World Bulletin / News Desk
The leader of one of Turkey’s most influential religious communities, Fethullah Gulen, has urged his followers to show restraint as they face the prospect of losing their prep schools.
The Turkish government announced last week that it was planning to close prep schools and instead help them to reopen as private schools. However, Fethullah Gulen’s Hizmet Movement, which owns most of the prep schools in Turkey, has complained that only 263 of the existing 3,100 prep schools in Turkey are able to make such a transformation.
On the Herkul website, he said ‘You may hear some very bad things, I urge you not to show the same reaction, one should not lower oneself to that level.’
Responding to ongoing debates on Twitter, he urged people not to become divided by uttering slander against one another. He advised his followers to avoid making enemies, hold grudges and to not transgress in their reaction, but at the same time told them to not stand back from defending what they believe is right.
In what appears to be a step back from an earlier statement, which was interpreted by many as him indirectly calling Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan a ‘pharaoh,’ he called on people to keep away from using such terms against anyone. He added that anyone who misunderstands such statements and takes them to heart is only doing an injustice unto themselves.Last Mod: 25 Kasım 2013, 15:52