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Fethullah Gulen’s Interview with Alan Jourdain

Published on January 26, 2020

Welt: Why does Erdogan hate you so much? You have been his ally in the past, haven’t you?

Fethullah Gülen: The Hizmet Movement never had a close relation with him. Erdogan seemed to share our ideas on democracy. That´s it. He was fighting for the same things. But once in power, he showed a completely different face. We couldn’t support that. Our schools defend a vision of education that is incompatible with a drift toward authoritarianism. We defend, for example, the rights of Kurdish citizens, to use their language along with the Turkish language. He’s the one who considers me his enemy. I never considered him as such. Read full interview>>

Al Ahram Al Arabi’s Interview With Fethullah Gulen

Published on June 23, 2018

Can you tell us about the horizons that the Hizmet Movement has reached, both within and outside of Turkey?

This movement consists of people who came together around universal values, such as holding every human being in high esteem; regarding differences not as a reason for fighting, but rather as an element of diversity; accepting everyone as s/he is; and especially helping youth through education. Its participants have grasped the Hizmet Movement within a framework that could be considered “Quranic reasonability,” a means of serving these values through educational institutions, hospitals, humanitarian aid organizations, and dialogue projects. Although the Movement can be considered “Islamic”—since most participants are Muslim, and thus, it draws its inspiration from Islamic sources—it is also a humanistic movement in that the participants embrace the entirety of humanity by serving everyone. So far, they have been welcomed, and their projects have been embraced in 160 countries by people of different religious and ethnic backgrounds. Read full interview ->


Fethullah Gulen’s Interview With Finland’s Yle Uutiset

August 4, 2018 — What is Fethullah Gulen, a man now vilified as public enemy number one in Turkey, doing in the US backwoods of Pennsylvania? Yle reporter Tom Kankkonen travelled to the Pocono Mountains to meet the reclusive cleric.

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Fethullah Gulen’s Interview With Allan Cullison – Wall Street Journal

July 14, 2017 — In an ornate conference room in his home in the Pocono Mountains, the cleric Fethullah Gulen repeated his declaration that he has never been involved in any coup-plotting. He decried Mr. Erdogan for launching a purge within Turkey, the brunt of which has fallen on his followers.

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Fethullah Gulen’s Interview With France 24

July 18, 2017 — Despite the crackdown, Gulen was adamant that his movement’s days were not over. “In 170 countries, our movement’s schools are still operating, including in the US, Brussels, Europe,” he said. “So I think this is a sign that this movement, whose core value is love, will continue. The politicians, their time is limited. They will go by democratic means. But this movement, which is anchored in love, will continue.”

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Fethullah Gulen’s Interview With Robert Siegel on NPR

July 11, 2017 — “To this day, I have stood against all coups,” Gulen told NPR’s Robert Siegel, who traveled Monday to the cleric’s compound in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania, in the Pocono Mountains. “My respect for the military aside, I have always been against interventions. …If any one among those soldiers had called me and told me of their plan, I would tell them, ‘You are committing murder.’ ”

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Fethullah Gulen’s Interview With Reuters

July 11, 2017 — In an interview in his gated compound in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains, Gulen, 79, denied a Turkish government allegation from February that he was preparing to leave for Canada to avoid extradition.

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Fethullah Gulen’s Interview with Tempo Media Group

July 26, 2017 — Known as Hojaefendi–the highest spiritual teacher–Gulen has become Erdogan’s arch enemy. The President’s supporters are pushing hard to get Gulen extradited from the United States.

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Fethullah Gulen’s Interview with DPA

September 23, 2016 — Gulen said he had asked for an international commission with experts from the United States, Germany, the Netherlands and other countries to look into the attempted coup and its circumstances.

The Turkish government has ignored his recommendation, he said, adding that if such a commission found any evidence that he was directly involved in the attempted coup, “I can live with the results.”

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Fethullah Gulen’s Interview with Nahal Toosi on Politico

September 9, 2016 — At a spacious retreat in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains, an elderly Muslim scholar named Fethullah Gülen spends much of his day at rest, in prayer or receiving well-wishers. It would be a peaceful existence, were it not for the international battle raging over what to do with him.

Gülen, a native of Turkey in his 70s, says he is an advocate for peace, democracy and religious tolerance. In a written interview with POLITICO, he stressed that these are values he has spent decades preaching to millions of followers in Turkey and around the world.

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Fethullah Gulen’s Interview with Fareed Zakaria on CNN

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Fethullah Gulen’s Interview with Oren Dorrell on USA Today

July 18, 2016 — “I condemn and reject in the strongest terms the attempted coup,” Fethullah Gulen said in an interview with USA TODAY and several other reporters.

Seated in a reception room in his 25-acre Golden Generation Worship and Retreat Center in the Pocono Mountains of eastern Pennsylvania, he denied any involvement in Friday’s coup, as he has said repeatedly all weekend.

“I even reject and condemn in the strongest terms the idea, the consideration of a military coup,” Gulen said through an interpreter. “If I had the chance I would stand in front of the people who would attempt such a thing and open my arms and beg them to stop.”

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Fethullah Gulen’s Interview with Jay Solomon on Wall Street Journal

July 17, 2016 — Gulen: “News media reported serious cases of harassment, assaults and inhuman treatment. I cannot express my sadness and pain. I feel the pain of people who suffer in my own neurons and sometimes cannot even watch TV. It is impossible not to be worried. But I trust that however cruel treatment they receive, Hizmet sympathizers will continue to respect to the law and will remain peaceful. Their response so far is praiseworthy.”

“I don’t believe the U.S. and the world powers will turn a blind eye to the persecution in Turkey for much longer. However, so far the Western powers’ reaction to Erdogan for his oppressive policies has been disappointing.”

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Fethullah Gulen’s Interview with Voice of America

July 16, 2016 —  Speaking at an impromptu news conference from his home in the remote village of Saylorsburg, in eastern Pennsylvania, Fethullah Gulen stressed that he left Turkey 15 years ago and no longer knew who his supporters were in the country, but that he was unaware of any role in the coup attempt Friday by his followers.

Gulen told VOA’s Turkish Service Erdogan had falsely accused him, and that he wouldn’t have returned to Turkey even if the coup had succeeded.

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Fethullah Gulen’s Interview with The Guardian

July 16, 2019 — In a rare and brief interview on Saturday with a small group of journalists at his residence in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania, Gülen rejected all accusations that he was behind the coup attempt.

“I don’t believe that the world believes the accusations made by President Erdoğan,” Gülen said. “There is a possibility that it could be a staged coup and it could be meant for further accusations [against Gülen and his followers].”

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Fethullah Gulen’s Interview with ABC News

July 16, 2019 — Fethullah Gulen, who lives in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania, has rejected the notion that he has any involvement in the attempt to seize power from Erdogan and said that he condemns “in the strongest terms, the attempted military coup in Turkey.”

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Fethullah Gulen’s Interview with Stephanie Saul on New York Times

July 16, 2016 — Fethullah Gulen gave a rare interview on Saturday at his compound here in which he denied involvement in the coup, but compared Mr. Erdogan’s administration to that of the Nazi SS.

“My message to the Turkish people is never to view any military intervention positively,” Mr. Gulen said, speaking to reporters through an interpreter, “because through military intervention, democracy cannot be achieved.”

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Fethullah Gulen’s Interview with Vitaly Naumkin on Moskovskiy Komsomolets newspaper

April 1, 2016 — In the interview that was published at one of Russia’s most popular newspapers, Moskovskiy Komsomolets (MK), Mr. Gülen talked about the aircraft crisis between Russia and Turkey, the divided state of the Muslim world, secularism, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and terrorism. “Certain things done [the Turkish government] in recent years were wrong. The downing of that warplane was wrong,” he said.

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Fethullah Gulen’s Interview with BBC Newshour

January 27, 2014 – Fethullah Gulen sits down with BBC reporters Tim Franks and Guney Yildiz for his first broadcast interview in 16 years “to set the record straight.”

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Fethullah Gulen’s Interview with the Wall Street Journal

January 21, 2014 – Fethullah Gulen gives a rare interview to Wall Street Journal and shares his views on recent developments in Turkey. His remarks highlight his stances on education and democracy, and the role that core values play in decision-making.

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Fethullah Gulen’s interview with The Atlantic

August 14, 2013 – In an exclusive interview, the head of the Gulenist movement speaks on anti-Semitism, his particular brand of Islam, and why he’s been in hiding for 14 years.

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Fethullah Gulen’s interview with The New York Times

June 11, 2010 – Turk Who Leads a Movement Has Advocates and Critics

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