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Fethullah Gulen Denies Any Involvement With the Bloody Militant Coup in Turkey

Fethullah Gulen is the self-exiled Muslim cleric living in U.S. and the founder of the Hizmet Movement.

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  • Fethullah Gulen is the founder of the Hizmet Movement which preaches co-existence and co-operation in the terms of Sunni Islam.
  • Gulen lives in the U.S. and his movement is active in parts of U.S, Europe, Asia and Africa.
  • In spite of being repeatedly accused of the recent militant coup in Turkey, Gulen maintains his position on the matter, that, he or his followers were not involved in any way and they condemn the attack.
President Erdogan. Image Source : Wikimedia Commons
President Erdogan. Image Source : Wikimedia Commons

While Turkey reels under the aftermath of the Militant Coup, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is blaming the coup on Fethullah Gulen, the Muslim Cleric who lives in Pennsylvania.

However, Gulen has denied all the accusations saying that, “As someone who suffered under multiple military coups during the past five decades, it is especially insulting to be accused of having link to any such an attempt.  I categorically deny such accusations”.

In fact, Gulen has strongly condemned the attack and has clearly mentioned that he or his followers can never bear any association with such activities.

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Initially when Erdogan became the President, Gulen was one of his biggest supporters. But in 2013, Gulen, along with police and investigators launched a corruption probe against Erdogan’s inner circle. That is when Erdogan left Turkey and settled in the United States under the garb of a self-exile. Then on, he has seldom appeared before the media. However, his supporters are still in Turkey and seem to have raised a lot of fund for their movement.

Gulen with Pope John Paul II. Image Source : Wikimedia Commons
Gulen with Pope John Paul II. Image Source : Wikimedia Commons

Gulen’s movement is called ‘Hizmet’ which means service. Gulen preaches  Sunni Islam together with a message of interfaith dialogue. It is an amalgamation of Sufi mysticism and harmony among people. However, Hizmet is not a religious movement. It is essentially about co-existence and co-operation among people. Gulen’s movement centres around U.S., Africa , Europe and Asia.

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According to the Alliance for Shared Values, “For more than 40 years. Fethullah Gulen and Hizmet participants have advocated for and demonstrated their commitment to, peace and democracy”.

This has strengthened Gulen’s claims of not being involved in the coup. He said, “ I pray to God for Turkey, for Turkish citizens, and for all those currently in Turkey that this situation is resolved peacefully and quickly”.

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Tomorrow (November 24) is the popular Thanksgiving Day in USA. Observed on the fourth Thursday of November, it is a much awaited holiday. It also kind of sets off the holiday season of the winters that ends with the celebrations of New year.

Thanksgiving Day has its roots in settlers (pilgrims) in Plymouth celebrating a feast after the successful harvest that season. That was in 1621. But the Thanksgiving has continued and today it is an occasion to express thanks and gratitude to one’s own blessings to life and opportunities and one’s beliefs in general. Thus, rightly so, Thanksgiving Day is the occasion to give alms and do charity. This is the day for people to come together as families and count the blessings and celebrate the life together. Thanksgiving Dinner thus is considered a very special feast.

44 Million Turkeys are 'enjoyed' on Thanksgiving Day
Picture of a Turkey . 44 Million Turkeys are ‘enjoyed’ on Thanksgiving Day. Pixabay

Thanksgiving and food go together. After all, supper is an occasion to meet, share and celebrate. Amongst all the food and beverages, Turkey is the unifying theme. Turkey is served on this day as a mark of Thanksgiving. How so ever painful it may sound, the stark reality is that Thanksgiving comes at the altar of turkeys. They are sacrificed so that we can celebrate thanksgiving. I read somewhere that 88 % Americans eat turkey on this day, according to a survey conducted by American Turkey Association. Looking at sheer numbers, 44 Million turkeys are ‘enjoyed’ on Thanksgiving Day.

 

 

Thanksgiving Day stands to symbolize a very beautiful human sentiment: Thankfulness in general and gratitude in particular. That is why it so bothers me to see how such a humane expression is oblivious to the cruelty that carries along with!

Will we ever observe a Turkey-less Thanksgiving Day?
After all, when turkey can get a Presidential Pardon, why not a Public Pardon?