An Interview with Harun Yahya
By Al Jazeera TV (Istanbul, Turkey) on August 06, 2007.
Dear Viewers, welcome to our programme “Private Visit.” This time our visit takes us to Turkey. We have a guest from there, a man who has written tens of books in order to raise the banner of Islam.
Who is this person whose books are distributed to the millions all over the world? Our guest is the Turkish intellectual Harun Yahya.
But who is Harun Yahya?
Harun Yahya’s family migrated to Turkey from the Caucasus and settled there. In later years the author came to Istanbul with his family in order to pursue his university education. We have very little concrete information about the writer’s later life.
The dozens of books written by the author, which totally undermine the theory of evolution and certain other intellectual theories, are distributed in millions all over the world and have elicited an enormous reactions. A similarly great reaction followed when the author, whose aim is to prove the fact of creation, was falsely accused of using drugs. The author says that the claims which led to his detention were invented by Masons and Zionists.
Harun Yahya says that he is descended from our Prophet (saws) and has been influenced by the works of various great Islamic scholars, and has been described as one of the men with a cause of our times. So, which scholars and which works influenced Adnan Oktar, who writes under the name of Harun Yahya?
Adnan Oktar: There is the Risale-I Nur collection by Said Nursi, which is well-known in Turkey and in some other Islamic countries. That was the first work to influence me. But I also like Imam-I Rabbani. I read his books. I read Imam Gazali. I read Ibni Abidin. I read works by Ibni Abidin. But more than those I read academic works. Omer Nasuhi Bilmen is entirely academic, and is well-known in Turkey. Those are the main works I read.
Al Jazeera: As such, the influence of al-Ghazali in your works is very clear. Because he started out from doubt and arrived at certainty. You have also gone about your work in this way.
Adnan Oktar: Yes, indeed.
Al Jazeera: When people see you in your fine clothes, they immediately realize that you are a very rich person. Is it your intention to present Islam in this way? Do you want to give people a rich impression of Islam?
Adnan Oktar: Naturally, in the Qur’an the story of Solomon’s [Sulayman (as)] life is told, is praised. When the Queen of Sheba visited him in his palace, she converted [to Islam], she was impressed by the brilliance of his palace. This is a sign that Muslims use magnificence and splendor while conveying the message of Islam. Moreover, in the time of the Prophet Muhammad (saas), there was a saintly figure known as Dihyah; he was a very handsome man and was even sent to Constantinople (Istanbul) as an envoy. He dressed in the utmost elegance and style. When the Prophet Muhammad was to meet foreign envoys he would also dress very finely and richly. This is something which is anchored in the spirit of Islam.
As an individual, I am involved in commerce. I have my own commercial interests. My circle, my friends are also very rich people. They are influential businessmen. They make a lot of money, mashaAllah, but they all spend what they earn for the sake of Allah. That is to say they do not aim to achieve personal fortune, but they spend what they earn, they use it for the sake of Allah. I do that too. I have no possessions registered in my name. I do not possess a house, a car, or comparable possessions registered in my name, either in Turkey or abroad. But I earn a lot of money, and I spend it just as I earn it for the benefit of Islam.
Al Jazeera: But it is also plain to see that you benefit from your own wealth as well. That is obvious from your clothes.
Adnan Oktar: But of course. In that sense, of course. If I did not use it myself then there would be no meaning to it, it is a powerful tool in the presentation of Islam, it is a vehicle and highly useful as such. A Muslim should be powerful in every regard. From the point of view of reason, culture, knowledge and material benefits, he has to be perfect and superior in every regard so that he can successfully present Islam as well. The Qur’an points to this. And we can also see this in the Messenger of Allah.
Al Jazeera: Sir, let us now turn to the books that you have written. There is a book of yours called The Evolution Deceit. You mention a lot of things in that book. You claim that racism, fascism and materialism as well as terror all stem from this theory, the theory of evolution.
Al Jazeera: Sir, would you mind expanding a bit on this. Could you maybe explain the link between terror and the theory of evolution?
Adnan Oktar: Darwin states that life consists of a struggle between the weak and the strong. In other words, the strong always conquer the weak, and consequently the strong survive. That is the belief and the way of thinking in Darwinism. When people applied this theory to social Darwinism, it meant that the side which is powerful in a military sense, in a political sense, in a technical sense, will always prevail over the side which is weak, and will obliterate them and rule over them. These ideas can be found at the root of Hitler’s thinking, of Mussolini’s thinking. Marxism also has the idea of thesis/anti-thesis at its heart. In other words, a certain thesis is put forward, an anti-thesis emerges in reaction to this thesis and a struggle between the two ensues. There is constant conflict, a constant struggle, this therefore leads to bloodshed. It is an idea of life as a constant struggle. As a result, fascism and communism have a mutual base and both sprang from Darwinism.