Qatar-Turkey Friendship Has Strong Historical Foundations

15 10 2017

by Harun Yahya

In the past few days, Qatar’s Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani made a surprise visit to Turkey. The Emir made his first overseas visit to Turkey after the Gulf Crisis and had a closed-door meeting with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan  for 2.5 hours in Beştepe.

In the meeting, which was mainly about the latest situation in the current crisis, the regional and international developments and subsequent steps to be taken were discussed. The focus was on the necessity of finding solutions through diplomatic channels. The bilateral relations between Turkey and Qatar and possible improvements for cooperation in commercial, industrial and military fields were discussed. It is also stated that the latest situation in Syria and Arakan was assessed in the meeting.

In the following days, the visit began to bear fruit for both countries. A 3-year LNG (liquefied natural gas) trade agreement was signed between Turkey’s pipeline oil transportation company Botaş and Qatargas of Qatar. According to the agreement, Qatargas will transfer 1.5 million tons of LNG from Qatar to Turkey every year for 3 years. Qatargas Chief Executive Officer Khalid Bin Khalifa Al-Thani also stated that they desire the aforementioned commercial cooperation to last for many years.

As a matter of fact, the commercial relations between Turkey and Qatar are steadily gaining momentum especially since the early 2000s. Qatar has made many big investments and secured important partnerships in Turkey in recent years.

Since 2015, the shares of many major and critical Turkish companies have been purchased by Qatari businessmen. With worldwide investment volume of 335 billion dollars, Qatar invested approximately 18 billion dollars in Turkey. In 2016, Turkey exported 421 million dollars to Qatar while imports from Qatar amounted to 271 million dollars. The goal is to double this 700 million dollar trade volume. According to the International Investors Association’s (YASED) 2016 report, Qatar ranks 7th among the countries with the highest investments in Turkey.

Likewise, Turkey is mainly active in the construction sector in Qatar. Stating that Qatar has a significant market potential for Turkish construction firms, Contractors’ Union Chairman Mithat Yenigün continued to note that in first quarter of 2017, Turkish companies undertook 128 projects totaling 14.2 billion dollars in Qatar.

Many major infrastructure, transport and structure constructions, including the Doha subway, are among these projects. In addition to this, it is expected that Turkish companies will undertake important projects within the scope of 170 billion dollar worth of investments for infra/superstructure construction jobs for the 2022 World Cup which Qatar will host.

However, there is more to the Turkey-Qatar relations than the mutual and positive developments of the recent period. Qatar-Turkey relations is actually far from being just commercial and economic but goes a long way back and is based on a long-established friendship.

As it is known, Qatar was the last country to leave the Ottoman Empire in 1914.  However, Qatar was always targeted by the threats and attacks of surrounding states and tribes. In the face of such an attack, the great-grandfather of the current Qatar Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani requested help from the Ottoman Empire upon which the Ottomans sent four Turkish flags to Qatar.

After these four flags were planted at four different points in Qatar, the pressure and attacks came to an end during that period. (“The Ottoman Gulf: The Creation of Kuwait, Saudia Arabia, and Qatar”, Frederick F. Anscombe, Columbia University Press, October 1, 1997)

Hence, today’s Turkish-Qatari relations are based on such historical friendship, brotherhood and solidarity. As a matter of fact, it is not possible to forget the support and cooperation provided by Qatar as a demonstration of this spirit of brotherhood after the coup attempt on July 15 in Turkey. Qatar’s Emir has shown to the whole world that Qatar is a true friend of the Turkish people by announcing their support for Turkish government immediately after this treacherous coup attempt.

Moreover, according to a report by Middle East Monitor, after the coup attempt, Qatar sent 150 members of their Special Forces to Turkey for the protection of President Erdogan. The Turkish Embassy in Qatar explained that “this cooperation has strengthened the relations between the two countries”.

As expected, Turkey also took immediate action following the Gulf states’ embargo and sanctions on Qatar. Since the beginning of the crisis, Turkey mobilised aid for food, textile and any other urgent needs of the country. Currently, Turkey is doing its best to ensure that Qatar’s stocks of food and other consumption supplies are not lacking. Turkey coming to Qatar’s aid in less than 24 hours was extensively covered by the foreign media.

Citizens on the other hand shared the photos of Turkish products in market shelves with the message “Greetings Ottomans” in social media: An account named Khalid_AlSuliti shared photos of Turkish products in supermarkets, saying “Within 24 hours of our neighbours’ blockade, Turkish products arrived at our market shelves”. Sarah AlMuhanadi shared the message; “I always knew that Turkey was a friend of Qatar. But I did not expect so much love and solidarity from the Turkish people. Thank you Turkey.” Television host Usame Caviş tweeted; “Things seem to have simmered down with the inclusion of Turkey. May God protect the people of Qatar“.

Turkey continues to make calls for dialog and reconciliation, as it has been from the very beginning, to end this meaningless crisis in the Gulf. It offers full support to Qatar by utilising all kinds of diplomatic contacts.

As you can see, the events that at first seemed malignant led to two old friends reconnecting and uniting their forces while strengthening their ties of friendship and brotherhood. From now on, these two important countries will continue to cooperate and work under the roof of friendship and brotherhood for the peace and comfort of the region. It is our greatest wish that this beautiful spirit of love, unity and brotherhood set an example for all Muslims and envelop the entire Islamic world as soon as possible.

 

The writer has authored more than 300 books translated in 73 languages on politics, religion and science. He may be followed at @Harun_Yahya and www.harunyahya.com


Is the Syrian War About to End?

8 10 2017

by Harun Yahya

September 15th marked an important accord between Turkey, Iran and Russia in the 6th round of Astana Talks that first started on January 6th of this year. The nexus agreed to add a fourth region to the establishment of de-escalation zones, which they decided in the May meeting of Astana for a period of six months. The target in Astana was to give security for civilians by creating these de-escalation zones, which Turkey had been demanding for a long time. However, the de-escalation zone is not the same as the previous safe zone proposals but rather a “new concept” according to President Erdogan.

This decision proved to serve the purpose since hostilities diminished sharply in the first three agreed zones with the help of some of the associated states. The three guarantors decided to send 500 observers each to support the ceasefire and monitor the violations. The Foreign Minister made a written statement concerning the aim of forming this zone by saying that the observers’ mission will be to prevent clashes between “the (Syrian) regime and the opposition forces, and any violations of the truce”.

Reaching a consensus is unquestionably a positive progress for the long-established conflict in Syria and is considered as a unity against the radical groups like Al-Qaeda and ISIS.  Creating the fourth de-escalation zone is particularly important in the eyes of the affiliated countries due to various factors. First of all, Idlib has a border with Turkey and is close to the city of Hatay. Since armed radical groups are dominant in Idlib, including the ones transferred from Aleppo, Turkey was concerned there would be a wave of influx of these groups in case there was an escalation in conflict there. However, as a result of the negotiations in Astana, the armed radical groups are to be retreated in a region in the midway of Idlib, which would prevent them to advance to the Turkish border.

Idlib is also important for the YPG because it was their target province to proceed to reach the Mediterranean Sea. It’s quite interesting that the terrorist group announced this following the agreement of the de-escalation zones signed in May in Astana. However, by this final decision, Afrin is surrounded on the three sides and hence the YPG forces are unable to move down to the South. Through the Operation Euphrates Shield, Turkey had halted YPG to join the cantons of Afrin and Kobane by taking control of the region in between. Taking Idlib under the authority of the Turkish, Russian and Iranian observers, is certainly a big blow for this terrorist group.  The primary reason for the US to take Idlib seriously is that the region is Al-Qaeda’s closest spot to the West. Moreover, the US does not consider Al-Qaeda’s existence as a temporary but rather a long-term struggle. Besides, Idlib is home to some US-backed opposition groups that function along with them during clashes.

Given the significance for the involved parties, before the Astana agreement was finalized, there were rumors that some operations would take place in Idlib either by Turkey or the US or Russia. Even analysts from Turkey were contemplating it would meet Turkey’s best interests if it initiated simultaneous operations on Idlib and Afrin. Yet, this latest improvement led to different steps to be taken. While the Russian military and Chechen leader Kadyrov’s police forces will be deployed on the eastern part of Idlib, Turkish troops will be stationed on the western parts to sustain stability in the province. Since the contract instructs “rapid, safe and unhindered humanitarian access”,  international humanitarian aid will continue to be delivered via the Turkish border of Cilvegözü to the estimated 2.5 million people who inhabit the four de-escalation zones. Additionally, within the same Memorandum, parties also came to a conclusion concerning the need to take confidence building measures such as the exchange of prisoners and corpses as well as identification of missing people.

While this positive development takes place, a new project that would jeopardize the territorial integrity of Iraq is in effect. The Northern Iraq Regional Government insists on an independence poll to take place on September 25thdespite strong rejections from the regional countries including Iran and Turkey. Given the current situation in the region, another national breakdown is the last thing anyone needs. Not pleased with this, the Iraqi Supreme Court declared the ruling concerning the preparations of the referendum to be halted after receiving several “requests to stop the referendum.” This is definitely a sound decision for the well-being of the region because such fragmentations will generate new conflicts since the ultimate plan for the PKK and its affiliates is to form a communist state consisting of Kurdish minorities located in Turkey, Iran and Syria.

Only the regional players can provide the security in the Middle East. Powers participating from the outside give priority to their own interests. Therefore, it is essential for the three guarantors to be in consensus and harmony as much as possible. Stability can also be obtained via our own power, and sustaining the unitary structure of the states is of utmost importance.  Therefore, the final memorandum of Astana beginning with the guarantors’ determination to protect “the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of Syrian Arab Republic” is noteworthy. The PKK is playing with fire by trying to create an “autonomous Kurdish state” in Northern Syria alongside the Turkish border. Nevertheless, Turkey, Iran and Russia will never allow the region to be fragmented whatsoever similar to defeating the plots formulated inside Syria and succeeding by taking solid steps on the way to attain peace.

 

The writer has authored more than 300 books translated in 73 languages on politics, religion and science. He may be followed at @Harun_Yahya and www.harunyahya.com


Let Our Voice Reach Rohingya

10 09 2017

by Harun Yahya

San Suu Kyi, who came to power as the first civilian administration after the junta regime in Myanmar, was considered as a great hope for the Rohingya Muslims. The promises she made before the election were hopeful and peaceful. The Rohingya believed that things would change for the better for the first time in years. But the expectations of the Rohingya, who have been subjected to genocide for years, resulted in disappointment.

The Rohingya people have made the headlines with reports of massacres, genocides and exiles for a long time, and new reports on August 28th showed that the situation has become even more critical for Rohingya Muslims. The European Rohingya Council (ERC) reported on August 28th that between two and three thousand Muslims were martyred within three days during attacks by the members of the army in Rakhine province of Myanmar. Some human rights organizations situated in the region state that this number is somewhere around 20,000. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) regional spokeswoman of Bangladesh Vivian Tan said that the number of people fleeing to Bangladesh from the violence ongoing since August 25th has reached nearly 125,000 and that the majority of them had not eaten anything for days.

While stating that there had already been massacres in 20 villages until now, Rohingya writer Habib Rahman continued saying: “Many people are hiding in jungles near their houses because they are being shot dead if they try to travel to another place.” Rahman also said: “Rohingya people are systematically locked up, and there are 42 concentration camps in the Rakhine state, which were isolated from the world. Nobody can visit these places.”

How these people lived in these camps and what kind of tortures they suffered were hidden from the eyes of the world until now. Regrettably, by the time the world heard it many innocent Muslims had already been martyred. Habib Rahman says that these acts of brutality included attacks on Muslims who escaped from their homes with tanks and rocket launchers.

According to Rahman, this is a “silent genocide”.

Even while these words are being written, massacres and genocide still continue to take place in the region.

As a matter of fact, the energy routes that will pass through the homeland of Rohingya Muslims, which I revealed years ago, have long been the focal point. The policy to annihilate the Muslim population on these valuable lands would be left to the Myanmar government. In the face of these facts, it is not realistic to expect a solution from the Western powers or the United Nations for this tragedy the Rohingya Muslims experience. Those who will benefit the most from the proposed energy routes will always be in favor of destroying the Muslim population there, either by martyring or driving them away. Even though the meetings held to raise humanitarian aid are a demonstration of goodwill, the Muslim world should know that they will not produce any permanent solutions.

It is about time that the Muslim world abandon its strategy to wait for a solution from the West. Provided that they stay united, the world’s 1.7 billion Muslims would have a tremendous potential and enormous power.

Indeed, sensible and mindful leaders are carrying out a shuttle diplomacy on the subject. But we have to be quick.

The President of the Turkish Republic, Mr. Erdoğan, stated that the negotiations about helping the Rohingya people are going on with leaders of Muslim countries. Turkey has informed the Bangladeshi government that in exchange for accepting Muslims arriving at their border, all expenses will be covered by Turkey. This will at least ensure that poor people who escape from that region can take refuge in a safe place. The telephone conversation President Erdoğan had with Suu Kyi has also proven to be productive; foreign deliveries of aid were approved after that telephone conversation on Tuesday.

But of course, the policy to annihilate the Muslim population needs to be exposed and be loudly condemned. For this, a meeting of millions of people attended also by some Muslim leaders should be organized if necessary. It is clear that small meetings and condemnations will not make enough noise. A nation collectively condemning this brutality will be effective in a real sense. It is now time for Muslims to come together and make their voices heard. Our voice must reach to the Rohingya people who experience this brutality.

The writer has authored more than 300 books translated in 73 languages on politics, religion and science. He may be followed at @Harun_Yahya and www.harunyahya.com


News From the World Press: “Adnan Oktar Has Won His Struggle Against the Theory of Evolution”

29 08 2017

From Italy to Indonesia, Britain to Saudi Arabia, the most prominent newspapers in the world spoke of the success of the anti-evolutionist works of Adnan Oktar (aka Harun Yahya) that he has been carried out in the intellectual sense for the last 30 years. All the news reports concluded that he has won this struggle.

The Daily Telegraph made the headlines, “Turkey to end the teaching of evolution theory in lower school.”

“Adnan Oktar, a prominent Turkish creationist, has led a crusade against the teaching of evolution, saying the theory is a European invention developed as a slight against Islam.”

The news also read; “The Koran, like the Bible, teaches that Adam and Eve were the first humans. God is said to have created Adam from Clay and then formed Eve, also known as Hawwa, from Adam.”

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Pikaia, the prominent atheist and communist Internet website based in Italy, had the headline: “Turkey says goodbye to Darwin.” The news report outlines the anti-evolutionist developments which  Adnan Oktar has been instrumental since 2008 -for the last ten years- in Turkey: The ban on Richard Dawkin’s website, distribution of The Atlas of Creation across Europe, the anti-evolutionist conference held in Milano The news report also included  video of Alpaslan Durmuş, the head of curriculum for the Ministry of Education, in which he announced that Darwin’s theory would be removed from lower school programs.

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Following the news coverage, Pikaia reported another news item titled “Turkey has excluded evolution from the curriculum.”

The report states, “Harun Yahya will be most pleased about this news.” It proceeds to mention that your efforts have made it possible for the book “Atlas of Creation” to be distributed to the half of the world, and for the theory of evolution to be excluded from the curriculum. It also mentions that your efforts lead to various pro-evolutionary scientific websites, Richard Dawkins in particular, to be shut down in Turkey.

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Skalanews’ [Indonesia] story about the removal of the theory of evolution from the curriculum in Turkey is as follows:

“The Turkish scholar Harun Yahya’s struggle against the theory of evolution has brought results. The Turkish Ministry of Education will no longer include the theory of evolution in the school curriculum. The theory is excluded because it is not scientifically proven and it is against the teachings of Islam.”

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In the Saudi Arabia version of Asharq Al Awsat, one of the three major newspapers of the Arabic world published in three continents, there was news report with the headline, “Harun Yahya has won his struggle against the theory of evolution”

The related news is as follows: “ The theory of evolution has been attacked by Adnan Oktar [aka Harun Yahya] who is known to be close to the AK Party and has strong power over the business world and many aspects of media. Adnan Oktar has his shows on A9 TV Channel, with ladies with revealing clothes and make up and a group of young people. Adnan Oktar lives in a luxurious villa and he has many houses and villas in the most prestigious locations of Istanbul.”

The story goes on:

“According to Oktar, Darwin tells a lie and there is not a process called the process of evolution. He says that he will award anyone who brings a proof validating the theory of evolution with three million dollars.

Adnan Oktar has great influence both on the Turkish society and abroad. He seems he has won his struggle by being instrumental in the official removal of the theory of evolution from the curriculum. He says his anti-evolution books such as “The Collapse of the theory of evolution in 20 questions” have been instrumental in this.”

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The news article published in Haaretz, one of Israel’s oldest daily newspapers whose editorials arguably have significant influence on government leaders,

titled “Compared to the US, creationists are leagues ahead in Turkish schools,” writes thusly:

“In 2006, the book titled “Atlas of Creation” printed on prime quality paper came into many Turkish schools with the claim to refute the notion of evolution through natural selection. It bravely called attention to the fossil records to elucidate that creation is the work of God. Moreover, the book argued that evolution is also accountable for anti-Islamic and destructive doctrines such as Nazism and communism.”

The article then notes:

“A few years later, Adnan Oktar, an ardent advocate of Islamic creationism and the author of Atlas of Creation writing under the pseudonym ‘Harun Yahya’, had the websites of well-known evolutionist, Richard Dawkins’ being in particular, closed down on the grounds of blasphemous libel.”

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The well-known scientific journal WIRED, in its Italian website,

reported a news article titled “What risks are we taking by following Turkey’s suit in not teaching evolution?” and

wrote, “Turkey is trying to exclude the theory of evolution from high school programs. This is not the first attempt in disavowing Darwin,” while addressing the impact of your books in this regard.

The article also noted, “In 2008, the evolutionist Richard Dawkins’ website was closed down after Adnan Oktar, the author of “Atlas of Creation” also known as Harun Yahya, proclaimed that it was committing blasphemous libel. Subsequently, Darwin’s picture, which had been planned to be used on the cover, was removed from the cover of a popular scientific magazine.”

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The Sargasso, a website based in Netherlands, had the following news:

“When the words ‘Turkey’ and ‘evolution’ are told, the name Adnan Oktar comes to one’s mind. Starting as of next year, pupils in high schools will no longer hear about the theory of evolution in Turkey. The name Adnan Oktar is the first word that comes to mind when the words Turkey and Creationism are uttered. In the West, Adnan Oktar is known as the author who, about ten years ago, sent a thick, pleasant anti-evolution book with the name “The Atlas of Creation” to thousands of politicians, schools and prominent names in Europe. Many American Creationists praised this book, stating that it is full of information. Adnan Oktar has a daily three-hours long live broadcast show on A9 TV Channel in which well-groomed ladies called “kittens”, setting a role model for Turkish women, participate. Will the well-groomed ladies of Mr. Oktar be a role model for modern Turkish women? This is highly probable.”

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Another news report regarding the exclusion of Darwinism from Turkish schools has come from Norway today. The news titled “They are spreading their ideas in textbooks” featured in Dagsavisen, an Oslo-based Norwegian newspaper known for its affiliation with the Norwegian Workers Party, writes the following:

“The Turkish Muslim creationist known for his anti-Darwinist work gains increasingly wider ground among the immigrants in Europe.

Holding religious discussions on his own TV program, the extent of Adnan Oktar’s popularity is not limited to Turkey. His ideas have passed way beyond national borders – Oktar’s creationist ideas are particularly cherished by the Middle Eastern immigrants residing in Europe. 10 years ago, him sending out copies of his own work, a textbook titled ‘Atlas of Creation’, to schools in Europe sparked a debate. Hans Henrik Hjermitslev, a researcher in Southern Denmark University Department of Religion and Science, notes that Oktar still remains the stronghold of Muslim creationism and adds:

“His is a well-financed movement. His views find support among the young and educated people in Europe,” says Hjermitslev, masha’Allah.

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Another news found coverage on the website of a German radio station named Deutshcland Funk.

The news report, featuring a huge picture of the German edition of your book ‘the Atlas of Creation, wrote:

“According to a research conducted by TU Dortmund, 15% of the students from Lehramt reject the theory of evolution.  They are opposed to the theory of evolution doctrine being taught in schools, just as the Muslim writer Adnan Oktar criticizes the theory of evolution in his book ‘Atlas of Creation.”

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De Standaard, a Flemish Christian Democratic Party-affiliated Belgian daily newspaper reports:

“Harun Yahya’s book, ‘Atlas of Creation’ achieved incredible success and brought about change worldwide. In Turkey, the theory of evolution has been excluded from the curriculum including high schools due to being too complicated for pupils. In Flanders, the Dutch speaking region of Belgium, there is a strong argument prevalent on Facebook that suggests mankind did not descend from apes.”

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The Dominion Post, based in Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, issued a news article titled “When evolutionary theory met radical Islam.” The article wrote:

“According to surveys, Darwin’s theory is widely embraced in Western countries while the majority in Turkey does not believe in evolution.

Anti-evolutionism takes bizarre forms in Turkey where televangelist Adnan Oktar nightly broadcasts Islamic creationism from his private TV channel.” The article also notes, “The slick 61-year-old, designer clothing-suited Adnan Oktar attracts wealthy followers who regard him as the redeemer,” and adds that you claim the ladies partaking in your TV program are pious university graduates who speak many languages.

The article remarks how you further spread your creationist message by bombarding schools and scientists round the world with more than 10,000 free copies of your 800-page glossy anti-Darwin book Atlas of Creation, and talks about how you daily discuss Darwin’s negative impact on Islamic and moral values and the apparent fact that the Turkish government also shares your views.

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In Oumma, one of the well-known Muslim sites of France;

“We should not forget the anti-evolution movement developed in Europe by Harun Yahya and many other salafi scholars between 1990-2000…”

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In Catholic news site Medias Presse Info published in French;

In the news article titled “Darwin is fired from the schools in Turkey”, it is mentioned that this attack against Darwin is nothing new, and Adnan Oktar (Harun Yahya) published the Atlas of Creation in 2006 and the book sold 1.5 million copies. It is also mentioned that Turkey is the only country in the world where rejection of Darwinism is more common than the acceptance of it.

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Le Courrier, a Switzerland-based website, criticized the removal of the theory of evolution from the school curriculum in Turkey. The news article published under the title “Science in Danger” stated that this was the result of the writer Adnan Oktar’s works, who is also known by the name Harun Yahya.

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In the website of the French radio channel RFI, broadcasting in 13 languages, a news article is published with the following title “Turkey: the theory of Darwin is no longer welcome in schools.”

“Under the pen name Harun Yahya, Adnan Oktar made history with his book Atlas of Creation, which included rich visuals and was distributed in France and Switzerland. In this book, we see examples proving the invalidity of hundreds of page of evolution such as how a 200-million-year-old fern fossil shows that the plant has not undergone any changes.”

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In the most visited Spanish-language Israeli newspaper Aurora, a news article was published titled “Turkey has removed the theory of evolution from the curriculum.” The article included the following statement:

“In 2006, with its first grade page quality, the book Atlas of Creation entered many Turkish schools with the intention of refuting the idea of ​​evolution through natural selection. It boldly pointed to the fossil records to explain that Creation is the work of God. The book also claimed that evolution was responsible for destructive and anti-Islamic doctrines, such as Nazism and communism.

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A news article titled “The Approach of the Turkish Scientific Group to the Darwinism; ‘both sides should be explained'” was published in the internet site Uncommon Descent of the Intelligent Designers, who believes that the materialist ideology is an obstacle in the way of the correct examination of biology and science.

Mrs. Denyse O’Leary, who published the article, says for Harun Yahya’s book “Evolution Deceit” that, “it’s the most concise work I’ve ever read that destroys Darwin’s theory of evolution.” In her column, she included Technical Science Research Foundation’s press release about the removal of theory of evolution from the curriculum in Turkey.

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In the article titled “International Creationism” published in the well-known French magazine L’Express;

The author, Christian Makarian, talks about global creationist movements while devoting half of his article to the worldwide influence Mr. Adnan Oktar had on this issue.

“In this regard, the most ardent actor of this movement in Turkey is Harun Yahya, in other words, Adnan Oktar. He maintains a fierce fight against Darwinism. All the think tanks, internet sites, and all media organizations (including our editorial department of L’Express) are virtually covered with richly illustrated books and propaganda articles. ”

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In the Huffington Post, one of America’s most well-known liberal news sites, an article was published by Erkan Saka, an Assistant Professor from Bilgi University, on the issue of the removal of theory of evolution from the curriculum in Turkey.

In his article, Saka claimed that evolution in Turkish schools was taught only as a theory and that it was not focused on too much, he continued: “Popular and unusual Islamic groups, such as Adnan Oktar, are engaged in anti-evolution activities using Western creationist literature. People like Oktar can easily organize exhibitions in public spaces that deny evolution.”

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In the famous Knack magazine published in Belgium since 1971;

…In 2007, the Turkish creationist (Harun Yahya) sent the luxury-printed Atlas of Creation, in which he refuted the evolution with scientific evidence, to thousands of universities in Western Europe free of charge. Yahya is the pen name of Adnan Oktar, an interior designer from Istanbul. Yahya is the leader of a think-tank that advocates creation and is making world-wide advances to explain that Islam does not contradict with science. These advances came to fruition in his own country. On June 23rd, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan signed a law that would remove evolution from middle schools on the grounds that “it is difficult and complicated to understand”. In 2019, Darwin will disappear from the textbooks at middle schools.

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The writer has authored more than 300 books translated in 73 languages on politics, religion and science. He may be followed at @Harun_Yahya and www.harunyahya.com


The Unspoken Mideast Refugees: Jews

11 08 2017

by Harun Yahya

Refugees are undoubtedly those who suffer most from the unabated wars and conflicts raging in the Middle East and various African countries. There are tens of millions of refugees from Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Afghanistan, leaving their homelands and dispersing throughout almost the entire world. The tragedy of millions of Arab, Muslim or Christian refugees who have been forced to leave the countries they had lived in for hundreds of years, the homelands they were born and raised, have been on the global agenda particularly throughout the last decades. As a matter of fact, there is another downtrodden community in the Middle East, which has been suffering similar tragedies for a longer period of time.  These are the forgotten and unknown refugees of the Middle East: Jews.

Since the end of World War I, almost the entire Jews in Arab countries have been forced to migrate from their motherland. The documentary “The Forgotten Refugees,” directed by Michael Grynszpan, relays the following information on the subject:

– In 1945, up to one million Jews lived in the Middle East outside of the Palestine Mandate. Within a few years, only a few thousand remained. Once vivacious, bustling centers of life, the old Jewish neighborhoods of Cairo, Damascus and Baghdad have today fallen silent.

– The striking words of Levana Zamir, who managed to escape from Egypt at the time, basically sums up the situation “Now, you can find in Egypt only perhaps 20 or 30 old Jews.”

– In the 1920s, 40% of the population of Baghdad, considered the ‘New York’ of the Middle East, was Jewish.

– In 1944, 55,000 Jews were living in Yemen; 150,000 in Iraq; 140,000 in Algeria; 80,000 in Egypt; 38,000 in Libya; 265,000 in Morocco; 105,000 in Tunisia; 100,000 in Iran; 27,000 in Syria and 5,666 in Lebanon. But today, except for a few thousand Jews in Morocco, Tunisia and Iran, the Jewish population in the aforementioned countries does not exceed “dozens”.[i]

Jewish communities were first directly deported from these lands they had lived in for hundreds of years. Then, as a result of increasing social pressure, restrictive laws, discrimination and escalating anti-Jewish violence, the rest were forced to leave their countries over time.

However, difficult days full of arrests, executions, assaults and massacres were waiting the aggrieved Jews who chose to stay in their ancestral lands despite all these pressures. Rising Arab nationalism and the bigoted mentality dominating in many parts of the Islamic world in the name of religion fueled a collective animosity towards the Jews.

Former ambassador and historian Michael Oren’s book, “Six Days of War” included similar sections:

“Mobs attacked Jewish neighborhoods in Egypt, Yemen, Lebanon, Tunisia, and Morocco, burning synagogues and assaulting residents.  A pogrom in Tripoli, Libya, left 18 Jews dead and 25 injured; the survivors were herded into detention centers. Of Egypt’s 4,000 Jews, 800 were arrested, including the chief rabbis of both Cairo and Alexandria, and their property sequestered by the government. The ancient communities of Damascus and Baghdad were placed under house arrest, their leaders imprisoned and fined. A total of 7,000 Jews were expelled, many with merely a satchel.”[ii]

These are only a few of the thousands of atrocious incidents that occurred in the aforementioned countries and similar others.

Today, Arabs and Muslims are the first mental images that come to mind when the Middle East and North Africa are mentioned. However, the majority of the present generations do not even know that these lands are actually the thousands-of-years-old ancestral homeland of the Jews, and that they bear the traces and relics of their thousands-of-years-old civilization.

For example, Mizrahi Jews live as the indigenous people of the Middle East and North Africa who have never left the region for about 4,000 years. In addition, most of the Jews who had been expelled to neighboring countries following the Babylonian occupation of Jewish lands in 586 BC, settled in countries such as contemporary Iraq, Iran, Syria, Egypt, Yemen and have continued to live there for thousands of years.[iii]

In that sense, the Jews came to settle in the region centuries before the Arabs did. Therefore, exiling the Jews, who are at least as indigenous to the region as the Arabs, from their ancestral lands cannot have anything to do with justice, law, or any religious or conscientious notions. Neither does persecuting, humiliating, killing them, preventing their acts of worship, or burning their synagogues have a place in Islam, the Qur’an or humanity. In fact, these are deeds that stand in flagrant contradiction with – and are explicitly condemned by – the Qur’an.

In the Qur’an, God commands the believers to be just towards all at all times (5/8, 4/135, 60/8); He informs that righteous Jews will have their reward in the Hereafter (3/113-115) and feel no fear (5/69). God also praises the Jews, who are sincere and faithful (7:159, 3/199); allowing Muslims to socialize through marriage and dining (5/5). Again according to the Qur’an, their synagogues are under the protection of God (22/40) and they are left completely free in their beliefs and worship (29/46, 2/256). Therefore, some people’s mixing oppression, hostility and injustice with their faith in Islam respresents a grotesque error, not to mention great cruelty.

All the atrocities and injustices that the Jewish community had to face in Muslim majority countries are the ugly consequences of the bigoted mentality that is entirely opposite to God’s message in the Qur’an and a racial deviance condemned again by the Qur’an (49:13). That is why, it is imperative that an intellectual struggle based on a reasonable, sincere interpretation of the Qur’an – be carried out against radicalism, in order for all people to enjoy their God-given rights and freedoms and not suffer further persecution and injustice. This ideological campaign is the only way to prevent the oppression faced by any and all downtrodden people of any religion, language or ethnicity. Hence, it is a very important duty that falls upon sincere Muslims who take the Qur’an as their guide and, of course, on all believers.

The writer has authored more than 300 books translated in 73 languages on politics, religion and science. He may be followed at @Harun_Yahya and www.harunyahya.com


[i] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KH8RL2XRr48

[ii] Six Days of War, Michael Oren, 2002, pp. 306-307

[iii] http://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/jews-of-the-middle-east/

 


News from the world press: “Adnan Oktar Has Won His Struggle Against The Theory Of Evolution”

21 07 2017

From Italy to Indonesia, Britain to Saudi Arabia, the most prominent newspapers in the world spoke of the success of the anti-evolutionist works of Adnan Oktar (aka Harun Yahya) that he has been carried out in the intellectual sense for the last 30 years. All the news reports concluded that he has won this struggle.

The Daily Telegraph made the headlines, “Turkey to end the teaching of evolution theory in lower school.”

“Adnan Oktar, a prominent Turkish creationist, has led a crusade against the teaching of evolution, saying the theory is a European invention developed as a slight against Islam.”

The news also read; “The Koran, like the Bible, teaches that Adam and Eve were the first humans. God is said to have created Adam from Clay and then formed Eve, also known as Hawwa, from Adam.”

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Pikaia, the prominent atheist and communist Internet website based in Italy, had the headline: “Turkey says goodbye to Darwin.” The news report outlines the anti-evolutionist developments which  Adnan Oktar has been instrumental since 2008 -for the last ten years- in Turkey: The ban on Richard Dawkin’s website, distribution of The Atlas of Creation across Europe, the anti-evolutionist conference held in Milano The news report also included  video of Alpaslan Durmuş, the head of curriculum for the Ministry of Education, in which he announced that Darwin’s theory would be removed from lower school programs.

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Following the news coverage, Pikaia reported another news item titled “Turkey has excluded evolution from the curriculum.”

The report states, “Harun Yahya will be most pleased about this news.” It proceeds to mention that your efforts have made it possible for the book “Atlas of Creation” to be distributed to the half of the world, and for the theory of evolution to be excluded from the curriculum. It also mentions that your efforts lead to various pro-evolutionary scientific websites, Richard Dawkins in particular, to be shut down in Turkey.

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Skalanews’ [Indonesia] story about the removal of the theory of evolution from the curriculum in Turkey is as follows:

“The Turkish scholar Harun Yahya’s struggle against the theory of evolution has brought results. The Turkish Ministry of Education will no longer include the theory of evolution in the school curriculum. The theory is excluded because it is not scientifically proven and it is against the teachings of Islam.”

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In the Saudi Arabia version of Asharq Al Awsat, one of the three major newspapers of the Arabic world published in three continents, there was news report with the headline, “Harun Yahya has won his struggle against the theory of evolution”

The related news is as follows: “ The theory of evolution has been attacked by Adnan Oktar [aka Harun Yahya] who is known to be close to the AK Party and has strong power over the business world and many aspects of media. Adnan Oktar has his shows on A9 TV Channel, with ladies with revealing clothes and make up and a group of young people. Adnan Oktar lives in a luxurious villa and he has many houses and villas in the most prestigious locations of Istanbul.”

The story goes on:

“According to Oktar, Darwin tells a lie and there is not a process called the process of evolution. He says that he will award anyone who brings a proof validating the theory of evolution with three million dollars.

Adnan Oktar has great influence both on the Turkish society and abroad. He seems he has won his struggle by being instrumental in the official removal of the theory of evolution from the curriculum. He says his anti-evolution books such as “The Collapse of the theory of evolution in 20 questions” have been instrumental in this.”

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The news article published in Haaretz, one of Israel’s oldest daily newspapers whose editorials arguably have significant influence on government leaders,

titled “Compared to the US, creationists are leagues ahead in Turkish schools,” writes thusly:

“In 2006, the book titled “Atlas of Creation” printed on prime quality paper came into many Turkish schools with the claim to refute the notion of evolution through natural selection. It bravely called attention to the fossil records to elucidate that creation is the work of God. Moreover, the book argued that evolution is also accountable for anti-Islamic and destructive doctrines such as Nazism and communism.”

The article then notes:

“A few years later, Adnan Oktar, an ardent advocate of Islamic creationism and the author of Atlas of Creation writing under the pseudonym ‘Harun Yahya’, had the websites of well-known evolutionist, Richard Dawkins’ being in particular, closed down on the grounds of blasphemous libel.”

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The well-known scientific journal WIRED, in its Italian website,

reported a news article titled “What risks are we taking by following Turkey’s suit in not teaching evolution?” and

wrote, “Turkey is trying to exclude the theory of evolution from high school programs. This is not the first attempt in disavowing Darwin,” while addressing the impact of your books in this regard.

The article also noted, “In 2008, the evolutionist Richard Dawkins’ website was closed down after Adnan Oktar, the author of “Atlas of Creation” also known as Harun Yahya, proclaimed that it was committing blasphemous libel. Subsequently, Darwin’s picture, which had been planned to be used on the cover, was removed from the cover of a popular scientific magazine.”

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The Sargasso, a website based in Netherlands, had the following news:

“When the words ‘Turkey’ and ‘evolution’ are told, the name Adnan Oktar comes to one’s mind. Starting as of next year, pupils in high schools will no longer hear about the theory of evolution in Turkey. The name Adnan Oktar is the first word that comes to mind when the words Turkey and Creationism are uttered. In the West, Adnan Oktar is known as the author who, about ten years ago, sent a thick, pleasant anti-evolution book with the name “The Atlas of Creation” to thousands of politicians, schools and prominent names in Europe. Many American Creationists praised this book, stating that it is full of information. Adnan Oktar has a daily three-hours long live broadcast show on A9 TV Channel in which well-groomed ladies called “kittens”, setting a role model for Turkish women, participate. Will the well-groomed ladies of Mr. Oktar be a role model for modern Turkish women? This is highly probable.”

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Another news report regarding the exclusion of Darwinism from Turkish schools has come from Norway today. The news titled “They are spreading their ideas in textbooks” featured in Dagsavisen, an Oslo-based Norwegian newspaper known for its affiliation with the Norwegian Workers Party, writes the following:

“The Turkish Muslim creationist known for his anti-Darwinist work gains increasingly wider ground among the immigrants in Europe.

Holding religious discussions on his own TV program, the extent of Adnan Oktar’s popularity is not limited to Turkey. His ideas have passed way beyond national borders – Oktar’s creationist ideas are particularly cherished by the Middle Eastern immigrants residing in Europe. 10 years ago, him sending out copies of his own work, a textbook titled ‘Atlas of Creation’, to schools in Europe sparked a debate. Hans Henrik Hjermitslev, a researcher in Southern Denmark University Department of Religion and Science, notes that Oktar still remains the stronghold of Muslim creationism and adds:

“His is a well-financed movement. His views find support among the young and educated people in Europe,” says Hjermitslev, masha’Allah.

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Another news found coverage on the website of a German radio station named Deutshcland Funk.

The news report, featuring a huge picture of the German edition of your book ‘the Atlas of Creation, wrote:

“According to a research conducted by TU Dortmund, 15% of the students from Lehramt reject the theory of evolution.  They are opposed to the theory of evolution doctrine being taught in schools, just as the Muslim writer Adnan Oktar criticizes the theory of evolution in his book ‘Atlas of Creation.”

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De Standaard, a Flemish Christian Democratic Party-affiliated Belgian daily newspaper reports:

“Harun Yahya’s book, ‘Atlas of Creation’ achieved incredible success and brought about change worldwide. In Turkey, the theory of evolution has been excluded from the curriculum including high schools due to being too complicated for pupils. In Flanders, the Dutch speaking region of Belgium, there is a strong argument prevalent on Facebook that suggests mankind did not descend from apes.”

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The Dominion Post, based in Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, issued a news article titled “When evolutionary theory met radical Islam.” The article wrote:

“According to surveys, Darwin’s theory is widely embraced in Western countries while the majority in Turkey does not believe in evolution.

Anti-evolutionism takes bizarre forms in Turkey where televangelist Adnan Oktar nightly broadcasts Islamic creationism from his private TV channel.” The article also notes, “The slick 61-year-old, designer clothing-suited Adnan Oktar attracts wealthy followers who regard him as the redeemer,” and adds that you claim the ladies partaking in your TV program are pious university graduates who speak many languages.

The article remarks how you further spread your creationist message by bombarding schools and scientists round the world with more than 10,000 free copies of your 800-page glossy anti-Darwin book Atlas of Creation, and talks about how you daily discuss Darwin’s negative impact on Islamic and moral values and the apparent fact that the Turkish government also shares your views.

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In Oumma, one of the well-known Muslim sites of France;

“We should not forget the anti-evolution movement developed in Europe by Harun Yahya and many other salafi scholars between 1990-2000…”

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In Catholic news site Medias Presse Info published in French;

In the news article titled “Darwin is fired from the schools in Turkey”, it is mentioned that this attack against Darwin is nothing new, and Adnan Oktar (Harun Yahya) published the Atlas of Creation in 2006 and the book sold 1.5 million copies. It is also mentioned that Turkey is the only country in the world where rejection of Darwinism is more common than the acceptance of it.

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Le Courrier, a Switzerland-based website, criticized the removal of the theory of evolution from the school curriculum in Turkey. The news article published under the title “Science in Danger” stated that this was the result of the writer Adnan Oktar’s works, who is also known by the name Harun Yahya.

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In the website of the French radio channel RFI, broadcasting in 13 languages, a news article is published with the following title “Turkey: the theory of Darwin is no longer welcome in schools.”

“Under the pen name Harun Yahya, Adnan Oktar made history with his book Atlas of Creation, which included rich visuals and was distributed in France and Switzerland. In this book, we see examples proving the invalidity of hundreds of page of evolution such as how a 200-million-year-old fern fossil shows that the plant has not undergone any changes.”

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In the most visited Spanish-language Israeli newspaper Aurora, a news article was published titled “Turkey has removed the theory of evolution from the curriculum.” The article included the following statement:

“In 2006, with its first grade page quality, the book Atlas of Creation entered many Turkish schools with the intention of refuting the idea of ​​evolution through natural selection. It boldly pointed to the fossil records to explain that Creation is the work of God. The book also claimed that evolution was responsible for destructive and anti-Islamic doctrines, such as Nazism and communism.

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A news article titled “The Approach of the Turkish Scientific Group to the Darwinism; ‘both sides should be explained'” was published in the internet site Uncommon Descent of the Intelligent Designers, who believes that the materialist ideology is an obstacle in the way of the correct examination of biology and science.

Mrs. Denyse O’Leary, who published the article, says for Harun Yahya’s book “Evolution Deceit” that, “it’s the most concise work I’ve ever read that destroys Darwin’s theory of evolution.” In her column, she included Technical Science Research Foundation’s press release about the removal of theory of evolution from the curriculum in Turkey.

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In the article titled “International Creationism” published in the well-known French magazine L’Express;

The author, Christian Makarian, talks about global creationist movements while devoting half of his article to the worldwide influence Mr. Adnan Oktar had on this issue.

“In this regard, the most ardent actor of this movement in Turkey is Harun Yahya, in other words, Adnan Oktar. He maintains a fierce fight against Darwinism. All the think tanks, internet sites, and all media organizations (including our editorial department of L’Express) are virtually covered with richly illustrated books and propaganda articles. ”

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In the Huffington Post, one of America’s most well-known liberal news sites, an article was published by Erkan Saka, an Assistant Professor from Bilgi University, on the issue of the removal of theory of evolution from the curriculum in Turkey.

In his article, Saka claimed that evolution in Turkish schools was taught only as a theory and that it was not focused on too much, he continued: “Popular and unusual Islamic groups, such as Adnan Oktar, are engaged in anti-evolution activities using Western creationist literature. People like Oktar can easily organize exhibitions in public spaces that deny evolution.”

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In the famous Knack magazine published in Belgium since 1971;

…In 2007, the Turkish creationist (Harun Yahya) sent the luxury-printed Atlas of Creation, in which he refuted the evolution with scientific evidence, to thousands of universities in Western Europe free of charge. Yahya is the pen name of Adnan Oktar, an interior designer from Istanbul. Yahya is the leader of a think-tank that advocates creation and is making world-wide advances to explain that Islam does not contradict with science. These advances came to fruition in his own country. On June 23rd, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan signed a law that would remove evolution from middle schools on the grounds that “it is difficult and complicated to understand”. In 2019, Darwin will disappear from the textbooks at middle schools.

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