Hizmet Essay Contest winners for, Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, a PhD Scholar, from New Delhi, India, 2015 was recently awarded his prize. 

Rumi Forum organized the 2015 International Hizmet Essay Contest in partnership with the Hizmet Studies Review, which is based at the KU Leuven University in Belgium.

The Hizmet Essay Contest is an annual contest series that encourages research on the Hizmet movement as well as the works of the Turkish Islamic scholar, Fethullah Gulen. The contest aims to motivate individuals to think critically about issues that affect the international society and, how to tackle these important issues from a Hizmet perspective.

Individuals researched the various works of Fethullah Gulen and the activities of Hizmet institutions both locally and abroad, with the purpose of identifying how the Hizmet movement contributes to the solution of a particular issue on an individual, societal and global level.

The Hizmet Movement, which derives its name from the word “service”, has established hundreds of educational, civic service organizations and institutions in over 160 countries, who are active in the areas of peacebuilding, conflict resolution, intercultural-interfaith dialogue, education, media and relief work. These organizations and institutions engage in various initiatives that foster inclusiveness, build community capacity, and create shared spaces.

The theme of the 2015 essay contest was: “The Hizmet Approach to Countering Violent Extremism and Radicalization”

Individuals are asked to evaluate the societal impact of the activities of the Hizmet movement and the ideas of Fethullah Gulen and how those ideas and actions can be used in the context of countering violent extremism at a local, national or international level.
Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi was the Hizmet Essay Award Winner of 2015. Dr. Dehlvi is a recent graduate of the Jamia Millia Islamia, Central University from the Centre for Culture, Media and Governance, majoring in Journalism and Teaching. His essay is titled: Countering Violent Extremism-Hizmet and Media:“Hizmet’s Media-Oriented Approach to De-radicalization”.
You can read the full essay here 

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