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Fethullah Gulen: I Condemn All Threats to Turkey’s Democracy

FETHULLAH GULEN SAYLORSBURG, Pa. — During the attempted military coup in Turkey this month, I condemned it in the strongest terms. “Government should be won through a process of free and fair elections, not force,” I said. “I pray to God for Turkey, for Turkish citizens, and for all those currently in Turkey that this […]
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Knowledge That Distances a Person from God

Question: What are the lessons to be drawn from the hadith reading, “If a person’s knowledge increases but asceticism does not, the only thing that really increases is his distance from God”? Answer: The ways that help a person reach God are as myriad as the breaths His creatures take. This is because every person […]
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Does Gulen see human rights as a “Western conspiracy” used to divide “our country and nation”?

Doğu Ergil What are Fethullah Gulen’s views on human rights? Does he, like many others, see these rights as a “Western conspiracy” used to divide “our country (Turkey) and nation”? Gulen replies, not within the framework of a legal discipline, but from the perspective of Islam, which is the base of his thoughts. Accord­ing to […]
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The Gülen Movement in Germany and France

Despite the large Turkish population in Western Europe, the movement took hold relatively late from other Islamic organizations and they have been present in Europe since almost 10 years. After a research on Fethullah Gülen’s old sermon records, we learned that Fethullah Gülen frequently visited some French and German cities at the end of 1980s. […]
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Rumi and Gülen’s Main Message and Acceptance of the Other

Social and political conjuncture was very turbulent when Rumi emerged. It was a period in which so many conflicts and disorders were being experienced one after the other. There was first a great deal of dissidence and anarchy as a result of the marginal Babai movement. People were also fed up with the continuous assaults, pillage and invasions of the Mongols and Crusaders.
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Fethullah Gulen: Building a Society of Noble Ideals

The humans of this age have been victimized by a lack of idealism. Sometimes, in addition to lacking idealism, these individuals ignored their self-control and remained corrupt; some even went so far as to inflict destruction upon their environments, behaving like anarchists and nihilists so as to appear strong willed. These kinds of people have […]
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Fethullah Gülen’s message to Turquiose Harmony Institute “Peace and Dialogue Awards”

Board of Directors, Advisory Board Members and staff of Turquoise Harmony Institute and honorable participants of Ubuntu Lecture and Peace and Dialog Awards, ladies and gentlemen. All human beings are created equaly by God. The most basic tenets of all religious beliefs are values bestowed upon us by God: such as equality, freedom, dignity, peace […]
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Does the Gülen Movement seek Political Power in Turkey?

Although, Gülen and the movement do not seek for power, they threaten the established authoritarian elite regime by educating the population, reaching out to the minorities, helping the poor, and working for the reconciliation. According to Hakan Yavuz, the balance of power is shifting toward a bottom-up conception of modernity and a new vision of […]
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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 days1 which cultivate an “evil” that is disposed to mischief; this is in spite of the looming storms that whip around us from time to time and notwithstanding the certain […]
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The faithful and trustworthy person in Gulen’s philosophy

Question: A Muslim is described in a hadith as a person from whose tongue and hands other people are secure. How can we ingrain this good character in us, and what is its significance? Answer: As it is included in reliable sources of hadith, God’s Messenger, peace and blessings be upon him, describes a true […]
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