• Fethullah Gulen's weekly speech dated 7 October 2018 and entitled 'Heirs of the Prophets and the Followers of McCarthy
  • Fethullah Gulen's weekly speech dated 30 September 2018 and entitled 'Genuine Talent and Real Victory'
  • Fethullah Gulen's weekly speech dated 23 September 2018 and entitled 'Suffering, God’s Pleasure and Hope from the Believer's Perspective'
  • Fethullah Gulen's weekly speech dated 16 September 2018 and entitled 'Salvation and Victory from the Believer's Perspective'
  • Fethullah Gulen's weekly speech dated 9 September 2018 and entitled 'Appreciation of People and Protecting Sincerity'
  • Fethullah Gulen's weekly speech dated 2 September 2018 and entitled 'The Physical and Spiritual Family of the Prophet'
  • Fethullah Gulen's latest speech: Justice is the Foundation of both the State and Humanity
  • Heirs of the Prophets and the Followers of McCarthy
  • Genuine Talent and Real Victory
  • Suffering, God’s Pleasure and Hope from the Believer's Perspective
  • Salvation and Victory from the Believer's Perspective
  • Appreciation of People and Protecting Sincerity
  • The Physical and Spiritual Family of the Prophet
  • Justice is the Foundation of both the State and Humanity

Latest Articles

Heirs of the Prophets and the Followers of McCarthy

Oct 10, 2018 Fethullah Gülen
If you have devoted your life to Him, if you witness an ant being hurt you will feel distressed.…

Genuine Talent and Real Victory

Oct 04, 2018 Fethullah Gülen
Harmful obstacles will proceed good deeds. Umûr-i hayriyenin (hayırlı işlerin) muzır mânileri olur.…

Suffering, God’s Pleasure and Hope

Sep 27, 2018 Fethullah Gülen
Suffering causes people to misjudge their perception of events. Dert, hadiseleri, insanlara çok…

Salvation and Victory from the Believer's Perspective

Sep 20, 2018 Fethullah Gülen
We must be able to adjust our attitude towards knowing the difference between the place we are in…

Appreciation of People and Protecting Sincerity

Sep 12, 2018 Fethullah Gülen
All praises and glorification to Him for our situation. Olduğumuza da hamd ü senâ olsun. What if we…

The Physical and Spiritual Family of the Prophet

Sep 06, 2018 Fethullah Gülen
Bediüzzaman says, 'The pleasures of this world resemble poisonous honey, in them their is as much…
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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.

O God, the Most Exalted! Today when hatred and rancor have enveloped everywhere like layers of darkness, we take refuge in Your infinite Love and entreat at Your door, begging You to fill the hearts of Your mischievous, pitiless slaves with love and humane emotions!
Fethullah Gülen
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