• Fethullah Gulen's weekly speech dated 2 December 2018 and entitled 'Real Prosperity'
  • Fethullah Gulen's weekly speech dated 25 November 2018 and entitled 'Neither Manna nor Quails'
  • Fethullah Gulen's weekly speech dated 18 November 2018 and entitled 'Reviving the Horizons of the Heart'
  • Fethullah Gulen's weekly speech dated 11 November 2018 and entitled 'The Season Is Not Autumn'
  • Fethullah Gulen's weekly speech dated 4 October 2018 and entitled 'Luminous Horizons and Oppressive Veils'
  • Fethullah Gulen's weekly speech dated 29 October 2018 and entitled 'Taking Refuge in God'
  • Fethullah Gulen's weekly speech dated 14 October 2018 and entitled 'Thousands of Peace and Blessings Upon You, O Messenger!'
  • Real Prosperity
  • Neither Manna nor Quails
  • Reviving the Horizons of the Heart
  • The Season Is Not Autumn
  • Luminous Horizons and Oppressive Veils
  • Taking Refuge in God
  • Thousands of Peace and Blessings Upon You, O Messenger!'

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Real Prosperity

Dec 05, 2018 Fethullah Gülen
Poet Mehmet Akif says: Mehmet Akif diyor ki: 'Forget being a Muslim, we are even far from humanity…

'Neither Manna nor Quails'

Nov 28, 2018 Fethullah Gülen
It may not be reported in Prophetic Traditions but in their supplications our predecessors always…

Reviving the Horizons of the Heart

Nov 22, 2018 Fethullah Gülen
Our egos compromise our relationship with God and the truth, thus creating a barrier with our…

The Season Is Not Autumn

Nov 14, 2018 Fethullah Gülen
'Society is suffering and faith is the cure, Muzdarip bütün toplum, ilacı bunun iman Any other cure…

Luminous Horizons and Oppressive Veils

Nov 09, 2018 Fethullah Gülen
We have not been able to love God to the utmost degree, we have loved, but not in an overwhelming…

Taking Refuge in God

Nov 03, 2018 Fethullah Gülen
How fortunate are those who are in love with pursuing the Hereafter! Ne mutlu âhireti peyleme…
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A tariqa is a Sufi order. A tariqa has a shaykh, a murshid or “guide” who plays the role of leader or spiritual director of the organization. A tariqa consists of a group of murids, (murid, Arabic for “desirous of, desiring of knowing God and loving God”). In most cases, during his lifetime the shaykh nominates his successor who will take over the order. Every tariqa has a chain or lineage of shaykhs. Every murid on entering the tariqa is assigned daily recitations authorized by his murshid (usually to be recited before or after the pre-dawn prayer, after the afternoon prayer and after the evening prayer). Usually, these recitations are extensive and consist of reciting a certain formula at certain times. The recitations change as a student (murid) progresses from being a mere initiate to levels (usually requiring additional initiations).

Being in the spiritual traditions of Islam loosely referred to as Sufism, tariqas provide accepted avenues for expressions of faith. Tariqas have spread to all corners of the Muslim world. It is important to note that membership of a particular Sufi order has never been exclusive and cannot be likened to ideological commitment to a political party. Unlike Christian monastic orders which are demarcated by firm lines of authority and sacrament, Sufis are often members of more than one order. The non-exclusiveness of Sufi orders has important consequences for the social extension of Sufism. Tariqas are a cumulative body of tradition, rather than individual and isolated experiences, and mostly refrain from indulging in direct politics. They are seen as preventing Islam from becoming a cold and formalistic doctrine by constantly infusing it with local and emotionally popular input, including deductive stories, fables and rituals, which literalists see as not part of Islam proper.

The Gülen Movement, on the other hand, is not a Sufi tariqa. Fethullah Gülen does not function as the shaykh (Sufi master). Unlike in classical tariqas, there is no requirement of initiation, no restricted or esoteric religious practices, procedures, ceremonies and no arcane mystic terminology that marks membership in the Movement. The Gülen Movement does not fit into any characterization of a tariqa in any classical social or organizational sense.

Creation is the result of lighting the wick of the candle of love, the wick of “being known and seen.” If the Lord did not love creation, there would be neither moons, nor suns nor stars.
Fethullah Gülen
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