ISTANBUL — It has been discovered that Fethullah Gülen, the leader of the Gülen Movement who claims to base his movement on dialogue and tolerance amongst different religions, has previously made radical remarks encouraging Muslims to destroy “infidels.”
Gülen’s call for taking violent action against non-Muslims can be traced to the voice recording of a sermon which he preached in the 1980s following the 1980 coup d’etat, when he left the city of İzmir and traveled to different cities in Anatolia.
Allegedly preaching about the significance of Jerusalem for Muslims, Gülen can be heard crying and criticizing himself and all Muslims for failing to protect the holy city of Jerusalem and Masjid al-Aqsa Mosque.
I have long wondered why the US has sheltered Gulen, especially given the number of his schools under investigation throughout the US. I suppose he has been kept in reserve as part of the Great Game being played out throughout the Islamic world.
Accusations like those in the video have been repeatedly made against Gulen, he claims to have been reformed. This may be an Erdogan smear, I can’t know, but bet more from Gulen’s past will surface as the two former allies battle it out.