- “… those who do not know any other values besides power and strength, and see the world in the image of their own and consider you as themselves might accuse you of such things, which you have not even imagined. In face of all these things you, by expounding you inner worlds, must ensure they read you in the right manner. Anyway, you have not had any other purpose besides transforming this world to a hallway of Paradise in the exhilaration of worship. Really, you live with an aim that grows from your religion’s conscience of responsibility: People should not fight with one another, dispute, blast fatal bombs, shed blood and slaughter; catastrophes like what happened in the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II should not be experienced again. From the very beginning, you have called out to the hearts of people, and without going to extremes, you’ve made peace islands everywhere. Meanwhile, let me state that in our country and all over the world, many pure and decent natures give their ears to such a call, accept and praise such a concept, support and uphold it. In this case, the thing that we must do, despite whatever is said about us, is to always keep running without focusing on negativities along the way. We run and hope to attain the Lord’s contentment before we grow too exhausted like a steed that has been running without rest.”1)
- “Gülen-inspired schools … are peace islands in the ocean of violence, and promote love, greater empathy, tolerance and peace in a society deeply divided along ethnic, religious, tribal and geographical lines.”2)
- Virginia Burnett and Yetkin Yıldırım, Flying with Two Wings: Interreligious Dialogue in the Age of Global Terrorism
M. Fethullah Gülen, Yaşatma İdeali (Kırık Testi-11), İstanbul: Nil Yayınları, 2012, p. 194.
H. Aydın, “Educational reform in Nigeria: the case of Multicultural Education for Peace, Love, and Tolerance”, South African Journal of Education, Vol. 33 No. 1, 2013.
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