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Person of Noble Ideals

  • “There is almost no great person of cause, a person of noble ideals, a great person of duty and vision that has not emigrated.”1)
  • “Worldly people, enslaved to their egos, live to fulfil their carnal desires. Never content with themselves, they feel no tranquility. But people of noble ideals are always at peace with themselves. They are content and, furthermore, place their knowledge and understanding at humanity’s service. They courageously devote themselves to ridding the world of injustice and tyranny, and are not afraid to protect their land and honor.”2)
  • “Faithful students of the Qur’an—you can call them people of noble ideals—are the riders of eternity, who take up others onto their saddles, carrying them to eternity. They are able to transcend their own ardor, aspirations, and passions. As students of the Qur’an ride toward the horizon, idealized according to their inner world of contemplation, they gallop over many things that others call reality, while some who have long suffered from their ideals and have even lost these ideals think them to be fools.”3)
  • A person of noble ideals constantly seeks the opportunities that God Almighty has bestowed on him or her at different times. They use every opportunity on His behalf. They wake up and sleep around with the considerations like, “Let’s revive the consciousness of performing the Prayer properly; let’s nurture the idea of tawhid4) in minds; let’s turn attentions to the Hereafter.”5)
  • “… a person of noble ideals uses whatever God has given him or her for the sake of being close to Him, always making Him known, constantly telling Him and always being on His path. They seek their own salvation in saving others.They attribute all their actions to a responsibility that they can consider as a noble ideal in the depths of their souls.They try to revive the spirit and meaning that we have lost with a merciful willpower that exceeds the limits of individual responsibility and a compassion that will embrace all humanity.”6)
  • “Seriousness also means that people of noble ideals take up their cause and duty, which they consider the purpose of their life, with a superior effort, and fulfill their tasks with a deep sense of responsibility and self-sacrifice.”7)
  • “… after fulfilling everything that needs to be done, after taking all of the necessary precautions, after trying every possible solution, a person of noble ideals never gives in to hopelessness, even when no sign of hope is on the horizon, and seeks refuge in the unlimited strength and power of God: ‘Our Lord! It is in You that We have put our trust, and it is to You that we turn in utmost sincerity and devotion, and to You is the homecoming.’ (Mumtahana 60:4).”8)
  • “However well people of noble ideals know the environment they live in, it will be that much easy for them to transfer the inspirations of their spirits to the people around.”9)
  • “An ideal in the hands of people of noble ideals reaches the most elevated values and turns into the charm of victory and accomplishment. If the people who represent such an ideal are not the correct people for the task, then that banner or standard turns into a pennant under which common low whims and ambitions are expressed. Although such a pennant is able to bring together the children in the street, driving them to strike the targets, as if in a game, it is not capable of realizing the emotions and aspirations that reside in the depths of the souls of our people.”10)
  • “A true person of noble ideals is also a person of wisdom. While observing everything from the comprehensive realm of reason, they also assess everything with the measures of their appreciative heart, testing them through the criteria of self-criticism and self-supervision, kneading and forming them in the crucible of reason, and always trying to possess and take further the radiance of the mind and the light of the heart in equal harness.”11)

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M. Fethullah Gülen, Asrın Getirdiği Tereddütler-4, İstanbul: Nil Yayınları, 2011, p. 271.
M. Fethullah Gülen, Zamanın Altın Dilimi (Çağ ve Nesil-4), İstanbul: Nil Yayınları, 2011, p. 22.
M. Fethullah Gülen, Işığın Göründüğü Ufuk (Çağ ve Nesil-7), İstanbul: Nil Yayınları, 2011, p. 27.
believing in and declaring God’s Oneness and Unity
M. Fethullah Gülen, Ümit Burcu (Kırık Testi-4), İstanbul: Nil Yayınları, 2011, p. 87.
Ibid., p. 89.
M. Fethullah Gülen, İkindi Yağmurları (Kırık Testi-5), İstanbul: Nil Yayınları, 2011, p. 179.
M. Fethullah Gülen, Cemre Beklentisi (Kırık Testi-10), İstanbul: Nil Yayınları, 2011, p. 181.
M. Fethullah Gülen, Yolun Kaderi (Kırık Testi-15), İstanbul: Nil Yayınları, 2016, p. 236.
M. Fethullah Gülen, Ruhumuzun Heykelini Dikerken-1, İstanbul: Nil Yayınları, 2011, p. 120.
Ibid., pp. 120–121.
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