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Issue 134 (Mar - Apr 2020)
The Fountain


Question: Jihad is a significant concept in Islamic tradition, yet it is being misinterpreted and misrepresented in our times. What does it mean? What are the differences between “the lesser jihad” an... read more..

Issue 134 (Mar - Apr 2020)
The Fountain

Is Coronavirus (Covid-19) Made by Humans? (Science Square)

Andersen KG et al. The proximal origin of SARS-CoV-2. Nature Medicine, March 2020.Cases of Covid-19 first emerged in December 2019, when a mysterious illness was reported in in the city of Wuhan, Chin... read more..

Issue 135 (May - Jun 2020)
The Fountain

Maintaining Control (Editorial - Issue 135)

The Coronavirus Pandemic has shaken much of the world to its core and caused many disruptions. Economies have been crippled, millions have been laid off, quarantine has forced us to stay at home for a... read more..

Issue 135 (May - Jun 2020)
M. Fethullah Gulen

Facing Oneself - 3

(Circle3: On the touchy implorations by Imam Zeynel Abidin, continued) Together with all of the fears and worries that this saintly person voices at his entreaties, he does not neglect to petition Go read more..

Issue 135 (May - Jun 2020)
Asli Uzun

Ablutions: A Divine Prescription for Cleanliness

Washing our hands has become one major way to protect ourselves from Covid-19. However, ablutions have always had a central place in the practices and beliefs of many religious traditions. Christians ... read more..

Issue 135 (May - Jun 2020)
Suat Yildirim

Corona and a Call of Revival: An Interfaith Perspective

About 3500 years ago in Egypt, Moses began to preach the religion that calls for submission to God, which he inherited from his forefather Abraham. According to the belief in that era, the ruler was c... read more..

Issue 135 (May - Jun 2020)
Ceyda Sablak

Maintaining the Brain: Neurons that Fire Together Wire Together

Our brains consist of many different types of cells, including astrocytes, microglia, and neurons. These are the cells that people are indirectly referring to when you hear someone say that hitting yo... read more..

Issue 135 (May - Jun 2020)
Anwar Alam

Religious Communities and Response to COVID-19: The Case of the Hizmet Movement

This is not the first time that the world is witnessing a pandemic; previous incidents were regional in scope and did not affect the affluent segment of society. However, COVID-19 is first of its kind... read more..

Issue 135 (May - Jun 2020)
Lawrence Brazier

The Orientalists – Part 1

Author’s note: Many of the books and authors mentioned here are well-known. There are dozens more from writers of various nationalities, and only a lack of space precludes complete inclusion. It is read more..

Issue 135 (May - Jun 2020)
Jacob Hardy

On the Origin of Language

As far as the origin of language is concerned, Abrahamic traditions agree on the fact that language is a gift of God to humanity. To exemplify, the Holy Bible in Genesis 2:20 (King James' Version) sta... read more..

Issue 135 (May - Jun 2020)
M. Fethullah Gulen

Self-Concealment (Talbis)

Self-concealment means that the perfected servants of God who attribute to God whatever good or virtues that they may have, try to be known as ordinary people by constantly keeping secret the special ... read more..

Issue 135 (May - Jun 2020)
Aziz Turkoglu

Truffles: An Underground Treasure

Truffles are potato-shaped underground mushrooms that grow in all kinds of different environments ranging from high-rise forests of pine, oak, linden, fir and wild hazelnut to scrubs, under bushes, an... read more..

Issue 135 (May - Jun 2020)
Tugrul Cagri Yavuz

Foot: An Engineering Masterpiece

The foot is a limb that is not given much importance when compared to other vital organs such as the brain or heart. However, the foot is a very complex mechanical structure that is made of 26 bones, ... read more..

Issue 135 (May - Jun 2020)
Horatio I. Davis

Lucid Dreaming: The Power of Being Awake in Your Sleep

Dreams are some of the most odd, and sometimes most uncomfortable, experiences for us. They can sometimes also be so realistic that we do not even know if we are awake or still dreaming. One can feel ... read more..

Issue 135 (May - Jun 2020)
Alpaslan Ozdogan

“Scrap Paper Loves Me”

Scrap paper loves me. I spent my college years in a state after the Soviet Union collapsed where finding a pencil, notebook, or even just a sheet of paper was hard because of the economy. Students we... read more..

Issue 135 (May - Jun 2020)
Laura Kish

Do All Roads Lead to Samarkand?

For lust of knowing what should not be known/ We take the Golden Road to Samarkand. [[1]] The Silk Road has always been known for providing pathways that allow the Far East to exchange goods and read more..

Issue 135 (May - Jun 2020)
Mucteba Muezzinoglu

The Art of Ebru: Seeking Serenity on the Surface of the Water

Ebru, the art of crafting images and pictures with special paints on the surface of water, originated on the continent of Asia, spread to Anatolia, and from there to the rest of the world. Ebru has lo... read more..

Issue 135 (May - Jun 2020)
M. Fethullah Gulen

The Coronavirus Changed How Ramadan Looks. But It Will Not Change Our Faith In God

Many yearly rituals of Ramadan will continue even as some change in deference to our social responsibility to respect God’s laws in the universe.  The Muslim holy month of Ramadan will be different t... read more..

Issue 135 (May - Jun 2020)
The Fountain

Science Square (Issue 135)

Nose cells as the key COVID-19 entry pointSungnak et al. SARS-CoV-2 entry factors are highly expressed in nasal epithelial cells together with innate immune genes. Nature Medicine, April 2020.The coro... read more..

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The Fountain Live YouTube Event Announcement

The Fountain is inviting you to its first YouTube Live event on May 14, 2020. It will be at 4:30 pm New York time. Speakers include authors from 134th issue: Professor Daniel Skubik, Rabbi Burt Visotz... read more..

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Issue 136 (Jul - Aug 2020)
The Fountain

Editorial (Issue 136): Achieving our Potential

We are all going on different journeys through life. They often relate to one another, such as the fact that we all struggle with difficulty and rejoice through happiness, but every person’s collectiv... read more..

Issue 136 (Jul - Aug 2020)
M. Fethullah Gulen

Facing Oneself - 4

Continued from the previous issue. Such a saintly figure, Zayn al-Abidin always lowered his head humbly at the doorstep of Divine beneficence, the eye of his heart watchful at that ajar door while he... read more..

Issue 136 (Jul - Aug 2020)
Ceyda Sablak

Music: A Universal Healing Language

The motion of the stars and celestial bodies result in inaudible sounds, reflecting the mathematical harmony of the macrocosm. In the animal kingdom, we see that music emerged long before humans did. ... read more..

Issue 136 (Jul - Aug 2020)
Rabbi Allen S. Maller

Sakinah and Shekinah: A Word Alive with God’s Presence

Sakinah is an important word and a very important concept in both Islamic and Jewish thought. In Islamic thought, it refers to the tranquility, serenity, and peace of mind that results when a believe... read more..

Issue 136 (Jul - Aug 2020)
Adam Sahin

Cultivating a Limitless Mind in the Age of Growth Mindset

In her book titled Limitless Mind, Professor Jo Boaler discusses six keys of learning to create opportunities for students, adults, and workers to excel in areas they want to. This article will summar... read more..

Issue 136 (Jul - Aug 2020)
Ed Stevenson


Some of us used to kneel to pray, to share communion to exchange vows, to grieve at a grave. Even now, when some of us have the chance or challenge we kneel to weed a garden, to examine a small flower... read more..

Issue 136 (Jul - Aug 2020)
Zaakirah Cassim Cachalia

Nizamiye: Reviving the Role of the Masjid

Travelling North on the N1 between Pretoria and Johannesburg, the busiest motorway in South Africa, the familiar green and purple glow can be seen in the East as one approaches Midrand, a strategicall... read more..

Issue 136 (Jul - Aug 2020)
Salih Aykac

Cyberbullying and Digital Citizenship

Schools are places of learning and development, but they are not free from conflicts. Acts of violence, bullying, and other incidents of conflicts occur at school campuses on a daily basis among stude... read more..

Issue 136 (Jul - Aug 2020)
Irfan Yilmaz

Date: A Miraculous Fruit

The date is a fruit that is mentioned both in the Qur'an and the Bible, and is introduced as a symbol of fertility and vitality in the Old Testament. The New Testament mentions people going out with p... read more..

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