Fethullah Gülen is a Turkish opinion leader and a distinguished preacher. He lives in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania since 1999. Gülen embraces a pacifist Islam and inclusive approach.
Commitment in dialogue and selflessness has inspired the Hizmet movement, a transnational social initiative active in the fields of education, interreligious dialogue and in humanitarian aid.
M. Gülen and participants of the Hizmet are known for their commitment to peace, democracy and non-violence, and are opposed to hijack religion in political ideology.
The prizes have been awarded:
• He was named "The World's Top Public Intellectual" of the Foreign Policy magazine in May 2008, and was included in the list of the 100 most influential TIME worldwide in 2013.
• He received the Manhae prize of peace in 2013 and also the Gandhi-King-Ikeda Award for peace in 2015.
• It him also was intended in 2011 the Award for peace of the EastWest Institute based in New York.
In 1994, Mr. Gülen said "from now on, in Turkey and the rest of the world, there no other path than democracy. »
Gülen is well known for her statement "a true Muslim cannot be a terrorist and a terrorist cannot be a true Muslim" published in the Washington Post after the attacks of September 11.