” I can tell you that the people I’ve met that have been inspired by Fethullah Gülen and the Movement are kind, hospitable, very open-minded, curious, respectful… And one thing that I notice is that they don’t present themselves in terms of what they’re against, or who they don’t like. They present themselves, a hundred percent, through who they are, and what they care about, and what their values are.”

“… a lot of people do social action, a lot of people care about education, but the way it comes from a spirit of love is very impressive. … in the Hizmet Movement, I have felt that that spiritual base in love, and in unity, shines through in the way people behave, the way people teach, the way people do interfaith dialog. It’s there and palpable, that sense of love.”

” You know, before 9/11, a lot of Americans, you’d ask them, “what’s Islam?”, they might remember something that they were taught in tenth grade. But there was very little knowledge of Islam. And now, you see in the paper all the time, you know, these events and violence and so forth. And it’s so incredibly important for people who are living Islam in a way that is open-minded, loving, and sort of looking to engage in the world in a very positive way, that is so important to get out there. And I think the Hizmet Movement has been exemplary in doing that.”

” This is an aspect of the Hizmet Movement that has appealed to me and engaged me. I think I would describe the Hizmet Movement as very flexible in its approach to dialog. You know, it’s not like it’s got a cookie-cutter model. …”

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