Fountain Archive


Issue 73 (January - February 2010)
The Fountain

Torture and Human Rights

The Fountain magazine was discussed in one of the panels of the “East and West Encounters the Gulen Movement” conference, organized in Los Angeles, December 5-6, 2009. Dr. Fran Hassencahl, Director of... read more..

Issue 73 (January - February 2010)
M. Fethullah Gulen

Fleeting Storms, Perennial Breezes

Despite all odds, time seems to flow toward long awaited days of splendor and hours of bliss. Albeit, there is a shadowy presence of ominous days which cultivate an “evil” that is disposed to mischief... read more..

Issue 73 (January - February 2010)
Ferhat Ozturk

Playing with Genes: Gene Therapy

As we live our lives, we often come across problems that can block our way. If our car leaks oil, stalls, or breaks down on the road, we immediately bring it to the mechanic to get it fixed. He either... read more..

Issue 73 (January - February 2010)
Ayse Meva Nur

The bomb ticks on

Torture is an act that is almost universally condemned. It is prohibited in international law and is not officially sanctioned by any domestic laws in any state. Nevertheless, torture is widely used. ... read more..

Issue 73 (January - February 2010)
Ibrahim Yildiz

The Magical World of the Mosquito

O humankind! A parable is struck, so pay heed to it: Those whom, apart from God, you deify and invoke will never be able to create even a fly, even if all of them were to come together to do so. And i... read more..

Issue 73 (January - February 2010)
Izzet Coban

Free Will and Foreknowledge in Augustine

For those who accept the existence of God, He is a deity who infallibly foreknows the entire future. On the other hand, human beings have a psychological feeling that they are completely free. Through... read more..

Issue 73 (January - February 2010)
Mirkena Ozer

Married to a Turk?!

“Have you lost your mind?!” Professor Lydia cried as soon as I announced that I had been engaged two days ago to Ali, a young man from Turkey. I had offered her “lokum,” Turkish delight, the tradition... read more..

Issue 73 (January - February 2010)
Seth Mette

First Journey to Light

Recognized scholar of his time by many contemporaries, and author of the great Risale-i Nur collection, Bediuzzaman Said Nursi lived in the last quarter of the nineteenth and first half of the twentie... read more..

Issue 73 (January - February 2010)
Selim Mutlu

The Carrot: A Source of Healing

Arguably one of the most popular vegetables that we use in our kitchens is carrots. With the exception of its well known benefits to the sight, only few of us really know about some of its alternative... read more..

Issue 73 (January - February 2010)
M. Fethullah Gulen

Surprise Farewell

Death is a guest at our door, uninvited To some it brings bliss, to others perdition Suddenly shows up at an unexpected location Beyond which is Paradise or the pit… The spirit is anxious to flee ... read more..

Issue 73 (January - February 2010)
M. Fethullah Gulen

Ikhlas (Sincerity or Purity of Intention)

Ikhlas has been interpreted as being upright, sincere, and pure; being distant from show and ostentation in one’s intention and conduct; and being closed to whatever clouds or fouls the heart. Purity ... read more..

Issue 73 (January - February 2010)
John Shuck

The Flower's Song

The humble flower swaying free, Bent down in prayer as winds blow by. No glimpse of greed or poverty, Once again she stretches up beneath the sky. Listen closely to the flower’s song, As pedals p... read more..

Issue 73 (January - February 2010)
Veli Keskin

The Prestige

“Every great magic trick consists of three parts or acts. The first part is called ‘The Pledge.’ The magician shows you something ordinary: a deck of cards, a bird or a man. He shows you this object read more..

Issue 73 (January - February 2010)
Taufik Mohammad

Psychological Projection: Islamic and Freudian Views

Projection is a term applied by Sigmund Freud for the act of projecting one’s feelings, attitudes, etc. onto other people. Projection is one of many defense mechanisms, another term for the strategies... read more..

Issue 73 (January - February 2010)
Huseyin Faruk Coskun

Two Perspectives on Nature

We have a book written in golden letters lying in front of us. The decoration of the pages is attractive and impressive.. the small diamonds that are spread out over the pages are so shiny.. the cov read more..

Issue 73 (January - February 2010)
Arslan Mayda

Memory and Forgetfulness

Adam forgot, so did his children. How does our brain store information? How is it possible to make learning faster and easier? Is there any way not to forget what we have learned and to remember read more..

Issue 73 (January - February 2010)
Kelly J. Smith

Sugar and the Human Body

In the world we live in today, while great efforts are being made to improve human health, diabetes is a problem that is ever on the increase. Although not yet thoroughly understood, there are a few e... read more..

Issue 73 (January - February 2010)
Huseyin Bingul

Tales from Rumi: Rediscovering a World Classic

Tales from RumiEdited by Ali Fuat BilkanTranslated by Jeannette Squires Okur9781597841245Tughra Books, 2008 There are books that I have always kept within arm’s reach on my desk-books that I have enj... read more..

Issue 73 (January - February 2010)
A. Gafur Taskin

Spirals: Windows to Reflective Thought

Spirals and helices are each a work-of-art and they are found in many dimensions of existence, from galaxies filled with billions of stars to the DNA strands, which we can observe with electron micros... read more..

Issue 73 (January - February 2010)
Irfan Yilmaz

It's me Peter, your Skeleton!

Dear Peter! My fellow organs in your body have been telling you about themselves. You have seen that each of them fulfills different special tasks. But did you ever stop to ask where they sit or what ... read more..

Issue 73 (January - February 2010)
Hikmet Isik

Faults in Belief and Fellowship

Question: Feelings of fellowship between people can be damaged because of some unexpected behavior, and thus good will towards one another can easily be weakened. Is this situation a result of a fault... read more..

Issue 74 (March - April 2010)
The Fountain

Science Square

The semantic roots of a word may open up new horizons which relate it to a broader frame of reference, a frame we normally would not connect with this word. This is also true for subsidiary meanings o... read more..

Issue 74 (March - April 2010)
M. Fethullah Gulen

The Power of Literature

In the most general sense, literature is a discipline that studies elegant, measured, and harmonious words uttered or written in verse or prose in a form that is congruent with the conditions of time ... read more..

Issue 74 (March - April 2010)
Hamdi Sener

Endocytosis: How Cells Eat

The smallest life forms that constitute our bodies, that is, cells, are fairly well organized structures. Even though the cytoplasm (i.e. the interior section of a cell) is extremely crowded and dynam... read more..

Issue 74 (March - April 2010)
Zekeriya Ozsoy

A True Understanding of Self for Self-Actualization

Psychologists have been using the concept of “self-actualization” to describe those who are immensely successful in realizing their potential (Maslow, 1943; Goldstein, 1934). The actualization of one’... read more..

Issue 74 (March - April 2010)
Mustafa Tabanli

Protecting of Life Forms Is a Moral Responsibility

Mary Evelyn Tucker: “Religions can offer a sense of hope, because more than anything, I think we all need to imagine a future that is sustainable.”There is one moral law that forms the corner stone of... read more..

Issue 74 (March - April 2010)
Yasin Ceran


If education is an act of “renewal” in beliefs, ideas, hopes, happiness, misery, and practices, a renewal that contributes towards the enhancement and betterment of an individual’s thoughts, feelings... read more..

Issue 74 (March - April 2010)
Mesut Sahin

On Their Faces and Backs

In numerous verses the Holy Qur’an makes reference to living organisms, and particularly to human physiology. The Qur’an does this in its own style, briefly mentioning some fundamental principles of t... read more..

Issue 74 (March - April 2010)
Mustafa Tabanli

Complementary Stories of the Cosmos Perspectives from Science and Religion

Where do we come from, why are we here and where are we going to? These are three fundamental questions that have preoccupied many civilizations throughout history. Today more than ever we have become... read more..

Issue 74 (March - April 2010)
M. Fethullah Gulen

Istiqama (Straightforwardness)

People of truth have interpreted straightforwardness as avoiding all deviation and extremes, and as following in the footsteps of the Prophets, the faithful, the witnesses (of truth), and the righteou... read more..

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