Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gulen has expressed his deep sorrow over the devastating effects of Superstorm Sandy and reportedly wrote a blessing and prayer against the storm before the US East Coast was hit by the monster storm, on Monday.
Gulen, who lives in Pennsylvania, which was among the states hit by Sandy, wrote a special prayer against the storm and called on Muslims in the US to pray.
Hurricane Sandy, which was later downgraded to a Superstorm Sandy, churned across Pennsylvania after ravaging New Jersey and lower Manhattan in New York.
Followers posted the prayer written by Gulen against the storm on herkul.org with a note. In the note it says Gulen and those who were with him during those days give their thanks to people who expressed their concerns for the health of the Islamic scholar as Sandy swept the US East Coast on Monday.
The note also said Gulen wrote a prayer against Sandy and told his friends to pray to Allah for less damage in the state as officials expected the storm could inflict serious damage on Pennsylvania.
Hurricane Sandy was the largest Atlantic hurricane on record, as well as the second-costliest Atlantic hurricane in history, only surpassed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The eighteenth named storm and tenth hurricane of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season, Hurricane Sandy devastated portions of the Caribbean, Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern United States in late October 2012
Turkish intellectuals and scholars acknowledge, either tacitly or explicitly, that he is one of the most serious and important thinkers and writers, and among the wisest activists of twentieth-century Turkey or even of the Muslim world. But such accolades of his leadership of a new Islamic intellectual, social, and spiritual revival-a revival with the potential to embrace great areas of the world-do not deter him from striving to be no more than a humble servant of God and a friend to all. Desire for fame is the same as show and ostentation, a “poisonous honey” that extinguishes the heart’s spiritual liveliness, is one of the golden rules he follows.
ref: Fethullah Gulen