About Gulen Movement
The Gulen Movement has developed into a global, faith-based social movement. In conflict-ridden regions, such as the Philippines, Macedonia, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Bosnia, hundreds of Gülen-inspired schools have become bastions of inter-religious and interethnic harmony, while relief organizations affiliated with the Gulen Movement have been instrumental in bringing aid to disaster victims in South-east Asia and Africa.
Gulen Movement’s main focus is on education, charitable work and interfaith dialog. The basic tenets of the Gulen Movement are strongly interconnected with the common values of Islam like loving the creation for the sake of the Creator, harboring sympathy for other human beings, compassion, and altruism. The Gulen Movement has no ties with the Turkish or any other government or state. The Gulen Movement supports democracy and human rights, is open to globalization, and advocates the integration of tradition and modernity. Fethullah Gülen describes the Movement as “a movement of people united around high human values,” and stays away from its association with his name in any way.
The Gulen Movement is composed of volunteers who initiate, sponsor and carry out its various projects which range from private schools to college preparatory courses and from charitable works to aid and solidarity campaigns. Of course, interfaith dialog is also another significant theme for the projects of the Movement. All projects are operationally independent of each other; therefore, it is impossible to mention a hierarchical structure in its classical sense. The Gulen Movement strives to overcome the problems of humanity and so far it has come a long way in pursuit of these problems. Even though originated in Islam, the Movement itself and its participants always take religious, ethnic or cultural differences into account. The financial dynamics of the Movement is also peculiar rooted in the concepts of “giving” and “hospitality” in Islam. According to some surveys and research, 5 to 10 percent of the annual income of the participants goes to the Movement’s projects. Again such contribution is solely performed on a voluntary basis.