October 27, 2018 – I am shocked and deeply saddened by the horrific attack against the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. It is heartbreaking to see such a tragedy happen at a place of worship. I strongly condemn this hate-driven attack on the Jewish worshippers.
May this tragic event be an occasion to strengthen our commitment to promoting love, respect, and compassion among every individual.
I express my heartfelt condolences to family and friends of those who lost their lives. I pray to God, the Most Compassionate, to lead our society to days of peace and tranquility where respect for human life overcomes hatred. I also pray for the fast recovery of the wounded.
About Fethullah Gülen
Fethullah Gülen is an Islamic scholar, preacher and social advocate, whose decades‐long commitment to education, interfaith dialogue and altruism has inspired millions in Turkey and around the world. Gülen is the honorary chairman of the Rumi Forum, Washington, DC and the Intercultural Dialogue Platform, Brussels, Belgium.
About the Alliance for Shared Values
The Alliance for Shared Values (AFSV) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that serves as a voice for cultural organizations affiliated with Hizmet, a civil society movement inspired by prominent preacher and peace advocate Fethullah Gülen. The Alliance strives to promote peace and social harmony by helping reduce misinformation and false stereotypes about any or all ethnic, cultural and religious communities. To learn more about the Alliance, please visit www.afsv.org.
Statement in pdf
Statement in Turkish
Statement updated 10.29.2018