The Gulen Movement and Islam’s Third Way

The Gulen Movement and Islam’s Third Way

Over the past several years, the alleged opacity that surrounds the Gulen Movement has become a focus of many controversial debates in media and the wider society in Turkey and beyond. Commentators have been torn as to whether describe the Gulen Movement as a faith-based civil society movement or a religious group with political aspirations. Despite a diversity of analytical […]

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Turkic American Alliance hosts iftar for members of US Congress

Turkic American Alliance hosts iftar for members of US Congress

The Turkic American Alliance (TAA), the umbrella organization for various Turkic associations in the US, held an iftar for members and staffers of the US Congress, civil society leaders and academics at the US Capitol on Wednesday. Speaking to the gathering at the beginning of the iftar, TAA President Faruk Taban explained that the holy month of Ramadan is a time […]

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Kimse Yok Mu helps 2 million people across the world during Ramadan

Kimse Yok Mu helps 2 mln people across the world during Ramadan

Turkish charity association Kimse Yok Mu (Is Anybody There?), which has operational activities in 113 countries around the world and 31 branches in Turkey, is planning to reach out to more than 2 million people worldwide by providing hot food at iftars (fast-breaking dinners) during the holy month of Ramadan. The charity also distributes Ramadan charity aid packages to 150,000 […]

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Bank Asya lawyers call upon B Group shareholders to join against seizure

bank asya lawyers call upon group shareholders to join against seizure

Publicly traded Islamic bank Bank Asya’s owners have launched 100 cases against the seizure by regulators, with lawyer Süleyman Taşbaş emphasizing that lawsuits can also be filed on behalf of the 18,000 shareholders corresponding to the B Group shares. The total number of cases filed against the seizure of the bank in late May and the management overhaul in February […]

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The captain who fights with his compass

The captain who fights with his compass

by Abdülhamit Bilici-Interim Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu cited the following as reasons for the election failure of his party: “We were poisoned by power, we were spoiled and we were arrogant.” There are others including lies, slanders, oppression and corruption; but he is right. A number of figures who sided with the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) when it […]

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Turkish educator says Demirel stood with Turkish schools abroad

Turkish educator says Demirel stood with Turkish schools abroad

Turkish educator Süleyman Alptekin has said that Turkey’s ninth president, Süleyman Demirel, who died on Wednesday at the age of 90, won people’s hearts with his open support for Turkish educators and Turkish schools abroad inspired by the views of Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gulen. Alptekin was flown back to the country in Demirel’s plane after being seriously injured in […]

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Sürat Cargo denounces claims made by pro-gov’t media over license

Sürat Cargo denounces claims made by pro-gov’t media over license

Sürat Cargo, a shipping company, has announced that a criminal complaint will be filed against certain pro-government media outlets which recently launched a defamation campaign against the company, claiming it does not have a license to offer its shipping services. A written statement by Sürat Company said on Thursday that the government mouthpieces Sabah and Yeni Asır dailies ran a […]

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Dr. Zaman Stanizai: ‘Hizmet Movement is to serve humanity’

Zaman Stanizai on Fethullah Gulen and Hizmet (aka the Gulen Movement)

Dr. Zaman Stanizai is a Professor of Mythological Studies at the Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California and he teaches Political Science at California State University, Dominguez Hills. He has written on political theory with emphasis on the viability of third world states encountering globalization, and on political identity focusing on the politicization of ethnic, national, and religious identities […]

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The good pleasure of God: Rida in this world, ridwan in the next

Is there a difference between rida and ridwan?

Question: Is there a difference between rida and ridwan? What are the most important means of attaining ridwan? Answer: Rida means a person’s being pleased with God and Islam, showing heartfelt submission to everything He decrees, and meeting the troubles and misfortunes faced in the world with a heart at rest. The blessed Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, drew […]

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Kimse Yok Mu offers cataract surgery to 2,000 Nepalese

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In addition to its efforts in Africa, Kimse Yok Mu reached out for help to Nepal, the roof of the world, too. Kimse Yok Mu local affiliate Nepal-Turkish Foundation performed 2,000 cataract surgeries in the country where the disease is remarkably widespread due to sunlight at high angle. Nepalese deputy-prime minister and minister of interior affairs Bam Dev Gautam presented […]

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