- 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.
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’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”.
–Prepared by NewsGramTeam
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