Issue 82

  • The Truth, Rights, and More

    The Truth is one of the beautiful of names of the Divine, al-Haqq, which is linguistically both an infinitive and an adjective. Some of the meanings that flash through from the shade of the Truth are an immutable reality whose exi

    Published July - August 2011 - M. Fethullah Gulen


    A documentary released in June depicted an assisted suicide. The man on the show was a millionaire, and sitting next to him was his wife as he drank the poison given to him by a doctor. Although the man signed a document beforehan

    Published July - August 2011 - The Fountain

    Fasting on Ramadan and Yom Kippur

    I am a Reform rabbi who has been studying Islam for more than 50 years. Reform Judaism is the largest branch of the three major denominations of Jews in America. I think it is vitally important for our generation to understand how

    Published July - August 2011 - Allen S. Maller

    Civic Service Without Borders

    The Gulen Movement: Civic Service without Borders
    Muhammed Çetin
    New York: Blue Dome Press, 2009
    ISBN: 978-1-935295-08-2
    Hardcover, US$ 18.95
    400 pages

    Anwar Alam

    Professor and Direc

    Published July - August 2011 - Anwar Alam

    Functional Art in the Nucleus: DNA

    Volumes of books and hundreds of articles have been published about the structure and functions of DNA, since the day two renowned scientists from Cold Spring Harbor laboratories, who would later win the Nobel Prize, described the

    Published July - August 2011 - Cagri Sakalar

    Big Germination

    It was one of those chilly but lively mornings of spring. Everything was as expected: creeks were flowing, birds were flying, insects were waking up to a new life, and trees in the forest were silently but constantly growing. The

    Published July - August 2011 - Sermed Ogretim

    The Anchoring Effect How Our Prior Knowledge Affects Our Perception

    Evaluations and decisions play an important role in our social life. As we want our evaluations to be accurate and decisions to be fair, so we also want the evaluations of others about us to be accurate and their decisions about

    Published July - August 2011 - Y. Alp Aslandogan

    Rebuilding the Heart: Regeneration

    Regeneration is the ability to restore and renew lost or damaged tissues or organs. The body is equipped with several strategies to regenerate, including the rearrangement of pre-existing tissue, the activation of resident stem ce

    Published July - August 2011 - Ali Fethi Toprak

    At God's Door: A New Life

    Going over it in her mind, she had to admit that George was probably right—she shouldn’t have this baby because she had no means to provide for its livelihood. Here she was, sitting on the floor in her childhood bedroom, s

    Published July - August 2011 - Mary Lahaj

    Sabr (Patience)

    Sabr literally means enduring, bearing, and resisting pain; suffering and difficulty; and dealing calmly with problems. In more general terms it means patience, which is one of the most important actions of the heart mentioned in

    Published July - August 2011 - M. Fethullah Gulen

    It's Not So Futile After All!

    Have you ever taken apart an electronic device in order to fix it? If so, you’ll recall that sometimes, when you reassemble the device completely, one screw or piece remains in your hand and you don’t know where it sho

    Published July - August 2011 - Frank Merchant

    Islamic Relations with Jews and Christians

    The Qur’an expresses a range of positive and negative attitudes toward Jews and Christians. The doctrine found in these verses dictates how the Qur’anic law requires Muslims to treat Jews and Christians. This essay exa

    Published July - August 2011 - Kara Potter

    Resurrection Plants

    Tulips, sunflowers, roses, lilies, carnations, daisies, peas, eggplants, apple trees, and even bouquets of cut flowers for a loved one need water to survive. Water is vital to plant for its growth, development, and productivity. P

    Published July - August 2011 - Safiye Arslan

    The Fountain: Metaphor and Magazine

    I read The Fountain as a Christian. Consequently, the magazine’s title is a rich metaphor. For Christians, a Fountain points to God as our Source, as “Living Waters.” That Source also can dissolve our petty atta

    Published July - August 2011 - Jon Pahl

    The Great Questions of Existence

    Throughout the ages, human beings have yearned to know how the universe came to exist and what role we play in this vast world with its limitations of space and time. It has been said that the discipline of science deals with how

    Published July - August 2011 - Nuri Delen

    It's me Peter, your liver!

    Dear Peter, as one of your organs of vital importance, I have a couple of words to say to you. I do not make any noise like the heart or stomach. Neither do I produce electric waves like the brain. Therefore you don’t even r

    Published July - August 2011 - Irfan Yilmaz

    Summer Evening Breeze

    We endure the heat, and
    we wait. The sun steady
    in its track. Vicissitudes
    of light, shadows thinning,
    growing long. We endure
    and wait. Salvation in
    the hour before the hour
    before dusk. The se

    Published July - August 2011 - Justin Pahl

    Writing of Our Worries

    1- Writing of Our Worries
    Original Article: Ramirez G. et al., Science 331, 211 (2011).
    We have had to deal with tests and exams in academic and professional life from childhood on. Though we are motivated to per

    Published July - August 2011 - The Fountain

    Using Abilities On The Path Of God

    Question: How can we make use of the abilities God has given us in the service of faith? Do we fulfill our responsibility with financial assistance only?

    Every blessing of God is an opportunity given to human bein

    Published July - August 2011 - Hikmet Isik

    The Life and Journey of a Leaf

    I was created as a small bud on the dry branch of a huge oak tree. The oak tree is a great entity that protects me from being stepped on or eaten by animals. I serve life in many ways: I provide shade and privacy for nests and hom

    Published July - August 2011 - Sebnem Unlu