Fountain Archive

Issue 122 (March - April 2018)
The Fountain
93

Science square (Issue 122)

Largest population of “rare penguins” discovered in Antarctica Borowicz et al. Multi-modal survey of Adélie penguin mega-colonies reveals the Danger Islands as a seabird hotspot. Scientific Reports, ... read more..

Issue 122 (March - April 2018)
The Fountain
180

“If Only…”

Question: Is it possible to live a life without regrets? What needs to be done to live a life free from pangs of conscience? Answer: If believers do not want to contaminate their lives in this world ... read more..

Issue 122 (March - April 2018)
M. Tarik Ozgur
178

The Psychology of Kneeling

Many of us are aware of the controversy surrounding a group of NFL (National Football League) players in the United States who refused to stand during the national anthem. Instead, they chose to kneel... read more..

Issue 122 (March - April 2018)
Rumeysa Yazar
91

Collecting Water from Droplets of Fog

Creatures who survive and thrive in the desert have many fascinating characteristics. Just like the cactus, which has a water storage system made up of fluffy hair, the beetles which call the desert h... read more..

Issue 122 (March - April 2018)
M. Fethullah Gulen
178

Make Us Be with Your Love

I’m poorly-loving, lazily-longing; Render me worthy of your loving. Throw a coal, burn me with desire! So my horizons light up with fire. You were near, I was afar, The form, I thought, was enough fo... read more..

Issue 122 (March - April 2018)
The Fountain
202

Many Values of Islam Live in the West but are Challenged in Muslim Lands

Interview with Jihad Turk Bayan Claremont is one of the few institutions offering graduate degree in Islamic studies in the United States. Operating as a division of the Claremont School of Theolog... read more..

Issue 122 (March - April 2018)
Ertugrul Selcuklu
78

Squirrels – Neighbors with Long Tails

As ordinary as they look, squirrels are in fact wondrous creatures and their tail is exceptionally useful. Plenty of animals have distinctive features, such as an elephant’s trunk or a kangaroo’s pou... read more..

Issue 122 (March - April 2018)
M. Fethullah Gulen
174

Safa (Purity)

Safa, in the language of Islamic Sufism, signifies the state of a heart at peace because it has been purified of all kinds of things that contaminate it, such as sin, feelings of ven­geance, jealousy,... read more..

Issue 122 (March - April 2018)
Cuneyt Unsal
156

Joseph Effect and Stock Prices

“And the king said one day: ‘I saw in a dream seven fat cows being devoured by seven lean ones, and seven green spikes of grain and another (seven) dry.’” (Qur’an: 12:43) In perfect capital markets, ... read more..

Issue 122 (March - April 2018)
Rabbi Paul Jacobson
176

Alliance of Virtue for the Common Good

Between February 5 and February 7, I had an opportunity to join approximately 400 other faith leaders at a conference in Washington, D.C. entitled "Alliance of Virtue for the Common Good." The organiz... read more..

Issue 122 (March - April 2018)
Sadiq Ansari
89

Welcoming

As an Australian citizen who has been enriched by the years of interfaith engagement in his local Sydney community, I immediately accepted an invitation to attend my first interfaith gathering after l... read more..

Issue 122 (March - April 2018)
Hakan Yesilova
181

We Are Firefighters - “We Are Not Asking Who Started the Fire”

The city of Kaolack in Senegal is a major destination in Africa for those seeking a spiritual path. Inspired by the mystical teachings of the Tijani order, hundreds of thousands of followers come to K... read more..

Issue 122 (March - April 2018)
Atif Yorulmaz
177

The Life Spans of Plants

Why do plants live such long lives? And could the cure to many illnesses be found in their secrets? One of the underlying reasons behind research into the life spans of living things is that research... read more..

Issue 122 (March - April 2018)
Stanley Ridge
240

Entering into the Risk of Real Dialogue

In memory of Stanley Ridge Prof. Stanley Ridge, the former Vice Rector of the University of the Western Cape in South Africa, was a former writer for The Fountain. He was not only an accomplished a read more..

Issue 122 (March - April 2018)
Kadir Firtina
187

The Giant Tube Worm: The Hidden Paradise in the Darkness of the Ocean

An important exploration was carried out in 1977 that extended into the darkness of the ocean. The awe-inspiring scenes the researchers stumbled upon upset their long-held beliefs. 320 km east of the ... read more..

Issue 122 (March - April 2018)
M. Fethullah Gulen
192

Chaos, Trial and Hope

Today events are being evaluated only in respect to their appearances; there is constant fear, worry, anxiety, and a chilling uncertainty about everything that happens. Intentions are extremely dark, ... read more..

Issue 122 (March - April 2018)
The Fountain
91

Editorial - Unified Identity

Religion is one of the many factors that we define ourselves with. While many people around the world express frustration with organized religion, or feel distant to the idea of a merciful God, religi... read more..

Issue 121 (January - February 2018)
The Fountain
255

Time Moves On

Time moves on – and it moves really fast! Busy with day-to-day affairs, many of us live for short-term objectives; the finer details of life become less significant. In this issue, “The Counc... read more..

Issue 121 (January - February 2018)
M. Fethullah Gulen
277

To Remain Fresh and Strive for Renewal

Relying upon the air, sun, water, and soil, a seed sprouts and eventually becomes a bud. Soon, this bud has become a full plant with grain-bearing ears. And when the appointed time is up, they bend... read more..

Issue 121 (January - February 2018)
Safiye Arslan
255

Mmm, Mmm, Popcorn!

Who doesn't love popcorn! Eating popcorn is fun for everybody especially for kids. James Hörner’s [1] poem below might express feelings of Americans for popcorn that they consume 16 billion q... read more..

Issue 121 (January - February 2018)
Phyllis Robinson
226

Education: Reconstructing Norms and Empowering Dialogue

“…all cultures are partial and benefit from the insights of others [resulting in a genuine global universalism that] can be arrived at only by means of an uncoerced and equal intercultural [o read more..

Issue 121 (January - February 2018)
The Fountain
242

The Council of the Mute

Some scholars and poets once formed a group called the Council of the Mute. There were thirty of them, and they did not admit new members. The first requirement for being a member was engaging ... read more..

Issue 121 (January - February 2018)
Stefan Pacovski
248

Islam and Capitalist Modernity

How Have Muslims Sought to Respond to the Challenges? There are some who say Islam and Western capitalism are at odds, but as with any faith or ideology, there are many different strains of Muslim... read more..

Issue 121 (January - February 2018)
Horatio I. Davis
235

Future of Innovation: Ideas and Trends

When we watch science fiction movies, and see all the incredible, futuristic technologies on the screen, many of us wonder when these technologies will be available: flying cars, spaceships, telepo... read more..

Issue 121 (January - February 2018)
The Fountain
248

Waqt (Time)

In the language of Islamic Sufism, waqt (time) denotes the time when the Divine gifts pour on a traveler to the Ultimate Truth in accordance with one’s nearness to Him. These gifts invade the... read more..

Issue 121 (January - February 2018)
Omer Yildiz
242

How to Deal with Pain

Pain is like our sixth sense. Biology classes and textbooks consider pain as a sensation stemming from some injury to cells or tissue, which may have died, so it is wise to pay attention when we fee... read more..

Issue 121 (January - February 2018)
Nahida Esmail
180

3 Lessons from Mount Fuji

Every nation has something to be proud of. Japan has Mount Fuji, a mountain that proudly stands at 3,776 meters. Although less high than other iconic peaks around the world, it is still a challenge... read more..

Issue 121 (January - February 2018)
Rumeysa Yazar
212

The Thorny Devil: A Lizard with Unusual Physical Features

Australia is an extraordinary part of the earth, with its scorching sand mountains that stretch across barren plains, rock columns each unique and amazing, labyrinth-like domes that rise like tower... read more..

Issue 121 (January - February 2018)
Ed Stevenson
120

Too Often

Too often, O God, the terrors of the world seem to overwhelm the promises of Your love. Too often, O God, the smallness of our talents, resources and opportunities dishearten a... read more..

Issue 121 (January - February 2018)
Yakup Kagan
127

Who Taught Science to Dolphins?

Teaching science is sometimes a challenge, and teachers need to find ways to draw kids’ attention. Young children are naturally interested in the behavior of animals. They especially enjoy ma... read more..

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