Issue 84

  • Humanity: Our Unique Dimensions

    "I am a lowly creature" you say O man Only if you knew..." M. Akif The human is unique. We are self-conscious and can exercise self-control. Ironically, too many neglect this unique ability. How many individual

    Published November - December 2011 - M. Fethullah Gulen

    The Unsolved Mystery: Symmetric Growth

    The physical properties of our bodies are mostly determined during the embryonic stage. The development of this main structure continues until we are 16-18 years of age without losing its symmetry. It is amazing, for instance that

    Published November - December 2011 - Hamza Aydin

    Delay of Gratification and Spirituality

    We are living in a world in which everything changes very quickly; throughout the world immediacy rules. Industrial companies want to produce more goods in a shorter time and aim to deliver their goods as rapidly as possible; youn

    Published November - December 2011 - Zekeriya Ozsoy

    In Wonderland

    It was 3 o'clock in the morning. The rain outside beat on the windows and the loud thunder ripped through the night. A loud knock on the door startled the boy. All alone in the mansion, he was not really expecting anyone this

    Published November - December 2011 - Beste Nigar

    An Occasionalist Picture of the Universe

    When we watch a movie, we think that we see a continuous movement of an object. For instance, a car seems to be moving for a certain time. In other words, there is just one car which is moving. The reality is completely different.

    Published November - December 2011 - Nathan Ruler

    In the Gardens of Love you bloomed

    In the gardens of Love you bloomed Adoring to be free from this confined prison No longer will be imprisoned in stiff matter In the light, peace and rejoice you laid down Emerging into the embrace of the Divine Love

    Published November - December 2011 - Sevim Hancioglu

    Different Approaches to Interpersonal Conflict

    "...set things right (adjust all matters of difference) among yourselves to allow no discord..."1 Approximately three decades ago, the Camp David Accord was signed between Egypt and Israel. Israel's position was to

    Published November - December 2011 - Osman Senkaya

    Forgiveness: A Prophetic Example

    The compelling conditions of our time offer human society two paths to choose from. We will either continue past enmities and stereotypes, or we will learn how to live in peaceful coexistence. It is a world of global connectedness

    Published November - December 2011 - Fatih Harpci

    Earthquake Predictions Based on Best Available Science

    Human beings and many other living things inhabit Earth's outer crust. The crust is a brittle shell broken into major tectonic plates. These major plates are so large that they include continents as well as parts of the floor of

    Published November - December 2011 - Meryem Saygili

    Rida (Resignation) -2

    For ordinary people, resignation means not objecting to what God has willed for them. For those with a deeper spiritual knowledge of God, resignation means welcoming their individual destinies. For those who live a life of profoun

    Published November - December 2011 - M. Fethullah Gulen

    Hidden Danger in the Waters

    Everything-from the size of raindrops to the height of trees, the speed of wind and the food chain produced in the ocean-is controlled within a magnificent balance. However, due to the unlimited demands of humans, the earth's ecos

    Published November - December 2011 - Bahadir Can Gumussulu


    I was only a girl of nine years when I first witnessed Mom's nightmare. My dad had gone out of town, so I was happily sharing her bed. I woke up to Mom's restlessness. I was scared. Sweat drops on her forehead, anguish in her vo

    Published November - December 2011 - Mirkena Ozer

    The Freedom of Religion, the Concept of War, and Gulen

    Scholars have put forward varying ideas on the legitimacy of war in Islam. While there is consensus on the prevention of atrocity and self-defense, there are disputes on issues like preclusion from the freedom of teaching religion

    Published November - December 2011 - Ahmet Kurucan

    The Metaphysical versus the Modern Sense of the Idea of Infinite

    Although we speak casually of infinity and the infinite in our daily lives, the notion of infinite is perplexing and complex, worthy of much more attention and precision. Even in its modern mathematical sense, infinity keeps its p

    Published November - December 2011 - Ali Sebetci

    Talking Tolerance

    Tolerance is a curious word. It indicates an ability to bear up with a certain amount of variation or difference. Tolerance, we think, is a virtue to be attained. In dialogue, we see it as our ability to be free of bigotry. It sa

    Published November - December 2011 - Gertrud Mueller Nelson

    My Sadness

    It is as though my world is a blur I can't seem to make things make sense Nothing makes sense It's like a snow globe Shaken and stirred In comparison to the flakes Everything is disarray My mind is a mess I toss and I tu

    Published November - December 2011 - Barbara Koerth

    Quantum Worlds from Entanglement to Telepathy

    We live in a world in which our perceptions are based on our physical senses and the knowledge we gain through them. Our senses can react only to a limited number of inputs. For example, the human eyes cannot see through objects,

    Published November - December 2011 - Halil I. Demir

    Beware the Messenger! Misinformation in the Age of Globalization

    Chowdury Osman, a taxi driver in New York City, made himself a hero in February 2007 when he returned a black bag carrying 31 diamond rings to a passenger who left it in Mr. Osman's taxi's trunk. He was all over the news across

    Published November - December 2011 - Kaan Kerem

    Culture of Coexistence

    The Fountain is co-sponsoring an international conference in Abuja, Nigeria, November 18-19. The theme is "Establishing a Culture of Coexistence and Mutual Understanding: Exploring Fethullah Gülen's Thought and Action." The co

    Published November - December 2011 - The Fountain

    It's Me Peter, Your Blood

    Peter, normally you only see me when you have a cut on your skin and do not care much about me. I am a living tissue such as your bones, muscles, and nerves. My basic difference from other connective tissues is that I am dispersed

    Published November - December 2011 - Irfan Yilmaz

    Two Assurances and Two Fears

    Question: It is narrated in a Prophetic saying that God said the following: "I will not give my servant two fears or two assurances at the same time." Many of us live in comfortable and luxurious conditions, so what will our

    Published November - December 2011 - Hikmet Isik

    Immune system at training in the gut

    1- Immune system at training in the gut Microbes, in particular bacteria, are associated with many diseases, being the deadliest pathogens along with viruses. But, this doesn't mean that all bacteria are harmful. Indeed,

    Published November - December 2011 - The Fountain