Fethullah Gulen Statement on Nigeria Abduction
Fethullah Gulen Statement on Nigeria Abductions
NEW YORK, May 10, 2014 – The senseless kidnappings of hundreds of schoolgirls in Nigeria are
deplorable and heartbreaking. I condemn these actions unequivocally and call upon the perpetrators of
these acts to immediately release the schoolgirls.
Education is a fundamental human right, which is guaranteed for women and men by Islam. Any
interpretations to the contrary are fallacious and tend to serve either individual or political interests. In
fact, in the years during and after Prophet Mohammed's lifetime (PBUH), women played significant roles
in society, contributing as jurists, teachers, and entrepreneurs.
I have always believed that education, for both boys and girls, is the most powerful tool to help them
realize their potential, foster core values such as respecting every human and the rule of law, and build
characters that are endowed with these values. Education also serves as an antidote against ignorance,
which is the source of so many social problems. The senseless abductions in Nigeria violate the human
rights of those girls and their families, and highlight the need to promote wholesome education that
fosters respect for such rights and freedoms.
I am praying for the family of the victims and for the people of Nigeria.
About Fethullah Gulen
Fethullah Gulen is an Islamic scholar, preacher and social advocate, whose decades-long commitment to
interfaith tolerance and altruism has inspired millions in Turkey and around the world. Recently
recognized by TIME magazine as one 100 most influential people in the world for “preaching a message
of tolerance that has won him admirers around the world,” Gulen has reinterpreted aspects of Islamic
tradition to meet the needs of contemporary Muslims. He has dedicated his life to interfaith and
intercultural dialogue, community service and providing access to education.