Granting Syrians citizenship

28 08 2016


by Harun Yahya

Of late, an illustration depicting the tragedy of the oppressed Syrians has become popular on social media. The illustration titled “Choices for Syrian children” shows two children, whose images have become the symbols of the bloody war in Syria — Omran and Aylan.

Omran represents those Syrians who have not left their homeland despite the war. The cute 5-year-old Omran was pulled from the rubble of a building following aerial bombardment. He was covered in dust from head to toe. With blood on his face, he was sitting quietly on a seat in an ambulance. He was visibly stunned after the shocking experience. He was neither crying nor speaking. It is the cost of not leaving the land of his birth; a land full of violence, deaths, bombs, starvation and sufferings.

The other one was Aylan, who lost his life when the dinghy he had got on with his family, sank and whose body was lying on the beach. His picture symbolizes those Syrians who left their homeland and paid the ultimate price for trying to reach countries where they could live in peace and safety.

The illustration of these two innocent children sums up the dilemma of the Syrian people. The majority of Syrians under bombardment do not know what to do now; they are in despair and have no solution in sight. It is surely a right and reasonable choice for people to leave their destroyed homeland at war and seek refuge in other countries. What is wrong and not understandable is that some countries remain insensitive to their miseries and leave innocent people to die without making any allowances for children, women or the elderly.

Turkey is taking care of approximately 3 million Syrians and trying to look after them like their own children. Everyone undoubtedly appreciates this excellent attitude. However, Turkey is a developing country with limited resources. Despite its limited resources, Turkey has spent approximately $10 billion on refugees. But surely it is not possible for a country with limited means to solve all the problems.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced a new plan to improve the conditions of refugees in July. According to this plan, those among our Syrian brothers and sisters who want to become Turkish citizens will be granted citizenship. The declaration of the president immediately led to various reactions in the public and the social media.

It is a good decision. In the years when our Syrian brothers and sisters started to arrive in our country, I insistently laid emphasis on the importance of taking such a measure necessity. Granting our Syrian brothers and sisters citizenship would undoubtedly accelerate the process of their integration in Turkish society. Besides, it would make it easier for them to meet their basic needs, to overcome the difficulties they face in finding work, and to have access to extensive medical services and modern education. This attempt would help eliminate their concerns for the future and uncertainties about their lives. In short, it is an affectionate movement that would improve their lives.

Naturally, everyone is expected to support such a project. However, like in every society, there are loveless people — though small in number — in Turkish society as well. These people are generally distinguished by such characteristics as prioritizing their own comfort and hating almost everything in the world. Therefore, it is a remote possibility that such people would support a favor or a sacrifice.

The reason some people of hatred come up with for their objections to the existence of Syrians in our country is that they regard them as potential criminals. However, statistics have revealed that, contrary to popular belief, the rate of Syrians getting involved in infractions and crimes is very low. Therefore, any attempt to create an incorrect perception would be a discriminatory and racist attitude.

The thought that refugees could lead to social conflict is also unfounded. First of all, Syrians are not “foreigners.” They are people who believe in the same God, religion, scripture and prophets as we do, who share similar historical processes and culture with us. We have a 1,000-year relationship and a common background. That’s why our Syrian brothers and sisters were among those who poured into streets and stood against the coup on July 15 and who defended democracy with millions of people in the historic rally on Aug. 7. Considering there are no differences between them and us, there is no reason to worrying about the idea of granting them citizenship. Surely, there could be different opinions but a merciless tone toward the Syrian refugees is definitely wrong and it would not befit our society. Our duty is to show love toward these innocent people. What befits Turkey is to act in accordance with love, self-sacrifice and good morality, rather than with merely pursuing its own narrow self-interests, and to make a benevolent gesture to register these oppressed people as Turkish citizens.

It is important that conscientious people think properly and support this attempt; it is necessary to take into consideration that our Syrian brothers and sisters are already quite anxious. It is our responsibility to alleviate their fears and worries. Compassion brings compassion; a lack of love and feelings of cruelty open the door to disasters.


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

The World Must Rally Together to Help Children in Dire Straits

11 08 2016


by Harun Yahya

Some people prefer to remain completely indifferent to problems that do not affect their own lives. The events that happen around them do not concern or bother them as long as their families or relatives are not harmed by them.

However, they are willing to sacrifice anything when it comes to their own families. Foremost among them comes their own children.

A lot of people dote on their children; they use every means available for their happiness, health and peace, if necessary. This, of course, is a beautiful, as well as a reasonable attitude. What is surprising is that while these people cherish their own children, they completely ignore other children who live in difficulties.

Indeed, as you read these lines, a large number of children throughout the world are struggling to hold on to life fraught with dangers and hardships.

They become the target of bombs in the ongoing wars and conflicts in the Middle East.

They are exposed to rape and sexual abuse in refugee camps or forced to turn to prostitution to earn money.

They drown at sea while trying to reach European shores while fleeing from war.

They live in misery in poor South Asian or African countries, often devoid of adequate food, clean water, basic health and education services.

They are forced to marry at a young age or to work as slaves in hard labour.

They are frequently exposed to violence from their family or friends.

The cruelty and suffering that these pure and innocent children go through doubtlessly leaves deep scars in our souls. The recent report of the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) reminds us once again the gravity of the situation and the urgency for its solution.

According to the report published on the 70th anniversary of Unicef, if necessary precautions are not taken today it is estimated that by the year 2030, probably 69mn children under the age of five will die, and 167mn children will live in extreme poverty, while 60mn children on primary school age will not be able to go to school.

These figures are absolutely appalling; it is unacceptable to witness even a single baby, a single child suffer. So, how can a person consent to the risk of millions of them losing their lives? How can the possibility of millions of them being condemned to hunger and poverty be ignored?

Conscientious, sensitive, earnest, caring and good people can never consent to or remain indifferent to such a nightmare or endure it resignedly. Therefore, a great responsibility falls on everyone, from individuals to states; from companies to international organisations; from the media to non-governmental organisations and universities. Moreover, urgently lending a helping hand is of vital importance.

When the issue of helping indigent children comes up, generally the first thing to be mentioned is the difficulty in procuring funds.

However, the required financial support can easily be provided by the developed Western countries and wealthy Muslim states.

A very small portion of the amount that the developed and developing countries currently allocate to armaments would be more than enough to solve this problem.

Even a modest 5% of the defence expenditures of the US would ensure that 66mn children on the brink of starvation can be provided with adequate and healthy nutrition. Or just six days of the military spending of the rich countries would send all the children in the world to school to receive their primary education.

In other words, finding the funds to finance the solution is actually not at all difficult.

However using the funds allocated to children in need, only for them and without misuse is another important issue.

Additionally, preparing laws by taking child-related issues into consideration is a matter that must be addressed as well; providing them with free healthcare and basic education; taking measures to meet their needs and protecting their rights should be the primary responsibility of governments throughout the world.

Again in the co-ordination of these regulations, planned and systematic studies of all segments of society would provide more efficient results. All of this requires serious efforts and a firm commitment from the governments of the world.

Everyone must contribute to their well-being, happiness and joy.

Developing quick and technical solutions about many issues is possible through today’s modern technologies.

The primary problem is the terrible inequality, injustice, selfishness and lack of love we see all around the world: These are the real cause of the misery and deep suffering of millions of children.

Therefore, the rich and developed countries must put aside the raging and relentless spirit of savage capitalism; they should act in accordance with the good values they advocate such as equality, brotherhood, justice, love and solidarity.

Undoubtedly, indigent children also need emotional support, as well as social political, economic and technological support.

This is often a neglected aspect of the solution. For a thoroughgoing solution, they should be embraced with love and protected with compassion, sincerity and self-sacrifice.

In addition, they should be held dear and respected; they should be made to feel that they are intelligent people who are worth conversing and consulting with.

It is absolutely necessary to inform children — and youth in general — against the falsity of savage capitalism, communism and other harmful ideologies, and to teach them about love.

Nevertheless, some people think that humanitarian aid consists only of financial support. However, in terms of the positive and healthy development of children, all the things mentioned in this article have an essential significance.

Therefore, a great responsibility falls on the families, teachers and close relatives of children, all of whom play a vital role in a child’s personality.

There can be no peace, welfare and stability in a world in which children are not happy, healthy, peaceful and at ease. If their life is in danger, this means the future of society and indeed, the world, is in danger as well.

If innocent children are dying every passing minute in the world while it is entirely possible to help them, it is clear that there is not even a moment to lose to take action in this regard.

Everyone must contribute to the well-being, happiness and joy of children who are in fact the safeguards of our future and work with all their strength to avoid raising “lost generations”.


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

The Longest Night For The Turks

23 07 2016

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by Harun Yahya

Turkish nation had their longest night as Turkey experienced a failed coup d’état attempt on July 15, 2016. Turkish citizens flooded down to the streets after President Erdogan addressed the nation as the Commander of Chief via Face Time on CNN Turk and called them to the streets following an illegal coupnotice announced by an anchorwoman on TRT (Turkish official state television channel). Thanks to our people acting as one body, this ugly attempt was thwarted; yet, this was a bittersweet happiness considering the terrifying repercussions that came to light the second day.

A failed coup attempt on July 15

The result of the coup is that hundreds of our people have been martyred and many injured. For the first time in our history, the Turkish Parliament Building was bombed as well as the new Presidential complex. In this respect it was an incident we did not experience even during our Independence War or when Allies occupied our country during the Ottoman times. Low-flying military jets were all over the skies of the capital and Istanbul until dawn and blasts followed one another. I feel it is important to note that it was not the TAF that attempted this coup, but a small fraction implanted within the Army. Also for the first time, some soldiers, who belong to this fraction either consciously or not drove tanks through civilian areas. I am deliberately saying “consciously or not” because some of the young privates were called to execute their regular duty on the pretext of a military exercise. However, some of them who were carrying arms that were purchased by the taxes of Turkish citizens, crushed people with those tanks, while some shot many others from helicopters.

The scenes were terrifying. I am unable to bring myself to call those who pointed guns at our civilians as human beings; they are simply inhumane, cold, and callous creatures that were oppressing their own people. They committed a very serious crime and it is hard to imagine what people with such a monstrous mindset would do if they come to power.

Coups always cause tribulation

Being a citizen of a country, which has experienced many coups, it is fair to say that coups are always doomed to fail and never bring any development or positive change to a country. Coups have always paralyzed our country in the past and taken it backwards. Coups always cause tribulation (fitna) and “Fitna is worse than killing” (Qur’an 2/191). We will never allow our country fall into the hands of plotters. We are a country with a Muslim identity and we are living with a spirit of integrity, cohesion, love, and brotherhood. Our people are balanced and have always opposed fragmentation and conflict. We have always been side by side with our soldiers, police officers, nation and the state. However, such attempts may occur in any part of the world and since we are aware of their hazards, our people acted as one to thwart it and thanks to God succeeded. I called the people to be calm and act in sanity from the moment things started to progress in the evening time during my live TV program that continued all through the night and the next day.

Our nation made history

Some circles acted superficially and believed that carrying out a coup would solve everything without thinking of its consequences. No good will come out through imposition. In many parts of the world, human life is considered valueless and the moment they see a threat, they spray the people with bullets without resorting to any other methods. Turkey would never accept a transformation into becoming such a country. Turkish people have pride and they love their nation. This was the victory of the people and if our nation had not acted as well-built walls, the coup plotters would have succeeded even if they had half of their power, may God forbid. Our citizens showed their love for and devotion to their country together with their grandfathers holding their walking sticks, grandmothers, with young men taking back the arms from the coup plotting soldiers by using force courageously. Turkey will never forget the heroic men lying on the ground or parking their cars in front of the tanks to stop them going forward. The night started like a nightmare marking as a black stain but the next day our lionhearted people made history by protecting their country as best as they could. May God have mercy on our precious martyrs and bestow them with His paradise.

All the political parties are hand in hand against the coup

People were hand in hand and shoulder-to-shoulder, so were the non-governmental organizations, the politicians and the political parties to stand against this coup attempt. MHP leader Devlet Bahceli made a very important statement right at the beginning of the coup attempt by saying that coups were unacceptable and they were with the government. Similar declaration came from the main opposition party (CHP) leader Kilicdaroglu a few moments later. These were priceless moments Turkish history has experienced and showed the entire world the strength of the unitary power of Turkey. They held joint meetings to denounce this attempt within the ruined walls of the Assembly Building. None of the MPs from both the party in power and parties in opposition left the Assembly even at the time it was kept bombing. Regrettably, it was not very common to see them standing side by side lately but thanks to this unwanted incident, they supported one another for the sake of our country’s well-being.


It is important to be on alert for a while and not to fall into slumber, as things seem settled. The government should take very comprehensive and attentive precautions and all the citizens should do everything to collaborate with them. People should act in compliance with the measures taken by the government to prevent a similar attempt to partake. May God forbid, we never want any of our civilians, or our officers or our soldiers to lose their lives. It is for everyone’s benefit to solve everything with a sane and rational perspective otherwise acting irrationally and emotionally would drag the country into a disaster. We should constantly sustain the spirit of brotherhood while carrying out these duties. Above all else, we should always keep in mind God controls everything and creates everything with wisdom. I pray God to turn our country back to stability and give serenity to our people.

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

Under the Name of ‘Islamophobia’

13 07 2016


by Harun Yahya

Under the name of ‘Islamophobia’ a “project for the derogation of Muslims” is being carried out. The problem is not Islamophobia, but lack of quality.

A new word, describing the fear some non-Muslims feel against Muslims, has been coined in recent years: “Islamophobia.”

No matter how strange it may be to combine the word Islam, meaning “security” and “peace”, with a word meaning fear, a thorough investigation of the motives that resulted in the formation of such a word is necessary. It is not reasonable to only associate Islamophobia to views that Christians, Jews, Buddhists or atheists have about Islam. It is crucial for Muslims to sincerely critique themselves, their attitudes and behaviors. When reflecting upon the perspective of non-Muslim societies and their attitudes towards Islam and Muslims, it can be understood that the underlying reason of this problem are Muslims who stray away from the real teachings of the Qur’an, and who ultimately end up practicing and follow bigotry.

Bigotry has taken hold of a great portion of Muslim communities and intensified even further as they have adapted superstitions and fabricated hadiths into the pure teachings of the Qur’an. The fanatical mindset appalls the Western states due not only to the mindset but also the lifestyle that this mindset adopts. That is because, in the world of such bigots, Islam is being presented as if it were “a religion spreading poverty, misery, hopelessness, lovelessness, cold-heartedness, crassness and coarseness.” (Surely Islam is above all such claims) When a European, an American or an Australian looks at many of the Muslim countries, they predominantly see bigotry, and thus such a negative perception is formed. Slaughtering others simply out of sectarian differences, and depriving women and girls of their rights to a decent life, dressing poorly, being unclean, declaring paintings, statues, theatre, and music unlawful indeed contribute to that negative perception. Needless to say, such a perception causes a disturbance and a negative reaction in the world in general and makes some people assume an attitude against Islam.

The majority of Muslims fail to realize that this situation is caused by some Muslims who live by a misconstrued interpretation of Islam, far removed from the Qur’an and thus misrepresent Islam in the world. These people particularly accuse Westerners of taking a stand against Islam, ostracizing Muslims and acting in hostility towards them. Westerners do not react against the religion of Islam, but are against the misrepresented bigoted images and ideas that they witness.

Quality is one of the core foundations of Islam, as well as a characteristic of Heaven. Quality is also one of the most important, beautiful, and prized values in life. Any place that is lacking in quality would be difficult to live. Dark and dreary houses, and places with no aesthetic appeal would not bring happiness to people. In the absence of quality, the number of unhappy, depressed and unkempt people lacking any love increases. Such people will also have negative attitudes in the way they walk, talk, and deal with each other and will be unable to take any form of pleasure from their society and work. Such negativities and despair also create an atmosphere where violence can be encouraged, or accepted as part of the norm in that society. In short love, peace, and comfort is removed from the hearts of such individuals and people drift apart having animosity towards each other. Ultimately the lack of quality poses a major problem that perpetually leads the way to producing quarrelsome, discontented and loveless communities.

When it comes to Islam, one should conjure up a picture of the most civilized people with the highest standards and quality in the world. The Qur’an identifies and gives us a unique understanding of quality. According to the Qur’an, adopting the most advanced attitude in terms of compassion, affection, cleanliness, personal care, etiquette and manner is the basic characteristic of a Muslim. A Muslim is the one with the cleanest and the most beautiful attire; the one who eats and drinks in the most civilized way and practices social justice in the most perfect manner. The Qur’an is a Book revealed to the world based on these descriptions. For that reason, a lifestyle lacking quality and an understanding far removed from aesthetics are foreign for a Muslim.

A Muslim is an ultra-modern person with a broad perspective. Muslims appreciate arts and aesthetics and constantly seek to make life easier, more pleasant, and more efficient by adhering to a high quality set of standards in everything they do. A Muslim is intelligent and knowledgeable and would not fail to keep an open mind to learn new ideas. Such a person would constantly keep him or herself refreshed towards developing an ultra modern and high cultured lifestyle. A Muslim serves in an exemplary role with his attitudes and manners. He or she tries to beautify and embellish his environment and surroundings with greenery, flowers and trees, and constantly acts according to his good conscience. Despite such teachings of the Qur’an however, quality will not be even a matter of discussion in a world dominated by bigotry. The lack of quality, which has penetrated the Islamic world over time, has brought criticism, distrust, and a general repulsion in the minds of Western people. This has ultimately lead to perceptions that Muslims are insignificant and worthless. Antagonism against Islam has become a prominent issue mainly because of this false image. Muslims have thus been perceived “as people who should be oppressed, abused and humiliated.”

For such reasons, it is necessary to take urgent measures to change these perceptions by focusing on the real Islam and the high standards of quality that are associated with it, rather than reacting to those who follow a bigoted mindset. Quality should be adopted as part of a state or country’s policy. In this way, the Islamic community could efficiently repel the perilous mentality of the fanatics.

The fact that quality is an important characteristic of being a Muslim and a requirement of Islamic morality should be explained with evidence from the Qur’an. It is of critical importance to lay emphasis on the invalidity and falsity of the philosophy of living on “just enough to keep body and soul together” and on the fact that Muslims should aspire to attain the most beautiful, the highest quality and the cleanest of everything. It should be further explained in detail that lack of quality means a failure to understand the essence and the spirit of Islam. Therefore, everyone should bear in mind that quality serves as one of the most essential requirements for the process of becoming ultra civilized. Thus pioneering countries in this regard should be held up as examples. In this regard, the responsibility that is incumbent on the Western countries is to believe in Muslims who are in quest for peace and love, and to form alliances with them without taking a stand against Islam itself.

On the other hand, Muslims as a whole should carry out an intellectual fight against bigotry, promote the true Islam in the Qur’an and support their proponents.

By the leave of God, this is the only possible way for the word “Islamophobia” to fall out of use and for the hatred and anger that is now prevalent in the world to fade away and gradually by replaced by love, respect and affection.


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

Brainwashing Our Youth

2 07 2016


by Harun Yahya

Recently Turkey became the target of three suicide attacks. PKK terrorist carried out all those attacks. Those terrorists had one thing in common: They were all university students who were trained as terrorists while studying in schools. They had displayed no radical tendencies until they started university, recruited while studying, trained at mountain camps and were subsequently sent to cities to carry out those attacks.

It shows that some universities have now become breeding grounds for communist terrorists. This shift in the nature of certain universities has become so serious that now it has begun to threaten the social order. Communism is not a mere ideology. It is also a practice of terrorism and anarchy. How could we forget the bloodbath caused by these terrorists in the 20th century? We must understand that communism and terrorism are interlinked. Communist ideologues consider terrorism as an acceptable, and even necessary, method that is both strategic and effective. In other words, where there is communism, there is terrorism, and consequently, civilian deaths and bloodshed. Lenin encouraged all sorts of violence at every stage of revolution, including arson, vandalism, theft, and murders and looting.

Communism found a suitable breeding ground in Europe by means of so-called intellectuals and secured its manpower thanks to universities. Indeed, a majority of terrorist guerrilla groups around the world originated from universities. Many big universities, acting under the pretence of human rights or the freedom of expression, effectively turned into hotbeds for terrorists as many students adopted communist ideas while studying in these schools. Despite this fact, no effective measure has been taken to counter communist ideology at universities and this has only helped communism gain more footing as it manages to deeply infiltrate schools, from lecture halls to canteens and student clubs.

Proudon and Bakunin, the founding ideologues of anarchy, were from university-centred terrorist groups. Antonio Gramsci, the founder of the Italian communist party and the founding father of many terrorist organizations, was recruited when he was a student at Torino University. When he founded the communist party with Palmiro Togliatti, their ideologues had been communist university lecturers like Labriola and Mondolfo. The two founders of the Red Brigades, Renato Curcio and Margherita (Mara) Cagol, who were responsible for the abduction and subsequent execution of Italian Prime Minister Alda Moro, established their terrorist organization while studying at Trento University.

Ho Chi Minh, the leader of the Vietnam communist revolution, was introduced to communism while attending a university in Paris. Students of Khmer origin, who were behind the Cambodia revolution, started their own university setup in 1950 in Paris. This structure would later train those who staged the Cambodian revolution of 1968-75. Pol Pot, who is responsible for the death of 2 million people in Cambodia, was a farmer’s son who had gone to Paris to study electronics in 1949.

The “Shining Path” (Sendero Luminoso) communist group of Peru was founded in the late 1960s by Abimael Guzman, who was a philosophy teacher at a university. Guzman took his first recruits from among his students and his “Shining Path” group fought a guerrilla war in the 1980s that resulted in the massacre of thousands of villagers. This wave of terror managed to influence different Marxist groups, as well as the country’s administration.

The PKK terrorist group that has murdered more than 40,000 people in Turkey since 1980 has a similar history. Students with conservative, even religious, backgrounds changed completely during their university years and became radical communists that went on to start the PKK. All 120 militants in the original founders’ list are people who were introduced to communism during their university years. Ankara-based university recruiting groups constituted the entire founding structure of the PKK. Other communist terror groups in Turkey, such as Dev-Sol, Dev-Yol, DHKP-C and TKP/ML, also largely operated through universities.

Europe got its first taste of university terror in the second half of the 20th century. The New Left movement, also known as the second phase of communism, first started as an ideological structure at Goethe University. These Marxist groups, which were sometimes termed the Frankfurt School, managed to infiltrate the entire educational system and trained the militant students who laid the foundations of European terrorism with the 1967 German student movement. Later, terrorism spread to Paris, thanks to Daniel Cohn-Bendit, otherwise known as “Danny the Red,” which was the most famous name in the notorious 1968 events. Communist students seized the cities of Paris and Bonn and completely cut them off from the outside world. Tens of thousands of students took to the streets in Europe in a revolution and wreaked havoc. Protests in 1968 in Mexico and Atina in 1973 were similar communist student revolts.

Protests in 1967 by German students laid the foundations of many terrorist organizations, most notably the German “Red Army Faction,” “June 2,” and “Revolutionary Cells,” the two other leading organizations in German terrorism, were also established during these protests. The foundation for all of these organizations was the “New Left” or the “New Marxism” movement; in other words, the “Frankfurt School”. “Marxist Group” is another organization that stemmed from this German student movement. The New Left movement spread its ideology in universities through student clubs, campus newspapers, conferences, and meetings.

It is natural for universities to be places where ideas can be discussed, disseminated and seek supporters. But it is crucial to keep one clear fact in mind: No idea other than communism has taken such a stronghold on universities and led massive groups of students to pursue communist revolutions. Turkey is the most recent example of this fact. The communist-terrorist PKK is still recruiting in universities. Therefore, the only way to stop communist violence in Turkey and around the world is to preclude these organizations at the universities themselves, which is only possible through an intellectual response.

We should keep in mind that universities are the places where ideas effectively become widespread. If a poorly founded thought system like communism can easily get vitalized within universities, the reason for that is the strong propaganda made for this ideology. If another thought system that explains scientifically the invalidity of communism and the scourges it brings is powerfully disseminated, directing the youth to the right would be easier. As a matter of fact, people are prone to tend toward right and just scientific evidences. That they are inclined toward an ideology that predicates terror instead of truth is because of insufficient intellectual struggle given. What should be done is to be able to stop terrorism at where it brushes out, that is at universities, by way of intellectual struggle instead of just condemning acts of terror and terrorism.


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

Time to Move On for Russia and Turkey

22 06 2016


by Harun Yahya

The spotlight has been on Turkey and Russia since the downing of the Russian plane on November 24th last year. Everyone is holding their breath and watching what leaders from both sides have to say. Even though both leaders have not taken practical steps to normalize relations, the Russian and Turkish people look forward to returning back to the good old days. Historically they are intertwined socially, culturally and economically.

It’s not hard to understand the initial reactions of both leaders when the event first unfolded. They were protecting their own country and they believed they were doing the right thing. Today, the Middle East is burning in flames and states that are involved in this war are all being affected in some way. Undoubtedly, Turkey and Russia are on the forefront and on top of that they are on opposite sides regarding the Syria issue. I never find it reasonable and I am completely against the idea of solving the problems through guns and bombs however it is inevitable that fatal mistakes will be made because it is a war environment and erroneous decisions may end with deaths.

Even though they never meant to damage relations, things became worse and both countries suffered psychologically and economically. Both Erdogan and Putin had strived very hard to reach a high level of friendship and everything was almost perfect prior to this unwanted disturbance occurring. Turkish leaders tried to make this up to Russia by stating that they did not know that it was a Russian plane, that it was a mistake and that they regretted this incident. They also requested meetings with their Russian counterparts on many occasions. However, the wound was fresh and a seemingly golden age in relations over the last 10 years came to a grinding halt despite Russia and Turkey trying to coordinate and make up for the incident. Lately, we have come across some gratifying signs of bettering relations, though it remains unclear. At the end of March for the first time after relations had soured, a Russian military mission visited Turkey for evaluation of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). Around the same time, Maria Zakharova, the spokeswoman of the Russian Foreign Ministry, made a statement that the crisis between Turkey and Russia is temporary in an interview she gave to Radio Svodoba. Both of these incidents were unexpected and at the same time very pleasing occurrences.

Recently, with the election of the new prime minister, a new dawn has begun in Turkey. Since our region is in urgent need of new policies to put an end to the conflicts, the world today must give precedence to peaceful politics to stop people from being massacred. Thus, the foreign policy of Turkey must serve that purpose and embrace all people in the new era. Our new Prime Minister Binali Yildirim’s statements regarding the new foreign policy seem to comply with this approach: “We’ll increase the number of our friends and we’ll decrease the number of our enemies.” I wish this change in politics will blow positive winds in our relations with our long-term friend and ally Russia. It is also heartening to hear PM Yildirim’s account specific to Russia in this regard: “Despite recent developments, we will keep our dialogue channels open with Russia, work to normalize our relations and work to find the lowest common denominator for improving our relations based on our common interests.”

From my perspective, I personally have felt a strong responsibility for the improvement of relations with our friend Russia. For this reason, I have written numerous articles in accordance with this desire that were published both in this column and in many other respected international newspapers in several languages. Moreover, I have always touched on this matter and commented on the importance of our relations occasionally on my live TV programs. I will keep on focusing intensely on this issue until my wish is accomplished and will continue to share my opinions on new ways of collaborations between two long-rooted nations even after normalization. Sufficient amount of time has passed and it is now time for both parties to make progress and take the necessary steps to act with reason since we know that everything will be different soon. There is no reason to let our peoples suffer for something temporary.

Putin’s words in Athens to expect Turkey to take the “first step” should be evaluated as a desire to better our relations even though some think it the other way. It would be wise of Turkey to make decisions to remove the tension with Russia. Perhaps stating that Turkey is in favor of forming a commission to bring those responsible to justice. In politics, sometimes relations between two nations may come to a gridlock and during those times the wisest thing to do is to impress the other party by some sincere rhetoric and convince them that these words will put into practice, as well.

Above all, Turkey and Russia are two strong nations and both have had their fair share of highs and lows. Historically, they have shared many valuable experiences in terms of long-term friendship between culture, economy, and even energy resources. For example, September 23rd, 2015, was a milestone for relations between Russia and the Muslim world. Putin, accompanied by Erdogan opened a new mosque in Moscow that can accommodate 10,000 people. The reliable ally that Russia has been seeking is undoubtedly the Islamic world. The Islamic world shares a lot of common values with the Russian people as Russia is home to twenty million Muslims who are living in co-existence with Christians. Strong unity and solidarity between Russia and Islamic world including Turkey in the future will lead to an unbreakable bond. In this respect, given the situation of the region, Putin’s address to the Islamic world made at Kazan, the capital and largest city of Tatarstan, is quite reassuring: “For the Islamic world, Russia will always be a reliable friend and partner ready to provide assistance in solving pressing problems,” Putin stressed. “We back active support of Muslim countries on strengthening the principle of justice and the rule of law in international relations.”

Negative coverage and analyses in the international media regarding the crisis between Turkey and Russia are not helping the path of peace. It is time to ease tensions and deliver kind messages of friendship, solidarity and cooperation. The peoples on both sides have suffered enough and it would be a great gesture to take the practical and concrete steps to get back on track where we left off and move on with the hope of good days to come.


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 

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