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.

“I think the work of the Hizmet Movement is more on a continuous and permanent basis. It’s not just to help at a certain time when there is a disaster but rather to create real compassionate humans.”

“…, I think, the Gulen Movement, in the real sense, is following the Prophetic methodology of Rasulallah (saw) to spread the light of Islam to the rest of the world.”

“These are Muslims who come and help—selflessly—humanity, and we need such people in the world.”

“Interfaith is there in the Qur’an. Ta’arafu is interfaith; ta’awanu is interfaith. Ta’arafu means that the Qur’an says, God created you into different faiths and different colors and different ethnicities and different cultures so that you may know one another. And by knowing one another, you will cooperate with one another.”

“Dialogue means to understand the other and once you know the other, then you will be able to work together, for the goodness of God’s creation.”