Parvez Ahmed is an Associate Professor of Finance, Coggin College of Business, University of North Florida. He received his Ph.D. in Finance, University of Texas at Arlington. He was selected Outstanding Researcher, Coggin College of Business, in 2003, 2005, and 2006. Assoc. Prof. Ahmed served as the Chairman of Board, Council on American Islamic Relations, Washington DC, between 2005 and 2008.

“The Hizmet Movement, to me, embodies the Qur’anic wisdom. It is a distillation of the Qur’anic wisdom. In the Qur’an, Prophet Muhammad, may God’s peace and blessing be upon him, is described as “rahmeten lil alemin”. As a mercy to all of creation. To all human beings. When I observe the Hizmet Movement’s work, I see their work as a manifestation of that wisdom. Because the Hizmet Movement is serving humanity without asking for their religions, or their racial identity, or anything else.”

“And when I look at, you know, I know Fethullah Gülen, not personally, but I know him through the people that he has inspired. And when I see them, when I meet them, I find in them characteristics that I wish I had. The characteristic of being gentle, of being open-minded, of being forthcoming and being in service to humanity.”

“So the Hizmet primarily has promoted a positive image of Turkey around wherever it has operated. Because everybody knows the people of the Hizmet Movement are people from Turkey. But it is different from, although it is a movement that is based on the Islamic faith, it is not an Islamist movement. Because I have not found a person that I have met with the Hizmet Movement that have aspirations for high political office. Or for controlling the apparatus of politics.”

“The fundamental goal of the Hizmet Movement, that I have been able to discern, is to be able to serve people in a way that expresses the best and the highest ideals and values of Islam, in a way that also builds bridges, and tries to find common ground with other faiths.”