Dr. Angela Sumegi is an Assistant Professor of Humanities and Religion at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. She teaches Buddhist Studies and World Religions at Carleton University. She studies religious approaches to death and Indo-Tibetan Buddhism. She is the founder and director of a Canadian charity that supports Tibetan refugee children in India.
“It seemed to me that Mr. Gülen was always looking to promote respect for all peoples, and for differences, so that there was never, I did not get the impression that only one way is the right way. But I got the impression that this was a person who was very, who felt that education was also extremely important for all people, to be able to come to understand each other.”
“I think that the type, the sort of, the way in which the Hizmet Movement promotes education, the way that it attempts to bring students and children of all backgrounds together, this not only promotes education, which I feel is necessary for us to continue to live as human beings, successfully, but it fosters understanding. And this will be so necessary as we move into the future.”
“… with their interfaith activities, I think the Hizmet Movement demonstrates that we have more in common. It shows what we share, rather than what divides people. Because people of faith are very similar. You know? True people of faith are very similar in many ways, even if the faith is something different. So this is what I feel is so important about interfaith activities.”
“to the extent that the individual members of the Hizmet Movement are motivated by the desire to promote a peace-loving society, that respects the differences of people, that is concerned with education and the well-being of all people, then to that extent, I think the Hizmet Movement brings honor to all of Islam.”