Op-ed by Fethullah Gulen

2404, 2020

The coronavirus changed how Ramadan looks

The coronavirus changed how Ramadan looks. But it will not change our faith in God Original Op-Ed was published on NBCNEWS.com on April 24, 2020 View the original article here. Op-ed in Turkish The Muslim holy month of Ramadan will be different this year. Around the world, mosques will be closed, when they

2502, 2019

Islam is Compatible with Democracy, Despite Turkey’s Recent Example

Islam is Compatible with Democracy, Despite Turkey’s Recent Example Original of this Op-Ed was published on Le Monde on February 25, 2019 View original interview here. Op-ed in Turkish Turkey was hailed as an example for a modern Muslim democracy during the early 2000s. The current ruling party that came to power in

806, 2017

Muslims’ unique responsibility to fight terror

The coronavirus changed how Ramadan looks. But it will not change our faith in God Original Op-Ed was published on Politico on June 08, 2017 View original interview here. The brutal, deadly attacks in London and Manchester on innocent civilians are the latest in a series of senseless violent acts carried out by

1505, 2017

The Turkey I No Longer Know

The Turkey I No Longer Know Original Op-Ed was published on Washington Post on May 15, 2017 View original interview here. As the presidents of the United States and Turkey meet at the White House on Tuesday, the leader of the country I have called home for almost two decades comes face to

1108, 2016

I call for an international investigation into the failed putsch in Turkey

I call for an international investigation into the failed putsch in Turkey Original Op-Ed was published on Le Monde on August 11, 2016 View original interview here. On the night of July 15, Turkey went through the most catastrophic tragedy in its recent history as a result of the attempted military coup. The events of

2607, 2016

Fethullah Gulen: I Condemn All Threats to Turkey’s Democracy

Fethullah Gulen: I Condemn All Threats to Turkey’s Democracy Original Op-Ed was published on NY Times on July 26, 2016 View original interview here. During the attempted military coup in Turkey this month, I condemned it in the strongest terms. “Government should be won through a process of free and fair elections, not

1712, 2015

Muslims, we have to critically review our understanding of Islam

Muslims, we have to critically review our understanding of Islam Original Op-Ed was published on Le Monde on December 17, 2015 View original interview here. Words fall short to truly express my deep sadness and revolt in the face of the carnage perpetrated by terrorist groups such as the so-called ISIS. I share

2708, 2015

Muslims Must Combat the Extremist Cancer

Muslims Must Combat the Extremist Cancer Original Op-Ed was published on WSJ on August 27, 2015 View original interview here. As the group that calls itself Islamic State, known as ISIS, continues to produce carnage in the Middle East, Muslims must confront the totalitarian ideology that animates it and other terrorist groups. Every

302, 2015

Turkey’s Eroding Democracy

Turkey’s Eroding Democracy Original Op-Ed was published on New York Times on February 3, 2015 View original interview here. It is deeply disappointing to see what has become of Turkey in the last few years. Not long ago, it was the envy of Muslim-majority countries: a viable candidate for the European Union on

1003, 2014

Turkey needs a new constitution to save its democracy Trust and stability are fundamental to a nation’s development and to how the world perceives it. There is inherent trust in a democratic and accountable government that respects the rule of law. Turkey painstakingly built this trust over the past decade. Until recently it