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Fethullah Gülen's Surprising Ramadan Dinner

by fgulen.com on . Posted in Dialogue and Tolerance Activities

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While practicing and interpreting Islam, I guess we made mistakes in the past.

Otherwise, in Turkey where 99 percent of the population is Muslim, would the participation of people with different political views and from social groups in Fethullah Gülen's Ramadan dinner have created such bewilderment?

It means that whether we like it or not, we have placed Islam on one side of the political polarization.

Now when people of the same religion, but representing different political views and social segments, come together at dinner, we are confused. Necmettin Erbakan and RP members, and then other prominent politicians, must pay attention to this truth.

The primitive Republicans who present Islam as an antithesis to secularism must do the same.

By making every social event a subject for fighting and polarization, we can never protect our peace or unity.

Because we don't consider the universal dimensions of secularism-Islam relations when we speak about the future of Turkish democracy, phrases like "being like Iran" and "resembling Algeria" always enter the conversation.

We have to forego half-enlightened distortions and prejudices, especially on the subject of religion.

First of all, let's be sure that…

The religion of countries can't be changed. The basic nature of religion can't be changed. There are countless examples of this …

For sensible Muslim Turks who know history, it doesn't take 1,000 years to remove religion from the arena of conflict.