World peace cannot be safeguarded without the making of creative efforts proportionate to the dangers which threaten it.
No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.
Where: Dialogue Platform, Rue Montoyer 31, Brussels 1000
Date: Wednesday, 10 September 2014
With: Dr. Ismail Albayrak, professor of Islamic Studies
Although a number of conferences have been organised emphasising the social, civic and educational activities of the Gulen-inspired Hizmet Movement, as well as Gulen’s contribution to inter-religious dialogue, very little attention has been paid to his formal and informal education, his scholarly works and his interpretation of basic Islamic sources and disciplines in the modern period. Ismail Albayrak will focus on his scholarship and explore some of the themes and questions below:
- What are Gulen’s credential as an Islamic scholar? What are his areas of particular expertise?
- Why has he had such a disproportionate impact in Turkey but less among the Arabs and the non-Turkish Muslims
- Can Gulen’s views and ideas influence the mindset of the Muslim intelligentsia and grassroots of society? If so, how? What are the stumbling blocks?
- What contribution, if any, has Gulen’s discourse had on Islamic theology and thought?
- How Islamic is the Hizmet movement?
Biography of Dr. Ismail Albayrak
Dr. Albayrak received his PhD degree from Leeds University in 2000. He works on Islamic studies and specifically on Qur’anic Studies, Classical exegesis, Contemporary Approaches to the Qur’an and Orientalism. He is also interested in the place of Muslim communities and their activities in Globalizing World together with the study of interfaith dialogue. He has been working at National Australian Catholic University since 2007 as a professor in the study of Islam and Muslim-Catholic Relations.
Fethullah Gulen was included in Time magazine’s 100 moat influential people of the year. It is true that the Hizmet movement and its inspirational leader has impacted the world in a good way to foster peace and dialogue instead of war and lack of communication. Fethullah Gulen is a remarkable man and opinion leader in that he has devoted all his life to bringing people together to share ideas and inspiration. He eventually found friendly ears in many parts of the world and now can influence people, organizations and governments with his opinions. His most admirable attitude is humbleness, Gulen doesn’t think of himself as an influence player or a leader, but rather a peace volunteer among others.
Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen has made it onto Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
This is the 10th year the magazine has listed its 100 most influential people shaping the world.
This year, the magazine put seven cover portraits of “TIME 100” honorees who it said reflect the “breadth and depth of our list.” They include Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai, musician and businessman Jay Z, actress Jennifer Lawrence, politician Rand Paul, inventor and entrepreneur Elon Musk, Chinese tennis player Li Na and Bollywood star Aamir Khan.
Turkish muslim scholar Fethullah Gülen has extended condolences for victims of the coal mine blast in western Turkish town of Soma, wishing speedy recovery for injured workers.
“They were working in the most dire conditions to make the ends meet for their families,” Gülen said about the victims, adding that no word would be a consolation and no word would express the pain of separation. “We can do nothing except pray for them and share their pains with wept eyes,” Gülen stressed.
He wished that trapped mine workers will be saved soon.