‘A movement like the Hizmet Movement is very important for correcting misconceptions of Islam’


Date posted: November 24, 2014

Dr. Lawrence Geraty is a Professor of Archaeology and Old Testament Studies at La Sierra University in Riverside, California. He served as the second President of La Sierra University. He completed his PhD in Syro-Palestinian Archaeology at Harvard University.

Commenting on the “warped” perception of Islam in the Western world due to acts of terrorism and disruption of society, Dr. Lawrence Geraty regards the Hizmet Movement as an important factor in correcting those misconceptions. He says, “… I don’t know of any group within Islam that has done more to counteract the extremist kind of views that are prevalent in Western society about Islam.”

Appreciating the Hizmet Movement’s emphasis on interfaith dialogue, Dr. Geraty notes that he is attracted to the fellowship of those who are willing to listen to and learn from the views of others and adds, “… in that process, society learns lessons and stands on issues that improve it; and we learn to live with one another in peace and tranquility; and we learn that through discussion and dialogue we can achieve the goals that we have in a way that’s constructive and not destructive of the relationships. So, I really think that the future of the human race lies with those who are willing to talk to each other rather than fight with each other.”

“I think that the future success of society depends on people like the Hizmet Movement and its adherence.

“Expressing his distress over the recent turn of events in Turkey, Dr. Geraty says, “I’ve been jealous for Turkey’s success and full of admiration for what it’s accomplished and I hope it’s not moving in the other direction now.”

“… the sooner Turkey can get its act together and get back on track, the better it will be, not only for Turkey’s society and for society in general but for the Islamic world because they have had this model that people can look to and, all of a sudden, its reputation is being tarnished.”


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Source: Spectra Media


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