Harun Yahya preaches Islam, slams Darwin and awaits Jesus

June 19, 2008

Adnan Oktar, 21 May 2008/Osman OrsalIn the two years I’ve been writing about the Turkish Muslim creationist Harun Yahya , we’ve had to use adjectives like “reclusive” or “mysterious” to describe Adnan Oktar (his real name). The head of one of the Muslim world’s biggest publishing outfits rarely talked to the media. But he has begun speaking out more in public recently. We took the opportunity to interview him and here is my feature — Muslim creationist preaches Islam and awaits Christ.

We met at a richly decorated house in a gated community in Çengelköy, a residential area on the Asian side of Istanbul. It wasn’t his home or headquarters but apparently a meeting place for his group. Oktar, who spoke in Turkish through an interpreter, provided no surprises. One of my questions was whether he planned another huge project like the Atlas of Creation that was mass-mailed around Europe, but he said no. He also kept his cards close to his chest about his publishing houses’ finances, another issue since the Atlas giveaway.

Atlas of CreationWhat was interesting, though, was the way he explained the Atlas campaign as part of his Muslim vision of the end times. Several Turks have told me they suspect he considers himself the Mahdi, the Muslim saviour who comes at the end of time to fight with Jesus against evil and establish Islam as the only world religion. He denied this, but it a way vague enough that his supporters might still believe it. Whatever it is, he sees some role for himself in the end times, which he said will come in the next 20 to 25 years.

Check out the transcript of the interview on the next page. Then let us know what you think about Harun Yahya’s books and his view of the origins and end of our world.

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The guy is obviously deranged, but more obviously doesn’t even understand the theory he is trying to debunk. He is also lying about the existence of transitional fossils and forms, of which there are many. His approach is no different to Christian apologists and advocates of intelligent design who make unsupported claims about the “truth” of creation but ignore the overwhelming evidence for evolution.

Posted by Steve Bowen | Report as abusive

Wow! What a defeat for Darwinists… If anybody has to say something, he/she should write a book as a reply. If not, then he has to be contented with weeping after the big loss of their theory.
What an enthusiastic vision of the future world. I pray that Harun Yahya will come true and Islam will will bring peace and tranquility to the world. We wait the Mahdi’s and Jesus Christ’s coming with our full heart.

Posted by Farook | Report as abusive

ADNAN OKTAR IS A GREAT LEADER
He is one of the greatest leaders in history, due to his bravery and courage in awakening people from one of the greatest deceptions in the world, the evolution theory. He has been put to prison, he has been put to asylum and he has been threatened with death for so many times, but he is still endeavoring for his cause. This cause is the truth, that nothing is the result of coincidence, but every being is created by Allah. Humanity is waking up to a beautiful century and we should all rejoice to embracing the truth. And we should be very thankful to Allah and to Adnan Oktar who is the means for this very significant occasion in history.

Posted by Soner Ayan | Report as abusive

It used to be true that criticising this guy in Muslim company was a problem – you might well find yourself surrounded by his apologists. Now it’s his supporters who are on the back heel, not helped by the fact that some of his former devotees have publicly suggested he might have some problems in the sexual morality department, along with heavy handed attempts to silence his blogging critics through legal action.

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Farouk

His book requires no reply, it is fantasy. There is already more than enough published evidence for the fact of Darwinian evolution and one more relious apologist who either can’t or won’t understand that does’nt alter things a bit. In my opinion no religion will bring peace to the world, they are all by definition divisive, mutually exclusive and irrational.

Posted by Steve Bowen | Report as abusive

Unfortunately many people don’t know Allah and true faith. As Allah’s Justice and Mercifulness, the faith of Allah, the religion is also just and merciful, neither divisive nor exclusive, contrary uniting people on a common basis. Division takes place hereafter. I recommend Harun Yahya works to everybody who wants to learn real faith. (www.harunyahya.com and http://www.harunyahya.tv are the reference sites)
His vision about the future of the world is very exciting, gives believers hope and eagerness. With these views he is not only stimulating Muslims bu also Christians and Jews. He is definitely a clever man strengthening the believers both spiritually and politically with his campaigns (as in the case of Turkey). I think nobody can deny that.

Posted by Bk2007 | Report as abusive

BK2007

Even if what you say about faith is true, denying the immense and unassailable evidence for Darwinian evolution still makes no sense. Faith in any god should still allow people to believe the facts about the universe as they are without compromising. Just because a 1000 or 2000 year old book says so, doesn’t mean it is so.

Posted by Steve Bowen | Report as abusive

I a a Muslim but im skeptical about Yahya’s vision of the second coming. As Muslims, it is mandatory for us to believe in the second coming of Jesus (a.s.) and Imam Mahdi. But no one except Allah knows how and when they are coming. There are so many signs that are to be fulfilled before the coming of Anti-christ himself. Some of the signs are that two-thirds of the the world’s population will die (WW III), and the two-third of the world’s harvest will die( Global Warming). Also, AntiChrist will be a very strong political leader admired by everyone (possibly President of the EU) before breaking loose.

Posted by shaikh rahman | Report as abusive

Deranged are those who believe that the symbiotic universe and living beings are the product of coincidence. If you told Michelangelo that the painting in the Sistine chapel was not his work but was just coincidence he and other people would call you deranged, he would also be very upset; same goes for this amazing universe and all the perfect living beings in it, any one who calls this coincidence has a serious deficiency in logic. Just like Darwin who was a deeply disturbed individual, who had a hatred for God and religion. Read the history about him, the guy was a crackpot with confused ideas, who had the audacity to claim that man was a worthless animal probably because he felt like that himself; he was a mixed up individual.

We can say the same about his origin of species, just because some deranged old man 150 yrs ago wrote in a book that life came into being by some absurd coincidence, doesn’t mean it is so.

Harun Yahya is the one thinking clearly; Darwinists and Materialists are living a delusion.

Remember ‘Chance’ or ‘Coincidence’ is not a conscious intelligent being. Chance is not a God. Chance cannot give rise to anything.

Allah created all things.

The Last Word:
There is No Doubt about Allah

How many Signs there are in the heavens and earth! Yet they (disbelievers) pass them by, turning away from them. (12/105)

Anthony Flew a lifelong Atheist who now admits that it is impossible for life to come from coincidence;

“Biologists’ investigation of DNA has shown, by the almost unbelievable complexity of the arrangements which are needed to produce [life], that intelligence must have been involved.”
(Richard N. Ostling, “Lifelong atheist changes mind about divine creator,” The Washington Times 10 December 2004; http://washingtontimes.com/national/2004 1209-113212-2782r.htm)

“It has become inordinately difficult even to begin to think about constructing a naturalistic theory of the evolution of that first reproducing organism.”
(Antony Flew, “Letter from Antony Flew on Darwinism and Theology,” Philosophy Now; http://www.philosophynow.org/issue47/47f lew.htm)

“I have been persuaded that it is simply out of the question that the first living matter evolved out of dead matter and then developed into an extraordinarily complicated creature.”
(Stuart Wavell and Will Iredale, “Sorry, says atheist-in-chief, I do believe in God after all,” The Sunday Times, 12 December 2004; http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,, 2087-1400368,00.html)

Posted by Kamil Imran | Report as abusive

THOSE WHO SAY THAT THERE IS PLENTY OF EVIDENCE FOR EVOLUTION ARE IN A SERIOUSLY DELUDED STATE! AND IN VAIN VAIN CONTINUES TO THUMSUCK PROPAGANDA.

AFTER LOOKING INTO MANY OF ADNAN OKTAR’S WORKS IT IS CRYSTAL-CLEAR THAT IT IS A DISGRACEFUL DECEPTION.

HIS WORKS SHOW VIA MANY ADMISSIONS OF EVOLUTIONISTS THEMSELVES THAT IT IS A FAIRY-TALE KEPT ALIVE ON THE AGENDA FOR IDEOLOGICAL REASONS (MATERRIALISM).

TIME AND TIME AGAIN THE FEW “EVIDENCES” THAT ARE BEING REFERRED TO TURNS OUT TO BE NO SUCH THING BUT PROPAGANDA THAT NEVER GOES PAST THE HYPOTHESES/SPECULATION STAGE
WHICH IS BASED ON:

IMAGINATION + SPECULATION FUELLED BY WISHFUL THINKING!

EVOLUTION HAS BEEN INVALIDATED AT EVERY LEVEL FROM MOLECULAR ALL THE WAY TO PALEONTOLOGY – AND THERE IS NO WAY BACK. PEOPLE WHO’S WORLD-VIEW HAS BEEN RUINED SIMPLY HAVE TO COME TO TERMS WITH THE FACT AND NOT VAINFULLY AND HOPELESSLY HANG ON TO PROPAGANDA AS IF HYPNOTISED.

IF THIS IS INDEED DEMOCRACY THEY SHOULD ALLOW CREATIONISM TAUGHT ALONGSIDE DARWINISM IN SCHOOLS AND LET CHILDREN MAKE UP THEIR OWN MINDS. BUT THEY WON’T BECAUSE THEY WILL THEN CLEARLY SEE THAT EVOLUTION IS NO DIFFRERENT THEN THE FAIRY-TALE CARTOONS THAT THEY WATCH!

THEY ARE UNDERSTANDABLY AFRAID BECAUSE WHOEVER DOES RESEARCH INTO THE SUBJECT CAN NO LONGER SINCERELY BELIEVE
IN IT ANY LONGER.

IT IS ALL OVER

DARWINISM-WATCH.COM KEEPS YOU UPDATED WITH THE PROPAGANDA

to see and better understand

= the Evolutionary Creation concept, and its related Quranic and Scientific credible many evidences;

= the dark influence of Gnostic and Evangelical (= MESSIAH DAJJAAL) Crusader ideologies behind this fanatic “anti reality” and “anti evolutionary”
pseudo-religious doctrines.

= the worldwide hidden cultural and political “Crusader” agenda behind this “anti reality” and “anti evolutionary” tirade.

and much more very critical information, please visit the web site below

http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2008  /04/07/harun-yahyas-islamic-creationist -book-pops-up-in-scotland/

and see the comments by “Evolutionary Creation” and then “Evangelism Exposed,”
especially starting at –May 27, 10:21– and then continuing downwards to the end, at the comments section.

Posted by Believer | Report as abusive

All my replies to the deluded previous commenter (evolutionary creation) are on the same blog.
Including the refutation of evolution in LIVING THINGS (i.e first cell in primordial soup into species turning into different species, ape and then man!) in the Qu’ran.

See admissions of several non-muslim scientists of the scientific miracles (with ESTABLISHED modern scienctific FACTS)of the Qu’ran (last and final Guidance/revelation to mankind) which proves without a shadow of a doubt it’s Divine Origin.

I am including again on this site a summary from a previous blog

The topics i have spoken about in the previous 2008/04/07 blog:

(1) The pychological aspect – How throughout history atheists, who have out of arrogance and rebellion refused to submit to the Creator and the excuses they seek to justify their atheism. Today they think that “science” with the evolution scenario has provided them that justification.

(2) How the theory of evolution has been totally disproven and demolished especially from 80’s onwards by science (from molecular eg cell to paleontology eg fossils) and countless admissions of disappointed evolutionists themselves

(3) How it is sustained and kept “alive” by deceptive propaganda via academia, media, hollywood etc.
They stubbornly ignore the evidence and continue propagating the same nonsence to the ignorant masses and come up with so-called “evidences” which time and time again are shown to be nothing concrete beyond the usual hypothetical and speculative nonsence based upon wishful-thinking

(4) The propaganda methods and techqniques that are employed in the deception carried out in the name of ideological concerns i.e materialism and it’s unobjective stance and rejection of any supernatural explanation of the universe although it is clear, obvious and irrefutable from a rational, logical, reason and scientific point of view that God and Creation is a most solid and concrete reality.

(5) The 150 years of frauds and scandals committed in the attempt to prove a fairy tale eg Haeckels embryo’s, piltdown man scandal, stanley millers experiment, “missing links” deceptions and on and on…

(6) The disasters (wars and conflicts) that Social Darwinism has caused and continues to cause – fascism, communism, neo-capitalism. The subtle indoctrinating (eg competiveness in economic arena to the encouraging of immorality and breakdown of family values) of children from early academia, media(icluding childrens cartoons), hollywood that life is a stuggle, big fish eats little fish, might is right etc, etc

(7) How the architects and maintainers of the current Secular World Order are the Freemasons and how evolution/materialism is a very important tool to their agenda.
An example: The undemocratic nature regarding the teaching of science in schools – the refusal to teach both possibilities – Creationism and Darwinism and leave people to make up their own minds.
The bloodiest era in our history (late 19th century onwards) has occured since the collapse of religious values due in great part to the man-made secular systems which have led to world wars and social moral breakdowns.
This refutes the commonly held notions that religions bring conflict as the truth of the matter is that atheism,fascism, communism and neo-capitalism have statistically made FAR MORE victims physically as well as psychologically in total than all previous recorded history.
Religion when misapplied can and does cause massive damage but in terms of generalities and numbers when compared with secular stytems and the lack of religious values in society at large it remains superior as there is and never can be any superior alternative to the deterrent of genuine belief and fear of God and the Hereafter.

(8) The myth that religion and science are incompatable.That religion “has” to be materialistic.

In truth science is a investigation of the workings in nature from which you then draw conclusions to how the Universe came into being: Chance-based evolution dressed up as a “scientifically” imaginary false deity called “natural selection”(mother nature!) , Guided Evolution or Creation (not by evolution)?
The first is out of the question as Science has shown, the second could have been possible but again science has shown that God did not create it that way and the third is in actual fact the scientifically solid fact of creation NOT via evolution (at least not in living things changing in to different living things, ape and then man scenario)

(9) How history has not been presented to us correctly. How the Muslisms are the founders and creators of modern science( discoveries/ experimential method) and how they led Europe out of their Dark Ages into their Renaissance.

(10) The refutation of evolution in the Qu’ran by weak and apologetic Muslims who do not know or willingly ignore the scientific deception which is evolution and how they load certain verses of the Qu’ran in order to fit it in with their evolutionary preconceptions.
see How Darwinism is incompatable with the Qu’ran

(11) The delusion of the majority opinion. In Galileo’s time the majority of his contemporaries believed him to be wrong but in fact he was right. Therefore being in the majority is no proof of one being in the right.

How pyschological complexes and academic peer pressure and a long deep-rooted history (over 100years) of deception that religion and science cannot co-exist in scientific and academic circles(institutions/uni’s) which are nearly all in the hands of evolutionists supported by secular world order machine leads to this scenario wherby Materialism is considered “sacrosanct” and untouchable.
This again shows how democracy is in fact made a mockery of and how the masses are brain-washed and deceived.

(12) The scientific reality of the Qu’ran which proves irrefutably it’s Divine Origin see Scienceislam.com where several non-muslim scientists and their admissions

(13) I have mentioned several books which can be referred to regarding the refutation of evolution and it’s propaganda deceptions eg Evolution Deceit, The Dark Spell of Darwinism,Global Freemasonry,The Disaters that Darwinism Brought to Humanity, A Definitive Reply to Evolutionist Propaganda etc

(14) How i have dealt with the issues from a Muslim perspective which is in total agreement with eatablished modern scientific findings and facts.

I am not a pro-evangelist as some people keep on making out eg “evolutionary creation” from previous blog.

How evangelists deal with the issue is their concern and i will only agree with aspects where we as Muslims can find common terms.Unfortunately we live in a time of great confusion. I have made this clear but it keeps on conveniently being ignored. Some brothers are obsessed with the evangelical issue and waste a lot of time by devoting a large amount of their discourse to it.

The real enemies for ALL HUMANITY is the currently dominant Secular/Atheistic systems i.e Secular World Order and their agenda (see American One Dollar bill with one eye on top of the pyramid and do research into it(Freemasons) which iclude atheists as victims although they cannot see or understand it.

and to see some more righteous Muslim & Christian scholars and scientists who have been fighting against these fanatic “anti-reality” and “anti-evolutionary” pseudo-religious Gnostic and Evangelical “Crusader” doctrines for at least 100 years by now,

and some of their rightful answers to all of their basic
“methodically distorted & deliberated” objections against “Reality of Matter” and “Evolutionary Creation” concepts,

you can also see Musa-Moses brother’s related critical writings and informations at the same web site,
starting from –May 11, 7:28– at the comments section and continuing downwards to the end.

so all the comments by “Moses,”
then “Evolutionary Creation,”
then “Evangelism Exposed,”
then “evangelical Intelligent Disguise!”

will, inshaAllah, be sufficient for all the sincere believers here that they may truly
see the “rough face” of these Evangelical Ideologies
who have been acting for 100 years by now, worldwide, under the disguise of

“Religious Heroes fighting against Materialism & Secularism etc!”

http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2008  /04/07/harun-yahyas-islamic-creationist -book-pops-up-in-scotland/

may God (Allah) awaken all of us –Christians & Muslims & Jews & Others– in near future against these
Pseudo-Religious & Pseudo-Scientific false “Crusader” ideologies; perhaps:

WOLVES WHO HAVE COME TO US UNDER SHEEP’S CLOTHING IN THE VERY BEGINNING OF THIS MOST CRITICAL AGE.

Posted by Believer | Report as abusive

I agree with joe on one thing:

AFTER LOOKING INTO MANY OF ADNAN OKTAR’S WORKS IT IS CRYSTAL-CLEAR THAT IT IS A DISGRACEFUL DECEPTION.

For the rest, it would be too boring to show all the mistakes Joe makes.

One-dollar-notes as proof of a biological topic… now that is what I call deluded.

Posted by Jack | Report as abusive

Harun Yahya (Adnan Oktar) was convicted of libel, slander, fraud and rape in Turkey. The man was an interior decorator before he decided to debunk evolution.

He wrote a book (a picture book really) that “debunked” evolution called “Atlas of Creation”. Of course one of the animals he claimed “didn’t evolve” turned out to be a fishing lure (not actually a fly Harun, sorry). And one “eel” was actually a venemous water snake.

The man is an idiot and is the laughing stock of the educated world.

Posted by al.rawandi | Report as abusive

Jeo went over to the RD.net site and did exactly the same there. After pasting random crap he then claimed victory. Unfortunately he did so after:

1. Providing no proof of god, no response to questions about the existence of god or a response to the hypothesis that there are no personal gods
2. Providing no alternative theory for evolution. Refusing to actually read any of the material that is presented to him. Effectively sticking his fingers in his ears and going “La, la, la I’m not listening” when actual evidence is presented
3. Not responding to the hypothesis that his prophet, a medieval camel herder had anything more than an epileptic fit. In any case unable to defend said camel herder against paedophilia
4. Being unable to show that the Muslims of the middle ages did anything more than transmit knowledge that they acquired from Latin and Greek sources
5. Being unable to defend against the fact that Muslim countries are in the main theocracies or dictatorships with poor health, wealth and education
6. Being unable to argue against the fact that secular nations have much better civil rights and better economic prospects
7. Being unable to defend the person whose bitch he is from the fact that he is a rapist and blackmailer
8. Being unable to answer a simple question about the translation of a single Arabic word
9. Quote mining philosophers and scientists. Then not realising that Popper changing his mind about the theory of evolution effectively undermined any other quotes Joe has made on the subject
10. Cutting and pasting material from other sites without attribution, i.e. stealing other peoples work
11. Being unable to give an example of at least one transitional stage of a human being from baby to adult
12. Proving to be a sexist, misogynistic pig after producing some seriously objectionable posts about a female member of the site
13. Being unable to point out where in the Qu’ran the Navier-Stokes equation is described
14. Being unable to point out where in the Qu’ran where koala bears, Brazil or the planet Neptune is described
15. In fact being unable to dispute any claims at all on the Qu’ran
16. Being unwilling to admit that Harun Yahya had selectively misquoted authors time and time again even when presented with the documentary evidence that he had done so.

He also went into complete berserk mode after it was shown that Zakir Naik had made a speech in which he said “If Osama Bin Laden is terrorizing the enemies of Islam, I am with him. If he is terrorizing America, the biggest terrorist, then I am with him. Every Muslim should be a terrorist.”

You can find the quote here – http://www.youtube.com/swf/l.swf?video_i d=Bxk5AAA5FbI&rel=1&eurl=&iurl=http://i. ytimg.com/vi/Bxk5AAA5FbI/default.jpg&t=O EgsToPDskKStocKCCs7_0VfyHthAyLv

Posted by Epeeist | Report as abusive

One of things that Joe did on the RD.net site was to post material from Yahya which purported to show that authors such as Crick, DMS Watson, Karl Popper, T. Neville George, Harold Urey, H.S. Lipson, David Kitts, Steven Stanley and George Gaylord Simpson amongst others were either mistaken or did not support the theory of evolution.

What in fact had been done was to quote mine these authors, in one particular case choosing two sentences out of a 30 page paper. Now, showing a fishing lure with a hook sticking out of its backside and claiming it to be a caddis fly could be classed as ignorance or incompetence.

But extracting one or two sentences or fragments of sentences out of a whole paper is an act of deliberate deceit and shows a total lack of integrity.

When Joe was shown the quotations in context and was pressed for comments he could make no response.

Posted by Epeeist | Report as abusive

Go to the site mentioned and check out my comments and see that i have covered and explained everything that the above muppet has accused me of.

Posted by Joe Morreale | Report as abusive

Harun Yahya is a name given to a cult organisation that is fueled by saudi oil money. He blocked wordpress, google groups, etc. with their illiterate organisations money and blackmail power over Turkey’s justice system. He is a charlatan that of it’s international owners that amuses even creationists.

Posted by adnan | Report as abusive

Harun Yahya is a hero. He was fighting against Darwinist monsters and win this war. They try to continue to play games but have been defeated. Now the sun has rised and has no where left to hide.

Posted by cemal | Report as abusive

Mr. Adnan Oktar is a very courageous Muslim with total devotion in Allah in saving the world from the deceit of evolution. The entire humanity will be thankful to him when they realize how they were fooled. You may view his works at http://www.harunyahya.com.

Posted by Mert Sansoy | Report as abusive

“What an enthusiastic vision of the future world. I pray that Harun Yahya will come true and Islam will will bring peace and tranquility to the world. We wait the Mahdi’s and Jesus Christ’s coming with our full heart.”

Farouk, Harun Yahya won’t bring peace and tranquility to the world. He is just a con man. Honest and caring people of all faiths , and no faiths, will bring peace and tranquility only by a concerted group effort.

Posted by Abu AFak | Report as abusive