September 20, 2014

Gülen’s Notion of Hizmet and Public Good: From a Strategy to an Action Plan

Maimul Ahsan Khan
Hizmet [literally, “service”] for Fethullah Gülen implies that a person devotes his or her life to Islam, serving for the benefit of others, which is beneficial for life after death. Gülen is a very restless person who is always asking himself if he might do more for God. Death is always present in his preaching to his followers, and the fear of judgment day is the motivation to work hard. (1)

September 19, 2014

African Professor lauds 'Kimse Yok Mu' as model relief organization

University of South Africa Professor Yousuf Dadoo has congratulated Kimse Yok Mu, one of the largest charity organizations in Turkey, for making its work a model for all charitable groups.

Bank Asya shares recover despite Erdoğan's defamatory remark

After falling more than 50 percent since the beginning of this week, Bank Asya shares in the Borsa İstanbul (BİST) rallied on Thursday, rising over 10 percent in the first trading session, but the shares edged down again in the second session after President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan declared that private lender Bank Asya is “already bankrupt.”

Opposition turns up heat on Erdoğan after verbal attacks on Bank Asya

Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu continued to criticize President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for his unwarranted attacks attempting to discredit Bank Asya, one of the leading national banks in Turkey.

Romanian Minister: Turkish schools are raising the next generation of Romanians

Lumina Romanian Turkish school inauguration
The Clui branch of the Turkish schools in Romania, operating in the country for the past 20 years now, kicked off the academic year in its new campus. The Romanian Minister of Social Dialog Aurelia Cristea inaugurated the school building. The minister hailed the schools as institutions raising the next generation of the country.

September 18, 2014

Code ‘111' profiling on Parliament's agenda

Main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) Deputy Chairman Sezgin Tanrıkulu has brought to Parliament's agenda a code allegedly used by the Ministry of Family and Social Policy to classify individuals believed to be affiliated with a social movement.

Caesar not above economy

İbrahim Türkmen

"Caesar non supra grammaticos" is a well-known Latin phrase that asserts that even unquestionable and mighty rulers have limits, not only against the timeless and indiscriminate rules of nature, but also with regard to fields that require special expertise. In this particular example, Holy Roman Emperor Sigismund had been disputed by a courageous grammarian over his insistence that a misused word should be accepted as is if it is uttered by a ruler.

Erdoğan steps up attacks on Bank Asya, raising risks of banking crisis

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who has led a relentless defamation campaign against Bank Asya, Turkey's largest Islamic lender and one of the strongest in terms of capital adequacy, ratcheted up his attacks on Thursday by falsely claiming the bank has already failed.

September 17, 2014

Fethullah Gulen: "ISIS Cruelty Deserves Our Strongest Condemnation"

Fethullah Gulen condemns ISIS
Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen
As a practicing Muslim, deeply influenced by the tenets of my faith, I strongly condemn the brutal atrocities of the ISIS terrorist group. Their actions are a disgrace to the faith they proclaim and are crimes against humanity. Religion provides a foundation upon which to establish peace, human rights, freedoms and the rule of law. Any interpretations to the contrary, including the abuse of religion to fuel conflicts, are simply wrong and deceitful.

Gülen condemns ISIL atrocities in ads in leading newspapers

Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, who resides in Pennsylvania, placed ads in leading US newspapers on Wednesday to condemn the atrocities of the terrorist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Witch hunt extends to publishing houses

An ongoing campaign against groups believed to be critical of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) has stretched to the publishing sector, with the government -- albeit covertly -- punishing some publication houses by not granting them ISBN numbers for some works.

Reactions mount to Erdoğan-led smear campaign against Bank Asya

Intensified attacks led by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his associates against Turkey's largest Islamic lender, Bank Asya, have produced another series of reactions in Turkey, with the main opposition warning Prime Minister's Ahmet Davutoğlu's government about the dire consequences of targeting the bank.

'Turkey may face serious financial crisis due to attacks on Bank Asya'

A former high-level financial official has warned, in light of claims that a number of Turkish banks are in difficulty, that a smear campaign orchestrated by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan against Bank Asya could lead to a worse financial crisis than the one Turkey suffered back in 2001.

'A president trying to sink a bank'

Günay Hilal Aygün

Following a months-long government-backed smear campaign against Turkey's largest Islamic lender, Bank Asya, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan personally targeted the bank in a recent statement to the press. He accused independent regulatory body the Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency (BDDK) of not taking action against Bank Asya, saying the agency must make a decision on the bank and follow through on it. Erdoğan suggested that if citizens cannot withdraw their money from a bank at any time they want, there must be a problem with the bank's capital ratio, adding that he is following the process closely.

Bank Asya vows to see off "smear campaign" amid Turkish power struggle


The head of Turkey's Bank Asya has vowed to strengthen its capital base and see off what he described as a systematic campaign to undermine it, warning the attack on his bank could sour foreign investors' views of Turkey.