Monthly Archives: March 2016

 

Intellectuals from West, East agree Gülen movement works for a better world

At a time when the faith-based Gülen movement is under heavy government pressure in Turkey, intellectuals from various countries have praised the movement for its efforts to make the world a better place for everyone by promoting education, peace, benevolence through dedication. The intellectuals shared their views of the movement, also known as the Hizmet […]
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Fethullah Gulen: Muslims, we have to critically review our understanding of Islam

Fethullah Gulen Words fall short to truly express my deep sadness and revolt in the face of the carnage perpetrated by terrorist groups such as the so-called ISIS. I share a profound frustration with a billion and a half Muslims around the world at the fact that such groups commit terror while dressing up their […]
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A Turkish Recluse Bridges the Western and Muslim Worlds

A free global and interconnected citizenship might be the pathway to foster a non-violent and peaceful culture within societies. This is the main objective of a grassroots movement that advocates enhancing education, promoting universal values, interfaith dialogue and democracy. A Turkish Muslim scholar Fethullah Gülen is the inspiration behind the movement called “Hizmet” (‘service’ in […]
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Fethullah Gülen on Acts of Terrorism – in light of Paris and Beirut

Once again terrorists have struck out at innocent people in Paris and Beirut. To add insult to injury, as if that were possible at this level of depravity, the terrorists claim a religious justification for their heinous attacks. While it is clear that nothing of any worth can justify such barbarous acts, hundreds of Muslim […]
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Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen offers condolences for Tahir Elçi, slain police officers

Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen has offered his condolences in the death of lawyer Tahir Elçi, who was the president of the Diyarbakır Bar Association, and the two police officers who were killed in a shootout in the southeastern province of Sur, which erupted as Elçi was making a statement to the press on Saturday. In […]
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Turkish Islamic scholar Gülen condemns Paris attacks in strongest terms

In a strongly worded statement, Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen has condemned the terrorist attacks in Paris that claimed the lives of over 100 people, calling everyone to join in rejecting the terrorism “without ifs and without buts.” “Once again, I strongly condemn all kinds of terrorist acts that are perpetrated by anyone and for […]
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SEASON OF PEACE: Moderate Islam has a voice if you listen

By Helen Rose Ebaugh On 9/11, I dismissed my usual 8:30 a.m. Sociology of World Religions class to accompany the students to the student center to watch the historic events on CNN. But before we left, I told them that it may well be a Muslim terrorist group that was responsible, but I reminded them […]
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Civil Rights, the Hizmet Movement, and the Liberative Power of Education

Scott C. Alexander One of the foundational principles of the teachings of M. Fethullah Gulen, and thus one of the animating principles of the Hizmet movement, is the notion that education is one of the primary means by which the human person becomes most authentically human and thus reaches her or his full potential. This […]
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A Muslim Cleric That America Should Support

Usually, when Americans hear the term “Muslim cleric,” they cringe. Yet there’s an Islamic religious leader who calls for peace and inter-faith dialogue, whose supporters are being rounded up by an increasingly authoritarian leader. Backing the right leader could be the key in the war against ISIS. The setting is Turkey, where President Recep Tayyip […]
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Muslims Must Combat the Extremist Cancer

As the group that calls itself Islamic State, known as ISIS, continues to produce carnage in the Middle East, Muslims must confront the totalitarian ideology that animates it and other terrorist groups. Every terrorist act carried out in the name of Islam profoundly affects all Muslims, alienating them from fellow citizens and deepening the misperceptions […]
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