Executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in Chicago, Ahmed Rehab holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois and a graduate degree in software engineering from DePaul University. Adjunct lecturer at American Islamic College, Rehab also serves as the Board member of the Illinois Coalition of Immigrant and Refugee Rights.
“The Hizmet Movement, which simply means service, is a movement—not an organization—composed of volunteers, people who choose to be a part of this movement, out of their own free will and that, I think, is the strongest element about this movement, is that people are inspired into it.”
“Hocaefendi, or Mr. Fethullah Gulen, as he is known as Hocaefendi within the Hizmet , is, in my opinion, one of the most important leaders in the world today because his leadership style is so unique yet so effective.”
“He, I think, is a leader because he changes the individual first. He builds the individual. Most organizations and most movements and most leaders are looking for followers. Hocaefendi is not looking for followers; he is looking to create leaders.”
“The most important single contribution of the Hizmet is breaking the myth that the East and the West are somehow at loggerheads, somehow inherent enemies…”
“Islam is not a product. Islam is, obviously, for us Muslims, a way of life. But it is no less important than a corporation, and it surely deserves better standards of work. What the Hizmet has done is brought high standards to Islamic work.”
“What I think is unique about the Hizmet vs other Muslim movements around the world is that people who work in the Hizmet always assume that they don’t know until they learn. They ask questions. They listen.”