Peter Kovach is a retired senior diplomacy officer who served in Yemen, Bahrain, Morocco, Jordan, Japan and Pakistan. As an interfaith activist, he advises and serves on the boards of Al Bashir Islamic Seminary and George Mason University ‘s Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution. He has taught world religions at UMass Boston and courses on public diplomacy at UCLA and GMU. Mr. Kovach also served previously as the Director of Office of International Religious Freedom at US Department of State.
“…. what impresses me, again in summary, about Hizmet is that it’s an activist movement and it extends to these five very vital spheres of social interaction. …”
” His [Fethullah Gulen] view on the compatibility of science and religion, for one thing, I think is enlightened across the board. I mean, I’m not talking about intra-Islam or just Islam and Christianity, I’m talking about in every religion, because there’s a complementarity that he puts out there that science is, you know, capitalizes on the greatest gift that God, or Allah, has given us, which is rationality and critical thinking.”
” One of the intriguing things about Imam Gulen’s teachings to me as a student of Buddhism and Hinduism which have a very heavy emphasis philosophically on getting rid of ego, or nafs, is how strongly that’s emphasized in Imam Gulen’s teaching.”
” … I think the teaching of his [Fethullah Gulen] that creates the big umbrella both in the United States and overseas where I’ve seen Hizmet activity is the idea that God’s greatest gift to us, Allah’s greatest gift is rationality, it’s ability to take the great tradition like Islam or Judaism or Christianity or Hinduism or Buddhism etc.. and interpret it in light of the reality of the moment.”