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Another beautiful Ramadan is over. After a month of self-restraint, sweetly exhilarating Iftars, delicious food and festivities, the equally glorious Eid Al Fitr is here to put a splendid end to the month.

More than 1.6 billion Muslims from East to West will wake up with joy before sunrise on Eid, gather in mosques to give thanks to God and start a three-day journey of joyous celebrations and bonding.

Children will put on their newest clothes and join their parents for family visits. In every house visited, delicious sweets will be ready as children rush to get their Eid allowances from every adult they set their sights on.

Municipalities will organise activities, celebrations and host feasts for thousands.

Although similar in nature, different countries have different customs in the way they celebrate this time of the year and these differences reflect on their palate as well.

Palestinians love cookies made with almond and pine nuts, while Muslims of Bangladesh, Iran, Pakistan and India indulge in sweet vermicelli known as seviyan.

Turks love their baklava, but don’t stop short at other traditional sweets, which are almost endless in their variety.

Bahrainis prepare their most favourite; the halwa, a special combination of cornstarch, saffron, sugar, nuts, rose water and ghee as they celebrate with family and friends.

In a nod to the character of this festival that promotes love and brotherhood, the food and sweet dishes prepared will be presented to everyone in the community.

However, in a more quiet and subtle manner, people will be working to meet the needs of the less privileged and make sure that no one spends Eid with nothing less than the utmost joy.

In the meantime, fresh from family visits, children will begin knocking on every door in their neighbourhoods to be treated to either sweets or pocket money.

No matter how much things change, the beautiful atmosphere of Eid always remains the same.

Despite passing centuries and generations, despite the changing cities and faces, sweetness and warmth of Ramadan and its companion Eid bravely stand the test of time, and defy the alienating force of modern life.

Ramadans and Eid help rebuild bonds weakened by year-long estrangement brought upon by the Internet and television. For three days, families and friends will be visited, old resentments will be forgotten, and the poor will be given extra attention.

However, as we celebrate and enjoy the beautiful spirit of Eid Al Fitr, we will most certainly be thinking about, praying for and working to help our brothers and sisters in various parts of the Islamic world who will not be able to enjoy Eid as much.

In Syria, Afghanistan, Rakhine state of Myanmar, Yemen, Iraq and many other regions, Muslims will instead be dealing with death, injuries, bombs and forced deportations.

God wants Muslims to be united and love each other; He warns us that unless we do that, upheaval and trouble will be inevitable in the world.

For this reason, it is crucial that every Muslim takes it upon themselves to work towards achieving love and brotherhood in the world.

Let’s all pray together that this Eid Al Fitr will be a step towards the peace and love our world so urgently needs.

Adnan Oktar's piece in Gulf Daily News:

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Traditional A9 TV Iftar banquet – a place where different ideas meet

This year again, I had the beautiful opportunity to welcome my esteemed guests during our traditional A9 TV Iftar (fast-breaking) banquet held at the Cıragan Palace Ballroom in Istanbul where we celebrated our bonds of peace and unity.

Our traditional Iftar banquet – in addition to the delicious food served – stands out for its mission to bring together a vast variety of people from different religions, cultures, ethnicities and ideologies. Once again, this year’s Iftar event was a special occasion to strengthen unity and solidarity among participants from different religions, sects and views in addition numerous artists, politicians, religious leaders, academics, diplomats and media members with distinct views and backgrounds.

Held on the evening of June 8, 2017, and with around 750 people in attendance, the Iftar banquet was once again home to many esteemed guests from Turkey and abroad. The exclusive occasion was honored by my guests, Jewish and Christian clergymen from Israel, France and the US. Similarly, esteemed members of the Turkish Assyrian Society, the Armenian community, the Greek Orthodox Society and the Catholic Church. Many ministers, parliament members and politicians from various parties on either side of the political divide, foreign consul-generals and diplomats serving in Turkey and professors, esteemed members of the business world, distinguished figures from the Masonic community and many celebrities also attended.

A beautiful gesture that made our banquet even more special was the video message sent to me by the Knesset member Rabbi Yehuda Glick in celebration of Ramadan. My dear and esteemed friend Rabbi Glick began his message with the following kind words: “My dear friend, honorary Mr. Adnan Oktar, champion of religious tolerance, champion of love to all human beings, champion of God in the world” and continued, “we shall see [each other] on the Temple Mount, that House of Prayer, that unite all nations to One and Only God. From Jerusalem, allow me to wish you all Ramadan Kareem, from Jerusalem, the city of peace, city of shalom.”

Indeed, the Temple Mount will bring all nations together under the light of peace. As my good friend Yehuda Glick pointed out, by the grace of God, when that beautiful time of peace comes to the world we will come together with the good people of the world at the Temple Mount.

During the day of the Iftar banquet, the Israeli delegation made a visit to the Jewish Museum of Turkey at the Neve Shalom Synagogue in Istanbul.

Additionally, they enjoyed the beauty of Bosphorus on a boat trip.

Anglican priest Todd William Kissam from the US and retired chief justice of the Supreme Rabbinical Court of Israel Rabbi Abraham Sherman, the director of Alsadiqin Institute Rabbi Abrahamson, outreach personality and writer Rabbi Jeffrey Seidel and international spokesperson for the Jewish community of Hebron Rabbi Yishai Fleisher also graced the banquet with their presence as my special guests.

Prior to the Iftar meal, Pastor Kissam was a guest on my live broadcast on A9 TV where he mentioned our shared love for God and how the sincerity, wisdom and love that he witnessed during his interactions with us deeply affected him. Rabbi Sherman was also a guest on my live program and said that God orders us not to hate and not to be selfish and that peace is an order of God in our holy books.

Rabbi Seidel, who attended the live show before the Iftar event along with the other rabbis, told me that his students insisted he go to Turkey to give a message of unity: “It happened for the Jews in Israel.

But for us, this miracle is happening every day. We may not realize it, but I am very thankful to be here.

In the 50th year of Israel, I want to remind you that we are living this miracle again.” Our conversation followed with my quoting from the Koran and the Torah to explain the Jews’ right to live in the Promised Land of Israel.

Following the banquet, Rabbi Fleisher joined my live conversation and reflected on his pleasure at being there by saying, “I think that by you bringing us here today to Istanbul, you are part of that vision of connecting the peoples of the Middle East.”

Natasha Kirtchuk, the leading anchorwoman of ILT V, attended the A9 live show after the Iftar dinner.

Expressing her awe at the diverse, distinctive, harmonious and loving atmosphere of the banquet, Kirtchuk said that it was a great privilege and an extraordinary occurrence that a rabbi, a priest and an imam were sharing a table and getting along quite well. She said that this way people’s minds could change and that the tradition of these very important meetings should be maintained in the future as well.

I told her that inviting priests, rabbis and imams to share a table is a tradition dating back to our Prophet Muhammad, and that people with a fanatic mindset naturally take a step back when they see this picture.

When she asked me how Israel-Turkey relations would be in the future, I replied that the alliance of these two countries would get stronger, as this is what must be done and what is necessary.

Kirtchuk was wondering how the misconceptions about Jews and Israel held by certain groups around the world could be dispelled. I explained to her that it was possible through persistent efforts and inculcation.

When Natasha asked me, “What does it feel like to hold a Iftar banquet where you host guests from all around the world?,” I told her that the love in the hearts of our guests at the Iftar was visible on their faces, that the atmosphere was truly wonderful and it was a joy to see the love on people’s faces. It was because the universe was created for love.

I hope that this banquet and many similar other events will bring people one step closer to peace and help them believe in the possibility of unity and solidarity.

My efforts to dispel the misperceptions and hatred from the world will continue. I will also continue to create and encourage such occasions where people from all around the world regardless of their backgrounds and faith can meet and get to know one another. By the grace of God, the alliance of the good will soon make the world a peaceful abode for all.

Adnan Oktar's piece in Jerusalem Post:

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Unity is the way out for the Islamic world

While we have great spiritual relish for the Holy Ramadan, this joy is being overshadowed by the ongoing sufferings in the Islamic world. Every day adds more suffering, sorrow and troubles for Muslims, while a sense of darkness grows over the Islamic world. There is Muslim bloodshed in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Afghanistan, Iran, Libya, Myanmar, East Turkestan, etc. and in brief, all across the world.

While the coalition forces led by Britain and the U.S. continue to devastate the Islamic geography with Syria and Iraq suffering the most dreadful carnage, civilian massacres have reached unprecedented proportions. The bombardments carried out in Mosul under the guise of combatting ISIS kill Muslims en masse.

According to the statement by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, in a span of one month between April 23th and May 23th, 255 Muslim civilians, 44 children and 36 women among them, were killed. This figure is recent as thousands of others have been martyred by the coalition forces for years.

In his press statement at the UN office in Geneva, Christophe Bouilerac, the UNICEF spokesperson, said he received some alarming reports about the Raqqa region. He stated at least 25 children lost their lives while 80 thousand children were internally displaced during the operations in the region. UNICEF regional director Geert Cappelaere, on the other hand, said: “An estimated 40,000 children remain trapped in extremely dangerous conditions in Raqqa.”

Jens Laerke, spokesperson for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), noted that civilians in the province have no access to humanitarian assistance, adding that military operations to drive ISIS out of Raqqa have affected more than 440,000 civilians across the province.

The reason why Muslims are exposed to such persecution is that Muslims are interpreting the religion according to their own mindset rather than following the Quranic prescription.

Radical terror organizations play the lead role in the “design operation” carried out in the Middle East and provoke the Sunni-Shia conflicts. These radical organizations resort to numerous brutal terror acts to instigate massive wars among Muslim countries. The objective is to kill Muslims en masse. The treacherous terror acts carried out in Afghanistan at the beginning of the Ramadan during which hundreds of innocent Muslims were martyred are parts of this vile plot. Persecution is not only limited to the Middle East. In places such as Arakan, Kashmir, Moro and East Turkestan with Muslim-minority populations, there are unprecedented levels of extreme and shocking levels of systematic torture, violence and massacres going on against Muslims.

The only hope for these poor and desperate Muslims who are virtually ignored by the international institutions and organizations is again the Islamic world. Ironically, according to the statistics, it is Muslims who carry out the greatest number of Muslim massacres. This is a most dreadful and embarrassing situation.

The non-stop attacks of coalition forces that has been ongoing for the last 2 years and ISIS terror have turned Yemen into a blood bath. Meanwhile epidemics ravage the country with its 9 million starving people. The World Health Organization reported 38,300 suspected cholera cases. One third of the Yemeni people do not have access to fresh water.

The recent artificial crisis into which Qatar has been drifted is the epitome of devastation in the Islamic world from within. For apparently no reason, in just one day several Islamic countries established a hostile front calling for sanctions and embargo against their brother country, Qatar. Turning a blind eye to the presence of millions of Muslim residents living in the country, some authorities gravely threatened Qatar with waging a war.

Deceived by such plots, it would be extremely wrong for Muslims to ignore the real actors who create plots while manipulating Muslims to fight each other. Muslims must develop a sharp awareness or otherwise such plots would cause great disasters, may God forbid. What Muslims essentially need to do is to become united and mobilize all their might and means against the world-wide dreadful sedition of the system of dajjal. There are no verses of the Qur'an in which God makes it lawful for Muslims to make war with other Muslims. On the very contrary, God commands Muslims to reconcile the fighting parties, if there are any (Qur’an, 49:9). The Qur’an warns not only against fighting, but even warns against negative and evil speech towards one another, or talking behind one another’s back, or having evil thoughts about the other.

Almighty God may bring disasters upon Muslims for abandoning a very important act of worship He makes obligatory in verse 103 of Surah Al ‘Imran: “Hold fast to the rope of God all together, and do not separate...” The purpose here is not to be pessimistic, but rather to pay attention to what God has decreed. We need to remind Muslims that the only way out is to immediately repent for this mistake and, under the guidance of the Qur'an, become united with an unbroken and unshaken unity in a spirit of love and brotherhood. Muslims must dispel all disputes and come to terms as brothers and sisters.

Some of the verses in which God commands Muslims to be united and bans any disagreements and separation among them are as follows:

As for those who divide up their religion and form into sects, you have nothing whatsoever to do with them. (Surat al-An’am, 159)

God loves those who strive in His Way in ranks like well-built walls. (Surat as-Saff, 4)

Those who are irreligious are the friends and protectors of one another. If you do not act in this way [be friends and protectors of one another] there will be turmoil in the land and great corruption. (Surat al-Anfal, 73)

Indeed there is a great turmoil and corruption in the world today, for Muslims no longer act like protectors of one another. They have fallen weak because they are in conflict with one another.

While almost all the entire world is united against them, it is by no means appropriate to fall apart and fight one another. Shias, Sunnis, who are all pure Muslims, and all other Muslims who say, “La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammad-ur Rasul Allah” are, by the provision of God, brothers (Qur’an, 49:10). For this reason, those who have faith must remain in close ranks with all their might, protect one another and carry out an all-out intellectual struggle against any attacks.

We are praying and hoping that the Holy Month of Ramadan draws us closer to this blessed union!

Adnan Oktar's piece in Tehran Times:

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Lessons for today

As Bahrain celebrates Ramadan, let’s spare some thoughts about the lessons of Islam for today’s world. Around the globe today is a scene of countless problems, conflicts and issues that seem too intractable to be solved. Even with all the experience mankind has gained after centuries of similar problems, people are still far from being able to bring peace and justice to all. However, 1,400 years ago, the Prophet Mohammed did so with a single document: The Constitution of Medina.

When the Prophet Mohammed, together with his some two hundred companions, left Mecca for Yathrib after 10 years of torture, martyrdom and brutal persecution at the hands of the Meccan aristocracy, he found that Yathrib was embroiled in constant conflict between tribes that sought control.

The Muslims of Yathrib welcomed him with loving arms, and non-Muslims considered him as a respectful and reliable preacher. When they asked him to mediate between them, he drew up what historians today call the world’s first true written constitution, centuries before England’s Magna Carta. This treaty was remarkable in many ways and merits a lengthy analysis; however, to put it briefly, it was an agreement based on equality, justice, freedom of faith, and described a pluralistic society in the modern sense of the word.

The citizens of the city, Muslims, Jews, Christians and pagans were called the ummah (a nation); they were equals, and they were equally responsible for the protection of the city. They all had a say in governmental matters. The constitution turned Medina into a civil state, and both the governors and the citizens accepted the rule of law. It also did away with the customary practice of seeking vengeance.

The historian Mark Graham, known for his works on Islam, describes the treaty with the following words:

“Muhammad’s brilliance lay in politics as well as spirituality. (The Constitution of Medina) was a treaty and city charter between the Arabs and Jews of the city. All groups (Muslims, Jews, and non-Muslim Arabs) pledged to live in civic harmony, governed by mutual advice and consultation. The Covenant bound these varied groups into a common defence pact and stipulated that the Jews of the city were one community with the Muslims, that they were free to profess and practise their religion and that they were entitled to all the rights pertaining to the Muslims. This amazingly foresighted document was a revolutionary step forward in civil government.”

Interestingly, this constitution is rarely brought up – both by Muslims and non-Muslims alike – in discussions regarding Islam even though the document clearly demonstrates the fair, kind and compassionate character of the Prophet Mohammed. It also shows that the non-Muslims were treated with the utmost respect and friendliness at the time of the Prophet. However, it should be noted that the document was remarkable because the Prophet based it on the commands in the Quran, and worked to build a society described by God in the Quran. Throughout his life, he strictly followed the Quran. Therefore, this document was a pure reflection of the Qur’anic principles.

It should also be noted that this treaty represented a stark contrast to the animosity seen today among some Muslims with radical views towards the People of the Book (Jews and Christians). These people claim that their actions are based on the hadiths of the Prophet Mohammed; and they do not realise that they not only contradict the Quran completely but their world view is denied by this very historical document. This document is conclusive evidence that there is no room for hatred, discrimination or oppression in Islam, no matter what the beliefs, religion or ethnicity of people might be.

Adnan Oktar's piece in Gulf Daily News:

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Sun will shine again

We are all worried in Bahrain about radicalism and extremism taking hold in the Muslim world and holding it back. What a difference to the time when, as Islam spread to new regions, every new culture and society that embraced it was transformed into a new entity that presented new beauties to our world, while building the collective Islamic culture.

As we celebrate Ramadan in Bahrain it is worth reflecting on this glorious past and hoping the sun will shine again.

From Spain to China, the Islamic world thrived and became the centre of science, culture, art and civilisation. In 1000 AD, Cordoba of Al Andalus in modern Spain today, was the world’s biggest city. During the time, six out of 10 top cities in the world were Muslim capitals. The position of Islamic cities as the centre of culture and education was so pronounced, scholars would flock to the city from all around the world. The city was also an excellent example of civilisation and urbanisation. It was completely lighted, which was something completely unheard of in Europe. While the rest of Europe was suffering in the darkness of the Middle Ages – both literally and metaphorically – in Cordoba, one could walk 10 miles in any direction and everywhere would be completely lit. Aqueducts carried water throughout the city, another novelty and luxury that the Europe was not familiar with. The city had 200,000 houses, 600 mosques, 900 public baths, 50 hospitals, numerous libraries, huge markets and even trade unions. The khalif alone had a private library that contained 400,000 books.

However, Cordoba was not the only city in this bright civilisation. Muslim scholars from East to West flourished, studied, produced and built. Many products and developments that we are so familiar with today are by means of the visionary works of these bright scientists. They sometimes originated and sometimes contributed to many science disciplines. Muslim scholars, most of them polymaths, particularly excelled at algebra, medicine, chemistry, biology, botany, ecology, geography, metallurgy, optics, orthopaedics, pharmacology, psychiatry, psychology, public health, sociology, toxicology, trigonometry and veterinary medicine among others.

Furthermore, they produced and contributed to the development of, or laid the foundations for, many crucial products for our civilisation today like cotton, clocks, cameras, glass mirrors, street lamps, salt, pepper, silk, medicinal herbs, handkerchief, deodorant, cotton clothing, linen, postage stamps, soap, compasses, flasks, surgical instruments, windmills, artificial teeth, spinning wheels, citrus fruits, carpets, eye glasses.

As Jamil Ragep, a professor of the history of science from University of Oklahoma, says ‘Nothing in Europe could hold a candle to what was going on in the Islamic world until about 1600’.

However, it must be noted that during those centuries Muslims were successful, and enjoyed an excellent civilisation of art, culture, science and literature because they were following the Quran, where Muslims are commanded to think and research about the creation, where Muslims are commanded to seek and try to produce quality, beauty, elegance, refinement in everything they do. Our Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) strongly encouraged learning and research. He advised believers to ‘seek knowledge from cradle to grave’ and ‘seek knowledge even unto China’.

Although the beautiful Islamic world is today held back and going through a painful era of torment and suffering, in addition to a general stagnation in culture, Muslims surely are capable of making a great comeback and have even a better repeat of their past. Once they follow the Quran and break the chains of radicalism, the Sun will begin to shine for them one more time.

Adnan Oktar's piece in Gulf Daily News:

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How will the Ramadan of 2017 be remembered?

Just like every Ramadan, the Ramadan of Gregorian 2017 - Hijri 1438 will be an opportunity for Muslims to strengthen their bonds of brotherhood. Families, neighbors, friends and relatives will come together for Ramadan dinners (iftar), tarawih prayers and suhoors and remember God, and will enjoy a spiritual environment of brotherly friendship. However, this Ramadan will also be remembered as a dark period, where brother killed brother and innocent people were bombed.

Today, nine out of ten Muslims who die in a war zone are martyred by another Muslim's bullet or lose their lives to a bomb of a Muslim. Muslims are the most affected group of people from the civil wars, power struggles and terrorist attacks. On top of that, this situation has been getting worse and worse for the last 10 Ramadans. Unless immediate precautions are taken, we will continue to see this kind of suffering in the near future, too, may God forbid.

If we examine Muslim countries as a whole, this truth becomes much clearer. For example, this Ramadan, Shiite and Sunni Muslims in Yemen will fight against their friends, neighbors and acquaintances, with whom they used to pray and fast together. Sunni and Shiite Muslims in Baghdad, Mosul and Karbala, who were living in peace and friendship until a short while ago, will have their iftars and suhoors apart from each other, and even worse, as enemies.

As for some Muslims in Bangladesh, this Ramadan will pass while they wait in their prison cells for their execution and they will commemorate their executed brothers. And they will break their fast knowing that their execution is drawing to a close day by day.

In fear for their lives, Muslims in Nigeria and Afghanistan will probably spend their Ramadan in their homes and only with their close relatives. They won’t be able to pour into streets filled with enthusiasm for Ramadan; on the contrary, they will have to spend this blessed month behind closed doors.

In the Rakhine State of Myanmar, the Central African Republic, Somalia, Sudan and Chad, the Muslims will spend one more Ramadan without a moment of peace.

And words will fail to even describe what happens in Syria and Libya in this Ramadan. Many of our Muslim brothers in these countries won't have any food, or even water for iftar or suhoor. They will have to wait for the arrival of aid trucks to break their fast. Their prayers will be interrupted by the sounds of gunfire, the mosques where they performed their prayers the day before will be in ruins the day after.

This Ramadan, refugees will again risk their lives as they flee Syria, Afghanistan, Libya and Iraq. While running away from certain death in their countries, they will lose their lives on the way or in the sea. The refugees in camps in Jordan and Lebanon will only strive to survive and fast with the international aid they will receive.

In Turkey, which undertook the heaviest responsibility for the Syrian refugees, even though the non-governmental organizations are mobilized and doing everything they can to help refugees spend Ramadan in the best way possible, it is impossible to say that the efforts are nearly enough.

Millions of Muslims are still waiting for help from their brothers in the countries they took refuge in leaving their families, relatives, friends, schools and assets behind. However, the Muslim brotherhood seems to be forgotten amongst the daily political agendas and the fight for interests. The fact is however that, according to the Qur’an, it is all Muslims' duty to help innocent people, women, children, the elderly and the sick who are in need.

Surely the situation of the Muslims of the world is not exclusive to the Month of Ramadan alone. It is paramount for Muslims to take permanent precautions to prevent the same cruelty from continuing in the following months of Shawwal and Dhu al-Qi'dah.

However, some Muslims hold only the West responsible for all these events, so they are expecting the solution from the Western world. However, if Muslims around the world banded together in unison, the Islamic world would have an extraordinary physical and spiritual power. Without a doubt, the fact that today the Islamic world, which in the past led the world, is now unable to solve its own problems is unacceptable for every Muslim with a good conscience. It should be remembered that Muslims are the protectors of one another. The history of Islam is full of muhajirun (the immigrants) and the Ansar (the helpers), who provided shelter for these people and shared their food with them. Our Prophet (pbuh) advised us to not go to sleep full while our neighbors are hungry. As required by the moral values of the Qur’an, we need to prioritize our brothers and sisters over our own selves, help those who are weak and rescue them from oppression.

It is a common prayer of all believers that Muslims band together and support each other, creating a zealous spirit of solidarity in the Islamic world, and fast.

Adnan Oktar's piece in Arab Times & News Rescue:

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For a Better Future with the Millennials

Millennials, the generation born between 1982-2004, represent a large group of young people poised to play an important role in the near future of our world. They are either in, or nearing, the prime of their lives and are getting ready to be the newest mothers, fathers, teachers, politicians, leaders, or executives. But what are our expectations of a world dominated by the millennials?

Needless to say, their contributions will be shaped and decided by their characters, opinions and preferences. While it is impossible to make generalizations and fit every member of a group in the same mold, we can say that most millennials share similar traits. And the one that stands out the most is a dangerous one that threatens not only them, but the world they are about to have a great effect on: A growing culture of hate.

The generation of millennials grew up with the Internet and with the infinite possibilities it offers. Despite its extensive benefits and the good it does for the world, the Internet does have some negative side effects. Described by psychologists as the ‘disinhibition effect,’ it also offers the anonymity and invisibility in addition to a general lack of authority. This gives these young people a false sense of security as they unleash the worst in human nature; namely, a detrimental inclination towards anger, hatred, cynicism and negativity.

As Internet usage grew, this sinister threat of hostility and anger reflected in comments and chats over the social media became a reality and stepped outside the boundaries of the virtual world. Becoming visible in daily life and inflicting real damage on the millennials, this aggressive Internet culture drew in millions and gave droves of young people similar personalities. They turned into the same people, with the same views and reactions, even the same sentences in some instances. Most of the millennials no longer feel like they have to expend any energy to be their own unique person and rather take refuge in the safety of the paths commonly available in Internet culture.

However, we humans are created to love and be loved. When spellbound by the size of masses displaying the same behavior of loathsome remarks, most don’t even question the rationality of their actions. As a result, some choose to shy away from positive traits like love, kindness, compassion that are usually frowned upon by their peers as the qualities of the meek. Over time, they become unable to love, or form true friendships. A sense of self-hatred and self-doubt begin to build and especially for those without any particular religious conviction that holds back negative traits such as jealousy and anger, a downward spiral begins. This is probably why they are called the ‘snowflake generation.’ Most of these young people are easily offended and can easily have nervous breakdowns.

We humans become valuable as we constantly improve our souls to be better persons in terms of good morality that necessitates good conduct, gentleness, compassion, forgiveness and love. That’s why we cannot let this downward spiral break apart the millennials and allow these young people to be swayed in waves of hatred. All efforts should be made by every conscientious person to end this hatred trend. Otherwise, the spread of hatefulness amongst millennials will cause unimaginable damage. After all, these people will one day raise their own children, teach children in schools, be the leaders of their countries and make decisions that concern millions; in other words, unless the hatred crippling them is curbed, the devastating aftermath will be felt for generations to come.

The millennials did not fall into this peril without reason. The ongoing wars, continuous bloodshed and incitement of conflicts, social degeneration and most importantly people’s distancing from true religion prepared the grounds for such a hostile environment. Without the path of guidance that teaches patience, perseverance, self-giving and mercy, they were led into a world of aggression. Now, before it is too late, it is the responsibility of educators, state officials, academics, intellectuals, opinion leaders, and families to repair the harm.

The problem might seem daunting, but the solution is easy: Love.

The Internet, which is a means to spread enmity or conflict, could easily be turned into a medium of good words, good advice and sharing messages of friendship and brotherhood. Social media may be an appealing and exemplary atmosphere to bring nations, ethnicities, religions, and races together in loving relations. We are created for love. We need to love and be loved; that’s the only way we can live in contentment and happiness. The current disastrous state of our world is a result of the denial of human nature that is healthy only through morals of love. In order to treat the disease of hatred that has contaminated the Internet and infected the millennials, all kinds of intellectual means should be resorted to for spreading good morality as a cure. By sharing articles, documentaries, programs, messages and divine words of love, the young generations will be guided to their true nature.

So, what we expect from the millennials is a world full of peace, understanding and harmony. Yet, in order to achieve that beauty we all have to strive with meticulous effort by choosing every word we speak and write. Every individual effort to remove aggression and hatred will be fruitful and grow ten fold with its positive influence. Stronger than the quick spread of hate culture, a culture of love will begin to take over, and erase all remaining traces of negativity. We need to do this for ourselves and for the future of our world.

Adnan Oktar's piece in Kashmir Reader:

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Why Pitting The Cross Vs The Crescent In a Holy War Is WrongPlaces of worship are under protection as stated in the Qur’an. It is forbidden in Islam to cause any harm to priests or Christians. Therefore, trying to incite hostility against Christians or a fight between the Crescent and the Cross is in total opposition to the Qur’an.

Yet sadly, fanaticism that has developed within Islam causes such crimes of hate. Therefore, it is important to put a distinction between Islam based solely on the Qur’an and fanaticism that misinterprets the Qur’an by appealing to sayings falsely attributed to the Prophet and other additional Islamic books that consist of fatwas (decrees) made by religious scholars.

The Scheme Against Christians and Muslims

The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) indicates how the true approach of Muslims towards Christians should be. In 628 A.D. when a delegation from St. Catherine’s Monastery came to him to ask for protection, he granted them a charter of rights known as the Ahtiname and ordered Muslims to obey it until the Day of Judgment.

Regrettably, in the contemporary world, some Western thinkers have encouraged the idea of extremism to create a miserable Islamic model that is fully opposed to science, art, beauty, esthetics, sculpture, music, etc.

For instance, Samuel Huntington’s “Clash of Civilizations” and “Age of Muslim Wars”, theses are no more than promotions of a fanaticism that would pave the way for eliminating Islam. The arguments are prompted to start a world war and to turn the entire world away from religious beliefs. Through this radical ideology, hatred of Christians is inculcated among its followers and they are set to eliminate Christians. As a matter of fact, atheism has spread all over Europe and there remain only a small number of Christians and, with the pretense of a Cross vs the Crescent War, these plotters are trying to eliminate them. Well-known French pianist and composer Stephane Blet referred to this risk saying that the media is intentionally used to make Europeans fear Islam and some circles are trying to wage a Muslim-Christian war.

Therefore, Christians and Muslims should join forces to abolish these schemes and struggle together against irreligious ideologies. Implying that there is a Cross vs Crescent War would be a grave mistake because there is only a war of believers vs unbelievers.

Examples of Persecution of Christian population

In connection with this scheme, Christian minorities in Muslim countries such as Somalia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nigeria and Kenya are persecuted. Christians residing in the Middle East are decreasing dramatically as the Christian population has dropped from 20 percent to 3-4 percent in a century. According to the US State Department, Christians in over 60 countries are maltreated both by their governments and their neighbors because of their faith. As stated in the Open Doors Report, every month, 322 Christians are murdered, 214 churches or Christian properties are destroyed, and 772 violent attacks are committed against Christians.

In Egypt, Coptic Christians were targeted, while going to a monastery, and at least 28 Christians, many of whom were children, have been killed and dozens more wounded. The Palm Sunday’s attack last month – again in Egypt – which resulted in the death of 43 people came soon after the massacre of 25 Coptic Christians in a Cathedral bombing last Christmas, both of which were perpetrated by ISIS. As per an American think tank, the number of attacks against Copts is brought to 26 in 2017, with a total of 88 people killed. However, Egypt is not the only place where Coptic Christians are discriminated against, as long years of mass departure left over 1 million Coptic Christians with only 100 churches all over the world. Also in Syria, in the five years of conflict, the Christian population dwindled from 1.5 million to 500,000.

Killing Christians is not a holy jihad

These violent attacks are based on hate speech mentioned in false hadiths existing in books of interpretation that consist of the false practices of Islam and some fatwas. These acts of violence are completely ideological as one can see in the terror attacks of Stockholm and the Berlin Christmas Market at the end of last year, in both of which the fanatics targeted innocent Christians only because of their faith.

The truth is completely the opposite in the Qur’an. Still, an ill-intentioned person may also bring forth some verses of war in the Qur’an to justify violence. However, it is important to note that they are referring to a war of a specific time when there was a severe oppression against Muslims. These verses refer to that particular time, giving the believers the right of defense. In our day, the right of defense is a right given to individuals who are oppressed or to modern states that are under attack according to international law.

Yet false hadiths claim that Muslims are given the right to murder even women and children, which the Qur’an strictly prohibits. The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) would never give such orders for the execution of the innocent. Therefore, it is important for countries to immobilize these commentary books consisting of such hadiths of killing or hatred so they may avoid terror. This would be the right way to struggle against ISIS, Al-Qaeda and Taliban. Moreover, the Muslim states should intervene in this exceedingly grave situation by emphasizing that these hadiths are nothing but superstitions, and that the Qur’an is adequate and believers are accountable to the Qur’an only.

The idea of fanaticism is dark and suffocates people. People captured in this darkness feel they are forced to live there. Then they see the light that sparkles in their eyes and believe they cannot live this way. But this is not true. They will get used to living in the light.

Adnan Oktar's piece in Egyptian Streets:

]]>, 10 Jun 2017 22:49:57 +0300
Those who want to change the world

Nowadays, a large part of the world is struggling through great turbulences both politically and socially. But despite all these turbulences and the negativity, there are people in many places of the world who wish for change. These people are looking for solutions to the problems with all their might. They consider the problems of different people in different countries and continents as their own, and want to find solutions. These people are sincerely prepared to make sacrifices to find solutions to hunger in Africa, to civil wars, poverty, income inequality, and armament.

The goal of those people who want to change the world is to live in a fairer world. Certainly the efforts of these people ignite a spark of excitement in other people but they can't instill this passion sufficiently to the masses. Therefore they remain as movements which flare-up and die; sometimes, they are marginalized and pushed into the underground. But the problem is that many of them are unable to find the right methods. For instance, although some movements fighting against racism emerge with the right intentions, they sometimes deviate to the path of violence due to their frustration caused by their inability to find a solution. Violence, on the other hand, is a wrong path to take when trying to correct something; one that renders you wrong even if you were initially right. Teaching people justice and love is never possible through violence.

Those who have set their sights on changing the world, have to find new and correct ways to instill their passion into others. They have to make an effort for works that would achieve success and eventually make people happy instead of transient protests that people are accustomed to see on the streets. To do this, they have to set out with the right ideology.

Religion is a very good unifying factor; it teaches justice and love. In its foundation lies respect for all people, all beliefs and all ideas. Therefore, an atmosphere of love based on religion is an atmosphere where everyone can feel comfortable and where justice is upheld for everyone. This atmosphere ensured by religion is a source of motivation that all people, religious or not, can ally in.

Since religious people are wholeheartedly devoted to God, they experience self-sacrifice, sincerity, honesty, patience, and most importantly, goodness that people yearn for, perfectly. Sincerely religious people show every effort to erase evil from the face of this world. They do their very best for those who are in difficulty. For the good pleasure of God, they use all their time, material means and physical strength for this goal. That is why "the alliance of the good" is important for religious people. Faithful Christians, Jews and Muslims acting together form the greatest alliance that can achieve the greatest of dreams. 

The ones we really mean here are the true religious people. We do not address these remarks to those who adhere to superstitions, to radicals and extremists who want hatred instead of love. Interpreting the religion differently by adhering to superstitions is a slander against religion to begin with. Therefore, the alliance that we mean must be made with the true religious people who know that the essence of the religion is love.

Indeed, there are also people who have these qualities among the non-religious. For this reason, an alliance between the religious people and people from non-religious circles who strive for beautiful goals is also important. People with common-sense who want to change the world will be able to make great breakthroughs by taking the religious people, who are ready to make all kinds of sacrifices for love and peace, with them and making the mosques, churches and synagogues their area of activity.

Do not forget that evil has not developed on its own in this world, nor does it remain standing unregulated. Behind it are people whose interests lie in this environment.  If we are talking about hunger in Africa today, poverty in the Philippines, drugs and violence widespread in Latin America, everyone knows that at one point in history, these regions were oppressed in the name of colonialism and deliberately left poor. As the nations of Africa became poor, a privileged group got rich. The real killers of those who’ve died in cartel wars in Mexico are the people who manage the drug trafficking and increase their ill-gotten gains from it with every passing minute. In the Philippines, if there are people living in squalor, next to them are the people who live in extravagance beyond the dreams of avarice.

Evil is an organized movement. It is an organism that operates globally and that immediately grows a new arm when it loses one. Those who seek evil strive to drive a wedge between the good poles of the world, and target religious people as their first move. That is because they know very well that they cannot survive an alliance of the good ones. It is not possible for people, countries or even small alliances to survive alone against it. Therefore, the alliance of the good must be big and organized. That is the only way that will prevent the insidious traps of the evil ones and make the world a better place in the near future.

Adnan Oktar's piece in Al Bilad

]]>, 10 Jun 2017 17:42:33 +0300
Darwinism Debunked through Christian-Muslim Alliance

Adnan Oktar's piece in Christian Media Magazine:

]]>, 07 Jun 2017 13:03:35 +0300
The Leading Health Problem Worldwide on the Rise: Depression

Depression is a widespread disease in today's societies and is called the "plague of our age" due to its destructive power. Damaging the spiritual and physical health of the person, disturbing one's work life, social and familial relations, it is a problem that makes it extraordinarily difficult for people to function in daily life. It is a disturbance that negatively affects every aspect of one's life from thoughts to emotions and behaviors, nutrition to sleeping habits, and from work to relationships. It is a state of psychological collapse affecting everyone without distinguishing between rich or poor, ignorant or enlightened, young or old, men or women.

Depression can turn the life of a well-educated, good-humored, optimistic, kind and a beautiful woman who is a mother of two, respected by her family and those around her, who values art, avoids unrest, and who has everything she needs out of life, into a nightmare.

Or it can take the life of a young businessman who is intelligent, successful, rich, hardworking, ambitious, career-savvy, open-minded, strong in social relations, multi-faceted, and who regularly exercises, and turn it upside down.

Most people may think that it is impossible for individuals with such favorable attributes to suffer from such a psychological disorder. In reality, it is entirely possible to come across such people among those who suffer from depression and tell their stories about their experiences with the disorder.

According to a recent World Health Organization (WHO) report from 2017, 322 million people worldwide suffer from depression, in other words, 4.4 percent of the world population. This figure is so significant that it means depression is the most common disease of our world. That's why the WHO designated April 7 as World Health Day with depression being the theme of this year, to draw attention to the seriousness of the issue.

Again, some statistical data on the report is important in terms of understanding the magnitude of the issue. Depression seems to be a rising trend around the whole world, including the most modern societies and developed countries of our age. So much so that the rate of increase between 2005 and 2015 is 18.4%, which is a significant jump. Depression is more common among women (5.1%) than men (3.6%). Women are affected more by the negative consequences of this disease. Additionally, the incidence rate of this disease is higher in the elderly than in young people; the most affected people are between 55-74 age range. Again, according to the report, among the non-fatal diseases, the group of diseases causing the greatest loss of health is the depressive disorders.

In addition to this, another alarming development is the record increase in the use of depressants and the rising trend to consume these medicines as if they are a part of one’s daily diet. According to a study conducted by the US National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), when the periods between 1988-1994 and 2005-2008 are compared, the rate of increase in antidepressant usage in all age groups in the US is approximately 400%.  Among the most commonly used prescription drugs in the US, antidepressants are at the top.

Depression is often accompanied by feelings of sadness, grief, discomfort, exhaustion, indifference, restlessness, desperation, hopelessness, nervousness, tension, emptiness, worthlessness and guilt, along with excessive worry, anxiety and also various physical disturbances. The most dangerous among these is, indeed, the thought of suicide, which begins to occupy the patient's mind at later stages of the disease. The gravity of the situation can be understood more clearly especially if we consider the fact that millions of people try to commit suicide every year, about 800,000 of them lose their lives as a result, and according to the WHO report, depression is the main driver of suicidal thoughts.

In the fight against depression, regular exercise, healthy nutrition, regular sleep, positive lifestyle changes, antidepressant drug usage under the supervision of a specialist physician and psychological treatment support may be useful to some extent. But as a definitive solution, the conditions that lay the groundwork for depression must be eliminated.

Today, societies are under the influence of a strict, cold and loveless atmosphere. Most people have a tremendous tendency towards selfishness, insensitivity, hatred, intolerance, heartlessness and cut-throat competition. Most people prefer to do what suits their interests, not their conscience. The resulting trend for self-interest brings unrest, tediousness and tension. These feelings are not the kind of feelings that the human body can endure. Having a mood contradictory to human nature causes disorders in the health of the mind, spirit and body. In other words, as people move away from love, moral and spiritual values, they get closer to depressive disorders and psychological problems. The human soul has a disposition that only remains satisfied as long as it is in pursuit of goodness, beauty and love.

Making a child in need happy with a gift instead of ignoring him or helping a poor man instead of staying indifferent to him are the real sources of the most wonderful joy and happiness. The human soul must constantly be fed with self-sacrifice, love, moral and spiritual beauty. In every respect, a high quality life can only be achieved in this way. A self-centered life that is constantly dominated by anger and hatred is not how a real lifestyle should be. The fact that the majority of people make this mistake shouldn't deceive anyone. People can easily make love and peace rule over their hearts. It is not the conflicts or contradictions of the materialist world that will bring a superior lifestyle to humanity; on the contrary, it is the sacrifices that people make. In a society that understands that the world is not a place of conflict but love, disorders such as depression will disappear altogether.

Adnan Oktar's piece in American Herald Tribune & Riyadh Vision:

]]>, 01 Jun 2017 15:24:40 +0300
The road to peace in Syria

I have written in my previous articles that the only way to truly end the civil war in Syria was an alliance to be formed between regional countries such as Turkey, Russia and Iran and that the involvement of other foreign powers would not be able to offer a permanent solution. Therefore, it is great to see that new developments reflect this sentiment and a regional alliance is being built. The meeting that took place on December 20, 2016 in Moscow between the foreign ministers of Russia, Turkey and Iran, which resulted in a joint declaration, marked the beginning of this alliance.

The declaration dealt with crucial issues such as the preservation of the unity, independence and territorial integrity of Syria, the importance of a diplomatic solution rather than a military one and increasing the ceasefires across the region to allow the transfer of humanitarian aid to areas where they are urgently needed. Indeed, only days after this declaration, on December 30, 2016, a general ceasefire went into effect.

This alliance between the three key regional players marked the first time peace truly became a prospect for Syria since the onset of the crisis. It was also a clear reminder that the problems in the region can be solved only through the alliance and cooperation between these three countries. In fact, the Geneva meetings that were previously led by the US and Western coalitions failed to offer a solution or contribute to the peace process in the country.

The Moscow agreement also paved the way for the Astana talks, which represented a whole new era for the road to peace in Syria. During the Astana meetings, which were held on January 23-24, February 15-16 and March 14-15, it was decided that Russia, Iran and Turkey would be guarantors of ceasefire and that the three countries act as observers to ensure the continuation of the ceasefire. The UN, regime delegations and the Syrian opposition also accepted the decision.

In the summit held in Tehran on April 19-20, Iran, Turkey and Russia once again came together and agreed on the topics to be discussed during the fourth Astana meeting. They also discussed prisoner exchanges and decided to create four non-conflict zones in Syria.

The agreement signed by the three countries designated the non-conflict zones as Idlib, parts of Lattakia, Aleppo, Hama and Homs and Damascus/Eastern Ghouta as well as some parts of Daraa and Quneitra provinces.

In fact, President Erdogan and President Putin had already announced their agreement on the non-conflict zones in Syria when they met in Sochi before the fourth meeting. In other words, another very important step was taken towards lasting peace in Syria through an alliance between Russia, Iran and Turkey. For the first time, a new era of non-violence started in Syria. The decision on non-conflict zones also lent a positive atmosphere to the sixth stage of the Syrian talks held in Geneva.

Interestingly, certain Western media outlets seem to be in a state of panic in the face of these developments. Many analysts believe that the current display of strong collaboration and power between the Turkey, Iran and Russia nexus in the region meant a decline in US influence in the region.

The criticism campaign, led by some British media outlets as usual, portrayed the alliance of Iran, Russia and Turkey as an anti-NATO structure. For instance, The Economist announced that this friendship should be of concern to NATO.

TIME on the other hand, conjured up catastrophic scenarios because the non-conflict zones did not cover the entire country –even though this is only natural, since this is only the first step– and claimed that the solution was unacceptable for the opposition. In a pessimistic, provocative and divisive manner, it railed against a historic plan that promised to bring peace to this country, which has been ravaged by war for the past six years.

The panic seen among the British deep state members, the maestro of global imperialism, is clear proof that the two large Muslim countries of the region, together with Russia, are doing the right thing by cooperating to help Syria. Naturally, Iran, Turkey and Russia gaining power and influence in the region is not in the best interests of this deep structure, which has worked on its plans for the Middle East for centuries through countless plans and plots.

It is a historical fact that throughout history, there have been countless plans and plots to prevent and destroy the friendship between these three countries. Numerous embargos and sanctions were implemented against them. The significant military support provided to the PYD/PKK represents the latest efforts to make that terror group the fortress of the global imperial power at the heart of the region. In addition, efforts are underway to sow seeds of hatred and anger between the three countries by means of various provocations that focus on racial, sectarian and ethnic differences.

However, the good news is that throughout history, the three countries never fell into those traps. Despite the sundry plots and ruses, Iran, Turkey and Russia have maintained their friendship and alliance which always produced good results.

And now Iran, Turkey and Russia joining forces to bring peace to Syria, and acting in complete accord, is going to be further proof that such sinister games cannot and will not succeed. Particularly, it is crucial that two Muslim fraternal countries, Iran and Turkey, continue to strengthen their bonds of brotherhood and friendship without paying any attention to sectarian differences, open their borders and engage in the highest level of economic, political, social and strategic cooperation. By the grace of God, their alliance will be the strongest assurance of peace, stability, development and welfare in the region.

Adnan Oktar's piece in Tehran Times & Jefferson Corner:

]]>, 31 May 2017 14:30:06 +0300
Ramadan around the corner

Once again the most joyful and spiritual time of the year for Muslims has arrived.

An entire month of celebrations, festivities, delicious food and beautiful times spent with friends and families, Ramadan is knocking at the door with its familiar warmth.

Wealth, social status, age and even geography do not matter in this month. Wherever the joy of Ramadan touches, everyone is happier, everyone is sharing and enjoying the beautiful atmosphere.

Around the world, from Casablanca to Istanbul, from Amman to Reykjavik 1.6 billion Muslims are about to complete their exciting Ramadan preparations. Families are buying a month’s worth of supplies and already planning ahead feasts for family and friends.

During Ramadan, everyone is more compassionate and empathetic. People greet each other with joy; beautiful phrases like “May God bless you” and “May God pour His blessings on you and your family” are heard more often.

Twinkling lights decorate stores and restaurants, colourful Ramadan lanterns line the streets, and mosque minarets with their beautiful illumination illuminate the landscape.

During this beautiful month everyone is more selfless, more compassionate and loving. Combined with the power of empathy brought about by the realisation of hunger due to daylong fasting, Muslims all around the world do everything in their power to help the less privileged.

Rich or poor, all strive to contribute with whatever they have.

Companies prepare free Ramadan packages full of basic necessities enough to sustain families for a month.

Municipalities host large iftar meals every evening for thousands who may not have the means to afford a decent iftar meal.

Iftar crowns a whole day of exciting wait and self-discipline. The taste of the first bite, the happy chatter at the iftar table is something to behold.

After breaking the fast, Muslims rush to mosques to give thanks to God before joining in the Ramadan celebrations.

As Muslims enjoy and cherish the beauty of Ramadan, they also pray and work to help their suffering brothers and sisters in many parts of the world.

In Myanmar’s Rakhine province, in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Palestine and many other Islamic countries, many fellow Muslims will be fasting under very difficult conditions. They need support and help more than ever.

Adnan Oktar's piece in The Jordan Times:

]]>, 29 May 2017 15:51:13 +0300
When Will Turkey’s Journey to Join the EU End?

Turkey’s journey toward EU membership began with an official association application to the EEC (European Economic Community), the precursor organization of the Union, on July 31, 1959. The temporary association agreement signed in Ankara on September 12, 1963 was followed by the Customs Union, which took effect on January 1, 1996, and the formal approval of the candidacy at the Helsinki Summit on December 11, 1999.

The process, which went through many different stages, still hasn’t concluded as of today, which is almost unprecedented. Waiting for full membership for approximately 60 years since its first application, Turkey has been subjected to the longest waiting period by the EU after being officially considered as a candidate country.

There have been various problems arising from both sides that have complicated Turkey’s uphill journey. However, even in the post-2006 period, when Turkey made its greatest and most serious leaps, despite the fact that Turkey successfully fulfilled its responsibilities, the challenges posed by the EU continued to come. Above and beyond the challenges posed, the anti-Turkish attitude of various EU countries in recent years has brought relations to a point of decline. The major milestones that dragged relations into this unwanted state include:

- Especially in the last few years, the EU’s and some EU member countries’ attempts to interfere with Turkey’s internal affairs and legitimate state policies. The messages sent to elected governments and leaders containing threats as a means for political pressure. The fact that these threats and accusations are in fact aimed at the free will and democratic rights of Turkish society.

- A large degree of indifference by the EU and some EU countries to the unsuccessful coup attempts on July 15, 2016.

- The repeated exposition of the fact that some EU member countries provide money, weapons, ammunition, intelligence and personnel support for  the terrorist organizations which have been a threat to Turkey for years. The emergence of those from European mainstream media who share propaganda for these organizations and assume the role of spokesperson for them. The fact that legal operations and investigations, judicial and executive processes against these terrorist organizations are portrayed as human rights violations.

- The EU’s failure to fulfill its promise for visa-free travel in exchange for Turkey’s commitment to accommodate refugees. The fact that no support is provided for Turkey, which hasn’t shied away from a financial contribution of more than 10 billion dollars in refugee accommodation for years.

- The fact that intimidation and slander campaigns are carried out by various EU channels such as press, publication, politics, etc., against those who voted YES during the Constitutional referendum of April 16.

- The decision of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe to put Turkey “under observation” again after 13 years, following the OSCE’s referendum report. The fact that OSCE observers, who are supposed to be independent and objective, are found to be openly biased when they are examined individually. The fact that at least ten identified observers such as Andrej Hunko (Germany), Lorena Lz de Lacalle (Spain) and Zerife Yatkin (Austria) were sympathizers of the PKK terrorist organization and actively participated in the referendum campaign to encourage a vote of NO. And the fact that these names only include the ones that can be identified through social media.

It is obvious that this negative attitude, which the EU seems determined to maintain, will not contribute positively to relations. In the same vein, EU officials have started to speak more openly than before. In early May, one of Reuters’ articles entitled “Turkey’s EU dream is over, for now, top official says” included the following statement from Johannes Hahn, the senior member of the European Commission who is responsible for the Commission’s expansion:

“Everybody’s clear that, currently at least, Turkey is moving away from a European perspective... The focus of our relationship has to be something else... We have to see what could be done in the future, to see if we can restart some kind of cooperation.”

Similar statements are included more and more frequently in EU media almost every day.

All of these developments give the impression that the EU never had any intention to admit Turkey into the Union since the very beginning. For decades, a stalling operation has been carried out, aiming to keep Turkey out of the Union without outright denying it using complicated bureaucratic obstacles and careful strategies... Economic and strategic calculations have become the obstacles put forth by the EU to prevent them from assuming a clear stance towards Turkey. Being aware of these calculations, Turkey has not abandoned its determined endeavor towards full membership within its own policy to turn the process into an advantage.

It is clear from the statements made by officials that the EU will develop new discourses to shift the blame to Turkey such as “the Union does not exclude Turkey,” but instead “Turkey has voluntarily distanced itself” after the stalling period is over.

Whether Turkey joins the EU or not, this process, which has been going on for decades, has been a major drive for Turkey to improve itself on vital issues such as democracy, human rights, freedom of thought, modernism, and economic and cultural development. Above all else, this motivation will undoubtedly be in favor of Turkey, a democratic Muslim country. On the other hand, it is clear that EU policies have also revealed the importance of developing closer and stronger relations with neighboring and friendly countries, like Iran and Russia.

It seems that aside from the financial burden of the poorer countries that struggle with economic crises and bankruptcy, the rapidly emerging right-wing, nationalist movements are starting to pose a serious threat to the EU’s existence. Undoubtedly, the EU is a valuable Union that needs to be preserved. The collapse of this important union is in no one’s favor, and we do not approve it. It is clear, however, that both the preservation of the EU’s own existence and the course of its relations with Turkey will follow, and will be determined by its own attitude.

Adnan Oktar's piece in Kashmir Reader:

]]>, 28 May 2017 15:44:10 +0300
Erdogan-Trump Meeting, the Deep State and the Reality of YPG

As readers will recall, only one week prior to President Erdogan's visit to the White House, President Trump had signed a decree allowing the supply of heavy weaponry to the YPG. Some analysts said that after this move, increased strains between the countries would be inevitable and predicted such tension to dominate the meeting as well.

However, they were proven wrong. The meeting was dominated by a warm, friendly, sincere atmosphere and saw an exchange of praises and messages of friendship between the two presidents. They particularly emphasized that the strong relations between the two allies would continue.

CNN described the meeting as one where Trump extended a warm welcome to Erdogan, who had a strained relationship with the previous US administration.

Interestingly, the strain between the Obama administration and Turkey did not result from matters any different than those that are at the table today. The connection of the USA with the YPG terror group was always the main cause.

President Erdogan, during the press conference at the White House, clearly referred to this wrong policy and said "There is no place for the terrorist organization in the future of our region, taking the YPG and PYD into consideration in the region will never be accepted and it's going to be against a global agreement that we have reached". President Trump, briefly pledged his support and said 'We support Turkey in the first fight against terror and terror groups, like ISIS and the PKK,' without making any direct reference to YPG. 

The Turkish delegation presented to the US administration a very comprehensive report that includes hundreds   of documents and clear evidence showing how the YPG is the Syrian offshoot of the terrorist PKK, which is a US-designated terror group. In any event, many US officers closely familiar with the region, often talk about this fact.

For instance, Robert Ford, a former US ambassador to Syria provided evidence of the fact that PYD/YPG is the same terror group as the PKK, in his article he penned for the Atlantic on May 11, 2017. In his op-ed, Ford explains how the PYD was founded by the PKK leaders in the PKK headquarters based in Qandil, and PYD militants are former PKK members and that PKK terrorists that carry out attacks in Turkey are trained in Northern Syria.

Ross Wilson, who acted as the US ambassador to Ankara in 2005 also has the following to say about the matter: 'YPG is definitely an offshoot of the PKK. Those who say that the 'two are different', are only fooling themselves. However, this separation now seems to be the idea of the US Army and the Trump administration.

At first sight, it might look like a contradiction that President Trump maintains the policies of the Obama administration, which he criticized quite frequently. However, there is in fact no contradiction because these are not the policies of President Trump. These are simply a continuation of the policies imposed by the deep state mechanism that controls all the key positions in the USA, without any regard to who holds the office. Those who refuse to do so, are usually subjected to threats and pressure; those who insist are eliminated, like in the case of the assassination of JFK.

Researcher and author Jack Ravenwood, in his article for The Unz Review titled "Trump, JFK and the Deep State" gives extensive details and explains how Kennedy was eliminated because he did not do what the CIA -one of the fortresses of the deep state in the US- asked him to do. He also explains how the deep state has tried everything to destroy Trump, whom they didn't support.

An interview featured on the US based website democracynow.orgspeaks about the support of CIA and the global intelligence community for Hillary Clinton since the beginning, and how they opposed to Trump and had been working to discredit him since he was elected.

Trump's coming into office made the 'deep state' a topic of hot debate both in the US media and the political circles. New York Times also weighed in on the subject and published an extensive piece on the matter entitled 'As Leaks Multiply, Fears of a 'Deep State' in America'.

Today, the deep state of the US continues to impose its typical projects through its extensions in power units such as CIA, FBI, Pentagon, as well as in the congress, political parties, the judiciary, NGOs, think-tanks and the media.

Everyday, the FBI continues to broaden its investigations into President Trump. Even more interestingly, Christopher Steele, who is the first person to come up with the allegations of Trump-Russia links, is a former British MI6 spy.

Some propaganda outlets in the US continue to produce new 'scandals' against President Trump every new day.  So much so, Wesley Prudan from the Washington Post titled his piece 'Destroying Donald Trump is all that matters in the newsrooms of the mainstream media'.

All these facts make it clear that President Trump, surrounded by the deep state, had no choice other than signing the decisions brought to him regarding the YPG. This is the British deep state -the leader of the global imperialism- gearing up for the final stage of its Middle East policies, which it had ruled through countless complex policies that spanned the last 200 years. This final stage is the foundation of Communist Kurdistan by means of the PYD-YPG/PKK at the heart of the region. This satellite state, planned by the deep state, is planned to be a giant military, strategic and intelligence base for the deep state in the region.

However, this is a threat not only for Turkey, but also for Russia, Iran and all the Middle East countries, considering that an enormous threat will appear right next to them. For this reason, it is crucial that Russia, Turkey and Iran join forces to stop this rising "axis of evil" and take all necessary political, military and strategic precautions against it.  

President Putin gave his word to President Erdogan during the recent Sochi talks that Russia was not supporting the YPG militarily; this was a crucial assurance. However, it is vital that two countries strengthen their alliance to preserve the territorial integrities of Syria and Iraq. This is the only way to prevent the British deep state from building small satellite states in Syria and Iraq to serve its interests.

In many countries of the world, a covert system controlled by the British deep state is secretly operating, just like what is happening in the US. Countries like Russia and Turkey are among the rare countries that defy this system and since they refuse to accept the control of the deep state, they are subjected to constant threats, pressure, and sanctions. Therefore, their strong alliance will surely be the wisest method against these deep structures attacking with all their global power.

Adnan Oktar's piece in Pravda:

]]>, 27 May 2017 17:13:55 +0300
There should be No More Guantanamo's in the World

Torture is an inhumane method that has been resorted to since ancient times for purposes such as interrogation, punishment, intimidation, or taking revenge on people. This primitive medieval practice is sadly favored by many nations today as well. Torture-based interrogation methods are sometimes adopted not only by authoritarian dictatorships but also by some modern states that claim to be pioneers of civilization and democracy.

One of the places where this affront to humanity is perhaps most heavily practiced, as is known to all, is the Iraqi and Afghanistan prisons that were introduced post-9/11, some ships in international waters and the US military prison, Guantanamo, the namesake of Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. The merciless practices that took place in Abu Ghraib prison were featured in the press with photographic evidence. One of the most fundamental violations at Guantanamo is that the detainees do not even know when, or even if, they will ever stand trial. Moreover, they have no means to apply to any legal system for recourse.

Karen J. Greenberg, the author of "Guantánamo's First 100 Days," describes how prisoners' right to trial, their most natural human right, is hindered by justice mechanisms:

Pre-trial hearings, underway for years in the cases still pending, are expected to continue well into the 16th year since the attacks for which the defendants are to be tried took place.  The chief prosecutor for the five 9/11 defendants who were brought to Gitmo in 2006 and charged in 2012, has recently — without the slightest sense of irony or remorse — proposed that their trials begin in March 2018.  With appeals, they might conceivably conclude in the third decade of this century.

Another striking situation is that some prisoners are found innocent and released after many years of prison. For example, Mauritian Muhammad Ould Slahi, known as the most tortured prisoner in the history of Guantanamo, was released after 14 years of detention without any charges whatsoever.

In his book, Guantánamo Diary published in January 2015, Slahi provided the first ever in-depth account about the examples of torture prisoners were subjected to in Guantanamo prison. According to Slahi's claims, sexual abuse, standing punishment for prolonged periods, sleep deprivation, waterboarding, loud noise, forcing prisoners to drink salt water until they vomit, and beating them on the face and ribs while immersed in ice to hide the bruising are some of these torture practices.

Many organizations such as Amnesty International and the United Nations have repeatedly described the practices at Guantánamo that have been going on for over 15 years as a "human rights scandal" in their reports. However, they have proven ineffective in terminating this deep state-supported system.

Closing Guantanamo was one of former President Obama's most notable election promises before he took over the US presidency. But like his other numerous unfulfilled promises, Guantanamo still remains open today.

The closure of Guantánamo will surely be an important step in terms of human rights and freedoms. However, the closure of Guantanamo alone will not prove beneficial in the advancement of human rights, nor will it pave the way for success in the war on terrorism. First of all, the fact that the CIA maintains scores of secret prisons and detention centers throughout the world finds frequent coverage in the media. Moreover, there are already numerous reports and evidence issued on the subject.

There are estimated to be thousands of "ghost prisoners" who have been detained for intelligence purposes in various countries and who are not legally entitled to any right of defense. The reason these people are called "ghosts" is that these prisoners have no official records in any judicial system: Reports published by the United States itself includes the grim truth - that they were subjected to suffocation with pressurized water, abuse, beatings, electric shocks and other tortures of much worse kinds during their interrogations.

In his article entitled "Afraid of the Dark in Afghanistan" featured on his own website, the New York Times' Middle East and Afghanistan correspondent and journalist Anand Gopal writes in detail the murders, kidnappings, unlawful detentions, interrogations and tortures taking place in the prison network in US military bases. Additionally, the HRC says that apart from Guantanamo, Afghanistan and Iraq, the CIA runs countless overseas secret prisons in 66 countries around the world.

According to the human rights organization Reprieve, as related by the Guardian in 2008, the CIA is holding at least 26,000 people in secret prisons all over the world. Apart from these, the CIA has a fleet of prison ships; at least 17 US naval vessels have been assigned to this job.

The US Senate Intelligence Committee's 6,000-page report, completed in January 2012, contains many important details about all the horrific practices used by the CIA after September 11th. As of this moment, only 525 pages of the report have ever been shared with the public.

Of course, all illegal practices and torture, which is defined as a crime against humanity, does not change the fact that necessary precautions must be taken to combat terrorism. However, there is an explicit fact laid bare by the fight against terrorism ongoing for nearly 15 years, and it is that violence only begets more violence while the blood of thousands continue to spill in what might best be described as  'an eclipse of reason'. The main factor that will eliminate terrorism and violence does not lie in simply abolishing the prisons hidden in different parts of the world, unspeakable interrogation methods, abasements and tortures; it mostly rests in the ideological elimination of the causes and philosophies that give rise to and nurture terrorism. This can only be achieved through a comprehensive cultural undertaking.

Consequently, even if the Guantanamo camp, which is claimed to hold only 41 prisoners today, were to be shut down tomorrow, the wrong steps taken in the fight against terrorism will continue to cause both material and spiritual losses.  What matters is to put an end to the mindset and system that deems it perfectly legitimate to trample on human rights in secret centers away from the public eye.

We expect the Trump administration, which criticizes the mistakes of the previous administrations and makes a point of not repeating them, to end this great human tragedy as soon as possible. We hope that Mr. Trump will no longer allow the CIA and the extensions of MI6 that are the masterminds behind the scenes to insidiously run their brutal and dreadful systems via US institutions.

Adnan Oktar's piece in Kashmir Reader & Riyadh Vision:

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Turkey-Russia: an important alliance

The Erdogan-Putin meeting, which took place in early May, was the fifth meeting between the two leaders after the plane crisis on November 24, 2015. While this meeting was an important step in the improvement of relations in many respects, the decisions taken regarding Syria have led to the emergence of a new solution plan for the region. 

While the sides of the conflict declared a ceasefire in Syria, it was also decided that four security zones will be established around Syria. The actual boundaries will be determined at the next Astana talks; but in principle these regions are expected to be established in Idlib province, north of Humus, east Guta and south of Syria. 

With this decision, there are two important points that should be addressed. The first is that this decision was also outlined briefly to Trump during the previous Putin-Trump meeting, and the plan is also supported by the US administration. The second is Russia’s statement that every necessary measure, including military intervention, will be taken against any parties that break the agreement. Although we do not approve of the possibility of military intervention, it is clear from Putin’s statement that he absolutely supports this plan. 

This meeting marks a new era, which is why it is called a “strategic partnership”. Thus, Putin’s statement, “we have left behind the normalisation process in Turkish-Russian relations. We are going back to normal partnership”, corroborates this. In fact, the three leaders who can take the most effective steps in Syria, making decisions that will ensure the establishment of de-escalation zones, does point to an important strategic partnership. 

It should be noted that the claim that the plan in question will come to mean the division of Syria made by some European media outlets, which are opposed to the Turkish-Russian convergence and cannot tolerate Trump’s participation in this alliance, is only a provocation. The safe zones within Syria, called de-escalation zones, do not divide Syria on the map. These zones are designated areas intended to pave the way for peace and for the establishment of a ceasefire, even if it is regional, in Syria. All three leaders have agreed and insisted on the preservation of Syria’s territorial integrity since the beginning of the talks. Changing the subject to the division of Syria is an attempt at manipulation by a number of power groups which desire the projects in question to fail. 

Even though US support for the PYD, which is an extension of the terrorist organisation PKK, continues in Syria, the progress made with Russia regarding the issue produced positive results. Indeed, Putin’s assertion that Russian troops will not support the PYD is an important guarantee for Turkey. At the same time, Putin made it clear that he would not allow any PYD deployment in northern Syria. We hope that the US will soon see the error of its ways and strengthen its alliance with Turkey in this regard. 

This alliance is important for the region, because the Syrian issue is becoming increasingly insoluble. But the participation of the countries in the region and coherent and strong alliances can lead to a solution. Indeed, for a real solution to be found, it is important that the solution is really desired by all parties. Right now, the parties who desire the solution are in control instead of the parties whose interest lies in the division of Syria. 

The fact that the Sochi decisions are made in a critical and specific time is important. Putin’s talks with both Trump and Merkel before Sochi remind us that the plans have largely become global in scale. After the Sochi negotiations, talks were held in China, between Russia, China and Turkey, and right after that the Trump-Erdogan meeting took place. On May 24-25 there is a Nato summit in Brussels. It seems that the decisions regarding Syria will not remain on the table in Sochi. They will be approved by both the East and Nato. 

Analysis made after the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe’s decision to put Turkey “under observation” indicated that this decision would bring Turkey and Russia closer. Turkey and Russia are now strengthening their relations as two friendly countries that have been allies for years. But it is no secret that Europe’s biased attitude has further strengthened the ties between Turkey and Russia. However, Turkey’s approach is based on friendship rather than classic politics.

Hence, establishing ties with one side doesn’t mean burning bridges with the other. Turkey is still a European country; it has strong ties with many European countries and is still a candidate for EU membership. Turkey is also a Nato country; its alliance with the US is still strong. Neither will being close to Russia adversely affect Turkey’s alliance with Nato, nor will being a Nato member affect the alliance with Russia. Especially when the issue is to find a solution to stop the bloodshed in a country, the artificial issues between the parties should be forgotten. The Middle East needs a solution more than ever.

Adnan Oktar's piece in Gulf Times:

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The Technics & Science Research Foundation Held the 2nd International Conference on The Origin of Life and The Universe at the Istanbul Ritz-Carlton Hotel

The Technics & Science Research Foundation, the Honorary President of which is Mr. Adnan Oktar, has once again brought together world-renowned scientists to realize another important project on recent scientific developments.

At the 2nd International Conference on The Origin of Life and The Universe, held on May 21, 2017 at the Istanbul Ritz-Carlton Hotel and attended by approximately 500 participants, messages of friendship were given along with wishes for the continuation of this cooperation aimed at the development of better scientific understanding that will benefit all of humanity.

The most striking detail at the entrance of the conference hall was the exhibition consisting of fossils dating back millions of years.

The moderator of the session was the Chairwoman of DEIK (Foreign Economic Relations Board of Turkey), Ms Zuhal Mansfield.

In addition to coffee breaks with refreshments and a luncheon, the Percussion Performance and Istanbul Dance Factory’s show received great interest and a big applause from the audience.

The conference demonstrated that the question “What is the origin of life?” was answered with “Creation” by scientists in fields including genetics, biology, paleontology, physics, chemistry and astrophysics. 


Prof. Dr. Fazale Rana

An expert in biochemistry, Prof. Dr. Fazale Rana is working in the field of biochemistry, genetics, and synthetic biology. With two books, many articles, a document and a podcast on the scientific evidence of Creation to his credit, Rana has given various television and radio interviews along with more than 500 speeches in universities, conferences and churches around the world.

After graduating from West Virginia State College with a BS degree in chemistry, he earned a PhD in chemistry at Ohio University and was also granted the Donald Clippinger Research Award two times. Prof. Rana wrote a PhD thesis on the structure of cell membranes in Virginia and Georgia Universities. 

The articles he wrote were published in peer-reviewed scientific journals such as Biochemistry, Applied Spectroscopy, FEBS Letters, Journal of Microbiological Methods and Journal of Chemical Education. While studying biochemistry, he realized that evolutionary scenarios cannot explain how life began and life must have been originated by a Creator. After this awareness, Rana devoted himself to explaining this fact to people. 

Prof Dr. Anjeanette "AJ" Roberts

Prof. Dr. Roberts has PhD’s in chemistry from Tulsa University and in the fields of molecular biology and cell biology from Pennsylvania University. Between 1997-2001, Roberts carried out studies on viral pathogens and inoculation at Yale University. Between 2006-2013, she was an Assistant Professor at Virginia University, Department of Microbiology and head of the Microbiology, Immunology and Infectious Diseases Program. Between 2013 and 2015, she continued her studies as a guest researcher at the Rivendell Institute at Yale University. 

Roberts has published more than 40 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals and participated in many national and international scientific conferences all around the world. She was granted the NIH Award of Merit for her studies on infectious diseases. Currently, she carries out studies on subjects such as harmony between science and faith, and the evidence of Creation on the biochemical level. 

Jeff Gardner - Founder and Manager of The Picture Christians Project

In 2007, he co-founded International Catholic Media, a global humanitarian, media and communications company, and became the Board Chairman.  In 2013, he launched The Picture Christians Project, which aims to educate society about the lives of Christians around the world and to find solutions to their unique conditions. Jeff Gardner is one of the few photographers and media specialists who frequently travel to the Middle East and document the experiences of Christians, refugees and terror victims in countries like Iraq, Syria, Jordan and Egypt by talking to them.

Gardner's writings and photographs have been published in numerous national and international media outlets and publications, and he is frequently featured as a Middle East specialist in various media organs and publications such as EWTN, Relevant Radio, National Catholic Register, Aletia, Conservative Review, Newsmax, Fox News and Sean Hannity

Dr. Carlo Alberto Cossano

Carlo Alberto Cossano is a Health Informatics Project Manager, who is also an expert in clinical pathology analysis laboratory and pathological anatomy laboratory information systems. He works in Dedalus Healthcare Systems Group in Italy.

Psychiatrist Dr. Paolo Cioni

Paolo Cioni is an Italian psychiatrist with long-term hospital and academic experience. He has written many publications in cooperation with leading Italian editors in the field of psychiatry.  His latest work, published in English, is Paranoia: Between Leadership and Failure (CreateSpace, 2015) where he initially examined paranoia at a personal psychiatric level and continued his examination at sociological and political levels.

Dr. Fabrizio Fratus

Italian Sociologist. His doctoral thesis was on "Scientific Creationism" and "New scientific discoveries about the origin of life and men". At the moment, his activities include raising public awareness about moral corruption in society, the family institution becoming increasingly degraded, and the increasing loneliness of the people.  He carries out these activities with a team of young people. 

He founded the Anti-Evolutionist committee in Italy.  He has five books on this subject, the names of which are as follows: 

• God or Darwin?

• Myth or Real?  The Lie of Evolution

• Science and Faith 

Jefferson Corner ve News Rescue:

]]>, 23 May 2017 22:40:47 +0300
DNA: A Glorious Marvel of Creation

Each person has an average of 100 trillion cells, each of which contains a DNA molecule. Just one of these contains information regarding 3 billion different subjects, enough information to fill approximately 1,000 volumes of books, each one containing 1 million pages. If we were to lay these pages out side by side, they would stretch from the North Pole to the Equator. If we were to read it 24 hours a day, it would take 100 years to finish it. This glorious information belongs to a single DNA molecule, which exists everywhere in our body, such as in a single fingernail or a single hair.

How could such an incredible library have been squeezed into a minute hair too small to be seen with the naked eye? How could it have been packed into all of the cells that constitute that hair and all of the other cells that make up our body? How could so much information, which we could never carry on our own, have been installed in our bodies 100 trillion times? Could human beings manage to do this themselves? Can any known technology achieve such an amazing feat? Could this glorious information be present in the cells by chance?

Clearly, random events, human beings, and technology cannot produce such an astonishing work. This fact has been scientifically proven. This amazing work in our bodies belongs to Allah, Whose might makes all things according to His will:

We created humanity from a mingled drop to test him, and We made him hearing and seeing. We guided him on the Way, whether he is thankful or unthankful. (Surat al-Insan, 2-3)

]]>, 16 May 2017 14:09:15 +0300
Turkey under European observation

Over the last two years Turkey has experienced some hectic periods in terms of both domestic and foreign politics. Operation "Euphrates Shield" that launched in Syria, the developments in the fight against the PKK, the July 15 coup attempt and the subsequent state of emergency all caused significant changes people’s views of Turkey, both from the perspective of those within it and those in other countries. While progress was made in relations with Russia, American support for PYD in Syria had a relatively negative impact on relations with the US, and all these developments dragged EU relations into abeyance.

Without a doubt, it is not merely due because of Turkey's politics that the relations with the EU have become problematic. The extreme right-wing leaders who have effectively emerged in the European Parliament in recent years have strongly raised their voices against both foreign and Muslim communities. The anti-foreigner rhetoric that borders racism seems to have long ago hampered the essential presence of the EU, which is supposed to be inclusive and unifying.

The decision about Turkey that was made as a result of the vote of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe last week serves as the latest point reached by Turkey and the European Union. According to this decision, Turkey, one of the founding members of the European Commission, will be under its observation.

The aforementioned watch list was initially intended to accustom Eastern European countries ruled by communist political parties following the dissolution of the Soviet Union to the level of democracy in Western Europe. Turkey was not a country under communist rule, but because it was a Muslim country at the gate of the Middle East it was put on the aforementioned watch list and then was removed from this list as a result of a series of reforms that were carried out after the AKP took power. One of the most remarkable of these reforms was the abolition of the death penalty. Turkey is currently the only country on the list that has come back to it despite being removed in 2004.

PACE is not an organ of the European Union but the decision has emphasized the way the EU looks at Turkey for a while now. The European Union is undoubtedly not in a position to assess the events in Turkey properly and make a fair deduction accordingly. Because Europe, unlike Turkey, is not face to face with a nuisance like the PKK, was not subjected to a coup attempt by an internally organized group, nor did it ever face unrelenting wars on its borders. It seems difficult for the European Union, which evaluates the countries that it will incorporate based on its own norms, to be able to see and evaluate Turkey's issues closely.

Indeed, within the scope of this decision, the EU's one-sided viewpoint, its racist leaders, and the hatred stemming from Islamophobia and xenophobia can justify the fact that blame falls largely on Europe. Yet such decisions should be transformed into a positive one for Turkey in many ways. It should not be forgotten that Turkey's request to join the EU, made many years ago, was a step taken in order to adopt the democracy and human rights of those countries. As a matter of fact, Turkey has made significant progress in terms of human rights with a series of reforms that took place immediately after its application for membership. It should be remembered that the steps in question are essentially the steps Turkey needs to take.

Europe is based on an elite model in which women are held in high esteem and are not oppressed, and in which science, art, aesthetics and quality are strongly emphasized. These are the aspects that are especially now urgently needed by Muslim countries. This is because some Muslim societies have been under the influence of superstitious mentalities for a long time, and they have either turned to false beliefs or remained passive in these issues. This passivity has hindered these societies not only in a social context, but also in the political arena, and have, to a large extent, prevented the formation of happy and creative societies. Because art, besides encouraging people to appreciate beauty, can help societies to develop skills and fend off pessimism. It is for this reason that societies that are removed from art and aesthetics are societies that can often easily sink into pessimism, lose their spiritual richness, and can get bored quickly. For this reason, aspects such as art, quality and aesthetics, which the EU holds in high esteem, are absolutely necessary to adapt.

Democracy is not only a system recommended by Europe, but a model that is essentially Islamic. Our religion, which does not allow for compulsion, gives us the perfect recipe for democracy. Logically, then, the main democratic societies should be the Islamic societies. Turkey undoubtedly is moving along on the way of democratization. This can indeed be fully achieved by developing a style of democracy superior to that of Europe.

Adnan Oktar's piece in Gulf Times & Eurasia Review & Riyadh Vision:

]]>, 09 May 2017 19:40:57 +0300