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About Mehmet
Mehmet Demirci is a journalist based in Raleigh, United States of America.

Fabrication of a Microfluidic Test Device with a 3D Printer and Its Combination with the Loop Mediated Isothermal Amplification Method to Detect Streptococcus pyogenes

07 Mar 2024  |  mdpi.com
Researchers developed a microfluidic test device using a 3D printer and combined it with the Loop Mediated Isothermal Amplification (LAMP) method to detect Streptococcus pyogenes. The device was designed using CATIA V5 software, printed with an FDM method using biocompatible PLA filament, and tested for its ability to identify S. pyogenes using specific gene primers. The study found that the LAMP method could be effectively combined with the microfluidic device, offering a potential tool for rapid pathogen detection in resource-limited settings.

Animal-loving sheikhs

05 Oct 2023  |  www.yeniasir.com.tr
The article discusses historical accounts of animal-loving sheikhs in Istanbul, as detailed in the book 'İstanbul'un İç Tarihi Fatih' by Mustafa Koç. It describes various sheikhs and their charitable acts towards animals, such as providing food specifically for street cats and dogs. Notable figures include Hekimoğlu Ali Paşa, who had a butchery that would distribute lungs, livers, and hearts to cats; Şeyh Akil Masum Efendi, who would feed the neighborhood cats and the poor from three large cauldrons; and Şeyh Salih, known for attracting starlings to fight locusts in Ankara. The article also mentions individuals like Hoca Mustafa Vahyi Efendi and Hoca Şevketi Efendi, who were known for their kindness to animals, earning them affectionate nicknames from the local community.

Examples of Good Morals

17 Aug 2023  |  yeniasir.com.tr
The article discusses the importance of humility, honesty, and the responsible use of wealth through the teachings of Ahmed er-Rifai and Hz. Abdülkadir Geylani. It emphasizes the virtues of seeing oneself as lesser than others, the sin of gossip, and the merit in helping others. The text also highlights the significance of fulfilling promises promptly and the virtue of giving to the needy before a laborer's sweat has dried. It contrasts the responsible use of wealth in charity with the misuse of wealth for personal indulgence.

From the Heart of Life

03 Aug 2023  |  yeniasir.com.tr
The article recounts memories from 1938 in Yeniköy, where the author's teacher, Kenan Rifai, shares anecdotes about generosity and the importance of good deeds. One story involves a fisherman who remembers Rifai's kindness from the previous year. Another story describes Rifai's act of charity towards a group of workers unable to afford simit (a type of bread), and his reflections on true generosity. The article concludes with a philosophical note on seeing the good in life, referencing Samiha Ayverdi's book 'Sen Onu Kaybettin'.

Be a Good Turk

27 Jul 2023  |  www.yeniasir.com.tr
The article shares personal anecdotes and reflections on cultural identity, emphasizing the importance of being a good representative of Turkish culture. It recounts stories involving notable figures like Kenan Rifai and Nuri Pazarbaşı, highlighting their contributions and experiences. The narrative underscores the challenges and responsibilities of maintaining cultural values and identity, especially when living abroad.

Two Elegant People

04 May 2023  |  yeniasir.com.tr
İbrahim Edhem Sunar, the imam of the Güzelyalı Hakim Efendi Mosque in Izmir, was known for his friendly and humble nature, attracting a diverse congregation. Dr. Orhan Seyfi Yücetürk, a faculty member at Izmir Theology Faculty, was recognized for his courage and ability to communicate Islamic teachings effectively. In 1979, Sunar invited Yücetürk to preach at his mosque, leading to a mutual exchange of gifts and respect. A letter from Sunar to Yücetürk dated October 20, 1979, exemplifies their admirable conduct and gratitude towards each other.

The man whose house was demolished

23 Feb 2023  |  www.yeniasir.com.tr
The article recounts a parable from Hz. Mevlana's Divan-ı Kebir about a man who converses with his deteriorating house, asking it to warn him before it collapses. One night, the house collapses without warning, leaving the man and his family in despair. The house responds, explaining that it had given many signs of its impending collapse through cracks and damages, but the man had ignored them, simply patching them up. Mevlana concludes by drawing an analogy between the story and the importance of attending to one's spiritual well-being, suggesting that just as the house gave warnings, the body also gives signs of spiritual ailments that should not be ignored. The author then relates this parable to the reality of earthquakes in Turkey, criticizing the construction sector and urban policies for ignoring the signs and warnings of potential disasters.

In the earthquake zone with a religious official - 2

18 Feb 2023  |  www.yeniasir.com.tr
A religious official voluntarily stayed in Kahramanmaraş for five days to help earthquake victims and shared his experiences. He encountered people with strong faith and character, who accepted their losses as God's will. Despite the cold and initial difficulties with accommodations, aid was plentiful, with food, supplies, and facilities like toilets being quickly provided. The official emphasized the resilience and stoicism of the people and the abundance of aid, negating any need for further material donations.

Earthquake, common sense and prayer

09 Feb 2023  |  yeniasir.com.tr
In the aftermath of a devastating earthquake, the author emphasizes the importance of maintaining composure and unity. Despite the potential death toll nearing ten thousand and the dire conditions faced by people in winter, the author urges against panic and despair. Instead, he highlights the mobilization of the state, municipalities, and various organizations, acknowledging initial shortcomings but stressing the need for understanding. The author shares Necdet Subaşı's advice on how to act, which includes supporting reliable aid centers, avoiding spreading false news, opening homes to victims, refraining from criticism, and maintaining faith and prayer. The article calls for collective effort to overcome the disaster and preserve mental, spiritual, and physical health.

The dilemma of modern humans

21 Dec 2022  |  www.yeniasir.com.tr
Throughout history, many wars have occurred, and contemporary conflicts are often driven by the capitalist world's ambitions and the insatiable 'nefs-i emmare.' Modern humans, influenced by materialist and positivist thought, have neglected the metaphysical and spiritual realms, especially after the industrial revolution. Modern wars are a product of this modernity, which is never satisfied. Fundamental beliefs of modernity are not open to discussion, and those who challenge them, like Friedrich Nietzsche, are often ostracized. Modern values such as Humanism and the Declaration of Human Rights are not practiced sincerely by Westerners, who do not recognize any authority over themselves. Judith Butler noted during the Iraq War that some lives are mourned while others are not. Western societies are seen as hypocritical, especially in their treatment of migrants. Sadettin Ökten observes that the peace found in the hearts of believers is absent in modernists, who live in a state of unrest, believing in nothingness, unlike believers who have faith in an afterlife.

To be in Konya now

08 Dec 2022  |  www.yeniasir.com.tr
Commemorating the passing of Hz. Mevlana on December 17, 1273, Konya has been hosting annual remembrance days since 1952, with recent years featuring 11 days of events from December 7-17. The most popular of these are the sema (mukabele) ceremonies, with 14 planned this year, both during the day and at night. The theme for this year's events, which include exhibitions, panels, and conferences organized by the Konya Provincial Directorate of Culture, is 'Friendship,' a fitting tribute to Hz. Mevlana. The article also discusses the concept of 'Dost' (Friend), which in this context refers to closeness to God, and shares a Mesnevi story highlighting the importance of choosing friends wisely.

Hacı Bayram-ı Veli and his benevolence

13 Oct 2022  |  www.yeniasir.com.tr
Anatolia was a melting pot for Islamic Sufi thought between the 12th and 14th centuries, leading to a synthesis of dynamic, humble, and tolerant spirituality. Hacı Bayram Veli is a prominent figure of this synthesis. The Kalem Foundation has been organizing symposiums in Ankara named after Hacı Bayram-ı Veli, with the sixth symposium focusing on 'Human and City.' The symposium discusses the relationship between mystics and cities, with references to Hacı Bayram's poetry and philosophy. The author will present a paper on Hacı Bayram's 'himmet,' a concept in Sufism referring to a saint's spiritual influence and assistance. The article also recounts a story of three young professionals inspired by Hacı Bayram's legacy to create musical compositions, one of which was completed with a perceived spiritual assistance from Hacı Bayram Veli.

Serene Places

29 Sep 2022  |  www.yeniasir.com.tr
The author recounts a visit to Manisa, highlighting the city's rich historical and cultural heritage. The focus is on the Ibrahim Celebi Mosque, a 16th-century architectural piece, and its serene surroundings. The mosque's historical significance and the contributions of Ibrahim Celebi, who served notable Ottoman figures, are emphasized. The text also touches on the changes in the city's landscape over the years.





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