Fethullah Gülen’s understanding of duty, to serve humanity especially in the field of education, permits no expectation of material or political gain. Sincerity and purity of intention should never be harmed or contaminated. Fethullah Gülen’s philosophy of education is not utilitarian, nor a social and political activity which can be divorced from the rest of his philosophy or faith, but a firmly integrated and well-developed component of his worldview. Fethullah Gülen says that the means must be as valid as the end, and that apparent or material success is not the only measure. The purpose of the Gülen Movement is to ensure respect for objective and universal human values, to never have ulterior motives to seek material interests nor to impose any ideology or to seize power through politics in any country.
For over forty years, Fethullah Gülen has urged his audiences to achieve the right balance of social justice between the individual and community; to develop and advance in every individual and the whole nation feelings of love, respect, altruism, striving for the sake of others, sacrificing their own material and non-material benefits and aspirations for the sake of others. There has never been any evidence of an attempt by the Gülen Movement to gain any kind of political power or material objectives in any of the regions where participants work and volunteer.