Fethullah Gulen is an authoritative mainstream Turkish Muslim scholar, thinker, author, poet, opinion leader and educational activist who supports interfaith dialogue, intercultural dialogue, science, technology, democracy and spirituality and opposes violence and turning religion into a political ideology. Fethullah Gulen promotes cooperation of civilizations toward a peaceful coexistence, as opposed to a clash:
“Be so tolerant that your bosom becomes wide like the ocean. Become inspired with faith and love of human beings. Let there be no troubled souls to whom you do not offer a hand and about whom you remain unconcerned.” (Fethullah Gülen, Criteria or Lights of the Way. London: Truestar.)
Mr. Fethullah Gulen has been named as one of TIME Magazine's 100 most influential people in the world in 2013. TIME recognized Gulen for "preaching a message of tolerance that has won him admirers around the world." The 2013 TIME 100 includes other noted world leaders such as Pope Francis, Aung San Suu Kyi, Malala Yousafzai and President Obama. In the past, TIME has honored global leaders such as the Dalai Lama and Pope Benedict XVI in their TIME 100 list.
His Pearls of Wisdom book include following topics:
The Journey Beyond Being, The Qur'an, Prophet Muhammad, Worship, Dreams, Life, Human Character and Virtue, Conscience, Marriage and The Home, Pearls of Wisdom, Women, Art, Sinful Souls, Human Beings, Literature, Poetry, Politics, Republic, People of Service, The Media, Respect For Thought, The True Long Life, The Victory of Goodness and Beauty, Avoiding Extremes, Those Who Are Making Merry Today, Man of Service, Religion, Morals, Humanity, Friendship, Tolerance, Humility, Love, What We Expect of Science, Freedom, Progress, Culture, Civilization, The Rights of Parents, Children, The Rights of Children, Youth, Nation, Holding One's Tongue, Keeping Secrets, Prudence, Clarity About Aims and Means, Balancing the Spiritual and the Physical, Addiction to Comfort, Love of Position, The Essential of the Way, Heroes of Love, Personal Integrity, Bringing Up The Young, Consultation, Ideal Spirits, Upbringing, Man.