Lawrence Seidman on Fethullah Gulen and Hizmet Movement

Rabbi Lawrence Seidman
Rabbi Lawrence Seidman


Date posted: November 10, 2014

Rabbi Lawrence Seidman earned a Ph.D in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. After retiring from the Boeing Company, he dedicated himself to religious and spiritual studies. Lawrence Siedman was ordained as a rabbi in 2009 by the Academy for Jewish Religion.

Rabbi Seidman describes Hizmet Movement as a bottom-up driven organization “which has gotten the principles so deeply ingrained into every member that you can talk to anybody and get the same feeling of what the commitment is to Islam, what the commitment is to doing the right things in the world, and the personal sacrifice that Hizmet members produce.”

On the subject of interfaith activity, Rabbi Seidman says, “… if you believe there is one God and you believe there are many Prophets, then you have to believe that different people understand God in different ways. … As long as we’re all trying to fix the world, we can work together. And that requires we understand each other, it requires that we realize that you are good people, they’re all good people, and we’re all trying to do God’s work here on Earth in an interfaith way.”

He regards Mr. Gulen’s advice to build schools as “superb advice” and goes on to say, “If more energy was focused on building schools and less on fighting with other religions and less on building big temples and cathedrals, we’d have a much better world.”


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