Issue 68

  • "WIN"-Win for All With Dialogue

    A win-win scenario, or game, describes a situation where the two parties involved manage to devise an action plan in a way that is beneficial for both. In interfaith dialogue, however, there are more than two parties and the outco

    Published March - April 2009 - The Fountain

    Towards Spelling Out Our Own Line of Thought

    In the past, “Islam” used to come into our people’s minds first as far as “religion” was concerned, and it would resonate with wonder in their conscience. Above all, Islam had left on sound-thinking souls a deep and powe

    Published March - April 2009 - M. Fethullah Gulen

    The Trembling Sun

    In 1962 a group of researchers discovered that the sun oscillated backwards and forwards once every five minutes. As research progressed it was determined that as some sections of the sun were coming closer, other sections were re

    Published March - April 2009 - Kadir Can

    The Dancing Pen

    No one knows dancing like him. Swirl, lift, dip. The routine continues. Swirl, lift, dip.
    This is what Osman Sahin does to relax. Dance. But he is no choreographer, he is a calligrapher-one who has mastered the art of Classi

    Published March - April 2009 - Ayse Meva Nur

    The Holy Qur'an and Dirac's Theory of Pairs

    Paul Dirac (1902–1984), one of Newton’s successors to the Lucasian Chair of Mathematics at Cambridge, was one of the greatest physicists of the twentieth century and his work is one of the monuments of modern physical theory (

    Published March - April 2009 - Sultan Bashir Mahmood

    Dialogue in Central Eurasia

    Central Eurasia is characterized by historians as one of the most diverse places on the face of the earth, with its distinct and colorful characteristics. For centuries this geographical region has been at the crossroads of contin

    Published March - April 2009 - Zhandos Utegulov

    Tiny, With A Great Mission: Seeds and Bees

    Plants sustain the continuity of their species through generative reproduction either with seeds or through vegetative reproduction that uses suckers, bulbs, or tubers. We can observe these methods of reproduction in nature, but w

    Published March - April 2009 - Mahmut Veziroglu

    Will and Balance in Nourishment

    Once, Shaykh ‘Abdul-Qadir al-Jilani, one of the greatest poles of spirituality, may God sanctify his holiness, had a pupil who was the only child of an old, anxious woman. That respected woman went to visit her son only to f

    Published March - April 2009 - Omer Arifagaoglu

    Holy Migration

    Most human beings feel a strong loyalty to the place of their birth. Sometimes this loyalty can be transferred to another place, but there are few people who do not treasure some place they consider “home.” This sense of belon

    Published March - April 2009 - Robert Lentz


    To the soul of Yunus

    Once the heart has found You,
    Would it ever remember another?
    Once it has burned in Your fire,
    Would it ever burn in another?

    Only those who have found You

    Published March - April 2009 - M. Fethullah Gulen

    Zuhd (Asceticism)

    Zuhd, which literally means renouncing worldly pleasures and resisting carnal desires, is defined by Sufis as indifference to worldly appetites, living an austere life, choosing to refrain from sin in fear of God, and despising th

    Published March - April 2009 - M. Fethullah Gulen

    A Miraculous Mechanism: DNA Repair

    We live in a world full of technological devices, instruments and machines. Even if we buy them from good retailers, our cars we use to commute, or our CD-players and nowadays the mp3-players we use to listen to music one da

    Published March - April 2009 - Hasan Altinbasak

    A Special Blessing: The Story of WIN

    There are blessings all around us, of course, but what follows is my account of an unexpected blessing--a wondrous surprise if you will--which came at a time when I needed to experience the presence of God in a new way.
    In t

    Published March - April 2009 - M. Louise Row

    The Education of Gifted Children

    Humans are created with different levels of ability. A person who is talented in one specific field may not necessarily be as capable in other areas, and individuals who have natural ability in the same field do not necessarily ha

    Published March - April 2009 - Hayati Tarhan

    In an Author's Mind

    Rational, Romantic, and Regular were three roommates. They were all new writers with splendid ambitions. They all dreamt of displaying the best of their talents one day. For this, they had different styles and writing strategies.

    Published March - April 2009 - Sermed Ogretim

    Unity, Diversity, and Dialogue: A Jewish Perspective

    While the appeal of the “dialogue of civilizations” is on the rise, its sources, functions, and consequence cause controversy within and between faith communities. Amidst these controversies, some religious leaders have attemp

    Published March - April 2009 - Turan Kayaoglu

    It's us, Peter, your Eyes!

    Dear Peter, the organs entrusted to you by the Creator have been describing themselves to you for quite a while now. As you have probably realized, our friends the heart, stomach, intestine, lungs and pancreas are all the display

    Published March - April 2009 - Irfan Yilmaz

    How do we distinguish between the desire to emulate and envy?

    How do we distinguish between the desire to emulate and envy? What are your thoughts regarding the charities and alms given away openly by some leading people in good work in order to inspire others and stimulate their feeling

    Published March - April 2009 - Hikmet Isik