This article examines the source of Fethullah Gulen’s controversy in his da’wah, that is golden generation and their infiltration into state institutions. Golden generation is the main goal of Gulen’s mission. He creates golden generations through his educational activities. He founded schools, dormitories and isik evler. After undergoing training, golden generations are urged to pursue their further education in top universities. Afterwards, they are encouraged to pursue careers in any state institutions. Facts have it, Gulen succeeded in placing the golden generation in all state institutions, including the police, prosecutors, judiciary and military institutions. They reach some high posts in the state institution. This very way is Gulen’s method to ‘Islamize the persons of the state institutions’ rather than to ‘Islamize the institution’. Later on this very method and bringing the golden generation into the state institutions give birth to a controversy that culminated in the 2016 Turkish coup. This article concludes that the coup is originated from Gulen’s concept of the golden generation and his encouragement for the golden generations to take into state institutions and carry out ‘Islamization’ from within the institution.
Keywords: Gulen Movement, Gulen’s dakwa, Gulen’s controversy, golden generation, infiltration