Fethullah Gülen

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No terrorist can be a Muslim, and no true Muslim can be a terrorist.

Muhammed Fethullah Gülen (born 27 April, 1941 -) is a Turkish preacher, former imam, writer, and political figure.


"Gülen’s Condemnation Message of Terrorism", 2001[edit]

"Gülen’s Condemnation Message of Terrorism", The Washington Post (September 12, 2001)

  • I would like to stress that any terrorist activity, no matter who does it and for what purpose, is the greatest blow to peace, democracy, humanity, and all religious values. For this reason, no one—and certainly no Muslims – can approve of any terrorist activity.
  • The world should be assured that, although there may always be some who exploit any religion for their interests, Islam does not approve of terrorism in any form. Terrorism cannot be used to achieve any Islamic goal. No terrorist can be a Muslim, and no true Muslim can be a terrorist. Islam orders peace, and the Qur’an demands from each true Muslim that he or she be a symbol of peace and support the maintenance of basic human rights. If a ship is carrying nine criminals and one innocent person, Islam does not allow the ship to be sunk to punish the nine criminals, for doing so would violate the innocent person’s rights.
  • The Qur’an declares that one who takes a life unjustly has, in effect, taken the lives of humanity as a whole, and that one who saves a life has, in effect, saved the lives of humanity as a whole.
  • I strongly condemn this latest terrorist attack on the United States. It only deserves condemnation and contempt, and it must be condemned by every person in the world. I believe that before America’s leaders and people respond to this heinous assault, I would like to express that they surely understand why such a terrible event occurred and how similar tragedies can be avoided in the future.

"Fethullah Gulen: Powerful but reclusive Turkish cleric", 2014[edit]

"Fethullah Gulen: Powerful but reclusive Turkish cleric", BBC (January 27, 2014)

  • They try to portray us as a pro-Israeli movement, in the sense that we have a higher regard for them than our nation. We are accepting them as a people, as part of the people of the world.
  • If I were to say anything to people I may say people should vote for those who are respectful to democracy, rule of law, who get on well with people. Telling or encouraging people to vote for a party would be an insult to peoples' intellect. Everybody very clearly sees what is going on.

"Fethullah Gulen: I Condemn All Threats to Turkey’s Democracy", 2016[edit]

"Fethullah Gulen: I Condemn All Threats to Turkey’s Democracy", The New York Times (July 26, 2016)

  • Throughout my life, I have publicly and privately denounced military interventions in domestic politics. In fact, I have been advocating for democracy for decades. Having suffered through four military coups in four decades in Turkey — and having been subjected by those military regimes to harassment and wrongful imprisonment — I would never want my fellow citizens to endure such an ordeal again. If somebody who appears to be a Hizmet sympathizer has been involved in an attempted coup, he betrays my ideals.
  • Erdogan’s accusation is no surprise, not for what it says about me but rather for what it reveals about his systematic and dangerous drive toward one-man rule.
  • Like many Turkish citizens, the Hizmet movement’s participants supported Mr. Erdogan’s early efforts to democratize Turkey and fulfill the requirements for membership in the European Union. But we were not silent as he turned from democracy to despotism. Even before these new purges, Mr. Erdogan in recent years has arbitrarily closed newspapers; removed thousands of judges, prosecutors, police officers and civil servants from their positions; and taken especially harsh measures against Kurdish communities. He has declared his detractors enemies of the state.
  • Turkey’s president is blackmailing the United States by threatening to curb his country’s support for the international coalition against the Islamic State. His goal: to ensure my extradition, despite a lack of credible evidence and virtually no prospect for a fair trial. The temptation to give Mr. Erdogan whatever he wants is understandable. But the United States must resist it.

Quotes about Gülen[edit]


Prof. Philip Clayton: "What Fethullah Gulen and the movement have done is to offer a model for Muslims around the entire planet of how to be thoroughly world citizens, thoroughly citizens of the 21st century, and, at the same time, deeply Muslim." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmiIhBjWU8c

Prof. Eve Levin: "I think that Fethullah Gülen, from what I have read of his works, has very interesting ideas. I particularly like his advocacy of a form of Islam that is compatible with the modern world, that is promoting peace, equality, and justice, and freedom in the world." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmiIhBjWU8c

Dr. Christy Lohr Sapp, Duke University: "I will describe Fethullah Gülen as a very holy person, a spiritual leader, a beloved and revered teacher, a faithful and devout and pious Muslim and most of all a servant leader." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCTnyAimJxc

Prof. Jack Goldstone, George Mason University: "When you read Gülen's work, it's all about peace, understanding, knowledge, progress. There's very little in it about conflict, except how to get past conflict, and get over it." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CN3_CdWNQLw

Prof. Arben Malaj: "Gülen is a person who has fully dedicated himself to the promotion of the best values that our society needs mostly as it confronts with difficult social crises...Mr. Gulen's special focus on civility, harmony and tolerance, and the manifestation of this special will in every project and activity of this movement has given a profound inspiration to me." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5Mo6ArOFOE

David Marsh, University of Southern California: ‘’I think every country needs a Gülen. Every country needs someone who says, “we need to talk with other groups. We need to find connections.” I think his interfaith dialog efforts have been amazing.’’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Ppz5ZLHlwg

=== Michael T. Flynn, Our ally Turkey is in crisis and needs our support (2016) ===

Michael T. Flynn, Our ally Turkey is in crisis and needs our support, The Hill (11/08/16) '(Dispute: Michael T. Flynn was paid by the Turkish Government to investigate and write about Mr. Gulen, therefore his views are biased. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/10/us/politics/michael-flynn-turkey.html?mcubz=0 )

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