Prof. Dr. Suchart Setthamalince is the chair of Religious Studies Institute at Payap University, Thailand. He directs the culture and peace program at Payap University. In 2010, he published a book about a Hizmet Movement’s effects on the Muslims of Chinese origin in Thailand.
“I read Fethullah Gülen, and I think that book changed my idea, my life, and I think, “Oh, this is the real Islam,” I thought that time, I think, “This is the real meaning of Islam. It’s about love, it’s about mercy.””
“We also have many civil society, especially the Muslim, organizations. Things like that just focus on to help just the Muslims, but I think the Hizmet, they go beyond that. They cross any lines, and I think this is the main difference, that, I think they trying to, they, you know, they are the leaders of many, I would call, innovative activities that I never experience before in my country. Like the Iftar dinner. They invite a non-Muslim come to have the Iftar dinner together, and invite the Buddhist, invite the Christian to join the dinner.”
“The hidden agenda is about, all about love, all about the mercy for all humankind. I think that’s the hidden agenda. I think this is a, you know, I don’t believe in, they have, the hidden agenda is about politics, about the benefits for some group, some people, I don’t believe that. But if the hidden agenda is about love, about mercy for all humankind. ’’