Thomas Masters is the Executive Director of the National Asian Peace Officers Association located in Washington D.C. He retired as the Assistant Supervisory Air Marshal in Charge (ASAC) for the US Department of Homeland Security. Between the years 1983 and 1994, Thomas Masters served as a Special Agent for the FBI within the US Department of Justice. Masters holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Kansas School of Law (1983). His areas of specialty include strategic alliance formation, enterprise risk assessment, international trade development and transportation and aviation security.
“I know that Hizmet has established schools in over 160 countries. They have provided the opportunity for education, which is the most essential ingredient in order for peoples of various religions and ethnic backgrounds to be able to communicate. And that’s the central purpose of Peace Islands Institute and Hizmet, is to enable people to be educated and to communicate and continue dialogue.”
“To resolve conflict, we need to have dialogue. And the only way that we can have dialogue is for groups, like Hizmet, to communicate with the Christian, the Jewish, the Catholics and all the other Muslim groups because we all share a common identity in the fact that we are all one under one God.”
“The importance of the Hizmet Movement and its role in creating 160 schools in all of these areas is it brings the ability for these young children in many situations and impoverished countries to learn and to improve their quality of life, for themselves and for their families. And it is through the Hizmet Movement and education that we can eliminate the one major source of conflict, and that is ignorance.”
“Without the Hizmet Movement I would never have participated in the Ramadan dinners at the homes of Turkish people living in the New Jersey community. But by broadening the understanding of people outside the Muslim community, outside of the Turkish community, then those of us who may often times be very naive about Turkey, about Islam and Muslim movements will have a much greater understanding to realize that we have a lot in common and that we should relish what makes us different.”