The Contributions of the Gülen Movement
Edited By Ori Z. Soltes and Margaret A. Johnson
Chapter 8: Fethullah Gülen’s Care for All Creation as a Means to Nonviolence Eileen Eppig 137
• C H A P T E R E I G H T • Fethullah Gülen’s Care for All Creation as a Means to Nonviolence Eileen Eppig eople the world over are coming to know the Muslim scholar M. Fethullah Gülen for his peace initiatives in Turkish schools, hospitals, and news media. What is not as well known, but comes through clearly in his writings, as well as his peaceful lifestyle, is Gülen’s profound love and respect for all of creation—human and non-human. Gülen is a deeply spiritual Sunni Muslim who has been strongly influenced by the Naqshbandi Sufi tradition;1 the writings of Said Nursi;2 and Turkish Islam which is said to be tolerant and inclusive, based on a foundation of love.3 Gülen’s passionate love for the universe stems from his deep living of the spiritual dimension of Islam, which leads him into the deeper meaning of things, including the universe. Thus, Gülen sees the created world through a spiritual lens. In this essay, I will present (1) Fethullah Gülen’s view of and approach to creation and the universe; (2) the connection he sees between the Qur’an and the cosmos; (3) his views on peace and harmony in relation to creation; and (4) some concluding remarks about creation, peace and nonviolence in our world today. For Gülen, the universe is primarily an invitation to humanity to come to know God through the contemplation of nature. Gülen compares everything in the...
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