Friday, August 31, 2012

Fethullah Gulen - Clarity About Aims and Means

(Video Duration: 4 mins. 30 secs.)

We must be as precise as possible about the aim and object of any project that we undertake. If we do so we will not so to speak fall between the objectives. In our particular service if we do not direct our spirits to a definite aim our thoughts will collapse into a whirl of confusion and we will become their powerless playthings.
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Fethullah Gulen - Friendship

(Video Duration: 2 mins. 31 secs.)

Those who hold their friends in good esteem and treat them with respect gain many defenders and supporters against their enemies.

Having faithful friends is just as important as satisfying the vital necessities of life. Being among a secure and peaceful circle of friends means finding safety against many hazards and dangers.
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Fethullah Gulen - Keeping Secrets

(Video Duration: 4 mins. 14 secs.)

Guarding a secret is the same as guarding one's chastity. Those who keep a secret whether personal or a friend's keep themselves chaste. Conversely those who spread secrets damage their honor and reputation by leaving them unguarded.
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Fethullah Gulen - Nation

(Video Duration: 2 mins. 28 secs.)

Individuals who have sincerely resolved to be pillars of their nation never allow themselves to neglect even the smallest matter of concern to the nation even though there may be times when they forget about their own problems.

The nation with the best standing consists of people who are unified on all public matters and respect the majority view. It hardly needs to be said that the nation's people must have received a common education of shared values in religion language and historical awareness.
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Fethullah Gulen - Essentials of the Way

(Video Duration: 1 mins. 38 secs.)

Preferring the sacred cause over all worldly and animal desires; being steadfast in truth once it has been discovered to the degree that you sacrifice all mundane attachments for its sake; enduring all hardships so that future generations will be happy; seeking happiness not in material or even spiritual pleasures but in the happiness and well-being of others; never seeking to obtain any posts or positions; and preferring oneself to others in taking on work but preferring others to oneself in receiving wages—these are the essentials of this sacred way of serving the truth.
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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Fethullah Gulen - Heroes of Love

(Video Duration: 46 secs.)

Only those who overflow with love will build the happy and enlightened world of the future. Their lips smiling with love their hearts brimming with love their eyes radiating love and the most tender human feelings-such are the heroes of love who always receive messages of love from the rising and setting of the sun and from the flickering light of the stars.
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Fethullah Gulen - Personal Integrity

(Video Duration: 1 min. 6 secs.)

Those who want to reform the world must first reform themselves. If they want to lead others to a better world they must purify their inner worlds of hatred rancor and jealousy and adorn their outer worlds with virtue. The words of those who cannot control and disci-pline themselves and who have not refined their feelings may seem attractive and insightful at first. How-ever even if they somehow manage to inspire others which they sometimes do the sentiments they arouse will soon wither.
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Fethullah Gulen - Humility

(Video Duration: 3 mins. 54 secs.)

Those who are humble and modest are highly regarded in the sight of both the created and the Creator. Those who are haughty and self-conceited who belittle others and put on arrogant airs are always disliked by the created and punished by the Creator.

Self-conceit shows a lack of sensibility and maturity. Those who are more reflective and spiritually mature have the sense to attribute whatever gifts they may have to the Creator the Most High and devote themselves to Him with humble gratitude.
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Fethullah Gulen - The Rights of Parents

(Video Duration: 3 mins. 18 secs.)

Respect of parents is a primary and sacred obligation. If you do not respect your parents you are disobeying God Almighty. Those who treat their parents badly eventually are treated badly by others.

From the very moment of conception a growing and developing child is a care and responsibility for its parents. One cannot estimate the depth of attachment and compassion parents feel for their children or calculate the troubles and hardships they endure because of them. For this reason respecting parents is a debt of human gratitude as well as a religious obligation.
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Fethullah Gulen - Man

(Video Duration: 3 mins. 9 secs.)

Each individual is equipped with sublime emotions has a natural disposition toward virtue and is fascinated with eternity. Even the most wretched-looking person has a rainbow-like atmosphere in his or her spirit comprised of the thought of eternity love of beauty and virtuous feeling. If people can develop these most basic inherent elements of their being they can rise to the highest ranks of humanity and attain eternity.
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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Boyd: Fethullah Gulen describes how Islam may contribute to democratization

(Video Duration: 46 secs.)

Tom W. Boyd, Ph.D.
Dr. Tom W. Boyd: "Gulen makes a serious statement about how democratization process, which is inevitable, can be contributed to by Islam, if Islam would carefully reinterpret its own self understanding... He is fairly critical of Islam from an insiders position, but he is critical in a creative way; nothing destructive at all..."
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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Fethullah Gulen's Care for All Creation as a Means to Nonviolence

(Video Duration: 22 mins. 25 secs. )

Eileen Eppig, Ph.D.
Prof. Eileen Eppig of College of Notre Dame presents her paper at the conference Preventing Violence and Achieving World Peace: The Contributions of the Gulen Movement, held by the Rumi Forum on Oct. 29, 2009 at the University of Maryland, College Park:

The nonviolent and peaceful lifestyle of Fethullah Gulen reflects the Sufi belief that love is the essential element in every creature. Gulen’s own love extends to the entire universe, which is meant to be “read” by human beings in order to achieve faith, knowledge, and closeness to God. With traditional Sufi theology, Gulen relates the inner meaning of the Qur’an to the inner meaning of the natural world. The Qur’an and the universe are two expressions of the same truth.
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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Hizmet (Gulen Movement) very clearly is on the side of peacemakers

(Video Duration: 36 secs.)

Jon Pahl, Ph.D.
Dr. Jon Pahl: "I believe, the Hizmet Movement very clearly is on the side of peacemakers. Because within Hizmet, sacred space is moral space. Wherever people are gathered together doing the good, recognizing the beautiful, speaking the truth, that is a sacred place..."
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Monday, August 20, 2012

Fethullah Gulen & Gulen Movement - Remarks by Prof. Robert A. Pape

(Video Duration: 43 secs.)

Robert A. Pape, Ph.D.
Prof. Robert A. Pape: "I think that the position of Mr. Gulen is an important antidote to the kind of fear that has emerged in the era of terrorism... What Mr. Gulen is doing and what the Gulen Movement is doing is working against the restriction of civil liberties. Just sort of build tolerance in an era when we need it most."
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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Fethullah Gulen says, Hizmet movement should not be attributed to him alone

(Video Duration: 3 mins. 58 secs.)

Fethullah Gulen
Fethullah Gülen himself never approves and never uses the terms “Gülen Movement” or “Gülen Community.” He prefers the action to be called “the Volunteers’ Service” because this does not connote any contentious otherness, political separatism or a conflictual front. He insists that the Movement does not and must not involve conflict, and that the volunteers’ service must be offered within a certain framework of principles.
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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Followers of Fethullah Gulen seek to build up the human community

(Video Duration: 4 mins. 31 secs.)

Leo Lefebure, Ph.D.
Prof. Leo Lefebure of Georgetown University speaks at Annual Intercultural Shared Iftar (fast-breaking Dinner) held by Rumi Forum of Washington D.C.

According to him, we all can get so used to routines, and fasting exerts a call to attention for not only Muslims, but followers of other religious paths as well. He shares how Islamic faith calls him to stop and think "what do I worship functionally in my life?"
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Monday, August 6, 2012

Gulen Movement and Fethullah Gulen discussed at CSIS

(Video Duration: 1 min. 39 secs.)

Members of the Center for Strategic and International Studies gather in Washington... The topics discussed include: the Gulen Movement.

The group's director Doctor Bulent Aliriza hosted the discussion... and said that the movement has grown rapidly... reaching out to the world for more than 40 years.
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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Fethullah Gulen and Gulen Movement Discussed at German Symposium

(Video Duration: 1 min. 27 secs.)

Fethullah Gulen and Gulen Movement Discussed at German Symposium
Bekim Agai, Ph.D.
The Intercultural Dialog Association in Cologne organized a symposium titled "Fethullah Gulen who Encourages the Dialog Studies". At a weekend in Cologne, many academics, members of the parliament, representatives of some NGO's, Turks and Germans attended the symposium.
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