Fethullah Gülen’s Dialogic Sufism: a theological framework

Fethullah Gülen’s Dialogic Sufism: a theological framework

In Gülen’s thinking, tolerance is indispensable to Sufism. Above all, he has signified the tolerant nature of Sufism by the three principles of Sufism, as “overflowing with Divine Love and getting along with all other beings in the realization (originating from Divine Love) that the universe is a cradle of brotherhood”, “giving preference or precedence to the well-being and happiness of others” and “being open to love, spiritual yearning, delight and ecstasy.” Further, Gülen directly related this quality of tolerance to love in describing the Sufi knowledge of God.…

Sufism and its origins (by Fethullah Gulen)

Political Activism for Peaceful Coexistence in Rumi and Gulen

Rumi and Gülen’s Main Message and Acceptance of the Other

Gülen’s Notion of Hizmet and Public Good: From a Strategy to an Action Plan

Fethullah Gülen: Following in the Footsteps of Rumi

What does Fethullah Gülen say about Islamists, Islamism?

What does Fethullah Gülen say about Islamists, Islamism?

In addition, Fethullah Gülen is critical of the instrumentalization of religion in politics, and has no direct participation in party politics because the modern world exists in a pluralistic experience rather than within an assumed homogeneity of truth. He is against those who have created a negative image of Islam by reducing Islam to an ideology. Through words and deeds he underlines the distinction between Islam, a religion, and Islamism, a profoundly radical political ideology that seeks to replace existing states and political structures, either through revolutionary or evolutionary means.…

Gulen Movement, Civil Islam and Turkey’s Future

Civil Islam and Democratic Modernity in Gülen’s thought

Understanding the Hizmet Movement – Is Hizmet Islamist?

Is the Gulen Movement an alternative to the state?

Solving the Paradox: How to be a Balanced Muslim

Human beings and their nature (by Fethullah Gulen)

Human beings and their nature (by Fethullah Gulen)

Humans, the greatest mirror of the names, attributes and deeds of God, are a shining mirror, a marvelous fruit of life, a source for the whole universe, a sea that appears to be a tiny drop, a sun formed as a humble seed, a great melody in spite of their insignificant physical positions, and the source for existence all contained within a small body. Humans carry a holy secret that makes them equal to the entire universe with all their wealth of character; a wealth that can be developed to excellence.…

“The Characteristics of a Believer” by Fethullah Gulen

An analysis of Gülen’s Humanism

Women Issues View all

Is the role of women limited to motherhood in Islam

Is the role of women limited to motherhood in Islam

No, it is not. The noble position of motherhood aside, our general opinion about women is that, while taking into account their specific needs, it should be made possible for them to take on every…

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History of the Hizmet movement and Fethullah Gülen’s philosophy revisited

History of the Hizmet movement and Fethullah Gülen’s philosophy revisited

Gülen’s personal charisma goes hand-in-hand with good organization by his followers and an appealing message that one can be at home in the modern world and still embrace traditional values like faith in God and community responsibility. He often notes that 95 percent of religion is about one’s personal life and that community advancement comes through progress in one’s spiritual life.…

Dialogue

Fethullah Gülen’s Use of Scriptural Resources for Tolerance

Fethullah Gülen’s Use of Scriptural Resources for Tolerance

... And while some have thought differently, most interpreters of the Gospels do not…

Hizmet’s core teachings to undermine and negate extremism

Hizmet’s core teachings to undermine and negate extremism

Hizmet’s core teachings and the values and activism they underpin are diametrically opposed to…

Hizmet: a Language and Culture of Compassion for and Service to Humanity

Hizmet: a Language and Culture of Compassion for and Service to Humanity

Fethullah Gülen envisages self-perfection as a means to revitalize compassionate…

Principles of Dialogue in Fethullah Gülen’s Thought

Principles of Dialogue in Fethullah Gülen’s Thought

Züleyha Keskin 1. Be sincere in dialogue “True understanding of the ‘other’ and thereby…

Muslims have a duty to address those who distort Islam

Muslims have a duty to address those who distort Islam

According to Fethullah Gülen, those who commit transgressions against the nation or religion to…

Fethullah Gülen: Our method against “hostility”

Fethullah Gülen: Our method against “hostility”

It is not possible for a believer to leave the circle of good manners,…

Expansion of Gülen Movement Organizations Westwards

Expansion of Gülen Movement Organizations Westwards

Taking the Gülen movement as a case study, this paper demonstrates how an Islamic…

Moral Theology of Hizmet – Positive action, service, piety, sincerity and interreligious dialogue

Moral Theology of Hizmet – Positive action, service, piety, sincerity and interreligious dialogue

Hizmet institutions in contemporary Turkey achieve creative commensuration…

Fethullah Gulen’s Dialogue

Fethullah Gulen’s Dialogue

Gulen argues that the main purpose of religions is to bridge, to unify humanity on the path to virtue, not to…

Some statements concerning Jews or Israel in your early sermons have been perceived as anti-Semitic

Some statements concerning Jews or Israel in your early sermons have been perceived as anti-Semitic

The actions and attitudes of your interlocutors affect your views…

Where does Gülen stand on: democracy, human rights, and minorities?

Where does Gülen stand on: democracy, human rights, and minorities?

Democracy Gülen recognizes democracy as the only viable political system of governance. He denounces…

“The Cry of the Nightingale” Fethullah Gulen – A Modern-Day Rumi?

“The Cry of the Nightingale” Fethullah Gulen – A Modern-Day Rumi?

Fethullah Gulen is the perfect modern-day messenger, a voice for…

Fethullah Gulen: A Bridge Between Islam and the West

Fethullah Gulen: A Bridge Between Islam and the West

Fethullah Gülen thinks of globalization in more than economic and ideological terms. For him…

The Gulen Movement: A Shared Bridge between the U.S. and Islam

The Gulen Movement: A Shared Bridge between the U.S. and Islam

Peter J. Mehl “Life is a shared bridge of “passing over” and “coming back.”…