Loyd Allen is Professor of Church History and Spiritual Formation at Mercer University, Atlanta, Georgia. He got Ph.D. from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is an ordained Baptist minister and the Executive Director of the W. H. Whitsitt Baptist Heritage Society. He authored a history of Maryland/Delaware Baptists and another book titled “Crossroads in Christian Growth.” He also teaches at the prestigious Academy of Spiritual Formation.

“When I think of what Mr. Gülen is doing in the Hizmet Movement, and the people that work with that, I think of people like Gandhi, or a Martin Luther King kind of person. Of course, those are very different kinds of persons, but I see them coming from a religious core to go beyond their religion, beyond just doing religious charity.”

“In my view, the Hizmet Movement represents Islam in a very positive light. I don’t know of another organization that is as able to express its genuine spirituality and piety as an Islamic movement, which also provides a positive a view of Islam’s place in the wider world, through such things as education, interfaith dialog, support of democracy, support of higher education, universities, support of business organizations, and all of this flowing from a kind of sense of the value of our common humanity, but never politicizing this in any thing that I can tell.”

“I know that Hizmet has many schools that are in a number of different countries. Some of those countries are in places that have quite a bit of conflict in them, and so those schools bring together persons from both sides of the conflict, where they may get to know one another. And I think that that kind of education is crucial for understanding in conflict situations. I am very impressed by Hizmet’s ability to extend itself in education and its emphasis upon education.”