Harun Yahya is a pen name used by Mr. Adnan
Born in Ankara in 1956, Adnan Oktar is a prominent Turkish intellectual.
Completely devoted to moral values and dedicated to communicating
the sacred values he cherishes to other people, Oktar started
his intellectual struggle in 1979 during his education at Mimar
Sinan University's Academy of Fine Arts. During his university
years, he carried out detailed research into the prevalent materialistic
philosophies and ideologies around him, to the extent of becoming
even more knowledgeable about them than their advocates. As a
result of his accumulation of knowledge, he has written various
books on the fallacy of the theory of evolution. His dedicated
intellectual effort against Darwinism and materialism has grown
out to be a worldwide phenomenon. Quoting from the 22 April 2000
issue of New Scientist, Mr. Oktar became an "international
hero" in communicating the fallacy of the theory of evolution
and the fact of creation. The author's intellectual struggle
against materialism and Darwinism has frequently been mentioned
in such mainly evolutionist publications as National Geographic, Science, New
Scientist and NSCE Reports. The English and German
editions of the November, 2004, issue of National Geographic referred
to the author's works concerning the Fact of Creation. The following
quotation from the book The Evolution Deceit was also
included: "The theory of evolution is nothing but a deception
imposed on us by the
dominators of the world system." The author has also produced
various works on Zionist racism and Freemasonry and their negative
effects on world history and politics. The Zionism criticised
by the author in
his books is the baseless claims of Zionist
extremists pretend to world sovereignty, regard other human beings
as worthless entities, maintain that the Jews are the chosen
people and that God is theirs alone. Yet the author's writings
very definitely do not imply a rejection of the Jews' right to
live in peace and security within the borders of their own state.
His pen-name, Harun Yahya, is formed from the names "Harun"
(Aaron) and "Yahya" (John) in the esteemed memory of
the two Prophets who struggled against infidelity.
Many works of Harun Yahya are being currently translated into
English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish, Arabic, Portuguese,
Albanian, Serbo-Croat (Bosnian), Polish, Urdu, Indonesian, Kazakh,
Azeri, Malay and Malayalam. The target is to translate all books
into English and many other languages in the near future, and
thus to make them available for the benefit of all people.
The common point in all the writer's works is that all the topics
covered by his works are in full agreement with the Qur'an, and
strongly affirmed by Qur'anic understanding. Even the topics
addressed by science and mostly considered complicated and confusing
are narrated very lucidly and explicitly in the books of Harun
Yahya. For this reason, these books appeal to everyone, from
every age and social group.
Harun Yahya's books on faith-related topics communicate the
existence and oneness of God and are written with the main purpose
of introducing Islam to those who are strangers to religion,
and reconciling their hearts to the truth. For Muslims, these
books are advice as well as a reminder. The writer has published
works on all the basic issues referred to in the Qur'an that
expand the dedication and contemplation of Muslims.
Each of the author's books on science-related topics stresses
the might, sublimity, and majesty of God in minute detail based
on well-structured research and evidence, along with extensive
contemplation. These books display, for non-Muslims, the signs
of the existence of God, and the excellence of His creation in
a very explicit and precise way. On the other hand, they add
to the faith and submission of believers, and can serve as perfect
materials for communicating Islam to other people (where religion
is not practiced in its full sense). A sub-group within this
series are the "Books Demolishing the Lie of Evolution".
The main purpose of these books is to demolish the materialistic
and atheistic philosophy which has been put forward as an alternative
and rival to religion and has been imposed on the whole world
since the 19th century. The great impact the books make on readers
signifies that this purpose is fulfilled to a great extent. These
books, just as it is stated in the Qur'an in the words "We
hurl the Truth against falsehood, and it knocks out its brain"
(Surat al-Anbiya, 18), demolish the brain, i.e., the thought
system and ideology of the faithless system; and help complete
(the revelation of) God's light (Surat as-Saff, 8). For these
reasons, these books play a significant role in the intellectual
war against non-belief.
The symbolic meaning of the seal of the Prophet Muhammed (May
God bless him and grant him peace) on the covers of all of the
books by the writer is related to the content of the books. This
seal is an indication that the Qur'an is the last book and the
last word of God, and our Prophet Muhammad (May God bless him
and grant him peace) is the last of His messengers. By taking
this attribute of the Qur'an and the Prophet, the writer seeks,
in all of his works, to refute all the basic claims of the systems
of disbelief and utter the "last word" which will put
a definite end to the assertions of infidelity. The stamp of
the Prophet Muhammed (May God bless him and grant him peace)
who has the greatest honour and wisdom, is used as a prayer for
the intention of saying this last word.
Further Note on The Books of Harun Yahya
In all the books by the author, faith-related issues are explained
in the light of the Qur'anic verses and the Hadith and people
are invited to learn God's words and to live by them. All the
subjects that concern God's verses are explained in such a way
as to leave no room for doubt or question marks in the reader's
mind. The sincere, plain and fluent style employed ensures that
everyone of every age and from every social group can easily
understand the books. This effective and lucid narrative makes
it possible to read them in a single sitting. Even those who
rigorously reject spirituality are influenced by the facts recounted
in these books and cannot refute the truthfulness of their contents.
All the books of the author can be read individually or discussed
in a group at a time of conversation. Those readers who are willing
to profit from the books will find discussion very useful in
the sense that they will be able to relate their own reflections
and experiences to one another.
addition, it will be a great service to the religion to contribute
to the presentation and reading of these books, which are written
solely for the good pleasure of God. All the books of the author
are extremely convincing. For this reason, for those who want
to communicate the religion to other people, one of the most
effective methods is to encourage them to read these books.
You will not find, as in some other books, the personal views
of the author, explanations based on dubious sources, styles
that are unobservant of the respect and reverence due to sacred
subjects, nor hopeless, doubt-creating, and pessimistic accounts
that create deviations in the heart.
Born in Ankara in 1956, Adnan Oktar writes his books under the
pen name of Harun Yahya. Ever since his university years, he
has dedicated his life to telling of the existence and oneness
of Almighty Allah, and to disseminating the moral values of the
Qur'an. He has never wavered in the face of difficulties and
despite oppression, still continues this intellectual struggle
today exhibiting great patience and determination.
A short biography of Adnan Oktar:
Born in Ankara in 1956, Adnan Oktar lived there through his
high school years. During this period, his devotion to Islamic
moral values grew even stronger. He deepened his profound knowledge
of Islam by reading works of all the great Islamic scholars and
decided to tell everyone about Islam's moral values and summon
them to a knowledge of truth and beauty.
To continue his education, he entered Istanbul's Mimar Sinan
University in 1979 coming in third from among thousands of candidates.
Oktar, a talented artist since childhood who regards art as a
manifestation of Allah's superior creation, painted surrealist
pictures from time to time and gave away a large number of paintings
as gifts to friends. In addition, Oktar numbers animals, plants
and flowers among his spheres of interest, as well as horticulture,
interior design, and décor.
The Mimar Sinan Years
When Adnan Oktar entered Mimar Sinan University, it was under
the influence of various illegal Marxist-communist organizations.
Aggressive atheist and materialist trends predominated among
students as well as the academic staff. Indeed, some members
of the teaching staff would seize every opportunity to propagandize
on behalf of materialist philosophy and Darwinism,
even though these subjects had nothing to do with the curriculum.
This environment accorded religion and moral values no respect,
and rejected them almost entirely. The materialist view predominated.
But Adnan Oktar began telling those around him of the existence
and oneness of Allah, and was the only person who prayed openly
in the Molla Mosque, adjacent to the university.
At night-as his mother, Mediha Oktar, relates-Adnan Oktar would
sleep only a few hours and spend the rest of his time reading,
taking notes and writing. He read hundreds of works including
those dealing with Marxism, Leninism, Maoism, communism and materialist
philosophy, and carried out detailed studies of the classics
as well as more seldom-read texts. He also performed wide-ranging
research into the theory of evolution-the alleged scientific
foundation of these ideologies. Oktar collected considerable
quantities of documents and detailed information revealing the
increasing dilemmas faced by these superstitious philosophies-their
quandaries, contradictions and falsehoods, all based on a denial
of Allah-and used his accumulated knowledge to invite people
to reality and truth. He spoke to everyone, university students
and staff alike, about the existence and oneness of Allah and
the moral values of the Qur'an. In conversations at the university
canteen, and in breaks between classes, he outlined the deceptions
of materialism and Darwinism, citing direct quotations from these
ideologies' original texts.
Adnan Oktar attached special importance to refuting the theory
of evolution. That was because he saw that ever since Darwinism's
first appearance, it had been subsumed by materialism and atheism.
Aware that today, those same circles are still defending Darwinism
and striving to keep it alive for ideological reasons, Adnan
Oktar believes that eradicating Darwinism will hand those movements
a major defeat.
The First Pamphlet to Deal Darwinism
a Body Blow
To that end, Adnan Oktar concentrated on proving the invalidity
of this deception that for more than a century had turned people
away from religious moral values. He realized that since Darwinism
advanced itself in the name of science, the most effective means
of revealing its true face was through science itself. Based
on that viewpoint, he brought out a pamphlet entitled The
Theory of Evolution, a summary of his wide-ranging research
and study, and personally bore all the printing costs by selling
property inherited from his family, and distributed the pamphlet
free of charge to other university students.
Using an accessible and comprehensible style, this pamphlet
demonstrated that evolution was a deception, with no scientific
validity. Many people who read the pamphlet and spoke with Adnan
Oktar came to agree that no living thing could come into being
by chance, and that Almighty Allah created the universe and all
living things in it.
Nonetheless some students in the university, blindly devoted
to materialist thought, continued in denial, despite having seen
the clear truth. Some militant students openly threatened Oktar,
saying his life would be in danger unless he ceased his activities.
Yet this only increased Oktar's determination and devotion to
Allah. The harsh reactions and alarm evinced by materialist circles
were significant proof that he was on the right path.
In a university in which terror
ruled, dominated by atheist and materialist movements, devout
individuals were harassed for their beliefs. During those years,
while many young people in Turkey were ruthlessly slaughtered
because of ideological tensions, Adnan Oktar openly preached
the existence and oneness of Allah and of the truth of the Qur'an.
In a university where no one had the courage to state his beliefs
openly, he continued to pray regularly at the mosque, unwavering
in the face of reactions and threats.
Spreading Religious Moral Values
at Mimar Sinan University
When Adnan Oktar began communicating Islamic values, he was quite
alone. For more than three years nobody at Mimar Sinan University
backed up his views, yet that did not alter his determination.
Knowing that Allah was his only friend, he did all these things
solely to gain His approval.
He devoted all his time, energy and means to a single purpose:
earning the good pleasure, mercy and Paradise of Allah, and telling
all mankind about religious moral values.
In 1982, the first few students at Mimar Sinan University decided
to support Adnan Oktar in his intellectual struggle. As months
passed, the numbers of people adopting these ideas rose. Adnan
Oktar held conversations with these young people on love of country;
the importance of following in the great leader Ataturk's path;
the proofs of creation; the exemplary moral values of our Prophet
(saas); the provisions and moral values revealed in the Qur'an
by our Lord; and the invalidity of the then-prevailing ideologies
of materialism, atheism and Darwinism. From this time onward,
Adnan Oktar was a vehicle by which many people came to believe.
The First Smear Campaign and Torture
in a Mental Hospital
His intellectual activities opposing materialism and atheism
began to elicit reactions from wider circles. Certain groups,
alarmed by Adnan Oktar's nationalist and religious activities,
set up a major conspiracy against him. Their plot coincided with
the publication of his work Judaism and Freemasonry, which
provoked an enormous response.
In the summer of 1986, Adnan Oktar was arrested for having stated,
"I am a member of the Turkish nation, and of the community
of Ibrahim," in an interview carried by a newspaper.
Again under the influence of the circles mentioned above, misleading
reports, false information and slanders about him began appearing
in various publications.
Adnan Oktar was first arrested and imprisoned, then transferred
to the Bakirkoy Mental Hospital on the grounds of being mentally
unhealthy and placed under observation in ward 14A, poorly maintained,
filthy, and used to house the most dangerous inmates. Ward 14A
could be entered only by passing through a number of locked iron
doors, since killings among patients were viewed as nothing out
of the ordinary. Adnan Oktar was chained to his bed by his ankles
for six weeks and forcibly given drugs blurring consciousness.
Young colleagues who managed to visit him witnessed that he had
lost none of his determination and enthusiasm. Postgraduate students,
nurses and even doctors were prohibited from seeing him, out
of concerns that he would turn them to Islamic moral values.
Shortly afterwards, his family and relatives were also banned
from visiting him, and even telephone calls were forbidden. He
was threatened with spending the rest of his life in the hospital
unless he abandoned his activities. Certain circles strongly
suggested that if he ceased publication of Judaism and Freemasonry,
he could immediately be released from hospital and spend the
rest of his life in comfort. Financial incentives were also offered
if he would hand over all the book's research materials. But
he rejected all these offers, refusing to bow to the threats
and pressure that only enhanced his determination.
After Oktar had been detained for 19 months, the Prosecutor's
Office determined there was "no offence in the statements
uttered." He was declared innocent and released.
During this period, Oktar continued his work on revealing that
Darwinism is a terrible deception. In 1986 he collected all his
research on Darwinism's true face in the book Living Things
and Evolution, which for many years, remained the sole reference
showing the scientific invalidity of the theory of evolution
The Cocaine Conspiracy
Again in mid-1991, certain circles made uneasy by his cultural
activities made him the target of a conspiracy. At the time,
he was preparing a most important manuscript on the history of
Freemasonry and world-wide Masonic organizations. Police, searching
the home he shared with his mother in Istanbul's Ortakoy district,
discovered a packet of cocaine in the very first book they opened-in
a library of some 2,000 books!
Adnan Oktar was immediately detained in Izmir where he was together
with a few friends, then transferred to the Istanbul Security
Directorate, and after 62 hours, was sent to the Forensic Medicine
Institution for drug testing. It was announced that Adnan Oktar's
blood showed a high level of a cocaine by-product.
Mr. Oktar's intellectual
struggle was subjected to many smear campaigns. Several
times, groundless slanders and accusations led to his
being arrested and detained for months, though eventually
he was always found innocent. This photograph shows
him being led into detention by police.
However, all the evidence submitted later showed that this was
nothing more than slander; and that the cocaine allegedly found
in Adnan Oktar's library was part of this conspiracy. Shortly
before the arrest, he had felt that secret moves against him
were afoot. Leaving his home in Ortakoy he called his mother
Mediha Oktar to warn her of a likely plot against him and asked
her to clean and search his house with a few other people as
witnesses. His mother called her neighbor and janitor, and together
they cleaned her son's home from top to bottom, dusting all the
books in his library. Although Adnan Oktar did not return after
that cleaning, 16 police officers carrying out the search operation
"found" a packet of cocaine among his books as soon
as they entered the house. The neighbor and janitor later made
a sworn statement, saying jointly that "We cleaned Adnan
Oktar's library together, and there was no such packet there."
The second phase of the conspiracy-the cocaine by-product in
Adnan Oktar's blood-was refuted by scientific and forensic evidence.
Adnan Oktar was kept in the Security Headquarters for 62 hours
before the analyses was performed. Scientifically, however, it
can be calculated how much cocaine a man has taken and how many
hours before by measuring the cocaine by-product in his blood.
In Adnan Oktar's blood, that level was so high that had he taken
that much cocaine 62 hours before, it would have killed him.
This showed that the cocaine had entered his body much sooner,
by being mixed with his food while he was in detention.
This was confirmed by some 30 international forensic medicine
institutions, including Scotland Yard. To the file sent to them
for examination, all gave a common response: The cocaine had
been administered while Adnan Oktar was in detention by being
mixed with his food.
Subsequently, the Turkish Forensic Medicine Institution confirmed
that the incident was a conspiracy, that the cocaine had been
administered during the detention period, and Adnan Oktar was
cleared by the court and released.
However, this incident revealed that forces hostile to Adnan
Oktar intended to employ all kinds of dirty tricks. These forces,
who previously sought to intimidate Adnan Oktar with prison and
oppression, were now conspiring against him.
Adnan Oktar's Work on His Books
1991 Adnan Oktar dedicated all his time to writing and spent
all his time at home.
Under the pen name of Harun Yahya, he has written hundreds of
valuable books. Those that presented scientific refutations of
Darwinism provoked particularly strong reactions in the scientific
world. The 22 April 2000 issue of New Scientist called
Mr. Oktar an "international hero"
for communicating the fact of creation over the fallacy of evolution.
The author's intellectual struggle against materialism and Darwinism
has often been mentioned in such mainly evolutionist publications
as National Geographic, Science, New Scientist and NSCE
Reports. The English and German editions of National Geographic's
November, 2004 issue referred to his works concerning the fact
of creation, and included the following quotation from The Evolution
Deceit: "The theory of evolution is nothing but a deception
imposed on us by the dominators of the world system."
Adnan Oktar's works have been translated into many languages,
including English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese,
Urdu, Chinese, Arabic, Albanian, Russian, Serbo-Croat, Uigur,
Indonesian, Azeri, Bengali, Bulgarian, Danish, Polish and Malay,
and enjoy a world-wide readership in a great many countries,
from India to America, Great Britain to Indonesia, from Poland
to Bosnia, Spain and Brazil.
Through these books, a great many people have come to appreciate
and to grow more deeply in their faith. Everyone who reads and
studies his work is affected by this profound difference and
benefits from his sincere, wise and easily accessible style.
Each book is characterized by proven, definitive facts presented
with honest clarity, which nobody can refute-features that doubtlessly
stem from a striking wisdom vouchsafed by Allah.
Adnan Oktar Again Encounters Oppression
Various circles grew alarmed at all of his selfless activity.
Unable to rebut Adnan Oktar's works on an intellectual level,
materialist and Masonic circles incited a slander campaign to
prevent any scientific work that might undermine the theory of
evolution, aiming to neutralize it through slander and imputation.
In November 1999, exactly when reports were circulating that
his three-volume work Global Freemasonry, was about to
be published, Adnan Oktar came under renewed pressure. The forces
that had sought to hinder the spread of religious moral values
with smears, plots, false reports and accusations ever since
Adnan Oktar first embarked on his intellectual struggle, had
again entered the picture.
As a result of their incitement and misinformation, on 12 November,
1999, police raided the homes and workplaces of members of the
Science Research Foundation. They found no evidence of criminal
activity, and observed no immoral activity. Nonetheless, day
after day, the press ran unbelievable falsehoods and mutually
contradictory slanders. As a result, Adnan Oktar was remanded
to prison for nine months, in the absence of any legal evidence.
During all these trials, he has always constituted a role model
maintaining his trust in, and submission to, Allah, recalling
that throughout history, believers have all been tested with
similar incidents, that every event takes place in a destiny
determined by Allah, in a wise and auspicious manner. No matter
what may befall them, he has always said that believers must
always be moderate, joyfully determined, and submit to Allah's
He has always been forgiving and compassionate towards those
who have conspired to blacken his name with irrational and illogical
slanders. Acting in the light of the morality revealed by Allah
in the verse "Repel the bad with something
better" (Surah Fussilat, 34), he was totally cleared
by the court of all accusations made against him on 12 November,
1999. He is still actively engaged in his literary activities
today, calling on his readers to live by proper moral values.