The Pure Path
One night I had a vision of the future so bright;
there was a peaceful silence and was pouring light upon light.
Things were being done with the precision of clockwork;
centuries-old confusions disappeared one after the other.
All were respectful to each other and behaved in sincerity;
water of life was flowing through taps of porphyry.
Holy ones were as if on parade with faces bright with faith;
as they walked, they gave strength to our hopes.
People were busy with founding a new world;
the earth was so luminous as if to compete with the sky.
When those heroes with penetrating sight passed by me,
I came to understand that mankind were in the time promised.
I saw young men with clear signs on their faces and concluded
they were those promised to come toward the end of time.
I continued my way without stopping, nor becoming tired;
I met those who had absorbed light from the “grand fountain.”
Some, full of gratitude, were walking arm-in-arm;
finally all reached their destination, which is the Pure Path.
By M. Fethullah Gulen
Muhammed Fethullah Gülen (born 27 April 1941) is an authoritative mainstream Turkish Muslim scholar, thinker, author, poet, opinion leader and educational activist who supports interfaith and intercultural dialogue, science, democracy and spirituality and opposes violence and turning religion into a political ideology. Fethullah Gülen promotes cooperation of civilizations toward a peaceful world, as opposed to a clash.