Issue 86

  • The Great Ocean of Truth

    "I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whils

    Published March - April 2012 - The Fountain

    Love for Truth

    Truth means the essence and reality of a thing. It is to know clearly what a thing is, what it means, and what it signifies beyond its appearance and cognition. What is the essence and reality of the human being, the universe, and

    Published March - April 2012 - M. Fethullah Gulen

    Guarding Queens of the Cellular Strongholds

    Cells are the main building blocks of living organisms. Our body is composed of average one hundred trillion cells. We undergo continuous replenishment by a special reservoir of cells called stem cells. Stem cells are crucial for

    Published March - April 2012 - Ali Fethi Toprak

    Quest to Solve the Mystery of Life

    The quest to solve the mystery of life seems to be continuing. Where did we come from? What’s matter and what’s beyond it? Where and how did life originate? What about Adam and Eve of other organisms? Obviously, we were not al

    Published March - April 2012 - Ali Fethi Toprak

    Compatibility of Modern Psychology and Muslims

    "Surely God changes not the conditions of a people, unless they change what is with their selves." Qur'an (13:11)

    In the twentieth century, like other religious communities around the world, Muslims had to come to a res

    Published March - April 2012 - Sumeyra Tosun

    Story in Progress

    Every year, 12 to 25 million people attempt suicide worldwide, and 1 million of them achieve what they are aiming. That means that every 30 seconds, one person is dying by suicide on our planet. Be it a child, an elderly, or an ad

    Published March - April 2012 - Sermed Ogretim

    Can Spirituality Help Recover From Cancer?

    Dr. Jean Kristeller is Professor of Psychology and the Director of the Center for the Study of Health, Religion, and Spirituality at Indiana State University.
    She has conducted research on the psychology of meditation for ove

    Published March - April 2012 - Mustafa Tabanli

    Character Education for Academic Achievement

    This article explores whether character education has an impact on preventing school violence through the virtues that it provides, and whether character education influences the achievement of children in schools. Character educ

    Published March - April 2012 - Namik Top

    Rumi: Faith, Knowledge, Reason, and Love

    During a trip to Turkey in the summer of 2009, I had an opportunity to visit the tomb of the 13th century Sufi mystic and prolific author, Mawlana Jalal al-Din al-Rumi, known more commonly as Rumi (1207-1273). He was a contemporar

    Published March - April 2012 - Donald Casey

    Another Side to Water

    Water plays a crucial role in maintaining the balance between life and death on Earth. It can either instigate health, or be a deadly disease vector (Govender, Barnes and Pieper 2011). Although the effects of water on human health

    Published March - April 2012 - Ceyda Sablak

    Qast and Azm (Decision And Resolution)

    Qast means confidence, determination, choosing, and advancing straight toward a destination, thinking and reasoning moderately and deliberately, and living a moderate and balanced life. For Sufis, this term represents an initiate

    Published March - April 2012 - M. Fethullah Gulen

    Abu Bakr: An Epitome of Truthfulness

    Arabia ... a desert as huge as almost three thousand square kilometers. A desert, but one from which humanity souls have been revivified repeatedly over the course of history, from Adam to Abraham, and to Muhammad, peace be upon t

    Published March - April 2012 - Harun Gultekin

    For the Sake of Autism...

    The courtyard vibrated at the sound of the school bell. Immediately the playground burst into life as children began to stream out of the classrooms and into the warmth of the afternoon. Like kittens released from a cage, they b

    Published March - April 2012 - Kimberly Parker

    Divergent Thinking and the Religious Texts: The Case of Islam

    The concept of divergent thinking was first mentioned by prominent psychologist J. P. Guilford (1950), who defined it as "thinking in multiple ways." Divergent thinking has been regarded as one of the most important components of

    Published March - April 2012 - Zekeriya Ozsoy

    Liberating Theology from Alphabetic Writing's Reductionistic Reign

    The words on this page are squiggly black ink pressed onto white paper. You could run your fingertips across these letters and feel their slick texture, but the ink you touch as you read is separate from the keys I click as I writ

    Published March - April 2012 - Jonathan Camery-hoggatt

    Our Sole Duty Is to Communicate the Truth

    Question: Given that God may cause us to act as a means for guidance of people to truth, will we be held responsible because of failure to convey the truth? What will be their responsibility in this regard?

    There are t

    Published March - April 2012 - Hikmet Isik

    Impressive Design and Strength of Spider Silk's Web

    1- Impressive Design and Strength of Spider Silk's Web
    Original Article: Cranford, S.W. et al., Nature 482, 72 (2012).
    Spider silk has been a symbol of durability and strength, but the role the design of a web pla

    Published March - April 2012 - The Fountain

    The Best of Creation

    In a harsh, corrupt and unforgiving land,
    came a mercy and salvation.
    Warring tribes and fierce factions,
    he united into one nation.
    And to the women at the bottom of the tribal castes,
    he brought liberati

    Published March - April 2012 - Orhan Kaba

    Time to Say New Things

    How good it is to migrate every day!
    How beautiful it is to stop somewhere every day!
    How nice it is to flow without freezing and getting muddy!
    What word that belongs to yesterday,
    Is gone, my loved one, with

    Published March - April 2012 - Jalal ud-Din Rumi