Dr. Senad Agic is the head imam of the Islamic Association of Bosniaks in North America since 1994. He received Ph.D. in Islamic Studies at the Graduate Theological Foundation. He is also a graduate of the Gazi-Husrev Beg Medresa in Bosnia and the University of Sarajevo. He received the 2004 recipient of the Jalaluddin Rumi Prize in Islamic Studies.
“This movement is teaching its followers and all those with whom it comes in contact with that modernity is not an enemy of Islam.”
“But rather, we can find connecting dots between Islam and modernity and to implement assimilation which leads to integration. This is the only movement that I know—Muslim movement—which knows how to make Muslims part of the modern world, the only movement which has a vision of how to be integrated in the wider society.”
“From what I know, this movement is not after converting others into Islam but rather, through interfaith activities, the movement is trying to come in contact with others, to learn about others, to try to help others, to make others be aware of the existence of Islam and Muslims in the given area, and also to engage them in some activities directed to help others.”
“If we can provide, if we know anyone who may be in need of our help, whether he is Muslim or non-Muslim, as long as he is a human being, our duty as human beings is to help. This is completely in line with the spirit of Islam and with the spirit of the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (saw). But, Mr. Fethullah Gulen and his movement are reminding us of what the real spirit of Islam is.”