Self-exiled Islamic scholar Gülen rejects Khomeini analogy for potential return to Turkey

Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen (Photo: Today's Zaman)
Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen (Photo: Today's Zaman)


Date posted: March 5, 2014

ISTANBUL

Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen has rejected suggestions that he will return to Turkey in a similar manner as Ayatollah Khomeini in Iran ahead of the Islamic revolution in 1979.

“I am not Iranian, how can I be like Khomeini? Nor have I ever had the pretensions that Khomeini had. I’m the child of my own country. If one day I return to Turkey, I will be the same as I’ve always been,” the U.S.-based Gülen said in a video-recorded message on March 5.

The comparison had been made by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who was quoted in daily Yeni Şafak on March 5. “Gülen was making calculations to return just like Khomeini. He is considered the ‘Imam of the universe’ in the [Gülen’s movement] diagram,” Erdoğan was quoted as saying during a question-answer session after a meeting in the southern province of Osmaniye on March 3.

Without directly mentioning Erdoğan, Gülen said those who compare him to Khomeini “would end up ashamed.”

“I have never returned to Turkey with fanfare and brouhaha. I never expected a future. I never had anything to do with Khomeini due to my character, my confession or my nationality,” he added.

‘Not an imported leech’

In the same message, Gülen said that although he has been living outside Turkey for years he had never given his allegiance to another country.

“I am not a leech imported from abroad, pestering the Turkish people. I would never change a handful of the land of my country, even if they gave me the world in exchange,” he said.

Prime Minister Erdoğan has repeatedly accused Gülen of orchestrating the graft probes against the government and of wiretapping thousands of people, including his family and close advisers. He has also accused Gülen of being a tool of foreign powers.

“As I said, if God is willing, when I return, they will hear about it. Perhaps they will ask themselves, ‘Has he returned or not? If he has, where is he staying? How come we didn’t see him?’” Gülen said.

“When they do not know someone by his character, they can speak without knowing. This is a suspicion thrown inside them by the devil,” he added.

Source: Hurriyet Daily , March 5, 2014


Related News

Relatives Fear Turkish Govt May Kill Prisoners Through Staged Riot

Prisoners jailed in the post-coup crackdown in Istanbul and Ankara these days have far serious problem than torture and ill-treatment: media reports about a mass prison break that could provoke a government intervention, claims about mass executions of the prisoners trying to escape in that attempt.

Is this corruption scandal backed by the US?

The government has developed a two-stage strategy in order to manage this scandal. The first stage was to blame foreign powers. The second stage was to declare the Gülen community as the representative of these foreign powers in the country and thereby put the blame on the Gülen community.

Turkish charity Kimse Yok Mu delivers aid to Afghani flood victims

Turkish Charity organization Kimse Yok Mu and Turkish Schools in Afghanistan delivered next party of aid consisting of food and other basic requirements for the Afghani families who lost their homes in Friday’s landslide in northeastern Badakshan province.

Gülen-linked journalist association warns that movement’s support for gov’t can end

Erdoğan and his supporters have cast the corruption probe as a smear campaign devised by Gülen, who exercises broad, if covert, influence in the media and judiciary through his followers. In response, the government has staged an unprecedented purge of the police forces and has moved to increase its control over the judiciary. Yeşil said that all these allegations were unfounded.

Gülen asked government to be more careful on the language they use: Deputy PM Arınç

Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen asked the Turkish government to be more careful in regional and international issues during his visit, Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç said May 22 in an interview with public broadcaster TRT. Arınç had meeting with Gülen, who lives in a self-imposed exiled in Pennsylvania, on the sidelines of Prime Minister Recep […]

Erdoğan steps up hateful speech against Gülen

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan stepped up his attacks on Monday against members of a leading civil society group who are critical of his divisive discourse and discriminatory policies, calling the group modern “Lawrences of Arabia.”

Latest News

Fethullah Gülen’s Condolence Message for South African Human Rights Defender Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Hizmet Movement Declares Core Values with Unified Voice

Ankara systematically tortures supporters of Gülen movement, Kurds, Turkey Tribunal rapporteurs say

Erdogan possessed by Pharaoh, Herod, Hitler spirits?

Devious Use of International Organizations to Persecute Dissidents Abroad: The Erdogan Case

A “Controlled Coup”: Erdogan’s Contribution to the Autocrats’ Playbook

Why is Turkey’s Erdogan persecuting the Gulen movement?

Purge-victim man sent back to prison over Gulen links despite stage 4 cancer diagnosis

University refuses admission to woman jailed over Gülen links

In Case You Missed It

‘Removal of Gülen’s books from NT shelves offends the public’

New Jersey’s Peace Islands Institute Holds Iftar At Community Center

PBS airs story on Gulen Movement

TUSKON summit highlights Turkish ‘FTA initiative’

Parents seeking urgent Release of School Principle Fatih Keskin

Erdoğan gov’t threatened to ‘wipe TUSKON off market map,’ says chairman

Austria arrests two after arson attack on Turkish cultural center

Copyright 2022 Hizmet News