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.
“…But the one criticism that I have not found yet the basis on is that Hizmet has some ulterior motive. When somebody serves in such a selfless manner, because such selfless service is so rare, it is, it does provoke suspicion in people, that, “why are they doing it? Is it maybe too good to be true?” But instead of having that suspicion, people should engage. And if they engage with the Hizmet people, and find out what they’re doing, and what they’re about, and what their method of operation is, they will find that it is like any other social reform movement.”
“One of the things that impressed me about the Hizmet Movement here in Jacksonville, as I met with the people, is that many of them, in a shorter amount of time, met with more people of other faiths than I have been living in this city for well over ten years. That was quite impressive. That they’re not afraid to go to places, go to a church, go to a synagogue, go to a temple, go to an educational institution, go to even a political institution, meet with politicians and government service people. And just have a dialog with them.”
“There can be no better promotion for Turkey than what Hizmet does. By taking people from here, from Jacksonville, and from various parts of the world to visit Turkey… everybody who went to Turkey came back with a different view of the society. I can tell you what my students said when they visited Turkey. I took my MBA students to Turkey twice, and the universal assessment that they gave back was that this was a transformational learning opportunity for us. Because many of my students said that “we came back with a completely different view, not only of Turkey, but of Islam and Muslims.””