May 30, 2020 – The tragic death of George Floyd during a police intervention in Minneapolis has saddened the nation and triggered a wave of protests in numerous cities. Unfortunately, this is the latest in a long line of appalling deaths across the United States. As a nation, we grieve for this loss of precious life. Each and every life is equally valuable, and every person should be treated with dignity. Seeing anyone as lesser or less worthy of humane treatment is wrong.

Now, we must learn from this tragedy by examining the realities of our society and working together to overcome the prejudice and history that has led us to this point. Every effort must be taken to prevent future tragedies by raising our collective consciousness and developing empathy. Dialogue among diverse segments of our society is a critical component of the effort to heal the wounds that have re-opened.

It is imperative for all individuals and groups who express their anger over this tragedy to act with heightened restraint. Vandalism and arson undermine the civilized debate that our society needs to have on long-standing legitimate concerns.

We pray that these difficult days will lead to a heightened awareness and collaborative efforts for healing our social wounds and strengthening our bonds.

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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

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I am shocked and deeply saddened by the deadly shooting in Nova Scotia that claimed the lives of 23 people on Saturday. 

I strongly condemn this act of violence and urge everyone to take a strong stance against all forms of violence and acts of intolerance toward others.

I commend the police and doctors who responded to the attacks selflessly. I extend my heartfelt condolences to all those who lost their loved ones during this horrific attack, and to the Canadian people. I pray for the quick recovery of those who were injured. 

I pray to God, the Most Compassionate, to instill empathy and compassion in the hearts of all people around the world so that we may live together in peace. 

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 Peace Islands Institute, New York.

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

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212-682-4278


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March 13, 2020 – I extend my condolences to those who lost their loved ones due to the Coronavirus that has spread around the world and resulted in the deaths of thousands. I pray for the speedy recovery of those who are ill.

I trust the public health officials, who are trying to keep this outbreak under control, to take effective precautions based on scientific data and experiences gained from previous outbreaks. 

As part of our civic and human responsibility, each of us should comply with the guidance and advice from medical experts and public health officials in our countries. 

Our human consciousness requires us to empathize with those who are suffering, regardless of where they are in the world, share their pain and do whatever is in our power to help alleviate the suffering. 

To take precautions for preserving public health is a form of active prayer. One other important thing we can do is to knock on the door of the God of all humanity with a grieving heart through our supplication. 

Both active prayer through taking precautions and our supplications to God are our duties as His servants.

Therefore, I urge everyone to pray for the health and safety of humanity at this difficult time. 

May God, the Most Compassionate, save humanity from this pandemic, cure those who are ill, and give perseverance to those who lost their loved ones. May He help all those who are fighting against this pandemic including healthcare workers, state officials, and volunteers. 

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 Peace Islands Institute, New York.

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

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media@afsv.org 

212-682-4278 


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13 Mart 2020 – Dünyanın hemen her tarafına yayılmış ve şimdiye kadar binlerce insanın vefatına sebep olan Korona virüs salgınında hayatını kaybedenlerin yakınlarına başsağlığı ve hasta olanlara acil şifalar dilerim. 

Salgını kontrol altına almaya çalışan toplum sağlığını koruma yetkililerinin ilmi veriler ve daha önce edinilmiş tecrübeler ışığında etkili tedbirler alacağına itimadım tamdır.

Her birimiz bir vatandaşlık ve insanlık mesuliyeti gereği olarak yaşadığımız ülkelerdeki sağlık yetkililerinin ve tıbbi uzmanların yapacağı tavsiyeler ve yönlendirmelere harfiyen uymalıyız.

Dünyanın neresinde olursa olsun afete maruz kalmış insanlara kalben alaka duymak, acılarını hissedebildiğimiz ölçüde paylaşmak ve elimizden geleni yapmak insanlık şuurunun gereğidir. 

Toplum sağlığıyla ilgili her turlu tedbirleri almak fiili bir duadır. Bunun yanında yapabileceğimiz çok önemli bir şey de dertli bir kalple kavli dua yoluyla bütün insanlığın Rabbinin kapısını çalmaktır. 

Fiili ve kavli duaların her ikisi de aynı zamanda kulluk vazifemizdir.

Bütün insanlığın beraberce yaşadığı bu zor donemde herkesi insanlığın sağlık ve selameti için duaya davet ediyorum.

Cenab-i Erhamur-Rahimin bir an evvel insanlığı bu salgın afetinden kurtarsın, hastalara acil şifalar ve yakınlarını kaybedenlere metanet versin. Salgına karşı mücadele eden bütün sağlık sektörü çalışanları, devlet yetkilileri ve gönüllülerinin yardımcısı olsun.


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26 Şubat 2020 – Almanya’da aşırı sağcı ideolojiye sahip kişiler tarafından gerçekleştirildiği belirtilen ve çok sayıda kişinin ölümüyle neticelenen saldırı haberini derin bir üzüntü ile aldım. 

Bu saldırıyı şiddetle kınıyorum ve herkesi başkalarına karşı hazımsızlık, toleranssızlık ve şiddetin bütün çeşitlerine karşı ciddi tavır almaya davet ediyorum.

Almanya’nın liderlerinin saldırı karşısında net bir tavır alması ve ırkçılığıtoplum için bir zehir olarak tavsif etmesi ümit vericidir.

Başta saldırıda hayatını kaybedenlerin yakınları olmak üzere bütün Almanya halkına baş sağlığı ve yaralananlara acil şifalar diliyorum. 

Cenab-ı Erhamurrahimin ırkçılık, fanatiklik ve nefretten arınmış, insanların farklılıkları bir çatışma sebebi olarak görmekten uzaklaşıp birbirini kucakladığı barış içinde bir dünyaya bizi bir an evvel kavuştursun.


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February 26, 2020 – I am deeply shocked and heartbroken by the deadly attack in Germany that was reportedly carried out by a far-right extremist. 

I strongly condemn this act of violence and urge everyone to take a strong stance against all forms of violence and acts of intolerance toward others. 

I express my deepest condolences to all those who lost their loved ones during this brutal attack, and to the German people. I pray for the speedy recovery of the wounded. 

It is encouraging to see leaders of Germany to take a clear stance against the attack and describe racism as a poison for the society.

I pray to God that we can overcome differences to embrace each other and achieve peace in a world devoid of racism, bigotry, and hatred. 

About 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

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 Peace Islands Institute, New York.

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212-682-4278


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18 Şubat 2020 – Son günlerde, Türkiye’de çeşitli haber kanalları ve sosyal medya platformlarında iktidar yanlısı bazı çevreler tarafından ‘muhtemel bir askeri darbe söylentisi’ yeniden dile getirilmeye başlanmıştır.

Türkiye’de parlamentonun işlevsizleştirildiği, gücün tek elde toplandığı ve hukukun üstünlüğünün tamamen askıya alındığı fiili bir dikta rejimine kapı aralayan mel’un 15 Temmuz girişimi öncesinde de buna benzer iddialar gündeme getirilerek kamuoyu hazırlanmış ve bir nevi şartlar olgunlaştırılmıştı.

Üzerindeki sır perdesinin aralanmasına ısrarla engel olunan 15 Temmuz girişimi sonrasında Türkiye, ne yazık ki tüm insan hakları uzmanları, Birleşmiş Milletler raportörleri ve Avrupa Birliği gözlemcileri tarafından en üst seviyede kınanan bir keyfilikle milyonlarca insanı mağdur eden geniş çaplı bir cadı avına sahne olmuş, yapılan hukuksuzluklar insanlığa karşı suç boyutuna ulaşmıştır. 16 Temmuz sabahı başlayan toplu cezalandırma süreci, aradan geçen üç buçuk yıla rağmen en ağır şekilde devam etmekte ve doğrudan ya da dolaylı olarak milyonlarca insanın mağduriyetine neden olmaktadır. 

Dolayısıyla, yeni bir kumpasla benzer sonuçlar doğurması ihtimaline binaen şu anki tartışmalara azami temkinle yaklaşılması, atılacak adımlarda soğukkanlılık ve basiretle hareket edilmesi ihtiyacı ortadadır.

Bu seferki tartışmalarda Hizmet camiası doğrudan hedef alınmasa ve öncelikli hedef başta anamuhalefet partisi ve tabanı olarak gösterilse de daha önce sayısız hadisede günah keçisi haline getirilmiş bir camia olarak askeri darbeler konusundaki duruşumuzu kamuoyuna yeniden hatırlatma ihtiyacı hissetmekteyiz.

Seçimle iş başına gelen iktidarların seçimle görevinden ayrılması demokrasinin tek olmasa da en temel esasıdır. Ne askeri darbe ne de herhangi başka bir şiddet eyleminin ülkeye kazandıracağı hiçbir şey yoktur. 

Bu tartışmaların dönüp dolaşıp tekrar Hizmet Hareketi’ni hedef haline getirmesi ihtimaline binaen yinelemek isteriz ki barışa sadakat ve şiddetin her türlüsünü red, Hizmet Hareketine gönül verenlerin en temel prensiplerindendir.

Bu vesileyle herkesi bir kez daha temkin ve sağ duyuya davet ediyor, son dönemde yaşanan ağır insan hakları ihlallerinin bir an evvel sona erdirilmesini, yeni ihlallerin bir daha asla yaşanmamasını ve Türkiye’nin demokratik bir hukuk devleti olarak bölgesinde imrenilen bir ülke haline gelmesini temenni ediyoruz.


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February 18, 2020 – Rumors of an impending military coup have surfaced again in Turkey’s media and social media platforms loyal to the ruling party.

In the months leading to the horrible July 15, 2016, coup attempt, similar rumors were circulated on the very same channels and platforms to prepare public opinion for the incident, which was then used by President Erdogan to render the parliament powerless, to consolidate power in his hands, and to suspend the rule of law.

Following the July 15 incident, which the ruling party intentionally kept in the dark, Turkey began an internationally condemned witch hunt that oppressed and persecuted hundreds of thousands of citizens, reaching the level of crimes against humanity. The witch hunt has been criticized repeatedly at the highest levels by international human rights watchdog organizations, United Nations rapporteurs, and European Union observers.  The mass punishment wave that started on July 16, 2016, has been continuing with the same severity for the past three-and-a-half years and has so far resulted in the oppression of millions of citizens, directly or indirectly.

Out of concern that a similar sinister plan might be at work now, all Turkish citizens and international observers must be vigilant and take calm and prudent steps.

This time, the main opposition party CHP and its voter base are the targets of the rumors, and not the Hizmet movement. Despite this, out of an abundance of caution, we remind the public of Hizmet’s stance on military coups because the group has been scapegoated numerous times in the past.

It is an important principle of democracy, while not the only one, that elected governments should be allowed to serve their term and leave through elections. Neither a military coup nor any other act of violence can offer any benefit to the country.

In the event these rumors come back to target the Hizmet movement, we declare once again that a core value of the Hizmet movement is a commitment to peace and rejection of all forms of violence.

On this occasion, we invite every stakeholder to caution and prudence, we wish that the massive human rights abuses of the past few years are never repeated, and we hope that Turkey becomes an exemplary country in its region with a democratic government that adheres to the rule of law and protects fundamental human rights and freedoms.


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13 Şubat 2020 – Washington merkezli CREW adlı organizasyonunun 30 Ocak 2020 tarihinde web sitesinde yayınlanan makalede Türk-Amerikalı bir iş adamının yapmış olduğu politik bağışları AfSV’nin Şeffaf Bilgilendirme (“Advocacy”) faaliyetleri ve genelde Hizmet Hareketiyle irtibatlandıran iddialar yer almaktadır. Bu iddiaların gerçekle ilgisi yoktur ve makale çok sayıda yanlış bilgi ve kötü ima içermektedir.

Öncelikle, bu makalenin yazarı AfSV ile irtibata geçmemiştir. Bugüne kadar AfSV, yapmış olduğu eğitim ve bilgilendirme (“advocacy”) faaliyetleriyle ve duyurularıyla ilgili haber yapma taleplerini memnuniyetle karşılamış ve kendisiyle iletişime geçen her gazeteciye ve yazara yardımcı olmuştur. Eğer bu makalenin yazarı ilgili konu hakkında AfSV ile iletişime geçmiş olsaydı kendisine de yardımcı olunurdu.

Habere konu olan politik bağışın AfSV’nin yapmış olduğu bilgilendirme (advocacy) faaliyetleriyle ilgisi yoktur. Ayrıca, demokratik siyasi mekanizmalara katılmak, doğdukları yer, din, ırk veya sosyal aidiyetlerine bakılmaksızın, bütün Amerikan vatandaşları ve oturum sahiplerinin yasal hakkıdır.

Ayrıca AfSV Türkiye’de süregelen insan hakları ihlalleri, gazetecilerin, akademisyenlerin, Kürtlerin, Alevilerin ve Hizmet katılımcılarının maruz kaldığı zulümlerle alakalı yıllardır eğitim,duyuru ve bilgilendirme (“advocacy”) faaliyetleri yapmaktadır. AfSV bu faaliyetlerini ve bu faaliyetlerdeki maksadını Amerikan Devleti’nin ilgili kurumlarına açıkça beyan etmekte ve kaydettirmektedir.İlgili yazıya konu olan birbirinden bağımsız faaliyetleri irtibatlı gösterme çabası son derece hatalı ve yanlış yönlendiricidir.


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February 13, 2020 – A recent report by the Washington advocacy group CREW suggested that a Turkish-American’s individual political donations were connected to the Alliance for Shared Values’ transparent advocacy efforts and to the broader Hizmet movement. That could not be further from the truth. The report also was riddled with multiple factual errors and insinuations.

The Alliance for Shared Values was not contacted for this story. We welcome and assist with inquiries regarding AfSV’s advocacy efforts and would have assisted with this report, too, had we been contacted.

The political donation that is the subject of the article is completely unrelated to the AfSV’s advocacy efforts. American citizens and permanent residents have the right to participate in the political process, regardless of where they were born, their religion, their race, or any other affiliation.

At the same time, the Alliance for Shared Values has advocated transparently in Washington for many years to highlight the human rights abuses of the Turkish government, particularly against persecuted groups such as journalists, academics, Kurds, Alevis and Hizmet participants. The Alliance properly disclosed these efforts through proper government registries and noted their objectives.

For CREW to try to connect these disparate points is sloppy and misleading.

About 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

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24 Ocak 2020

Elazığ ve Malatya bölgesinde meydana gelen şiddetli deprem haberini derin bir üzüntü ile aldım.

Depremde hayatını kaybedenlere Allah’tan rahmet, başta onların yakınları olmak üzere bütün vatandaşlara baş sağlığı, sabır ve metanet diliyor; yaralananlara acil şifalar ve zarar görenleregeçmiş olsun dileklerimi arz ediyorum.

Herkesi bu zor zamanda deprem bölgesindeki vatandaşların yardımına koşmaya davet ediyorum.


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January 24, 2020

I learned with grief about the news of a severe earthquake in Elazig and Malatya.

I pray for God’s mercy for those who lost their lives, I extend my deepest condolences to theirloved ones and to all citizens and wish them patience and perseverance. I also pray for the quick recovery of the wounded and those who were harmed.

I urge everyone to help fellow citizens at the earthquake region during this difficult time.

About 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.

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 Peace Islands Institute, New York.

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January 8, 2020 – I am shocked and deeply saddened by the news of the enormous bush fires in Australia that caused the deaths of 24 Australian citizens, burned over 1000 homes and took the lives of millions of animals.

My thoughts and prayers are with those across Australia who are continuing to face these devastating fires.

I had a chance to visit Australia in 1992 and was struck by the beauty of the land and the warm-heartedness of its people. It pains me to see the unprecedented damage to this beautiful land and its wildlife.

I am confident that the brave and energetic spirit of the Australian people will help them overcome this challenge and restore the damaged habitat.

May this tragic event be an occasion to reflect worldwide on the blessings we enjoy on this planet, strengthen our commitment to protecting the environment and wildlife and review our response measures.

I express my heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of those who lost their lives, to the country’s national and local leaders and to the people of Australia.

I invite everybody from around the world to help Australians and pray to God, the Most Compassionate, to help emergency service workers and all Australians at this difficult time.

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 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.

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