Issue 76

  • The Inner System of Life

    The human model that has been fantasized in modern times is a heavily downgraded form of the “authorized version”. Under extreme interpretations of materialist philosophies, the human being has been perceived as an animal, wit

    Published July - August 2010 - The Fountain

    The Inner Dimension of Existence

    The inner dimension of existence, for those who are open to it, is never a fantasy, a dream, an illusion or a delirium, but instead a phenomenon and an inner system. It seems feasible only through such an inner dimension that the

    Published July - August 2010 - M. Fethullah Gulen

    Quantum Physics and Free Will

    Is life unpredictable? Do we choose our own thoughts or our own path through this life? Are we beings who truly have the free will to decide which path we will take or which choice we will make? Or do we

    Published July - August 2010 - Mustafa Tabanli

    Are You Pregnant with Yourself?

    Have you ever been pregnant? No matter your gender or age, you have been pregnant in your life! Even now, you may be pregnant. Do you wonder why? To learn the answer, we need to set out on an exploration. During our journey, we wi

    Published July - August 2010 - Sermed Ogretim

    Sounds in Nature and Journey to the Beginning

    If we seek solace and peace in the sounds of nature and in our houses of worship, what happens to us the rest of the time when we are bombarded by sound at every turn? It seems like no matter where we are these days, it is impossi

    Published July - August 2010 - Mustafa Tabanli

    Music of the Spheres

    Music is a moral law. It gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, a charm to sadness, gaiety and life to everything. It is the essence of order, and leads to all that is good, just and beauti

    Published July - August 2010 - Julie Ann Cunningham

    Medina Charter and Pluralism

    The clash of civilizations, cultures, tribes, and religions seems to be prevalent throughout all of history. At the same time, history reveals simultaneous conflict and efforts to resolve tensions and division

    Published July - August 2010 - Sean William White

    A Landscape of Beauty: the Alteration of Colors in Autumn

    Every autumn we find ourselves in the beauty of a variety of colors. A mixture of orange, red, yellow, and purple appears in the trees as the seasons change from summer to winter. That is when we all enjoy the colors of the autumn

    Published July - August 2010 - Abdullah Akpinar

    Good Nature (Khuluq)

    Good nature, in addition to meaning temperament, disposition, and character, is a goal to which a traveler aspires, for it is the most important dimension of creation. In brief, this station means that one is characterized (equipp

    Published July - August 2010 - M. Fethullah Gulen

    Keep Your Blood Pressure under Control

    Hypertension occurs when the force of blood in the veins rises higher than the normal level. So what are the blood pressure levels that indicate we may be suffering from hypertension? If the blood pressure level of a resting perso

    Published July - August 2010 - Hasan Gul

    The Influence of Islamic Art on M.C. Escher

    Although most of us do not remember or have not ever heard the name M.C. Escher, we are probably familiar with the world-famous illustration shown below:
    Figure 1: Drawing hands, 1948

    Maurits Co

    Published July - August 2010 - Fatih Gelgi


    Verily, in all this there are messages indeed for those who can read the signs.

    A conversation I had with my mother last November still haunts my dreams. My mom had been sick for several weeks with an unbeara

    Published July - August 2010 - Sevgi Zubeyde Gurbuz

    The Realm of Zeal

    Everything comes up roses in our sphere, rapture, zeal, and joy...
    So enraptured that
    We’re oblivious to spring and summer.

    The magical song of faith on our tongues,
    There’s a love like Majnun’s in

    Published July - August 2010 - M. Fethullah Gulen

    In the land of Yooks and Zooks

    What you are about to read is a review of a children’s book which had been banned from the shelves of the U.S. libraries during Cold War years. It opens with these peaceful panoramic lines:

    On the last day of summer <

    Published July - August 2010 - Mirkena Ozer

    Mother Tongue: The Language of Heart and Mind

    Today we are all witnessing an aspect of globalization which is the increasing movement of people from one country to another for different purposes, such as education, desire for a better life, the need for employment, escape fro

    Published July - August 2010 - Hurisa Guvercin

    It's me Peter, your Immune System!

    Peter! Let me tell you a basic, but important thing: in order to create a piece of art, you need to have great knowledge, will, and power, which will be manifested in that work of art. However, creating a work of art is not enough

    Published July - August 2010 - Irfan Yilmaz

    Method of Contemplation

    Question: There is a saying of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, to the effect: “One hour of contemplation is better than one year of supererogatory worship.” What is the method or path of contemplation?

    Published July - August 2010 - Hikmet Isik

    Synthetic life: hype or reality?

    Synthetic life: hype or reality?
    1- OrIgInal ArtIcle: GIbson, D.G. et al., Science Express (2010).

    A team of genome researchers at the J. Craig Venter Institute in the U.S recently announced that after alm

    Published July - August 2010 - The Fountain