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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. Image Source : Wikimedia Commons
  • 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”.

Prepared by NewsGramTeam

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President of Egypt Calls for Collective Action Against Countries Supporting Terrorism

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The president of Egypt Urges world leaders to take decisive action against states supporting terrorism. Pixabay

Egypt’s president Wednesday called for “decisive” and “collective” action against countries supporting “terrorism” in an apparent reference to Turkey and Qatar, who back the Muslim Brotherhood group, which is outlawed in Egypt.

The three countries also support opposing factions in the war-torn Libya.

Addressing a two-day forum on peace in Africa in the southern city of Aswan, Abdel Fattah el-Sissi also said achieving sustainable development in Africa is needed, along with efforts to fight militant groups in Egypt and the Sahel region that stretches across Africa south of the Sahara Desert.

“There should be a decisive response to countries supporting terrorism and a collective response against terrorism, because the terrorist groups will only have the ability to fight if they are provided with financial, military and moral support,” he said.

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The President of Egypt Abdel Fattah el-Sisi addresses the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly. VOA

The gathering in Aswan is attended by the leaders of Niger, Chad, Nigeria and Senegal along with officials from the U.S., Britain and Canada.

The Sahel region is home to al-Qaida and Islamic State group-linked militants. El-Sissi said Egypt could help train forces and provide weapons to countries in the region to fight extremists.

Egypt has for years been battling an Islamic State-led insurgency that intensified after the military overthrew an elected but divisive Muslim Brotherhood President Muhammad Morsi in 2013 amid mass protests against his brief rule.

Militant-related violence in Egypt has been centered on the Sinai Peninsula, as well as in the country’s vast Western Desert, which has witnessed deadly attacks blamed on militants infiltrating from neighboring Libya.

Since Morsi’s ouster, tensions have grown between Egypt and Turkey and Egypt and Qatar. The political party of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood, which Cairo designated as at terrorist group in 2013.

Upcoming conference

El-Sissi also said a “comprehensive, political solution would be achieved in the coming months” for the conflict in Libya, which descended into chaos after the 2011 civil war that ousted and killed long-time dictator Moammar Gadhafi. He did not elaborate.

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This photo provided by the office of Egypt’s president Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, dignitaries including Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, center, gather, for a photo during a two-day forum on peace in Africa in the southern city of Aswan, Egypt. VOA

He said that would put an end to a “terrorist hotbed that pushes militants and weapons to (Libya’s) neighboring countries including Egypt.”

El-Sissi apparently was referring to an international summit in Berlin that aims to reach an agreement on actions needed to end the conflict. The conference had been scheduled for October, but it has apparently been postponed.

After the 2011 civil war, Libya split in two, with a weak U.N.-supported administration in Tripoli overseeing the country’s west and a rival government in the east aligned with the Libyan National Army led by Gen. Khalifa Hifter.

Maritime border agreement 

El-Sissi’s comments came amid heightened tensions with Turkey after a controversial maritime border agreement it signed last month with Libya’s Tripoli-based government.

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Greece, Egypt and Cyprus, which lie between the two geographically, have denounced the deal as being contrary to international law, and Greece expelled the Libyan ambassador last week over the issue.

Hifter has for months been fighting an array of militias allied with the Tripoli authorities to wrestle control of the capital.  He is backed by the United Arab Emirates and Egypt, as well as France and Russia, while the Tripoli-based government receives aid from Turkey, Qatar and Italy. (VOA)