November 27, 2014

Kimse Yok Mu head: Council of State confirms charity’s transparency

According to İsmail Cingöz, president of the charity Kimse Yok Mu, the Council of State's unanimous annulment of a recent Cabinet decision to rescind the charity's right to collect donations confirms its institutional transparency, accountability and reliability.

November 26, 2014

'Hizmet Movement has been tremendously effective in showing the true face of Islam'

Fikir Atlasi*, Episode 18 (Full text)

My name is Rabbi Reuven Firestone. I am a professor of Jewish Studies and Islamic Studies at a Jewish seminary in Los Angeles. The name of the seminary is Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. And this college is on the campus of a very large, secular, private university; University of Southern California. So I teach about half of my courses to seminary students at Hebrew Union College. Those are people who are going to be rabbis and leaders of the Jewish community in America, and in some places abroad. And I'm also teaching half of my courses to undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Southern California.

Council of State says Cabinet decision on Kimse Yok Mu unlawful

The Council of State has issued a stay of execution on a recent Cabinet decision to rescind the Kimse Yok Mu (Is Anybody There) charity organization's right to collect charitable donations, saying the decision is against the law.

November 25, 2014

Gülen’s lawyer denies Turkish schools working against host nations

Lawyer of Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen has categorically rejected claims made by the Turkish president that schools opened by sympathizers of the Gülen movement in Africa are working against host nations.

MHP blasts Erdoğan’s obsession with Hizmet

The leader of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) has said President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's obsession with the Hizmet movement does not serve Turkey's interests.

TÜBİTAK scolded for hiding olympiad winners were from Hizmet schools

The president and members of the government have scolded the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) for not revealing that the majority of medal winners at two recent scholastic olympiad events were students from schools affiliated with the Hizmet movement, the Taraf daily reported on Tuesday.

Turkish charity in Virginia sends 30 thousand blankets to Syrian refugees

Organizing an aid campaign in USA's Virginia state, Turkey's Kimse Yok Mu (Is Anybody There?) charity association managed to collect 30 thousand blankets and USD 70,000 for Syrian refugees in Turkey.

November 24, 2014

Turkish schools

Mümtazer Türköne

About 15 years ago, I attended an international academic conference in a state located within the former Soviet geography. These conferences give us the chance to make on-the-spot observations about changes around the world. There were two Turkish high schools in the city: a state school, run by the Turkish Republic under bilateral agreements, and a private school run by Turkish entrepreneurs inspired by the ideas of well-respected Turkish-Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen. I visited both and talked to students and teachers.

Erdoğan’s slight to Africa

Abdullah Bozkurt

Turkey's beleaguered President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan engaged in his typical antics once again during his African tour last week, confirming a long-held view that he has been on a self-destructive path since the massive corruption investigations incriminated him and his family members almost a year ago.

Cover version of song by Nigerian Turkish school students goes viral

The video that was prepared by students of Hizmet movement linked Nigerian Turkish school for their teachers on the occasion of teachers' day went viral in social media.

Hizmet-Linked Educational Platform Among Most Successful Projects In Europe

The Dutch Platform for Education, Innovation and Talent Development (NPOINT), a Hizmet movement-affiliated educational platform operating in Holland, has been placed among some of the most successful educational projects in Europe by the SIRIUS policy network. SIRIUS is a European policy network working.

Hizmet: A Language and Culture of Compassion for and Service to Humanity

Margaret J. Rausch

Fethullah Gülen’s vision of education focuses on language and culture as integral to self-perfection and global societal reform. Whilst spiritually grounded, its holistic approach and goals comprise multi-level intellectual, emotional and material development. By contrast, in nationalist projects language and culture are employed as means to unify, improve and integrate, but sometimes as tools for envisioning diversity with mistrust and animosity.

November 23, 2014

'Hizmet is really something that demonstrates what's universal about Islam.'

Fikir Atlasi*, Episode 17 (Full text)

My name's Kathleen Moore**, and I'm a professor of Religious Studies, and chair of the Religious Studies department at UC Santa Barbara.

17 Percent Students of Nile University are on Scholarship

Prof. Hussein Sert, the Vice-Chancellor of Nigerian Turkish Nile University (NTNU), said that 17 percent of students in the institution were on scholarship.

November 22, 2014

How does Fethullah Gülen perceive those who find Islam and violence compatible?

Doğu Ergil

How does Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen perceive those who find Islam and violence compatible, and what is his argument against interpretations that advocate violence?