The Fountain 2016 Essay Contest Shortlist

Here are the 36 writers who qualified into the shortlist. Winners will be announced on March 31. Good luck!

Afrouz Razavi; Amos Abi, Oleh; Arte Krasniqi; Aura Truelove; Claudia Verona; Denise Faye Oliva Tabilas; Duncan Rowan Ireland; Elizabeth Jaeger; Faleeha Hassan; Gabriella Brand; Giusi Catarinolo; Helen Stead; Janette Conger; Jessica Ornelas; JG Horta; Joel Moodley; Karina Nava-Melchor; Kathleen Jacobson; Khajira Christopher; Lawrence Brazier; Mansurni Abadi; Matthew Hawk Eldridge; Michael Mardel; Michael W. Smith; Mike Brinkac; Nuran Elif Öztürk; R. D. Rogers; Ray Mwareya; Rebecca Foster; Rosemary McKinley; Salma Hany Abdel Fattah; Santiago Selva; Sifon Ikpe; Suzeth Lozania; Terri Doby; Valentina Locatelli

M. Fethullah Gulen

The Lace Decorating the Beyond 114. Issue November - December 2016
Ghayra ( Endeavor ) 114. Issue November - December 2016
“Let Us Speak with Our Hearts,” We Said 114. Issue November - December 2016
You 113. Issue September - October 2016
Hearts Are Seeking Love 113. Issue September - October 2016
Despair and Heroes 112. Issue July - August 2016
Spring’s Ballad 111. Issue May - June 2016
Freedom of Faith and Conscience 111. Issue May - June 2016
Muslims, We Have to Critically Review Our Understanding of Islam 110. Issue March - April 2016
Emerald Hills 109. Issue January -February 2016
A Self-Interrogation 109. Issue January -February 2016
(Discernment) Firasa 108. Issue November - December 2015
Muslims must combat the extremist cancer 1. Issue January - March 1993
Don’t Leave Me Alone 108. Issue November - December 2015
Muslims Must Combat the Extremist Cancer 108. Issue November - December 2015
Hikma (Wisdom) 107. Issue September - October 2015
The Human Being and Endless Blessings 107. Issue September - October 2015
Ilm (Knowledge) 106. Issue July - August 2015
A New Existence 106. Issue July - August 2015
The Predicament of Ignorance 104. Issue March - April 2015
Music of Rain 105. Issue May - June 2015
Adab (Mannerliness) 105. Issue May - June 2015
Building a Society of Noble Ideals 105. Issue May - June 2015
Separation and Hopes 104. Issue March - April 2015
Altruism (I'thar) 104. Issue March - April 2015
This Worldly Life 103. Issue January - February 2015
Freedom (Hurriya) 103. Issue January - February 2015
Faithfulness 103. Issue January - February 2015
Riyada (Austerity) 102. Issue November - December 2014
Right vs. Might 102. Issue November - December 2014
ISIS Cruelty Deserves Our Strongest Condemnation Blog Issue
Faqr and Ghina (Poverty and Richness) 101. Issue September - October 2014
Our Inner Crises 101. Issue September - October 2014
Qabd and Bast (Contraction and Openness) 100. Issue July - August 2014
The Sacred Suffering 100. Issue July - August 2014
Dahsha and Hayra (Utter Astonishment and Amazement) 99. Issue May - June 2014
Laborers of Thought, Building the Future 99. Issue May - June 2014
Jadhba and Injidhab (Attraction and the Feeling of Being Attracted toward God) 98. Issue March - April 2014
The Power in Prayer and Supplication 98. Issue March - April 2014
Shawq and Ishtiyaq (Joyful Zeal and Yearning) 97. Issue January - February 2014
Holy Days 97. Issue January - February 2014
Ashq (Ecstatic Love) 96. Issue November - December 2013
Forlorn Ones 96. Issue November - December 2013
The Pure Path 95. Issue September - October 2013
Mahabba (Love) 95. Issue September - October 2013
Happiness and Virtue: A Prophetic Example 95. Issue September - October 2013
Message of Condolence to Egypt Blog Issue
Ma'rifa (Spiritual Knowledge of God) 94. Issue July - August 2013
The Enigma of Time 94. Issue July - August 2013
Qurb and Bu'd (Nearness and Remoteness) 93. Issue May - June 2013
Souls of Immortality 93. Issue May - June 2013
Sakina & Itmi’nan (Serenity and Peacefulness) 92. Issue March - April 2013
Dawn Comes in Dreams 92. Issue March - April 2013
The Test 92. Issue March - April 2013
Rise Up 91. Issue January - February 2013
Basira and Firasa 91. Issue January - February 2013
The Heart 91. Issue January - February 2013
Ihsan (Perfect Goodness) 90. Issue November - December 2012
Science 90. Issue November - December 2012
Lovers of Light 89. Issue September - October 2012
Dhikr (Recitation of God's Names) 89. Issue September - October 2012
What Generations Expect from Education 89. Issue September - October 2012
Yaqin (Certainty) 88. Issue July - August 2012
Dignifying Humanity 88. Issue July - August 2012
The Golden Ones 87. Issue May - June 2012
Irada, Murid, and Murad (Will, the Willing One, and the Willed One) 87. Issue May - June 2012
What It Means to Be Human 87. Issue May - June 2012
Qast and Azm (Decision And Resolution) 86. Issue March - April 2012
Love for Truth 86. Issue March - April 2012
Inbisat (Expansion) 85. Issue January - February 2012
Bustling Willpower 85. Issue January - February 2012
Virtue and Happiness 85. Issue January - February 2012
Rida (Resignation) -2 84. Issue November - December 2011
Humanity: Our Unique Dimensions 84. Issue November - December 2011
Rida (Resignation) 83. Issue September - October 2011
Believers as They Stand Before God 83. Issue September - October 2011
Sabr (Patience) 82. Issue July - August 2011
The Truth, Rights, and More 82. Issue July - August 2011
Shukr (Thankfulness) 81. Issue May - June 2011
An Ardent Prayer 81. Issue May - June 2011
Haya (Modesty) 80. Issue March - April 2011
A Pristine Spring 80. Issue March - April 2011
In between Contrasts 80. Issue March - April 2011
The Luminous Riders 79. Issue January - February 2011
Sidq (Truthfulness) 79. Issue January - February 2011
Dreamy World of the Past 79. Issue January - February 2011
As the darkness drowned 78. Issue November - December 2010
Futuwwa (Youth and Chivalry) 78. Issue November - December 2010
A Movement Originating Its Own Models 78. Issue November - December 2010
Humility (Tawadu) 77. Issue September - October 2010
Reflourishing Thoughts 77. Issue September - October 2010
The Realm of Zeal 76. Issue July - August 2010
Good Nature (Khuluq) 76. Issue July - August 2010
The Inner Dimension of Existence 76. Issue July - August 2010
Tawakkul, Taslim, Tafwiz, and Thiqa (Reliance, Surrender, Commitment, and Confidence) 75. Issue May - June 2010
Chaos and the Mystical World of Faith 75. Issue May - June 2010
Istiqama (Straightforwardness) 74. Issue March - April 2010
The Power of Literature 74. Issue March - April 2010
Ikhlas (Sincerity or Purity of Intention) 73. Issue January - February 2010
Surprise Farewell 73. Issue January - February 2010
Fleeting Storms, Perennial Breezes 73. Issue January - February 2010
Muraqaba 72. Issue November - December 2009
Our World and Its Inherently Exquisite Mystery 72. Issue November - December 2009
'Ibada, 'Ubudiya, and 'Ubuda (Worship, Servanthood, and Deep Devotion) 71. Issue September - October 2009
Cries of Silence 71. Issue September - October 2009
Wara' (Abstinence) 70. Issue July - August 2009
Continuous Beauty 70. Issue July - August 2009
Believers Do Not Fall... No Matter How Shaken They May Be 70. Issue July - August 2009
Taqwa (Piety) 69. Issue May - June 2009
Satan and His Contemporary Followers 69. Issue May - June 2009
Zuhd (Asceticism) 68. Issue March - April 2009
Never 68. Issue March - April 2009
Towards Spelling Out Our Own Line of Thought 68. Issue March - April 2009
Raja (Hope or Expectation) 67. Issue January - February 2009
Days of Depression and Our Atlas of Hope 67. Issue January - February 2009
Knocking on Your Door 66. Issue November - December 2008
Khawf and Khashya (Fear and Reverence) 66. Issue November - December 2008
A Dream Worth The Entire World 66. Issue November - December 2008
Huzn (Sadness or Sorrow) 65. Issue September - October 2008
From Bright Yesterday to Bright Tomorrows 65. Issue September - October 2008
Qalb (Heart) - 2 64. Issue July - August 2008
Longing for Love 64. Issue July - August 2008
Qalb (Heart) - 1 63. Issue May - June 2008
Compassion 63. Issue May - June 2008
Hal and Maqam (State and Station) 62. Issue March - April 2008
The Souls Besieged by a Life of Transience 62. Issue March - April 2008
Rainbow 61. Issue January - February 2008
Halwat and Uzlat (Privacy And Seclusion) 61. Issue January - February 2008
Language and Thought 61. Issue January - February 2008
Firar and I'tisam (Fleeing and Taking Shelter) 60. Issue October - December 2007
Free Will 60. Issue October - December 2007
Tafakkur (Reflection) 59. Issue July - September 2007
Speech and Power of Expression 59. Issue July - September 2007
Emerald Hills of the Heart 58. Issue April - June 2007
The World in the Womb 58. Issue April - June 2007
Tawba (Repentance), Inaba (Sincere Penitence), and Awba (Turning to God in Contrition) 57. Issue January - March 2007
An Extensive Wish in the View of Historical Recurrences 57. Issue January - March 2007
Tolerance 56. Issue October - December 2006
On the Holy Qur'an and Its Interpretation 55. Issue July - September 2006
The Portrait of People of Heart 54. Issue April - June 2006
Respect For Humankind 53. Issue January - March 2006
The Inner Profundity of Humankind 52. Issue October - December 2005
A Sacred Phase of Time: The Blessed Three Months 51. Issue July - September 2005
A Tribute to Mothers 50. Issue April - June 2005
What are the arguments for the existence of God? 12. Issue October - December 1995
GOD AND MAN 12. Issue October - December 1995
The Horizon Of Hope 12. Issue October - December 1995
Civilization and the Confusion of Conceptions 34. Issue April - June 2001
The Necessity of Reflection and Self-Criticism 36. Issue October - December 2001
Questýons And Answers 29. Issue January - March 2000
At the Threshold of a New Millennium 29. Issue January - March 2000
How can we avoid sins, and how can we show sincere repentance? 28. Issue October - December 1999
The Relationship Of Islam And Science And The Concept Of Science 28. Issue October - December 1999
Questions And Answers 27. Issue July - September 1999
Sufism And Its Origins 27. Issue July - September 1999
What Is The Meaning Of Divine Decree And Destiny And Why Is Belief In Destiny Included In The Essentials Of Faith? 23. Issue July - September 1998
The Pure Path 23. Issue July - September 1998
The Undiscovered Greatness Of Our World 23. Issue July - September 1998
What kind of beings are jinn and can they appear in different forms in the visible, material world? 20. Issue October - December 1997
Homesickness 20. Issue October - December 1997
Education from Cradle to Grave 20. Issue October - December 1997
The Horizon Of Hope: Spiritual Or Metaphysical Thought 20. Issue October - December 1997
What is the meaning of 'mannerliness' in the terminology of sufism? 11. Issue July - September 1995
The New Man 11. Issue July - September 1995
Questions For Today 10. Issue April - June 1995
The Eternal Light 10. Issue April - June 1995
The Age Of Speed 10. Issue April - June 1995
Questions For Today 8. Issue October - December 1994
A Commentary On The Contemporary World 8. Issue October - December 1994
Sacred Emigration 8. Issue October - December 1994
What the World Will Look Like After Turmoil and Chaos Disappear 26. Issue April - June 1999
Questions for Today 7. Issue July - September 1994
Towards the World of the Righteous Servants 7. Issue July - September 1994
Reincarnation Undressing The Fallacies 9. Issue January - March 1995
Questions For Today 9. Issue January - March 1995
The Cry Of The Nightingale 9. Issue January - March 1995
The Awaited Generation 9. Issue January - March 1995
Religious Festivals 7. Issue July - September 1994
Beauty and the Beautiful 49. Issue January - March 2005
DESTINY AND MAN'S FREE WILL 25. Issue January - March 1999
Being Shaped by Ramadan 25. Issue January - March 1999
How is that Islam, a religon inspired by Allah for the good of humanity, allows slavery? 5. Issue January - March 1994
DECLINE AND FALL:The loss of spiritual energy 5. Issue January - March 1994
Questions For Today 6. Issue April - June 1994
Love 6. Issue April - June 1994
Self-Renewal 4. Issue October - December 1993
Hope 2. Issue April - June 1993
Compassion 1. Issue January - March 1993
The World and its Contents from the PERSPECTIVE OF A BELIEVER 48. Issue October - December 2004
The Saviour Awaited By Our Generation 3. Issue July - September 1993
Jalaladdin al - Rumi 47. Issue July - September 2004
How Can We Argue For The Existence Of The Spirit And Can We Know of It ? 16. Issue October - December 1996
For The Conquest And Dominion Of The Hearts 16. Issue October - December 1996
What Are The Characteristics of Angels, Jinn and Satans or Devils ? 15. Issue July - September 1996
Divine Decree and Destiny From Different Viewpoints 24. Issue October - December 1998
The Nature We Have Destroyed 15. Issue July - September 1996
How Can We Argue, In General Terms, For The Existence Of Invisible Beings? 14. Issue April - June 1996
The Irresistible Power of Religion 14. Issue April - June 1996
Speech 24. Issue October - December 1998
Questions for Today 13. Issue January - March 1996
Action And Thought 13. Issue January - March 1996
Satan and the whispering of Satan (Involuntary thoughts occurring to man) 22. Issue April - June 1998
Questions for Today 21. Issue January - March 1998
Freedom 22. Issue April - June 1998
Abuse of Religion and Religious Sentiments 21. Issue January - March 1998
Questions for Today 19. Issue July - September 1997
Light to be Seen in Chaos 19. Issue July - September 1997
Questions for Today 18. Issue April - June 1997
The Madness of Power for Its Own Sake 18. Issue April - June 1997
Is there any truth in supranormal phenomena such as spiritualism and telepathy? 17. Issue January - March 1997
The Concept of Science 17. Issue January - March 1997
The Necessity Of Interfaith Dialogue 31. Issue July - September 2000
Love for Humankind 46. Issue April - June 2004
Forgiveness 30. Issue April - June 2000
An Ideal Society 32. Issue October - December 2000
A Brief Overview of Islam 45. Issue January - March 2004
Why Darwinism Remains Popular 35. Issue July - September 2001
The Meaning of Life 33. Issue January - March 2001
What We Expect from the Righteous Generation... 38. Issue April - June 2002
A Comparative Approach to Islam and Democracy 37. Issue January - March 2002
A Comparative Approach to Islam and Democracy 37. Issue January - March 2002
Terror From an Islamic Prospect 39. Issue July - September 2002
Universal Mercy and Education 40. Issue October - December 2002
Humanity, Science, and Globalization 41. Issue January - March 2003
Time To Pray 42. Issue April - June 2003
Toward Tomorrow 43. Issue July - September 2003
The Month Overflowing With Mercy 44. Issue October - December 2003