Issue 72

  • Home

    Home is special for everyone. For many, it is where they were born and raised. For others it is where they earn their living. For yet others it is a combination of both. Many emigrate to other lands in search of prosperity, or at

    Published November - December 2009 - The Fountain

    Our World and Its Inherently Exquisite Mystery

    Despite blurred realities, many fair-minded thinkers still regard our “world” as a center of attraction. Personally, it would not be an exaggeration to say that this “world,” with its four seasons, night and day, climate a

    Published November - December 2009 - M. Fethullah Gulen

    Dynamic Programs in Cells

    The molecular and genetic diversity in the environmental adaptation mechanisms found in the cells of living beings establishes the ground for fundamental changes in our knowledge about the cell and the sustainability of life. Scie

    Published November - December 2009 - Hamza Aydin

    Dawkins' Delusion

    Many articles and books have been published to refute Dawkins’ opinions, but most of them focus merely on defending the author’s own religion or sect of religion. I would like to take a different approach: pass Dawkins’s

    Published November - December 2009 - Bayram Yenikaya

    Social Reform and Fethullah Gulen: the Cairo Perspective

    In Egypt the impression of Turkey in recent times has been shaped by the fantastic goal the soccer player Hasan sas scored against Brazil in the 2002 World Cup. “Yavas yavas Hasan sas” is the first thing an Egyptian says when

    Published November - December 2009 - Hakan Yesilova


    Maria Rosa Menocal (2002) argues that Al-Andalus (711–1492) was a “utopian-like” society in which Jews and Muslims lived side by side in peace and cooperation in what is now Spain. This view has been criticized by others, w

    Published November - December 2009 - Murat Yukseldi

    The Heart of a Child

    Caught in a child’s hand,
    the seashell becomes treasure,
    a catalyst of daydreams. Tunes
    hummed by innocence reach
    the seagull nearby who gives up
    flight to breathe in this fresh air.
    An air that on

    Published November - December 2009 - Jon Schuck

    An Epic from the Epoch of Qur'an and Epical Deeds

    I was on my journey to Hajj. Travelling through the lands of Iraq and Syria, I came across an old woman all on her own. I greeted her and she answered me with the verse, “Peace! is the word from the Lord All-Compassionate” (Ya

    Published November - December 2009 - Abdullah Bin Mubarak

    Steadiness in the Language of Mathematics

    Many people think that walking two meters is easy, as the interval between the start and the finish is so small. Anyone who can walk half a meter with every step can cover this distance in four steps, and anyone who can walk a qua

    Published November - December 2009 - O. Faruk Gulduren

    Ebru or Water Marbling

    After the “Sacred Word” was expressed in writing, it met with the refined taste in art. As a result of this meeting, some arts such as ebru, tezhip or illumination, and binding came into being. Reaching maturity in the sixteen

    Published November - December 2009 - Dr. Musa Saracoglu


    Muraqaba has been defined as watching, supervising, controlling, and living in the consciousness of being controlled (by God). Sufis take this further, by defining it as setting one’s heart solely on God, abandoning any attachme

    Published November - December 2009 - M. Fethullah Gulen

    Honoring Our Parents

    Our parents are the people who provide the most care for us in this world. Unfortunately, most of us often fail to show them the respect they deserve. There are many days set aside in societies to honor and appreciate parents; Fat

    Published November - December 2009 - Fatih Harpci


    Every day we boil water in our homes for tea, cooking and various other reasons, and during the summer months we usually ensure that there is a constant supply of cold water in the fridge. While some of us can drink cold water dir

    Published November - December 2009 - Cendel Tuna

    The Islamic Conceptualization of the Sciences

    We believe it is not emphasized today as much as it should be that traditional conceptualizations of sciences, whether Islamic or not, were very different from the way modern sciences are currently conceptualized. Most of us assum

    Published November - December 2009 - Ali Sebetci


    Maryam, or Mary, is the only woman mentioned by name in the Holy Qur’an. She is mentioned in twelve chapters of the Qur’an, a total of thirty-four times. But even more important than the number of times her name is used is the

    Published November - December 2009 - Ahmet Cetinkaya

    Physiological Prevention of Cancer

    The fine balance and order seen in living beings provides us with clues and directions as to which behavior is most appropriate. Socially acceptable behavior may differ from one culture to another; however, there are universal pri

    Published November - December 2009 - Sebnem Unlu

    Schooling Islam

    Moroccan preschoolers acquiring the basics of reading, writing and Qur’an memorization in state-funded kuttabs… Turkish high school students meeting with mentors in private homes after school to prepare fo

    Published November - December 2009 - Jeannette Okur

    It's me Peter, your Skin!

    Peter! For some time now you have been hearing from the organs in your body who have been telling you about themselves, their importance, and about how miraculously they have been created. However, their main

    Published November - December 2009 - Irfan Yilmaz

    Desire To Retreat

    This transient material world attracts us greatly with the kind of life it imposes upon us, the many opportunities it presents, and its overwhelming daily engagements. As a reaction to these attractions, one may feel inclined

    Published November - December 2009 - Hikmet Isik