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About Fethullah Gulen

Fethullah GulenFethullah Gulen is an authoritative mainstream Turkish Muslim scholar, thinker, author, poet, opinion leader and educational activist who supports interfaith and intercultural dialogue, science, democracy and spirituality and opposes violence and turning religion into a political ideology. Fethullah Gülen promotes cooperation of civilizations toward a peaceful world, as opposed to a clash:

“Be so tolerant that your bosom becomes wide like the ocean. Become inspired with faith and love of human beings. Let there be no troubled souls to whom you do not offer a hand and about whom you remain unconcerned.” (Fethullah Gülen, Criteria or Lights of the Way. London: Truestar.)

About Gulen

As a Pious, Dedicated Muslim

As a Pious, Dedicated Muslim

Fethullah Gülen is a dedicated, pious Muslim. What lie under his idealism and activism are his piety and personal spiritual-prayer that he has pursed since early childhood. He devoted his life to bringing peace to the world. We can only understand Gulen best, if we understand his piety and prayer life. Dr. Salih Yucel spent eight days by his side as an observer in order to better understand Fethu... Read more

As a Leader

As a Leader

Fethullah Gülen is a leader that possesses extraordinary competences such as foresight and persuasion. He has led a community successfully and transformed it to a global social movement. Gülen is classified as an Islamic scholar and spiritual guide, he is also an example of a leader possessing such extraordinary competences such as intuition and foresight. Gülen has led his community successfully... Read more

As a Preacher

As a Preacher

Fethullah Gülen’s discourse was distinguished by his depth of knowledge and eloquence. His sermons were well-structured and systematic presentations that would extend over many months. Working in Izmir, Turkey, was the turning point in Gülen’s career, as the city would be the cradle for the movement that crystallized around his discourse and activism. He maintained his ascetic way of life. He fou... Read more

As an Intellectual

As an Intellectual

Fethullah Gülen studied religious and sufi sciences, then focused on positive sciences, literature, history, and philosophy that contributed to his intellectual and spiritual formation. Destiny directed Gülen to put into effect all the aptitudes and characteristics brought by creation in a just and balanced manner. In his own words: “My first teacher was my mother. At that time, our village had n... Read more

As a Scholar

As a Scholar

Fethullah Gülen’s expertise goes beyond the limitations of modern Islamic studies. He is a scholar with broad knowledge in social sciences that makes him a contemporary Islamic scholar. Although a number of conferences have been organized in recent years emphasizing the social, civic, and educational activities of the Gulen Movement (aka Hizmet Movement or just Hizmet), as well as Gulen’s contrib... Read more

As a Peace Advocate

As a Peace Advocate

Fethullah Gülen has convinced people at home and abroad that respectful dialogue with each other help mold peaceful communities, which are built on values that people share in common. Fethullah Gülen has been actively promoting interfaith and intercultural dialogue for over a decade, starting long before the tragedy of 9/11. In Turkey, he has been credited with bringing about a positive atmospher... Read more

As an Educator

As an Educator

Fethullah Gulen sees three forms of education (science, humanities, religious) that complement one another and that need to operate together to form the perfect and exalted human being. Fethullah Gulen traveled to numerous cities and towns across Turkey to give sermons in mosques and speeches at gatherings in various places, including theatres and even coffee houses. He focused on education in hi... Read more

Fethullah Gulen's Life

Fethullah Gulen's Life

Born into a traditional family, Fethullah Gulen spent his childhood in atmosphere of traditional sufi orders and religious schools. He had limitless curiosity and a love of knowledge. Introduction Born in Erzurum, in eastern Turkey, in 1941, M. Fethullah Gulen is an Islamic scholar and thinker, and a prolific writer and poet. He was trained in the religious sciences by several celebrated Mus... Read more