September 21, 2014

'Hizmet goes to the heart of what it means to be a Muslim.'

Fikir Atlasi*, Episode 9 (Full text)

My name is Brad Hawkins**. I’m a professor of religions here at Cal State Long Beach.

Currently, my specialty is the study of South and Southeast Asian religions, but I did my B.A. in Islamic studies and have followed pretty closely what has been going on in the Middle East and particularly in Turkey, which I’ve had the pleasure of being associated with for almost four years now.

Parents apply to Council of State against incentive discrimination

Many parents have filed legal complaints with the Council of State against a recent government decision to exclude certain schools from the list of private education institutions that students who are entitled to state financial assistance can enroll at.

September 20, 2014

Erdoğan deceived Turkey by portraying himself as advocate of democracy

Veteran columnist Cüneyt Ülsever, who was fired from the Hürriyet daily in 2011 following then-Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's pressure on the newspaper's administration due to Ülsever's critical columns about Erdoğan's government, has warned that worse days may come under Erdoğan's autocratic leadership.

Is Erdoğan's power being exhausted?

Mümtazer Türköne

The government and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan are clearly engaging in a polemic. A fairly premature power struggle is going on between the presidential palace and the government; analysts are curious about the course of their relations. Erdoğan is testing the boundaries of his own power by relying on his style and priorities. But he has hit a strong and solid wall. The subject matter of this premature and strong power struggle is Bank Asya. Erdoğan is relying on his prestige and power to destroy Bank Asya; he does not hide his intention, and he presents his goal as proof indicating that he is still powerful.

Gülen’s Notion of Hizmet and Public Good: From a Strategy to an Action Plan

Maimul Ahsan Khan
Hizmet [literally, “service”] for Fethullah Gülen implies that a person devotes his or her life to Islam, serving for the benefit of others, which is beneficial for life after death. Gülen is a very restless person who is always asking himself if he might do more for God. Death is always present in his preaching to his followers, and the fear of judgment day is the motivation to work hard. (1)

September 19, 2014

African Professor lauds 'Kimse Yok Mu' as model relief organization

University of South Africa Professor Yousuf Dadoo has congratulated Kimse Yok Mu, one of the largest charity organizations in Turkey, for making its work a model for all charitable groups.

Bank Asya shares recover despite Erdoğan's defamatory remark

After falling more than 50 percent since the beginning of this week, Bank Asya shares in the Borsa İstanbul (BİST) rallied on Thursday, rising over 10 percent in the first trading session, but the shares edged down again in the second session after President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan declared that private lender Bank Asya is “already bankrupt.”

Opposition turns up heat on Erdoğan after verbal attacks on Bank Asya

Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu continued to criticize President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for his unwarranted attacks attempting to discredit Bank Asya, one of the leading national banks in Turkey.

Romanian Minister: Turkish schools are raising the next generation of Romanians

Lumina Romanian Turkish school inauguration
The Clui branch of the Turkish schools in Romania, operating in the country for the past 20 years now, kicked off the academic year in its new campus. The Romanian Minister of Social Dialog Aurelia Cristea inaugurated the school building. The minister hailed the schools as institutions raising the next generation of the country.

September 18, 2014

Code ‘111' profiling on Parliament's agenda

Main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) Deputy Chairman Sezgin Tanrıkulu has brought to Parliament's agenda a code allegedly used by the Ministry of Family and Social Policy to classify individuals believed to be affiliated with a social movement.

Caesar not above economy

İbrahim Türkmen

"Caesar non supra grammaticos" is a well-known Latin phrase that asserts that even unquestionable and mighty rulers have limits, not only against the timeless and indiscriminate rules of nature, but also with regard to fields that require special expertise. In this particular example, Holy Roman Emperor Sigismund had been disputed by a courageous grammarian over his insistence that a misused word should be accepted as is if it is uttered by a ruler.

Erdoğan steps up attacks on Bank Asya, raising risks of banking crisis

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who has led a relentless defamation campaign against Bank Asya, Turkey's largest Islamic lender and one of the strongest in terms of capital adequacy, ratcheted up his attacks on Thursday by falsely claiming the bank has already failed.

September 17, 2014

Fethullah Gulen: "ISIS Cruelty Deserves Our Strongest Condemnation"

Fethullah Gulen condemns ISIS
Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen
As a practicing Muslim, deeply influenced by the tenets of my faith, I strongly condemn the brutal atrocities of the ISIS terrorist group. Their actions are a disgrace to the faith they proclaim and are crimes against humanity. Religion provides a foundation upon which to establish peace, human rights, freedoms and the rule of law. Any interpretations to the contrary, including the abuse of religion to fuel conflicts, are simply wrong and deceitful.

Gülen condemns ISIL atrocities in ads in leading newspapers

Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, who resides in Pennsylvania, placed ads in leading US newspapers on Wednesday to condemn the atrocities of the terrorist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Witch hunt extends to publishing houses

An ongoing campaign against groups believed to be critical of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) has stretched to the publishing sector, with the government -- albeit covertly -- punishing some publication houses by not granting them ISBN numbers for some works.