The Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, said, “Scholars are heirs of the prophets.”
The Islamic intellectual, the honorable Fethullah Gülen, is one of the distinguished scholars of our century. He is one of Allah’s blessings for us. When we look at his personal life, his social life, and his services to the Islamic world, we only see his good deeds. With his notion of service, which hasn’t only been restricted to the Islamic world but has spread to 160 countries, Mr. Gülen has had an extraordinarily positive impact.
We’ve read Mr. Gülen’s books and have gotten to know him through his friends and his followers. As opposed to what some people keep repeating, we have not seen anything even hinting at terrorism in any part of his life.
This man lives a life – alhamdulillah - in close connection with Allah, which leads to a reconciliation with the hearts of the people surrounding him.
When hearts are reconciled and gathered around the love of Allah, people will be honored with Allah’s gratification and blessing, and they will start doing everything for the sake of Allah.
When we look at the people around him, the scholars, tradesmen, and people from different levels of life, we see them live their lives according to our Prophet’s Sunnah and life.
As I mentioned earlier, we have never seen or known anything about Mr. Gülen except for the way he has helped people grow closer to Allah. All we have seen is how he reconciles hearts and helps them prepare to appear before Allah.
This is how we know Mr. Gülen. And we’ve never seen any single indication of terrorism in any of his books. Such an allegation cannot be true for him or people around him.
This is my testimony about Mr. Gülen. May Allah help us, may He bestow comprehension and understanding on all who accuse him. I pray Allah that my testimony will be considered among my and Mr. Gülen’s good deeds on the Day of Judgment.
Mr. Gülen sees the whole of humanity – Muslims and non-Muslims – as his children, and he works to reconcile hearts, trying to bring together all humanity as humble servants to Allah.
I have seen him in Turkey. He was preaching as he was crying and saying, “Some people are claiming that I will found a state and I am after a sultanate.” But then he added, “Who am I to do these things? These are untrue claims. My life is evident.”
We know Mr. Gülen’s life itself has ruled out these claims.
To be clear, he put forward his beliefs with his deeds. May Allah’s help and assistance be with him.
Shaykh Muhammad Fathi Hijazi, Al-Azhar University, Egypt
This article has first been published in the special issue of the Fountain Magazine © Blue Dome Press