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Hodjaefendi Fethullah Gülen

Turkish Muslim Preacher

Fethullah Gülen is a preacher, thinker and educator, who having assumed the leadership of the Nurcu religious movement—started by Said Nursî (1887- 1960CE) — has gone on to become a global phenomenon in his own right. His popularity and authority in Turkey have been the driving force of the movement that is widely thought to have brought about the social and, eventually, political changes of which politician Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been the ultimate heir—that is the enfranchisement of Muslim politics in Turkey. Despite his peaceful means of preaching and community organisation, Gülen is viewed with antagonism by the secularist establishment in Turkey and has been living in the US since 1999.


Humanitarian Reformer

Gülen and his followers have devoted considerable energy in recent years on interreligious dialogue with tens of interfaith centres in Europe and the US being opened to foster better relations between faiths. Gülen is also the head of a series of socially oriented philanthropic efforts. His teaching emphasises that there are no material shortages in the world, and that there is no justification for starvation. Gülen has established many charities to distribute wealth to the needy.

Catalyst for Educational Change

When Gülen began preaching in Izmir—in his youth—a network of pupils began to unite around his teachings—as a ‘social movement’ inspired by Gülen’s example. This movement has culminated in the development of around 300 schools in Turkey and hundreds more worldwide (including the largest network of Charter Schools in the USA). Graduates from these private schools around the world are coached in ethics and philosophy that are inspired by Gülen’s teachings, and continue to take top honours in university placement tests.

Influence in the Media

The Gülen movement has opened hospitals and charities, a DE and radio station, as well as a bank—Asya Finans—that operates on Islamic principles. Gülen also has two major masscirculation daily Turkish newspapers that are affiliated with his movement: ‘Zaman’ and the English-language ‘Today’s Zaman’. The Gülen network has also initiated a Journalists and Writers Foundation and a Teachers Foundation—providing an umbrella organisation for a host of dialogue groups and charitable organisations.

Intellectual

Gülen is one of the most important thinkers and writers from Turkey, and among the most effective activists in twentieth-century Turkey. The Gülen movement is one of the best connected and therefore one of the most powerful networks competing to influence Muslims around the globe, making it likely to have an enduring impact on the modernization of Islam and its engagement with Western ideas. Belgium’s Catholic University of Leuven established a ‘Fethullah Gulen Chair’ (for Intellectual Studies). In 2008, Gülen topped the list of “The World’s Top 20 Public Intellectuals” by the magazines Foreign Policy and Prospect. He gave a rare interview to The Atlantic in August 2013.

 

700,000 Circulation for the Sızıntı monthly magazine for which he has written the lead article for every issue since 1979.
83 The number of books he has authored, 65 originally in Turkish and another 17 in English covering topics such as sociology, politics, religion, art, science and sports.
135The number of Gulen-inspired chartered schools operating in the US alone with a student enrollment of nearly 45,000 students.
Muslim cleric Fethullah Gülen denounces violence against women - Hurriyet Daily News
2013-11-08 13:05:26

Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen denounced violence against women in a recently released video, saying he would, “strongly slap the face,” of those who use violence against women. “If I had the chance, I would first ask for patience from Allah and then ...

Beginnings and Endings: Fethullah Gülen's Vision for Today's World - PR Web (press release)
2013-10-19 07:16:00

Wagner's book explores the way that Gülen, in his extensive writings, lays out a vision for humanity to make the most of its time on earth as the end times near. Wagner shows how Gülen uses his deep understanding of both Islamic faith and our modern ...and more »

Embracing the World Focuses on Fethullah Gülen's Understanding of Sufism - Broadway World
2013-10-21 11:34:32

This new book focuses on Fethullah Gülen's understanding of Sufism in particular as found in the writings of Rumi, a Sufi thinker and poet who lived in 13th century Turkey, as well as with other earlier thinkers, from Socrates to Ibn 'Arabi.. Soltes ...and more »

Fethullah Gülen Hocaefendi'den Filipinler'e yardım - Zaman Gazetesi
2013-11-14 00:34:14

Fethullah Gülen Hocaefendi de Kimse Yok mu Derneği aracılığı ile felaketin yaralarını sarmaya çalışan Filipinler'e 10 bin dolar bağışladı. Gülen'in, bağışı kitaplarından ve sesli yayınlarının telifinden kazandığı paralardan yaptığı öğrenildi. Bölgeye ...

Fethullah Gülen câmiasından 'parti kurma' açıklaması - Radikal
2013-11-13 08:46:51

Radikal.com.tr – Fethullah Gülen Cemaati'ne yakınlığıyla bilinen Gazeteciler ve Yazarlar Vakfı'ndan yapılan açıklamada, “cemaatinin parti kuracağı” yönündeki bazı haber ve söylentiler hatırlatılarak bu iddialara yanıt verildi. “Bu sığ ve gerçeklikten ...

Erdogan's 'get well soon' message to Fethullah Gulen - www.worldbulletin.net
2013-10-22 21:42:42

Updating: 11:21, 21 October 2013 Monday. Erdogan's 'get well soon' message to Fethullah Gulen. Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called the Turkish Muslim scholar Fethullah Gulen to wish him well after he fell ill. Tweet. World Bulletin ...

Hocaefendi'den çok önemli uyarı! - Samanyolu Haber
2013-11-12 08:53:52

Muhterem Fethullah Gülen Hocaefendi , herkul.org internet sitesinde yayınlanan bu haftaki bamteli sohbetinde iktidar, servet, makam ve kibir gibi nimetlerin nasıl öldürücü virüslere dönüştüğünü anlattı. Bir kudsî hadîste, Cenâb-ı Hak, “Kibriya, benim ...

Fethullah Gülen'den Başbakan Erdoğan'a uyarı üstüne uyarı - Odatv
2013-11-11 22:27:48

O tarihte Zaman gazetesinde; Fethullah Gülen'in Ağustos 2005 tarihli Sızıntı'da yayınlanan yazısı yeniden tam sayfa basıldı. O yazının ana teması “kibirli insanlarla” ilgiliydi. İsim verilmiyordu; ama Cemaat'in “kibirli” derken kastettiği adres açıktı ...

Fethullah Gülen'den kadın şiddetine okkalı yeniçeri şamarı! - Spot Haber
2013-11-08 15:10:43

Fethullah Gülen yayımlanana son sohbetinde kadına yönelik şiddet ve boşanmalar hakkında konuştu. Bu konu hakkında çok hassas olduğu görülen Fethullah Gülen hoca efendi böyle olayları yaşatan kişi benim kardeşim bile olsa içimden affetk dahi gelmiyor ...

Hedef: Fethullah Gülen'in ışık evleri - Sözcü
2013-11-08 05:26:37

Bu planda, “Işık evleri” öne çıkıyor. Fethullah Gülen cemaati, özellikle üniversite öğrencilerinin yurt sorunu yaşadığı illerde, onlar için evler açıyor. Kızlar için ayrı, erkekler için ayrı evlerde çok sayıda öğrenci barınıyor. Yemekleri cemaat ...and more »

“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.”

Birth: 27 April 1941 (Age: 73)

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Influence: Figure of spiritual and social leadership for millions of Turkish Muslims and others around the world

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“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.”
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700,000 Circulation for the Sızıntı monthly magazine for which he has written the lead article for every issue since 1979.
83 The number of books he has authored, 65 originally in Turkish and another 17 in English covering topics such as sociology, politics, religion, art, science and sports.
135The number of Gulen-inspired chartered schools operating in the US alone with a student enrollment of nearly 45,000 students.
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