Together With Our Old Friend Egypt Once Again

7 02 2018

by Harun Yahya

Politics is a sensitive subject. It sometimes makes things rough, sometimes even brutal. When politics come between friends, this rough side of politics can be quite damaging. It is for this reason that we should not compare true friendships with the cold face of politics. True friends should resolve their problems amicably, leaving cold-faced concepts like “political interests” out of their dealings.

Turkey and Egypt have been two halves of the same apple for a very long time. Their alliance is based on brotherhood, not political calculations. Almost every Egyptian has some kind of connection, a relation, a bond with Turkey, and every Turk with Egypt. This brotherhood-based alliance is significant not just for these countries, but also for the entire region. For this reason, Turkey and Egypt are the two countries whose alliance and friendship must never be tainted.

After Turkey’s Prime Minister Binali Yildirim’s statement on the improving relations with Egypt in 2016, last year saw a year where small but positive steps were taken towards this goal. Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry’s positive remarks about Turkey, published in the Egyptian newspaper Akhbar el-Yom, resounded worldwide. Shoukry, expressing his desire for the normalization of relations between the two countries, said, “There is no doubt that there are a lot of bonds between the Egyptian and Turkish people. We hope relations will return [to normal] and we are always open to this.”

Undoubtedly, both countries responded quite positively to these statements. It was a very positive step towards the long-overdue elimination of any resentment between the two brotherly countries.

Speaking to a Turkish newspaper, the Al-Ahram newspaper managing editor Mohamed Sabreen said that they desire to have good relations with Turkey in the economy and other fields within the bounds of mutual respect, and continued, “We have no requirements for this. We just demand equal relations between the two countries as it should be. … Egypt hasn’t yet completely burned the bridges with Turkey. An agreement can be reached in consideration with the interests of the two countries. Looking out for the interests, welfare and development of the two countries is indeed an important matter but the important thing is to restructure the good relations within the framework of friendship.

Sabreen’s statement, “In negotiations, media/press can play a positive role in establishing mutual relations and can lay the groundwork for countries to sit around the same table. Turkish people are our brothers. We want good relations.” was quite positive and promising. Both the Turkish and the Egyptian people are already longing for the day when the two countries will stand together as friends. The press should make it their job to make their voices heard around the world and urge the politicians of the two countries to act in this regard.

Pointing out that certain powers are trying to create a conflict between Muslim countries by dragging the region into an overall Sunni-Shiite division, the Turkey and Iran expert Bashir Abdel Fattah continued with the following statements: “Egypt is aware of the problems experienced with Turkey, but also knows for a fact that this will never make these countries enemies. … Turkey and Iran shouldn’t be the enemies of Egypt. We need to normalize the relations immediately. … A unity between Turkey, Iran and Egypt will solve the problems.”

The above statements of Fattah have a special significance. Turkey and Egypt should stand united, not only as a manifestation of brotherhood, but also for the peace in the region. There is a serious policy of division at work in the region, and as Fattah correctly pointed out, the Sunni-Shiite conflict is being encouraged. The only purpose of this effort is to weaken the Islamic community. The two long-standing countries of the region, Turkey and Egypt, must not allow it to succeed; this responsibility lies on these two important countries. This alliance is needed, not only for the betterment of these two countries, but for the Muslims and non-Muslims in the region and all over the world to be able to live in peace and be protected from policies of terror, violence and destruction.

In fact, treacherous attacks on mosques and churches in Egypt show us that not only Muslims, but people of all faiths, are in need of protection. Establishing an alliance in the region is essential for this protection. This union should include all the countries in the region and it should stand as a barrier against the intended attacks on the Islamic world. No doubt, everyone knows how much power such an alliance would govern in the region. This opportunity should not be wasted due to unnecessary resentments; Turkey and Egypt must take immediate action in this regard. Turkey, in particular, should demonstrate that it embraces all the people of Egypt. The concerns of the Egyptian people should be relieved in this regard.

The recent developments concerning Jerusalem and the tensions brought about by the Syrian conflict have caused these two countries to better understand the need for such an alliance. Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry’s participation in the Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s recent emergency meeting regarding Jerusalem is an important positive step.

The Former director of the Egyptian Armed Forces Research Center, Major General Gamal Mazlum, stated that “Syria’s interests are more important than our dispute with Turkey. Egypt would never hesitate to sit down at a negotiation table where Turkey is one of the parties” and this is the way as it should be. It does not seem possible for the countries in the region experiencing problems to recover by their own means. The new US policy has, unfortunately, put a hold on a possible peace settlement between Israel and Palestine. All these facts are a clear sign that the solutions in question can only be achieved with an alliance between the leading countries of the region. Any further hesitation in this regard will lead to more people losing their lives in the region and terrorist organizations finding more opportunities and space to operate, which will turn the Middle East into an even greater nightmare. Instead of being responsible for this, a flame of friendship must be rekindled to overcome the flames of violence and brutality in the region.

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

 

 


Greece: Our Old Friend

13 01 2018

by Harun Yahya

When the WWI ended leaving a horrible trail of destruction behind, the belligerent countries sat down to square accounts with one another at cold meeting tables. The aftermath of this horrendous war that brought an end to the Ottoman Empire also marked the formation of new Turkey and this new state reached an agreement with the Allied Powers in Lausanne. The exact borders of the new Turkey were determined during this time and the borders of Greece as well as the issues regarding the Turkish minority left in those areas were finalized with the Lausanne Treaty.

Last week’s polemics between the Turkish President Mr. Erdoğan, who became the first Turkish President to visit Greece since 1952 and the Greek President Mr. Pavlopoulos, was about the topic of minorities that was determined with the Treaty of Lausanne.

The Treaty of Lausanne, since it was signed 94 years ago, has never ceased being a controversial topic. It was signed amidst tense and arduous arguments, in a charged environment in which all the countries were trying to tear at each other. Even though the treaty had eleven signatories, the real disputes had always been between Britain and Turkey. Even though it was always Britain that was at the forefront during the disintegration of the Ottoman lands and the subsequent occupation of Istanbul, surprisingly, Turks and Greeks were set against each other.

Although the articles of the treaty regarding Greece were defined by Britain in Lausanne, the same tricks were pulled. Needless to say, in that lion’s den that witnessed such disputes, some issues weren’t completely resolved. Indeed, as our President Mr. Erdoğan stated, even a small disturbance on a rocky islet on our shores was enough to create tension between Turkey and Greece until recently. Surely, this tension needs to be eliminated. However, is it really wise to revisit a treaty that was signed 94 years ago, when the world was seemingly suffering from a joint lapse of reason, not to mention the fact that it was an agreement signed under the aegis of the British?

Surely not. Classic politics and cautious diplomacy might require approaching state matters and international treaties in the light of past treaties. However, our world today can no longer afford classic political maneuvers. As a matter of fact, no country of the world has truly achieved any solution through those methods. Especially today, when almost every part of our world is somehow suffering from problems that need urgent solutions, it is clear that the strategy needs to change and friendships need to be preferred to old, harsh political narratives.

Turkey and Greek are two fraternal countries and Turks and Greeks are two fraternal nations. The two people are similar to each other in many ways; our traditions, customs, our cuisines, music, culture, family relations, hospitality, loyalty, our strong sense of friendship and brotherhood are very similar to each other; Turks and Greeks are like two peas in a pod. There are many Greek people with Turkish blood in their veins and many Turks with Greek blood in theirs. In other words, Greeks are our brothers, sisters, friends and relatives.

However, a sinister plot has targeted these two fraternal nations for a very long time and both sides fail to understand how they ever fell for it. Therefore, the visit of the Turkish President Mr. Erdoğan after 65 years is of crucial importance. The visit was intended to eliminate the artificial discord and in fact, took place in a friendly atmosphere despite the negative coverage in the media that focused only on the short political argument that took place. This coverage and emphasis only serve the interests of those circles that seek to create discord. It is crucial to expose this plot.

Friendships are built on mutual love, cooperation and trust. Turkey and Greece, before anything else, should focus on strengthening this spirit of love that has been ripped from them all those years ago. They should set aside the classical politics and say; ‘we are friends, brothers and sisters, we always trust each other’. In order to do this, political moves should be dropped, and foundations of friendship should be built with love and respect. Turkey’s first step is important in this regard.

Once the political constraints are removed and true friendships are formed, the rest will come very easy. Then the Aegean islets or the complications regarding minority rights will not be an issue. The lands of each country will be mutually respected and protected by both parties, while the two people will be considered the citizens of both countries.

It is also crucial to open the borders with Greece and to develop together through trade and tourism. Greek support for Turkey’s EU membership is commendable and is an important gesture of friendship. Needless to say, when Turkey becomes a EU member, the borders will be automatically opened and the two friendly countries will have even stronger cultural and trade ties.

However, the EU is going through difficult times and considers economically weaker countries like Greece a burden. Especially the representatives of the far-right parties in the European Parliament push for extremely harsh policies for the aforementioned countries. The EMF (European Monetary Fund), intended to offer financial support to Eurozone regions experiencing financial difficulties in the EU, is planned to operate just like the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Although this is portrayed as ‘aid’, it also means making the said countries heavily indebted and in a sense, bringing about their downfall.

When this is the case, if Greece chooses to leave Eurozone or EU, there is no doubt that it will highly benefit from directly opening borders with Turkey and starting a new path of development through joint trade. When a strong friendship is established, projects created mutually will achieve good results and no political rhetoric, individual or country will be able to draw a wedge between these two friends.

For these reasons, it is crucial that this meeting, which started with true intentions of extending a friendly hand, before it was eclipsed by arguments about Lausanne, is repeated. As a matter of fact, it would be great if Greek President Pavlopoulos and Prime Minister Tsipras are invited to Turkey when the media coverage is still fresh. This invitation will demonstrate that the two countries are committed to friendship, more than to political wins and are determined to foil the plots of those who are profiting from Turkey-Greece discord.

It is crucial that these visits take place frequently – if possible on a monthly basis – and be supported with friendship and trade agreements, so that any plots will be exposed through a display of true friendship. Turkey aims to help Greece develop and get stronger together with it, regardless of those circles that wish to profit from the fall of Greece.

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


Taking The Materialistic Blinders Off

27 12 2017

by Harun Yahya

Recently, a major discovery took the science world by storm. Newspapers broke the news of how researches at the CERN laboratory in Switzerland proved that according to the known laws of physics, the universe should not have existed. .

In the study published in Nature, a team of scientists led by Christian Smorra managed to gain a deeper insight on antimatter. The research concluded that matter and antimatter basically have the same physical properties, the only exception being their electrical charges. This conclusion was pointing to an extremely important fact: The universe should have never existed.

Modern physics tells us that our universe was brought into existence following an explosion called the Big Bang. Matter and antimatter were created in equal amounts at the initial moment of the explosion, in which case matter and antimatter, sharing the same physical properties, should have completely annihilated each other, leaving behind nothing but a flash of light. In other words, the universe we live in should have never existed in the first place.

The 20th Century was a period marked by a predominant materialistic world view. The world of science at the time told humanity that the universe functioned through cause and effect relationships, working in accordance with the defined laws of physics. However, technological advances began to challenge the previously undisputed laws of physics.

Firstly, with the introduction of the quantum physics, scientific journals started to feature articles one after another the discoveries showing that the known laws of physics do not apply to the nano world.

The quantum world, which examines matter at a subatomic particle level, seemed to operate differently than the world visible to the naked eye. In the quantum world, subatomic particles can simultaneously exist in two places, and they sometimes behave as matter while at others times as light, allowing them to pass through wall barriers.

Today, more and more scientists agree that the known laws of physics do not apply at the quantum level. Jim al Khalili, a professor of theoretical physics at the University of Surrey, explains this fact as follows:

“… down in the microscopic quantum world, particles can behave in these strange ways, like doing two things at once, being able to pass through walls or possessing spooky connections, only when no one is looking.”

We encounter these same odd properties of the quantum world when we go up to the macro-cosmos as well. Astrophysicists have lately established two important concepts into the scientific world: “Dark Matter” and “Dark Energy.” Dark matter is a term coined to name a type of matter that has never been physically observed but nonetheless has to exist according to the known laws of physics. Dark energy is the name given to a type of energy that has to exist hidden somewhere in the universe, but is impossible to observe in any way. In other words, the effects of both dark matter and dark energy are visible, but they elude visible observation.

When astronomers estimated the quantities of dark energy and dark matter, the results they obtained were even more astonishing. The laws of physics that have been generally accepted since Einstein dictate that 68 percent of the universe should consist of dark energy while 27 percent consists of dark matter; the observable universe, consisting of planets, stars and galaxies, make up the remaining 5 percent.

In other words, according to the latest scientific findings, 95 percent of the universe was filled with a type of matter that we could never see, yet is proven to exist and is something we have no knowledge about.

The laws of gravity put forward by Einstein were unable to account for the 95 percent of the universe, leaving a huge gap in his theory. This situation sparked a debate among scientists about the validity of the laws of physics known to date.

The said discoveries, which are at odds with the known laws of physics, prompted the scientific world to question what we know about matter. Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX and Tesla Motors in particular, along with many scientists, have started to question whether matter exists in the sense that we know.

According to Musk, the odds that the universe we live in is actually real is one in a billion. Scientific American editor Michael Moyer argues that we perceive a two-dimensional world as three-dimensional. Meanwhile, renowned philosopher and Director of Oxford University Future of Humanity Institute, Nick Bostrom, says that universe is nothing more than a fake illusion.

The idea that we may be living in an imaginary universe, which is currently being discussed by scientists, has actually been a recurrent topic of debate throughout history. The 17th Century philosopher Descartes is among the pioneers of this subject in the scientific world.

Both at the quantum level and in the macro-cosmos, scientific findings have long indicated the existence of a Creator. Both of these realms defy the known laws of physics, which are built upon the absolute existence of matter.

However, accepting this fact would spell the moribundity of the cause and effect relationship, the basis of materialism, thus taking away the entire foundation from under the materialist scientists. This blind commitment to materialism however causes some circles to disregard the amazing truths disclosed by quantum.

The Qur’an brings forth a thought-provoking perspective to the cause and effect relationship: Do you not see how your Lord stretches out shadows? If He had wished He could have made them stationary. Then We appoint the sun to be the pointer to them. (Qur’an, 25:45).

God says He created the shadows, and then appointed the Sun to be the pointer to them. In other words, God’s art of creation follows an inverse cause and effect relationship. First, the effect comes into existence, and then the cause is created. This point offered today also by science was established in the Quran 1400 years ago.

There will come a point down the line where the scientific world will have to question its materialistic worldview. Once the presupposition that “Matter is absolute and the universe is governed by causes and laws” is discarded, science, which has been running in circles around basic issues, will inevitably make a giant leap forward.

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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


An Unending Tie Between Iran And Turkey

7 12 2017

by Harun Yahya

Iran is a blessing for the Islamic world with rich and vast amounts of land that pious, courageous, hardworking and pure people inhabit. Iranians do not make distinctions regarding races or ethnicities but have an awareness of the ummah. For centuries Persians, Azeri Turks, Kurds and minorities of Orthodox Christians, Jews and Zoroasters have lived through peaceful coexistence. Turkey and Iran also share a border that has remained unchanged for 373 years. It is one of the rare borders in the Middle East that imperialist powers have not redrawn. Those who seek to exploit the region understand that the alliance of Turkey and Iran would shift power balances and thus try to pit Iran and Turkey against one another for geostrategic reasons. They often use geopolitical interests and sectarian differences to set divisions.

Turkey and Iran have overcome many plots they have encountered thus far. As the two neighbors’ bond strengthened, these alienators re-surfaced. Therefore, both countries should be cautious of any plots that aim to move them apart to destabilize the region. These ruinous systems can form and develop easily. They try to foment division by using manipulative tactics that uses the sensitivities and differences of the people in the region against each other. For this reason, Turkey and Iran should embrace one another very strongly and act as one block. Having experienced similar plots throughout history, Iran and Turkey are taking solid steps to put the stability and security of the region first. The official top level reciprocal meetings have been a great blow for those who do not want the safety of the region. Rouhani made crucial remarks during the press conference with President Erdoğan: “Some foreigners plan to split the area to increase ethnic and sectarian discrimination. Both countries do not accept such acts of discrimination,”

In the Islamic world, the bilateral relations should not be based on interests because feelings such as friendship, trust, love, devotion, dignity, and compassion define the Muslim culture; that is how the two countries are behaving. The Qur’an recital right before the meeting of the Turkish Chief of Staff in Iran was very pleasing for the Muslims. It gave a sense of contentment to the hearts of the pious people in both countries. Iranian General Baqeri’s recent visit to Ankara and Turkish General Akar’s coming to Tehran, days ahead of President Edoğan’s visit, marked as the first visit by top officials of Armed Forces since 1979. These exchanged visits resulted in the joint decision of keeping the territorial integrity of both Iraq and Syria intact.

Turkey and Iran are key countries in the region and their alliance have proven to be instrumental for the road to a long sought peace in Syria. With the launching of the Astana peace talks that includes Russia a cease-fire political solution for ravaged and racked Syria has been reached. Now with tensions rising in North Iraq, Turkey and Iran have taken joint steps to prevent any further conflict in the region. The increase in the frequency of the reciprocal visits indicate the overlapping concerns of Northern Iraq’s secession referendum held on September 25th, which both sides fiercely oppose. Both believe that a secession in northern Iraq will not only harm the unitary structure of Iraq but will trigger terrorist groups like the PKK, PYD or PJAK to topple Barzani and establish a communist state near the Turkish and Iranian borders.
In response Turkey has carried joint military exercises with Iraqi troops near northern Iraq and Turkish Prime Minister Yıldırım called leaders from Iran and Iraq to hold a summit. Iran, on the other hand, imposed sanctions: stopping flights to Erbil and Sulaymaniya; stopping the flow of oil by stopping the tankers across the border. Turkey stopped flights to northern Iraq, as well. The Baghdad government took some punitive measures by halting the foreign currency transfer to the Kurdish banks.

KRB needs its neighbors for various reasons and is making a major mistake, which would be grave threat to the entire region. With Turkey they have high trade volumes and Turkey is the only passage for KRB to connect to the rest of the world. KRB has no support either from the West or Russia as Putin preferred to be on the side of its allies: Turkey and Iran. The referendum has no legal basis both in the international law or Iraqi constitution and therefore there is no practical way being implemented. An alliance of Iran and Turkey would be a powerful deterring force in the region. President Rouhani stated, “The Armed Forces of Iran and Turkey can develop constructive relations in addressing regional threats through development of cooperation and transfer of experiences in various sectors.” The two countries along with Russia are sending troops to Idlib as per the Astana agreement to keep security in the region, and this may expand to other regions of conflict. Sending troops to a region does not always mean escalating fights or expanding the scope of the conflict. On the contrary, the idea is for it to be a deterrent force to keep cease-fires and direct the affiliated parties to diplomacy.

Additionally, during the high-profile visit of Erdoğan, trade and the economic ties including the energy deals were discussed. The two key partners repeated their desire to increase the trade volume to 30bn US dollars just like they did in the 2016 joint declaration. According to Reza Karami, the head of Iran-Turkey Commerce Chamber, trade volume in the first eight months of 2017 was over 7.25bn dollars. Another important development during the meetings was the decision to trade with each other by using the local currencies in equal amounts to the dollar or the euro. As far as the energy is concerned, Turkey said it was ready to purchase more gas and oil from Iran.

In terms of energy deals between Turkey-Iran-Russia, a positive announcement was made in August: Russian state owned oil company JSC Zarubezhneft formed a 7 bn dollar partnership with the Turkish energy group Unit International Ltd and Iran Ghadir Investment Company to explore and develop Iran’s oil fields. They will cooperate in oil production and oil selling. Ünal Aysal, the head of Unit International Company, had signed 4.2bn dollar agreement with a South Korean engineering company in Iran to establish a natural gas electricity circuit power plant in Iran.

These are certainly good developments and good news regarding the relations of the two countries since most people are used to hearing only about conflict, blood or terror in the region. By the help of God, these two countries with the support of Russia will play major roles in sustaining the security of the region to help the oppressed Muslims who try to make their voices heard. Iran and Turkey with their unyielding friendship and timeless bond are capable of doing that.

 

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


Islam and Bigotry: Two Different and Opposite Religions

15 11 2017

 

by Harun Yahya

While Islam and bigotry are two completely different and opposite religions, they are considered equal to Islam by people who do not have enough knowledge or have not done any research on the issue.

While the religion the majority of the Muslim community follows today is known as Islam, the truth is that what rules the region is a religion of bigotry that is mostly based on superstitions; it is far removed from the Qur’an and what our Prophet told us.

There is a huge difference between bigotry and real Islam.

The only true and valid source of Islam is the Qur’an – the Holy Book sent by God. Prophet Muhammed also followed the Qur’an, preached what the Qur’an preached, ordered that the Qur’an should be followed and said that “the Qur’an is his Sunnah.”

The religion of bigotry, on the other hand, has many different sources. Some of these invalid sources would be thousands of made-up hadiths attributed to the Prophet, fabricated rules and prohibitions, wrongful interpretations of the Qur’an made up by the people who are presented as Islamic scholars in addition to incorrect beliefs, judgments and practices that are, in many instances, based on pre-Islamic superstitions, customs and traditions.

In fact, God clearly states that people will only be held accountable from the Qur’an on the issue of religion:

It the [Qur’an] is certainly a reminder to you and to your people and you will be questioned. (The Qur’an, 43:44)

The bigots frequently maintain that the Qur’an is incomprehensible, cryptic, deficient and inadequate; they would claim that the aforementioned, invalid sources, are needed in order to clarify and understand it. However, God is the one who declares the fact that the Qur’an is clear, sufficient and comprehensible. In many of his verses, God informs us that the Qur’an is very clear and complete and that there is no need for other sources. Some of these verses are as follows:

Am I to desire someone other than God as a judge when it is He who has sent down the Book [the Qur’an] to you clarifying everything. (The Qur’an, 6:114)

We have not omitted anything from the Book. (The Qur’an, 6:38)

Islam based on the Qur’an is the only and true religion, whereas bigotry is divided into hundreds of different groups that are in conflict with each other on practically every single issue. Each of them thinks that their path is correct, and the paths of others are deviant. The disunity of bigots is told in the Qur’an as follows:

As for those who divide up their religion and form into sects, you have nothing whatsoever to do with them. Their affair will go back to God and then He will inform them about what they did. (The Qur’an, 6:159)

Despite all these evidential verses, the bigots have violently rejected following the Qur’an sent by God, and insist on following their own made-up religion which has been handed down to them from their grandfathers and ancestors for hundreds of years. At the time of our Prophet, there were also idolaters, that is to say, bigots, who opposed the Messenger of God and rejected the religion revealed by God. This fact is told by God as follows:

When they are told, ‘Follow what God has sent down to you,’ They say, ‘We are following what we found our fathers doing.’ What, even though their fathers did not understand a thing and were not guided. (The Qur’an, 2:170)

While it is very easy to live by the real religion in the Qur’an, bigotry makes the religion harder and impossible to live by, in every way. Islam is the religion of convenience, but the bigots assume that the more difficult a religion is, the better it gets; properly speaking, this is a form of obscurantism. This twisted point-of-view originates from an inability to understand the Supreme mercifulness of God. It has also been one of the main issues on which many people resisted all the Prophets throughout the history. When Prophet Moses said to his tribe, “God demands you to sacrifice a cow,” his tribe made a very simple order impossible to follow by asking him a lot of questions. Ironically, they claimed that they were simply being meticulous in following the orders of God by doing so. However, being genuinely meticulous would mean following the orders of God as they have been sent – plain, simple, easy and pure. It is told in many verses in the Qur’an that the religion is easy:

Strive in the Way of God with a service worthy of Him. He has selected you and not placed any constraint upon you in the religion – the religion of your forefather Ibrahim. (The Qur’an, 22:78)

In the same way, as only carcasses, blood, pork meat and animals that are not sacrificed in the Name of God are forbidden to eat in the Qur’an (The Qur’an, 16:115, 2:173), there are hundreds of forbidden food lists in the bigots’ sources of religion. God explains this wrongdoing of the bigots in the Qur’an as follows:

Do not say about what your lying tongues describe: ‘This is halal and this is haram,’ inventing lies against God. Those who invent lies against God are not successful (The Qur’an, 16:116)

Who has forbidden the fine clothing God has produced for His slaves and the good kinds of provision? On the Day of Rising such things will be exclusively for those who had faith during their life in the world.’ In this way, we make the signs clear for people who know. (The Qur’an, 7:32)

In short, bigotry is an evil system that produces hundreds of prohibitions and restraints on every issue, without taking any evidence or verse in the Qur’an as basis, and drives people away from the blessings and beauties God created.

Those who suffer the most under this system are women. The bigoted mindset that isolates women from the social world and blessings of Earth, imprisons, oppresses and exposes them to every ill-treatment and discrimination fosters a deeply-rooted subconscious hatred against women. The envious and ignominious characteristics of the bigots have caused them to fabricate numerous made-up religious rules, prohibitions and restraints against women.

The bigoted mindset has a special hostility and hatred against any grace, elegance and fine arts, just as against women. It is told in the Qur’an that Prophet Solomon had many sculptures, fountains and castles made in his palace (The Qur’an, 34:13). The magnificence, beauty and grace of heaven,  which God uniquely and perfectly created, is also depicted in detail in the Qur’an.

Bigots, on the other hand, are dead set against fine arts, elegance and beauty. They consider sculptures, paintings and music to be amongst the biggest of sins. They suppose that it is a so-called sacred duty to damage and destroy them at every opportunity.

Consequently, the bigoted understanding of religion raises introverted, loveless, stone-hearted and unhealthy masses that are unable to enjoy any of the beauties of life.

It should be known that it is impossible to say that a mindset following the principles of the Qur’an is prevalent in a country where women are not considered humans and are not free, where the streets are dreary, where there are no scientific or technological breakthroughs, where people cannot state their opinions and practice their religion freely, where people are coerced into living by Islam in any way, where people in different sects are declared “unbelievers,” where atheists and non-believers are under oppression, where churches and synagogues are attacked, where people from every religion, language or race are not treated as first-class citizens, where painters, sculptors,  opera singers and singers in general, men and women of literature are not held in high esteem, and the quality of life has fallen due to the lack of good manners.

However,  bigotry cannot be eliminated by oppressing people who are under this illusion. These people are made to believe in this system through indoctrination. Through counter-education, it is possible to rescue them from this dark world by showing them that what they’re doing is wrong by means of the verses of the Qur’an.

Once the principles of the Qur’an are preached and followed, peace, decency, rationality, democracy, freedom, fine arts, quality, good manners, scientific breakthroughs, joy and in short, the best of all the beautiful things, will prevail and humanity will finally be freed of the burden of superstitions.

 

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


Seeing Good Come In The Face Of Disaster

5 11 2017

by Harun Yahya

“There is no strength without unity

“Unity is strength”

“There is strength in unity”

It is possible to encounter idioms in every culture similar to those above, which are part of everyday speech in Ireland, America and Turkey.

Everyone knows that when people cooperate, things become easier; no matter the continent people live on or the culture they are a part of. Recently, this fact manifested itself in America in every aspect. Not only the US, but Cuba, Puerto Rico, St. Martin and many other island countries have struggled with hurricanes and floods. In the United States, shaken by deadly hurricanes, images of self-sacrifice have been more common than ever. The American people, who have been hit by hurricanes causing hundreds of millions of dollars in damage, tried to overcome these difficulties by uniting in cooperation regardless of their own needs. Our prayers are with the people who experienced this disaster. After Hurricane Harvey, President Trump pointed out this beautiful spirit of cooperation displayed by the American people and invited everyone to pray for both the hurricane victims in America and the whole world:

Americans have always come to the aid of their fellow countrymen, friend helping friend, neighbor helping neighbor, stranger helping stranger…

From the beginning of our nation joined together in prayer during times of great need to ask for God’s blessing and God’s guidance. We invite all Americans to join us as we continue to pray for those who have lost family members and friends, and for those who are suffering from this great crisis.”

Hurricane Irma arrived next and , hit the Caribbean islands, the state of Florida, and Miami’s beaches with winds over 200 kilometers per hour. Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 hurricane, the strongest category, destroyed 95 per cent of the island of Barbuda  in the Caribbean.

According to the Red Cross, Hurricane Irma affected between 1.2 million and 26 million people. The situation in Florida, which is hit hard by the hurricane, was so serious that Governor Rick Scott summarized the situation saying that, “the storm is unprecedented, our state has never seen anything like it.”

Florida Gov. Rick Scott called the storm unprecedented. “This is a life-threatening situation,” Scott. “Our state has never seen anything like it.” The governor stressed the dangers of what he called a “deadly, deadly, deadly storm surge.”

One million homes in Florida experienced power outages. More than seven million people were evacuated from the area. Tens of millions of people were placed in shelters.

The magnitude of the destruction Irma caused in the Caribbean can be seen by comparing the photos taken before and after the hurricane.

Moreover, Irma is not the last of the hurricanes expected during this year’s hurricane season. Even before Irma died down two new hurricanes, Jose and Katie, are believed to be now heading towards America.

Some of the statistics CNN published about hurricanes are quite remarkable:

  • For the first time in history, in 2017, two Category 4 and above hurricanes hit the US at the same time.
  • Hurricane Irma spent three days as a Category 5 hurricane, the longest-lasting Category 5 hurricane since satellite storm-tracking began in 1966.
  • As Irma moved inward, more than 45 million people felt wind speeds of 39 mph+ in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina.
  • The highest speed reached by Irma was 185 miles per hour (1)

As the hurricanes continued, more and more heart- warming images began to appear in America. People were encouraging each other to open their homes to total strangers and they created human chains by risking their own lives in some cases to save the people from the flood.

Those who live in North Carolina, Georgia and Colorado opened their homes to evacuated victims.

Lawren Durham, a citizen living in North Carolina wrote, “I am a Katrina survivor. “I am in northern North Carolina, away from the coast. A few of us up here have room and are willing to take in families/people that have nowhere to go!

Challenges bring a nation together, perhaps allowing them to remember and experience intensely the feelings of brotherhood, cooperation and trust that have been forgotten for years. Racing to come to each other’s aid with the mentality “I don’t know any of them but I came to help,” the American people displayed a fine example of the spirit of brotherhood and love taught to them by the Prophet Jesus. In Houston, it was possible to see long lines on the streets; those who think that these lines are for food or water are wrong; those were lines formed by people who volunteered to help Harvey victims.

We wish that the spirit of cooperation and self-sacrifice that emerged during the recent disasters remains prevalent every day of the year. We wish the total elimination of ideologies that teach people selfishness. Let’s not forget that if everyone helped and looked out for each other, in time, there would no longer be any helpless people. May God protect everyone in South America, the US, and the whole world, who are affected by hurricanes and other natural disasters.

(1) http://edition.cnn.com/2017/09/09/us/hurricane-irma-florida-latest/index.html?sr=fbCNN091017hurricane-irma-florida-latest1131AMStory

 

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


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