Turkey’s PM wants Fethullah Gülen, the “Turkish Khomeini,” to come home

Here is still more indication of the rapid discarding of secularism and Islamization of Turkey: many believe that Gülen, the “Turkish Khomeini,” wants to bring Sharia back to Turkey: “Turkey”s National Security Council condemned in 1998 for ‘trying to undermine the country”s secular institutions, concealing his methods behind a democratic and moderate image.’ For this reason he has been living in voluntary exile in the United States since he was sentenced in absentia.”

“ErdoÄŸan hopes Islamic scholar Gülen returns to Turkey soon,” from Today’s Zaman, June 15 (thanks to Joshua):

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has openly invited Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen to Turkey in a speech he delivered during the closing ceremony for the 10th Turkish Olympiads amid a standing ovation from a crowd of over 50,000.

Erdoğan, who spoke after he was granted a special award by the organizing committee of the Olympiads, implied that Gülen, without directly mentioning his name, should return to Turkey as soon as possible. The well-known scholar has been residing in the US for nearly 13 years.

We want this yearning to end,” he said, receiving a lengthy standing ovation from the crowd, in a rare blunt invitation for Gülen to return to his homeland. ErdoÄŸan added, “We want to see those who are abroad and longing for the homeland among us.”

Responding to the lengthy applause, ErdoÄŸan further said he understands that the crowd also wants “this yearning to end.”

Gülen is a Turkish Islamic scholar well known for his teachings that promote mutual understanding and tolerance between different cultures and faiths. Now residing in the US, Gülen has pioneered educational activities in a number of countries, along with efforts to promote intercultural and interfaith activities around the world. The Turkish Olympiads are an initiative pioneered by schools associated with him.

He has also written nearly 60 books in Turkish, most of which have been translated into dozens of languages. He was most recently honored with the EastWest Institute’s (EWI) 2011 EWI Peace Building Award for his contribution to world peace.

Gülen is in self-imposed exile in the US even though there is not any legal hurdle that prevent him from returning to Turkey. Shortly after he went to the US, in 2000, then-State Security Court (DGM) prosecutor Nuh Mete Yüksel launched a case against him on charges of establishing an illegal organization, but he was eventually acquitted after eight years. Upon appeal, the General Criminal Chamber of the Supreme Court of Appeals upheld the acquittal.

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  1. says

    “We want to see those who are abroad and longing for the homeland among us.”

    I imagine that lots of Germans also want to see the Turks who are abroad back in their homeland. I’d certainly like to see all the Arabs, Pakistanis, Afghans, and Somalis in the U.S. back in their homelands.

  2. says

    First of all why is this Islamist residing in the US when his followers want him home in Turkey!! I say help Turkey get him back, send him back by one way ticket ASAP!!

    Islamic scholar, another oxymoron!! Read quran once and you are an Islamic scholar. Morons!!

  3. says

    Aw c’mon guys! Maybe he’s a scholar because he can recite Al Qur’an backwards – and has discovered it makes more sense that way! :))

  4. says

    Excellent idea.

    Send him home to Turkey. ASAP. And **don’t** let him come back…EVER. And advise other western countries, such as Australia, and kafir-majority countries beyond, like India and Russia, not to let him onto *their* turf, either. Send him back to dar al Islam and make sure he stays there.

    BUT: I think that before his departure the IRS and the FBI and other relevant bodies should conduct a very, very thorough investigation of all his activities and organisations and associates and his bank accounts etc., within the USA.

    To me he gives off exactly the same vibe as a mafia don, capo dei capi. Everything about him smells wrong.

    Fethullah Gulen has ‘form’.

    Here are a couple of articles that have appeared about him a in the past.


    Islam’s Trojan Horse? Turkish Nationalism and the Nakshibendi Sufi Order

    An extraordinarily important and revealing article by [Islamosavvy Australian journalist] Paul Stenhouse in [the Aussie magazine] Quadrant…

    Be sure to read the comment s – some good ones by ‘Hugh Fitzgerald’ – as well as the article.


    Fethullah Gülen’s Grand Ambition
Turkey’s Islamist Danger
    by Rachel Sharon-Krespin, Middle East Quarterly, Winter 2009, pp. 55-66

  5. says

    Gul has developed a deep-seated fifth column in the US; all the while his refugee status in the US would be supported by the UN standards – like it or not.
    And, I don’t.

  6. says

    Certainly, they should all be sent home(ET come back home). Would be even willing to pay for one way ticket of at least one. But, US sends my tax money to these morons anyway. Send them back and stop giving them even a single cent!!