Fethullah Gülen

Why do you stay in America?

Why do you stay in America?

I am seized with anxiety. Regardless of when, or if, I return to Turkey, those who have created controversy, made allegations, signed the execution of my death sentence [so to speak], will do so again the very same day I return. I made the logical choice and stayed here. I stayed despite myself. I stayed by burying the longing in my chest.…

Fethullah Gülen’s view on mixing politics and religion

Fethullah Gülen’s view on mixing politics and religion

Politicizing religion is always a reductionist endeavor: it turns the mysterious relationship between humanity and the Divine into an ideology. Gülen says, “Religion is the relationship between people and their Creator. The feeling of religion lives in the heart’s depths. … If you turn it into a display of forms, you’ll kill it. …

Fethullah Gulen anwers accusations

Fethullah Gulen anwers accusations

What would you say about headlines like “….. he was discharged from the army due to connections with the Gulen community” which appear from time to time? This institution (the army) has certain conditions when admitting, as well as discharging,…

Ijtihad – Independent Reasoning

Ijtihad – Independent Reasoning

One can see several reasons why the spirit of ijtihad was lost and the door was closed. The following are considered some of these reasons: Political oppression, inner struggles, the misuse of the institution of ijtihad, an extreme trust in the present legal system, the denial of reform, the blindness caused by the dominant monotonous present system of the time. …

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