Kirsehir Ahi TV, July 15, 2008

Adnan Oktar: Masha’Allah. Of course, it is Allah Who leads to guidance. I did not perform the namaz (regular prayers) until my high school days. At the end of high school, in the final years, there was widespread anarchy and terror in Turkey. I thought about the question of the oneness and existence of Allah. I investigated Marxism and fascism. The environment I was in was a really active one. Ankara’s Political Science Faculty, Ankara’s KurtuluÅŸ High School, The Law Faculty and Hacettepe University were my stamping grounds. There were always armed clashes, bombings and similar happenings going on. I saw people beaten up before my very eyes. There were shootings. Allah protected me. I saw them all from close up. There were marches in the streets. People from all shades of opinion would take part. There would be major happenings. Allah raised me in such an environment. I thought for myself in that climate and went down this path. Praise be to Allah. I went down the path of Islam, the path of the Qur’an. I never forget, when the time came for me to pray I went to Ulus, in Ankara. It was a Sunday, to the best of my recollection. Books, small books were on sale on the ground. There was one called the Namaz Teacher. A small book. I bought a copy there. I was unable to find anyone to teach me how to pray. I could not find anyone to ask. So I tried to put what the book said into practice as best as I could. I read and studied and put it into practice. I then got a copy of Ömer Nasuhi Bilmen’s Catechism. That was fully comprehensive. I used to read it day and night at that time. I bought Imam al-Ghazali’s Religious Exercises. And Imam Rabbani’s Letters. Finally, I bought Said Nursi’s, the Teacher Bediüzzaman’s, Risale-i Nur Collection. That had a really profound effect on me. It was very useful, praise be to Allah. As my knowledge had really grown I was now looking for people to tell about it. What was I to do? The Academy of Fine Arts, Fındıklı. That looked good to me. It was very good. It was somewhere full of Marxists, entirely in their hands, in other words. But it was also a bastion of art. The scholar Said Nursi says we must wage a united fight against atheism by means of art and learning. I was headed for just the right place, I thought. I took the exams. Thanks be to Allah, I came third. I sat the painting exams. They liked them very much. Teachers would wander in and out. I did very good pictures in charcoal. They were very impressed. I came third. The school was very good for me. There was studio work. Attendance was compulsory but not monitored all that strictly. School was from morning to evening. The studio was open, too. Thanks be to Allah, I was unimaginably active there. I distributed books about Darwinism. I preached the word. Once that school had come round, I decided to transfer to the Istanbul University Philosophy Department. I took the university exams. That department was my first choice, and I got in. I began carrying out my activities there, too. But I saw that instead of talking to individuals one by one, it would be more effective to communicate through books, aimed at a wider audience. I then decided to begin writing books. Then, as you know, those works started appearing. I used to describe things with individual documentation. I had collected documents about Darwinism together, I had a file full of them, a black file. I would open it up and discuss subjects. I then thought it might be better to make a book out of it and hand that out, rather than carrying my file around. After that, thanks be to Allah, very successful activities ensued. But it is of course Allah Who causes me to do everything. It is Allah Who does it all. It is Allah Who gathers people around me and makes them like me. It was a miracle. People who were university students, young, good-looking and wealthy, highly intelligent, college graduates and members of good family could expect all the blessings of this world. But they heard my name and about me from one another and came to talk to me. They were highly influenced by my words, praise be to Allah. Allah may have made my honesty instrumental in that. I am still amazed at how so many people like me, gather around me, are so loyal, devoted and wholehearted, despite all the pressure inflicted on us as everyone can see.

Al Baghdadi, August 5, 2008

Adnan Oktar: Mine is a classic, secular family. Middle class. A family in Ankara. I lived with my mother, father and elder brother. There was also my mother’s mother and my grandfather; we were all together, but they were a secular family. Only my late grandfather used to perform the prayer (namaz). My father would sometimes go to Friday prayers. My mother did not perform the prayer. Nor my brother. During my high school years, in my last year, I think, I began investigating the prayer for myself and made my own decision on clearly seeing the existence of Allah. And I bought books. I bought various catechisms. I bought Ömer Nasuhi Bilmen's Catachism at that time. I bought Said Nursi’s books. I bought many similar books. I even bought Hüseyin Hilmi Işık’s Complete Catechism, a book containing very detailed information. I bought Imam al-Ghazali’s Religious exercises, Imam Rabbani’s Letters and Abu Laithi Samarkandi’s works. I bought various other works, I bought small booklets by scholars or writers of the century. I acquired more and more knowledge as I read them. Then I won a place at the Fındıklı Academy of Fine Arts in Istanbul. I came third in the entrance exam. It was great for me when I was accepted there. It was something I wanted because the school was totally under the control of Marxists. It was run by Marxists. I thought I would be able to preach there very easily. I began preaching intensively. I used to preach the word out in the corridors between classes, or even in class. Teachers would sometimes come and disperse the crowds. The teachers especially refused permission during the studio classes. I continued my activities like that. There were some very famous teachers there then. Professors. There were small pamphlets about the theory of evolution; books that explained the theory’s invalidity. I handed those out. I asked for criticisms. I used to ask the teachers, “Could you read this and criticize it, please?” But my real aim was to get them to read them, of course. I knew I would get results, rather than criticisms, once they read them. And that is just what happened. I was really effective at school. I developed a circle of friends. I then transferred to Istanbul University. To the Philosophy Department, which was again in the hands of the Marxists. I began the same activities there, too. I then began my book work and the rest. And it is still continuing.

Çay TV, July 23, 2008

Adnan Oktar: In 1979 I had achieved fourth place in the Academy of Fine Arts Interior Design Faculty entrance exam. To tell the truth, studying interior design was not my sole purpose in entering the school; I also regarded the Academy of Fine Arts as an ideal place in which to communicate the message. It was very much under Marxist control, under the control of various groupings and leftist fractions. Almost nobody performed prayer, or if they did, they prayed in secret. Nobody like that was to be seen around. The Molla Mosque adjoined the school, and I went there for prayers. I performed the Friday prayer and the noon and afternoon weekday prayers there, and sometimes the evening prayer, as well. The environment I found there appeared ideal for preaching; we held group classes in our building, and students at the desks there would come up to me, a crowd would form around me, and on occasions teachers would issue warnings, telling me to stop my activities or not to talk in such a way. But I carried on nonetheless. After 2 or 3 years’ communicating the message there, a group of 3 or 4 people had formed around me. This represented the first nucleus. It then gradually began to grow.

Mersin TV, September 5, 2008

Adnan Oktar: I entered the academy in ’79. The Academy of Fine Arts. The Findikli Academy of Fine Arts. The academy had a library. I found my first fossil pictures there. I was doing anti-Darwinist work, but the books were pro-Darwin. But they still put pictures of fossils in them. I saw that these fossils had not changed at all. I looked at many pages. They had not put many in, but none of them had changed. The school library had a photocopier. I made copies of it. I made a file for myself, a thick file. We had a teacher called Hilmi Yavuz. He was a philosopher, and a Marxist with leftist views. He was opposed to religion, in other words. He did not believe in religion. But I gave him one of those little pamphlets about evolution and we had a talk and a discussion. Thanks be to Allah, years later there had been a great change in him. Our teacher Hilmi Yavuz is today someone who believes in Allah and espouses religion. He is also opposed to Darwinism. We had another teacher by the name of Ercüment Tarcan. I don’t know if he is still alive. May Allah grant him a long life if he is. He also held materialist, Darwinist views at that time. He said, “If they make a single cell I will throw myself out of the school window.” The school window was some 3 meters high, but I did not want him to throw himself out, of course. But I saw that he had been strongly affected. I was gathering pictures up from everywhere at that time. I found evidence in support of Creation from Bilim Teknik magazine, for instance. I found a great deal and filed it all away. I did good work in that way. But the way that Allah has provided such evidence in recent times, that is a real miracle, of course, I mean we have really stunned the world and have achieved great results, for example in Russia, too.

Sivas Sipas TV, September 2, 2008

Reporter: For three years at Mimar Sinan University you prayed in the mosque alone, all by yourself. Did you experience any difficulties over that time? Did any events happen that really influenced you during that time? I mean, I imagine it is not easy for a person to be alone, to struggle alone. Please tell us about that. You were all alone, embarking on your struggle.

Adnan Oktar: It was difficult the first times I talked to people; a few people would come and then go away again. That was how it was in ’79, ’80, ’81 and even up to ’82. Four or five people would come and go, while one or two would stay. That is destiny, of course. In other words, Allah’s destiny. But I guessed we would grow and it would be very excellent. I knew it. I also believed I would need to be very patient. As I did my work, the whole school was under the control of the Marxists, by which I mean that a great many leftist terror groups and fractions were in charge there. I used to go to the school canteen and preach the word among the crowds there. There would be an open debate, and the leftists would come crowding around. But they saw that I had begun to have a real impact, that I was effectively describing Darwinism and criticizing materialism, and they saw it as a threat. Leftist students in the school studio turned up with model knives, knives of that kind, pretending they were carving something, as if trying to send a message that they were dangerous and could do whatever they wanted. They said they did not want me to engage in that kind of activity there. But I said that what I was saying was the truth, and that if they could not debate the matter with me they should send their leaders to debate with me. But they rejected that, too. But nonetheless…

Reporter: Were these the university’s first years?

Adnan Oktar: Yes, the first years, from ’79 to ’82. I was working secretly, secretly but in fact in the open. The Molla Mosque was my storage place for books. I hid them in the mosque. I had a place behind the pulpit where I hid my books. I hid them because my books would attract attention if I brought them in large quantities. I used to put 10 in my file case, for instance. I had a black, plastic file case. I put them between the leaves. I used to quietly tell the students to read this and let me have their critiques. That is to say, I was not directly saying that I was giving them the book to raise their level of knowledge. I just asked for their critiques. I had a great opportunity to communicate the message.

Ordu Kanal 52, August 29, 2008

Adnan Oktar: Yes, in the ‘79-’80 period its name was the Findikli Academy of Fine Arts. I won a place in the interior design department. I came third in the school entrance exam. At that time there was a teacher called Hilmi Yavuz, a famous philosopher and poet and member of the academic staff. In these classes our teacher used to tell us about Darwinism, materialist philosophy and Marxism in a supportive way. I used to attend his classes, too. One day I gave him a booklet about Darwinism. “Would you criticize this book for me, please?” I asked him. “With pleasure,” he said. I waited for 2-3 weeks to see whether he had read it, and then went to his room and asked, “Have you read it, Sir?” “Yes,” he said. “What do you think?” I asked. I saw he had been quite affected. I could tell from his manner. Another day I ran into him with a group of friends at the gate, as if we were blocking his way to talk to him. “I hear a new skull has been discovered,” I said. “It is evidence that puts an end to the idea of human evolution. What do you think?” I said. He looked at the photocopy which I carried around with me in my case at the time. “Let us assume that Darwinism has been demolished,” he said, though I could see he had actually come to a firm conclusion on the subject, “What would happen then?” he asked. “Everyone says that people would return to a belief in Allah,” I said. “Nobody holds any other position,” I added. After that, there was a cooling of relations between Hilmi Yavuz and me. He would see me coming and avoid me. But now, masha’Allah, he seems to be both opposed to Darwinism and a proponent of religion and in favor of spiritual matters. He has changed a great deal, masha’Allah. That means that the information then had a powerful effect on him in the long-term.

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