Issue 87

  • Universality of Diversity

    One good thing about having a smart phone is that they have this fascinating application that locates where you take pictures on the world map. My map is dotted with locations I have recently visited in the Far East, South-East As

    Published May - June 2012 - The Fountain

    What It Means to Be Human

    My friend, shut the doors of your feelings, thoughts, and heart against every kind of evil as long as you exist. Always seek the best, the most beautiful, and the most right as prescribed by the Most Truthful. Brush away all of th

    Published May - June 2012 - M. Fethullah Gulen

    Food Safety and Preventing Food Terrorism

    Foodborne illnesses are more common than we realize. There are approximately 76 million illnesses, 325,000 hospitalizations, and 5,000 deaths every year due to naturally occurring foodborne illnesses in the United States (CDC 2007

    Published May - June 2012 - Hayriye Cetin Karaca

    Poor Memory and Its Causes

    Memory is one of the purposes of the brain, and it is described as the ability to protect acquired information consciously and connect it with the past (Mayda, 2010). Having a good memory is a crucial ability in everyone's life. W

    Published May - June 2012 - Hakan Coruh


    His name was Abdyl. Everybody I knew called him Dyli. The only other Dyli in our small town worked as a porter, who rode his horse-led carriage in dirty clothes and an unshaved face. On the other hand Abdyl was an elegant teacher

    Published May - June 2012 - Mirkena Ozer

    Is the World Turning for Nothing?

    In old times, ships that set out for long journeys could not reach their exact destination in spite of keeping a steady course. It was because the captains who did their best to reach the correct destination, were making a then-un

    Published May - June 2012 - Cendel Tuna

    Gifted Education: A Dilemma

    The education of gifted individuals has long been ignored, for several reasons. Some have argued that gifted individuals are already faring well even without receiving specialized services. While others have objected to the idea

    Published May - June 2012 - Zekeriya Ozsoy

    Love in Sufi Poetry

    The enduring resonance of the poetry of thirteenth-century Islamic poet, Mevlana Jalal al-Din Rumi, extends across cultures and through the centuries of time. Perhaps, the popularity of Rumi could be attributed to the profusion of

    Published May - June 2012 - Matthew Kelly

    Everything Has a Sacred Quality

    Heidi Hadsell, Ph.D., is President of Hartford Seminary and Professor of Social Ethics. She has a deep commitment to interfaith dialogue and engagement, believing that in today's religiously plural world, it is essential to unders

    Published May - June 2012 - Mustafa Tabanli

    Irada, Murid, and Murad (Will, the Willing One, and the Willed One)

    Irada (will) is the mental power by which a person can direct his or her thoughts and actions and makes a choice between alternatives. Will has been defined by those living a spiritual life as overcoming carnal desires, resisting

    Published May - June 2012 - M. Fethullah Gulen

    Captain Bell's Rescue

    "Captain Bell, there's something burning in the distance...take a look." "Lieutenant, they're stranded Vietnamese boat people and there are some dead bodies in the water around them." "Captain, we've been given strict orders not

    Published May - June 2012 - Ha-Thanh Nguyen

    Beauty in the Sky

    It was a shiny, blue sky when I heard the sound that cut through my head, and nailed me in place. I looked at where it was coming from, but I could not see anything. No matter how much I tried to follow it, it constantly escaped m

    Published May - June 2012 - Sermed Ogretim

    The Golden Ones

    Overflowing with eternal inspirations
    In company of al Khadr, plunging into secrets

    Brilliant young people with countenances of gold
    Surrounded by descending sparkling lights

    Enraptured with the hea

    Published May - June 2012 - M. Fethullah Gulen

    The Suitability of Food to the Digestion System

    Nourishment lies at the center of the lives of animate creatures. The continuation of life is bound to sustenance and then the healthy functioning of digestion organs that turn food into a usable state for living creatures. Differ

    Published May - June 2012 - Muhammed Emin

    Perfection in the Physique of Birds

    With bodies heavy for flying and light for diving into the water, birds push the limits of their physique. Let's take a close look at the artistry displayed in birds, which amaze thinking people with their wonderful flying techniq

    Published May - June 2012 - Muhammet Mertek

    Did al-Ghazali Kill the Science in Islam?

    It is a widespread belief among orientalists that one of the major factors, if not the single most important reason, for the decline of science in the Islamic world after its golden age is al-Ghazali's (1058-1111) attack on philos

    Published May - June 2012 - Nuh Aydin

    The Means of Detecting Potential Errors and Sins

    Question: If a person's self recognition of errors or sins is the first step to the path of perfection, how do you advise us to actually detect these mistakes?

    All the errors, offences and sins committed by humans vary

    Published May - June 2012 - Hikmet Isik

    Early exposure to microbes shows benefit that is life long

    1- Early exposure to microbes shows benefit that is life long
    Original article: Olzsak T. et al, Science (2012, epub ahead of print)

    It has been known by epidemiologists that people who grew up in farms are less l

    Published May - June 2012 - The Fountain

    Will You Hold My Hand Please?

    Anne-Mette Harder is a Danish Nurse. There is one important thing which makes her different from her other colleagues: she keeps company with the old people who are waiting to die. Most of the old people waiting for their death at

    Published May - June 2012 - Hasan Cucuk