Terrorists not true Muslims, says scholar

Turkish Islamic Scholar Fethullah Gülen. (Photo: Cihan)
Turkish Islamic Scholar Fethullah Gülen. (Photo: Cihan)


Date posted: December 10, 2015

It is impossible for a Muslim who has fully learned and understood Islam to become a terrorist, Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen has said.

While condemning the Paris terror attacks in which 127 people were killed, Mr Gülen said a real Muslim would never intentionally commit an act of terrorism and a terrorist cannot be considered a real Muslim.

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attack which French President Francois Hollande dubbed as an act of war against France.

“Once again, I strongly condemn all kinds of terrorist acts that are perpetrated by anyone and for whatever stated reason,” he said, describing the attacks as an “inhuman massacre”.

Stressing that he is in deep grief over the attack on innocent civilians, Gülen said, “These terrorist acts have dealt the greatest blow to peace and tranquility and must be considered by everyone as unacceptable crimes that should be condemned without ‘buts’ or ‘ifs’ and without any excuse.”

“A true Muslim can never be a terrorist and a terrorist can never be a true Muslim,” he said, reiterating the famous remarks made right after the attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York on September 11, 2001.

The scholar sent his condolences to the families of the France victims and offered his condolences to Hollande and the French people. He wished the wounded a speedy recovery.

“Terrorism is the foremost threat to human life, which is the most sacred and most universal value,” the scholar said adding that no religion, no idea, no viewpoint can be so corrupt as to approve such acts.

He added: “Suicide bombers will go to hell forever and they will be called to account for the innocent people they killed.”

Gülen said Islam attaches the utmost regard to the sanctity of human life. He cited a verse of the Quran that states “killing an innocent person unjustly is like killing all of mankind”. The scholar said the protection of human life is one of the fundamental values of Islam.

Last year, Gülen placed notices in leading US and European newspapers, including in France, to condemn the atrocities of IS against the background of the murders of Alan Henning, James Foley among others by the militants. Gülen had said IS’s actions are a “disgrace to the faith they proclaim and crimes against humanity”.

He said religion provides a foundation upon which to establish peace, human rights, freedom and the rule of law, adding that “any interpretations to the contrary, including the abuse of religion to fuel conflicts, are simply wrong and deceitful”.

Referring to other terrorist organisations that claim the name of Islam, Gülen said IS is not the first group to “use religious rhetoric to mask its cruelty” and mentioned Al Qaeda and Boko Haram, which have in common “a totalitarian mentality that denies human beings their dignity”.

Gülen who is known for inspiring the grassroots Hizmet movement, also known as the Gülen movement, with his peaceful teachings, reiterated the incompatibility of Islam and violence. “Any form of violence against innocent civilians or persecution of minorities contradicts the principles of the Quran and the tradition of our Prophet (peace be upon him),” his message stated.

He also condemned terrorist groups in 2013 after a deadly shooting and hostage crisis at the Westgate Mall in which more than 60 people were killed and church and mosque bombings in Iraq and Pakistan killing scores of civilians.

Source: Standard Digital , December 9, 2015


Related News

A Catholic Priest’s Letter to Fethullah Gülen

In Niğde, we visited the schools of the Sungurbey Education Foundation, established by a private businessman-donor, Celal Afşar, whom we were privileged to have as our host. He is also a close colleague of Fethullah Gülen and good friend of Fr. Alexei Smith. Mr. Afşar asked Fr. Alexei to write a letter to Mr. Gülen, […]

PII Awards Law Enforcement in New Jersey

Peace Islands Institute director Ercan Tozan welcomed his guests and thanked everyone for their continued service to the community.

Islamic scholar Gülen calls for ‘reasonability’ in prep school row

Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen has called on the government to act “reasonably” in its plan to close test prep schools, adding that they were the ones receiving a “slap,” in a veiled reference to a statement from Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. You have to defend it without making concessions in the language you use,” Gülen said in an apparent message to members of the “Hizmet” [Service] movement.

Hizmet Symposium: Academics Foster Peacebuilding Advocacy

Hizmet, or service, is one of the largest social movements in the world. The Rumi Forum organized an international symposium called the “Hizmet Movement and Peacebuilding for Global Cases” at the National Press Club Ballroom in Washington D.C. Academics and scientists from more than 20 countries presented topics covering the impact of Hizmet Movement to […]

Fethullah Gülen awarded Manhae Peace Prize

Well-respected Turkish intellectual and scholar Fethullah Gülen was awarded the Manhae Peace Prize for his contributions to world peace at a ceremony held in South Korea on Sunday. Among the prominent recipients of the Manhae awards since they were first presented in 1997 are former South African President Nelson Mandela, exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama and Iranian rights advocate Shirin Ebadi.

21st century Pharaoh rises: The tragedy of Turkey’s failed coup

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, even before the coup occurred, has been seen as a dictator who has constantly sought to crackdown on his opponents, and consolidate his power within the country. Turkey has one of the worst freedoms of expression record globally, with tons of journalists imprisoned for criticizing the Turkish Government.

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

Who is Behind the Pennsylvania Protests?

Abrupt gov’t decision to revoke status of Kimse Yok Mu draws criticism

Only educational efforts of groups such as Hizmet can eradicate extremism

Under arrest for months, 62-year-old teacher dies of cancer in prison

Azerbaijan’s Turkish Schools celebrates 20th anniversary

Arresting police to make Erdoğan happy

Gulen Charter Schools: Ignorance and Lies Beyond Reality

Copyright 2022 Hizmet News