Dr. Muhammad Shafiq is a Professor of Islamic and Religious Studies at Nazareth College, Rochester, NY. He serves as the executive director of the Brian and Jean Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue. He is the author of Interfaith Dialogue: A Guide for Muslims (2012) and has led many interfaith training workshops in the USA and other countries including Chad, Niger, Indonesia and Belgium.
“If you look into his way of thinking, it’s very different. You see love as a central theme, and he combines love with compassion.”
“…, he talks about love and compassion. And that’s a beautiful way of how Fethullah Gulen has brought to this world, especially asking Muslims that we need to change our methodology in the 21st century, to bring humanity together, to unite them and to heal them.”
“Tawhidi paradigm is that the Oneness of God is there. It also teaches Oneness of humanity. So the Tawhidi paradigm cannot be separated; that you just worship One God but you do not look after human welfare. So, in the Hizmet Movement, you can see that translating of the Tawhidi paradigm into the oneness of humanity.”
“The problem with the Muslim world is we talk a lot, we do not do things in the way the Prophet told us to do things and practice.
And that’s what we are lacking today. You see, there are billions of Muslims, but there is no humanitarian work taking place, there is no environmental work taking place. We are late in there.
Actually, the Hizmet Movement is bringing this to the minds of the Muslims also. Look, our job is not just to sit at the mosque and pray, our job is to pray and go forward and help the creation of God.”