Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Peacebuilding Through Education

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With the UN gathering in New York, education officials from all around the world also came together to focus on global youth education, and individual student success stories.

The UN General Assembly gathers today and just down the street various leaders across the globe came together for a conference called Peace Building through Education. It focuses on educating the youth. From the Philippines to Tanzania to New Jersey, education ministers shared success stories of individuals and schools that broke through differences.
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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Dr. Jill Carroll speaks on Fethullah Gulen and The Gulen Movement

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Dr. Jill Carroll, author of the book A Dialogue of Civilizations: Gülen's Islamic Ideals and Humanistic Discourse, speaks at the lecture and book signing event in Chicago at Niagara Foundation. Dr. Carroll talks about the components that lead her to write the book and provides valuable insight on its context and content.

Fethullah Gulen is a Turkish intellectual, scholar, and activist whose influence over a new Islamic intellectual, social, and spiritual revival is revealed in this insightful book. Readers will gain a fuller understanding of where Gulen stands on issues of inherent human value and dignity, freedom of thought, education and taking responsibility for creating society and the world. In addition, readers will also see how different perspectives across time, geography, and worldview can still find points on which to engage in dialogue and find a deep resonance.
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Pioneer Academy of Science Wins High Honors

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The "Pioneer Academy of Science," also known as the "Turkish College" in Clifton, New Jersey was ranked the second in the United States National Science Olympiad Invitational with 4 gold, 6 silver and 12 bronze medals.
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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Fethullah Gulen and Peace as Horizon of Tolerance and Dialogue

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Pim Valkenberg, Ph.D.
Prof. Pim Valkenberg presents his paper titled Fethullah Gulen and Peace as Horizon of Tolerance and Dialogue 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.
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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Fethullah Gulen offers condolences, strongly condemns mindless violence

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Fethullah Gulen
Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen has strongly condemned at attack on US Consulate in Benghazi that killed four Americans, including Libyan ambassador, and expressed deep condolences to the American people.

"I have learned with sadness about the attack on the US Consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi which resulted in the deaths of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, consulate personnel and several others.
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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Fethullah Gulen's Alternative to the Dialectic Humanity

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Heon C. Kim, Ph.D.
Dr. Heon C. Kim of Temple University presents his 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.
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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Gulen Movement - An Analysis by Professor Helen Rose Ebaugh

(Video Duration: 28 mins. 12 secs.)

Helen Rose Ebaugh, Professor at the Department of Sociology at University of Houston, who primarily teaches sociology of world religions, discusses the concept of organizational culture by telling about a study that she reported in her recent book: The Gulen Movement – A Sociological Analysis of a Civic Movement Rooted in Moderate Islam.
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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Gulen Movement discussed at Arab League

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Leading academics from various countries discussed the role of movements in the Muslim world and the experiences of the Gulen Movement at Arab League headquarters in Cairo. The conference, jointly held by Cairo University's economic and political science faculty, Academic Studies and the Internet Foundation from Turkey, and Hira magazine, started Oct. 19 and lasted for three days.
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Friday, September 7, 2012

Culture of Coexistence

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We’re now one global family. As a matter of fact, we’ve always been one human family, sons of daughters of same parents, Adam and Eve.

The awareness and commitment of serving all people regardless of race, color, religion or nationality…
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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Fethullah Gulen - Addiction to Comfort

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Every noble cause and truth will gain constancy and a universal identity by its adherents' determination to protect it and their devotion to it. If those who have embraced that cause and truth are not perceptive, faithful, and persevering, that which they have embraced eventually will be erased from human memory by the hostility of its determined enemies.
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Fethullah Gulen - Love Of Position

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Each individual has the seeds of virtue as well as the potential for evil. Such undesirable characteristics as passion and the desire to show off exist alongside such good qualities as sincerity, altruism, and self-sufficiency. We should take all these qualities into account when considering human nature so that we will not be disappointed.
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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Fethullah Gulen - Religion

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Since its appearance on the Earth, humanity has found true peace and happiness in religion. As it is impossible to talk of morality and virtue where people do not practice the true religion it is also difficult to imagine real happiness for morality and virtue originate in a good clear conscience. Religion is what makes one's conscience good and clear for it is a connection between humanity and God.
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Fethullah Gulen - Love

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Love is one of the most subtle blessings that the Most Merciful One has bestowed upon humanity. It exists in everyone as a seed. This seed germinates under favorable circumstances and growing like a tree blossoms into a flower and finally ripens like a fruit to unite the beginning with the end.
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Fethullah Gulen - Morals

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Morals are a set of noble principles that originate in high spirituality and govern human conduct. For this reason people who neglect spirituality and are therefore lacking in spiritual values cannot sustain conduct in accordance with these principles.
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Fethullah Gulen - Holding One's Tongue

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Talking too much is a personality defect stemming from mental and spiritual imbalance. Use precise words that do not confuse the listener's mind and do not use more words than necessary to convey the intended message. Indeed using many words may even be harmful for the more words you use the greater the chance of contradiction which will confuse the listener even more. This development will not benefit the listener; on the contrary it will work to his or her detriment.
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Monday, September 3, 2012

Fethullah Gulen - Prudence

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Always exercise prudence for it can prevent any remorse and regret engendered by loss or failure. So many who have initiated projects have regretted their actions or blamed fate just because they failed to assess their situation prudently and competently. Such people are doubly in error: for inadequate deliberation and then for criticizing fate.
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Fethullah Gulen - Upbringing

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The future of every individual is closely related to the impressions and influences experienced during childhood and youth. If children and young people are brought up in a climate where their enthusiasm is stimulated with higher feelings they will have vigorous minds and display good morals and virtues.

Little attention and importance is given to teaching cultural values although they are essential to education. When we give them their deserved importance we shall have reached a major objective.
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Fethullah Gulen - Children

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Adam the first man and Eve the first woman were created together at the very beginning of human existence. This indicates that marriage is natural. Reproduction is the most important purpose of this natural state. A marriage made for reasons other than bringing up new generations is no more than a temporary entertainment and adventure. The children who come into the world through such a marriage are the unfortunate products of a transient emotion.
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Fethullah Gulen - The Rights of Children

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A child has the same meaning for humanity's continuation as a seed for a forest's continued growth and multiplication. People who neglect their children decay gradually and those who abandon them to a foreign culture risk losing their identity.

Children form the most active and productive part of a community after every thirty or forty years. Those who ignore their young children should consider how important an element of their own community's life they are disregarding and then shudder.
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Sunday, September 2, 2012

Fethullah Gulen - Youth

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Those who wish to predict a nation's future can do so accurately by analyzing the education and upbringing being given to its young people.

Desires resemble sweets and virtues resemble food that is a little salty or sour. When young people are free to choose what are they likely to prefer? Regardless of this however it is our obligation to bring them up to be friends of virtue and enemies of indecency and immorality.
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Fethullah Gulen - What We Expect of Science

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Since "real" life is possible only through knowledge those who neglect learning and teaching are considered "dead" even though they are still alive for we were created to learn and to communicate what we have learned to others.

Right decisions depend on having a sound mind and on sound thinking. As science and knowledge illuminates and develop one's mind those deprived of science and knowledge cannot reach right decisions and are always exposed to deception and misguidance.
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Fethullah Gulen - Progress

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A nation's development and progress depends upon the intellectual and spiritual training given to the people who live within its borders. A nation whose members are lacking in intellectual and spiritual development should not be expected to develop and progress.
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Fethullah Gulen - Culture

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Culture is an important resource that must be used by those seeking to develop their community in the most beneficial and appropriate way. There is a vital link between the cohesion and strength of a community's direction and the authenticity of its cultural resources.
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Fethullah Gulen - Civilization

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Civilization does not mean being rich and putting on fine airs nor does it mean satisfying carnal desires and leading a luxurious dissipated life. What it really means is being civil and courteous kind-hearted profound in thought and respectful to others.
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Saturday, September 1, 2012

Fethullah Gulen - Humanity

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When interacting with others always regard whatever pleases and displeases yourself as the measure. Desire for others what your own ego desires and do not forget that whatever conduct displeases you will displease others. If you do this you will be safe not only from misconduct and bad behavior but also from hurting others.
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Fethullah Gulen - Freedom

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Freedom means that the spirit voluntarily limits itself to nothing other than sublime feelings and thoughts and serves no principles other than goodness and virtue.

Many people who are actually imprisoned or in chains remain free in their conscience and so do not feel their imprisonment. Many others however do not taste the true meaning of freedom although they inhabit the grand spaces of palaces and gardens.
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Fethullah Gulen - Tolerance

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Be so tolerant that your heart becomes wide like the ocean. Become inspired with faith and love for others. Offer a hand to those in trouble and be concerned about everyone.

Applaud the good for their goodness appreciate those who have believing hearts and be kind to believers. Approach unbelievers so gently that their envy and hatred melt away. Like a Messiah revive people with your breath.
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Fethullah Gulen - Consultation

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Fethullah Gulen - consultation
Ask someone who knows; two lots of knowledge are better than one.

Consultation is the first requirement for reaching the right decision. Decisions reached without due reflection or proper consultation usually come to nothing. Individuals who depend only on themselves are disconnected from others and unconcerned with their opinions even if they happen to be geniuses are at considerable risk of error as compared to those who offer and receive opinions.
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