in the Heavens

    The murderer approached the couple he intended as his victims with a promising smile. He offered, "You know what? I have the secret of eternity; and it's your Lord Who is keeping you from becoming an angel and from being eterna

    Published January - February 2009 - Sermed Ogretim

    Muslim Contributions to Mathematics

    When we talk about Muslim contributions to mathematics we are usually referring to the years between 622 and 1600 ce. This was the golden era of Islam when it was influential both as a culture and religion, and was widespread from

    Published January - February 2009 - Shirali Kadyrov

    Memoirs of a Former Gossip

    What you are about to read is the diary of a former gossip who felt bad about her "uncontrollable" negative behavior and so tried to modify it. Those who suffer from similar problems, such as anxiety, smoking, drinking, unwanted

    Published January - February 2009 - Sumeyra Tosun

    From Genes to Proteins: A New Level of Complexity

    Newspapers frequently run articles reporting a study about a gene linked to some disease. Thanks to such wide media coverage, the word "gene" has become a household term for most of us. And, genetics, the study of genes, probabl

    Published January - February 2009 - Jason Newfoundland

    Ode no XXXI from Bang-i-D'rra

    Every object is at strife in the desire to "be"
    Churning in time, "the process of becoming"
    Every particle must sacrifice the ego to mill
    Listening to the call, enabling Divine Will
    Death in "itself" is t

    Published January - February 2009 - Muhammad Iqbal

    Raja (Hope or Expectation)

    For a Sufi, Raja means waiting for that which he or she wholeheartedly desires to come into existence, acceptance of good deeds, and forgiveness of sins. Hope or expectation, both based on the fact that the individual is solely re

    Published January - February 2009 - M. Fethullah Gulen


    As my brother-in-law had some health complaints such as palpitations, insomnia, irritability and excessive sweating, he asked me if I would accompany him to the doctor. As the doctor listened to and examined him, he began to suspe

    Published January - February 2009 - Irfan Sahin

    Fasting from the World

    The true fast is fasting with Prophet Adam! Walking with him in the desert of existence with the burning sand under one's feet, with the flame of love in one's heart, and the heat of search in one's chest, and the tears streami

    Published January - February 2009 - Rabia Christine Brodbeck

    Cryptography and Codes in Existence

    The confidentiality of information is vital for people, companies and countries. Cryptography develops methods of encoding and decoding information in order to protect it.

    Cryptography mainly aims to save information a

    Published January - February 2009 - Ahmet Isik

    Interfaith Dialogue and Alliance Principles in the Works of Said Nursi

    Said Nursi (d. 1960) was one of the pivotal Muslim scholars of the twentieth century who supported the idea of interfaith dialogue and alliance. He thought that in the face of the difficulties of the twentieth century in terms of

    Published January - February 2009 - Suleyman Eris

    It's Me Peter, your Pancreas!

    Peter, I am not so big as other organs like the liver, heart, and lungs; it is difficult to notice me most of the time. But whether we are large or small, no organ is superior to another; we are all just units of a perfectly creat

    Published January - February 2009 - Irfan Yilmaz

    Victory of the Spirit

    Q: What is the meaning of “victory” for a believer, and how is it realized?

    Human life in this world is a composite of two distinct powers, the spirit and the flesh. Although it is sometimes the case that the

    Published January - February 2009 - Hikmet Isik