Don’t Make A Mystic into a Martyr: Fethullah Gülen as Peacebuilder

Don’t Make A Mystic into a Martyr: Fethullah Gülen as Peacebuilder

My conclusion? He’s a mystic in the Sufi tradition of Islam. And like other famous mystics in history—notably Gandhi, or Rumi—from whom Gülen draws deeply, Fethullah Gülen is a peacebuilder. And history teaches us that peacebuilders are likely to be misunderstood, vilified, and targeted. It would be tragic if once again historical forces conspire to turn a mystic into a martyr.…

Sufism and its origins (by Fethullah Gulen)

Political Activism for Peaceful Coexistence in Rumi and Gulen

Rumi and Gülen’s Main Message and Acceptance of the Other

Gülen’s Notion of Hizmet and Public Good: From a Strategy to an Action Plan

Fethullah Gülen: Following in the Footsteps of Rumi

Top Three Reasons Why Turkey’s President Erdogan is Obsessed with Gulen

Top Three Reasons Why Turkey’s President Erdogan is Obsessed with Gulen

Why is the president of a country of 75 million so obsessed with pursuing a retired preacher who has been living in the U.S. since 1999? There are three main reasons for Erdogan’s obsession with Gulen: First, a desire to cover up massive and systemic corruption; second, the need for control over civic leaders and third, his need for a scapegoat to blame the country’s troubles and justify his authoritarian drive.…

Erdoğan and Gülen: The Marriage of Convenience

Hizmet Movement is not interested in attaining political power in Turkey or elsewhere in the world

Fethullah Gülen: A Muslim scholar, preacher and social advocate

True Nature of Gülen-Erdoğan Relationship

Interview with Fethullah Gülen on the coup, his relationship with Erdoğan

Does Gulen see human rights as a “Western conspiracy” used to divide “our country and nation”?

Does Gulen see human rights as a “Western conspiracy” used to divide “our country and nation”?

While citing examples from the implementations of Islamic injunc­tions in the past, which are in conformity with the modern-day understanding of human rights, Gülen says that the violation of people’s rights is unethical and sinful. Furthermore, on the topic of "rights," he does not simply refer to human rights, but believes that all the living beings have rights of their own.…

True Life and True Humanity

Human beings and their nature (by Fethullah Gulen)

“The Characteristics of a Believer” by Fethullah Gulen

Solving the Paradox: How to be a Balanced Muslim

An analysis of Gülen’s Humanism

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Fethullah Gulen’s educational philosophy as a core value of the Hizmet movement

Fethullah Gulen’s educational philosophy as a core value of the Hizmet movement

In many parts of the world, the quality of education provided by Gulen schools is relatively high, especially in the field of physical sciences where high technology laboratories and computer rooms are provided. Perhaps shedding more light on the educational philosophy of Gulen is appropriate here. There has not been one particular ideology promoted within the Gulen educational philosophy.…

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Structural and operational concepts of Hizmet

Structural and operational concepts of Hizmet

In the Hizmet Movement collective decision making (istişare) is performed on a consensual basis by participants in a network, activity or project. Gülen is known to apply this norm to his own activities and to encourage his students and friends to follow this practice. In addition, every project, business or activity has a mütevelli heyeti—essentially a board of trustees that comprises managers and financiers who “consistently carry out the responsibilities that fall on (their) shoulders.”…

Islam

Fethullah Gülen on Jihad

Fethullah Gülen on Jihad

Basically the lesser jihad is to perform established religious duties while the greater one…

Gülen flatly rejects the totalizing ideology of Islamism

Gülen flatly rejects the totalizing ideology of Islamism

Gülen is well aware that generally speaking Islamism is a reactive and reactionary ideology…

Gulen vs Erdogan – Contesting Religious Expressions

Gulen vs Erdogan – Contesting Religious Expressions

While on a shallow level they share a common religion, in his role as…

Lesser and greater jihad

Lesser and greater jihad

The lesser jihad is material. The greater jihad, however, is conducted on the spiritual…

Submission vs. Sense and Reason

Submission vs. Sense and Reason

All that we see around us when contemplating the Divine laws so evident in His creation, as well as our inner…

Understanding the Hizmet Movement – Is Hizmet Islamist?

Understanding the Hizmet Movement – Is Hizmet Islamist?

It is on this basis that the Hizmet movement has competed directly with the…

Muslims have a duty to address those who distort Islam from within

Muslims have a duty to address those who distort Islam from within

According to Fethullah Gülen, those who commit transgressions against the nation or religion to…

Are there any countries that do not allow Hizmet schools?

Are there any countries that do not allow Hizmet schools?

Doğu Ergil Are there any countries, which do not allow the [Hizmet] schools to…

Can the Gülen Movement be characterized as a Sufi order?

Can the Gülen Movement be characterized as a Sufi order?

Doğu Ergil Can the Gülen Movement be characterized as a Sufi order? Is it…

Is the role of women limited to motherhood in Islam

Is the role of women limited to motherhood in Islam

No, it is not. The noble position of motherhood aside, our general opinion about…

Sufi influences in Gülen’s early life

Sufi influences in Gülen’s early life

Gülen is primarily a scholar, who, while far from establishing a Sufi order, aims to revive and combine the activism of…

Women in Islam: Fethullah Gülen’s Perspective

Women in Islam: Fethullah Gülen’s Perspective

On gender roles, Gülen thinks that there is no obstacle in front of women in having equal rights…