Rev. Dr. Walter H. Wagner is an adjunct professor of Church History, New Testament, and World Religions at Moravian Theological Seminary and at the Lutheran Theological Seminary. He teaches courses about Islam for 25 years. He was ordained in the Lutheran church for 52 years. He is the author of “Beginnings and Endings: Fethullah Gulen’s Vision for Today’s World” and “Opening the Qur’an: Introducing Islam’s Holy Book”. He received the Muhlenberg Empie teaching award, and the Interfaith Dialogue award from the Lehigh Dialogue Center.

“As I understand, Hizmet’s engagement is not to build mosques, not to build midrasa, mosque schools. Others can do that. Others can do that. But Hizmet’s mission is really to begin to work at the very basics, with children.”

“It seems to me that any person who is influential, any person and any organization, is bound to have other people be suspicious of them.”

“I don’t think there’s any doubt about Hocaefendi’s patriotism. He makes this very clear in one of his books, The Stature of Our Souls. He sees not that Turkey has to be a Muslim country, or a totally secular country. He wants the best for the country, and then for the world. I think that he is a gentle person who does not have a political agenda at all.”