Disturbed by the way that Adnan Oktar’s more than 250 books have been translated into 57 languages and read all over the world, the exponents of the psychological warfare campaign initiated another technique they imagined would significantly lessen the impact of these works. Adnan Oktar was accused of “misinterpreting the faith” and this slander was repeated right up as far as the Prosecutor’s Office list of charges in the wake of the operation carried out in 1999. Those directing the psychological warfare campaign imagined they could lessen the impact of these works, written by Adnan Oktar under the pen name Harun Yahya, by claiming he had established his own religious conception and that these works had deviated from the path of the People of the Sunna.ADNAN OKTAR IS TOTALLY LOYAL TO THE SUNNA OF OUR PROPHET (SAAS). HE HAS ADOPTED THE QUR’AN AND THE SUNNA AS HIS GUIDES IN ALL HIS WORKS. He has described this in great detail in his work “The Importance of the People of the Sunna.” The best response to the false accusation of misinterpreting the faith came from the expert witness reports by a number of esteemed academics.
Statement penned by Prof. Dr. Salih Akdemir, a member of the Ankara University Scriptural Exegesis Department teaching staff, on 20.03.2000
Prof. Salih Akdemir
In seeking to carry out this mission in his book, the author has resource to such traditional techniques as textual commentary, which have been employed throughout the history of Islamic thought. In the technical sense he writes while remaining loyal to the principle of concealing his own personal views regarding these. It is my impression that all the works written by Harun Yahya have been intended to develop tolerance and love in Turkey and to deepen the elements of Islamic belief and moral virtues in believers
Statement by Prof. Dr. Mevlüt Güngör, head of the Ankara University Scriptural Exegesis Department, dated 25.03.2000
Prof. Dr. Hayrettin Karaman
In his books, with his identity, character and ideas Adnan Oktar, writing under the pen-name Harun Yahya, is a believer who wishes to share what he reads, thinks and considers valuable. He is not an expert in any specific field, though he relies on the writings of experts in his works and uses these as points of reference. He takes the Qur’an and the Sunna as his guides, and seeks to submit the truths of Islam to a specific target audience using a contemporary style of address within the framework of these two sources. He is careful to demolish ideologies, thoughts and ideas opposed to Islam, especially materialist and Darwinist ideology. In his books, the majority of which I have seen, I have encountered none of the words and ideas that might remove him from the fold of Islam in terms of knowledge and creed.
Statement by Prof. Dr. Yaşar Kandemir, former dean of the Marmara University Theology Faculty, dated 21.09.2000
Prof. Dr. M. Yasar Kandemir
In conclusion, I submit for your information that these works contain advice compatible with the essence of Islam and the spirit of the Qur’an and contain nothing incompatible with the faith and the Qur’an.
Statement by Prof. Dr. M. Hayri Kirbaşoglu, member of the Ankara University Hadith Department teaching staff, dated 28.03.2000
Prof. Dr. Hayri Kirbasoglu
In conclusion, even if looked at in terms of claims that they contain personal opinions, it cannot be said that these works are completely different to comparable works already available on the market. The difference may lie in their style of address, their enriched illustrations and diagrams. I am of the opinion that this does not represent a criminal offence.
These are my personal views and opinions, as a man of science. For your information. Respectfully,
Statement by Prof. Dr. Mehmet Bayrakdar, member of the Ankara University Theology Faculty, dated 30.05.2000
The result of an analysis of these works is this:
No un-Islamic ideas incompatible with the Qur’an and the Sunnah, the fundamental reference points of Islam, have been found in any of the author’s works. On the contrary, our traditional Turkish Islamic conception has been preserved. No data incompatible with our national or religious customs and traditions have been encountered. Similarly, they contain no ideas opposed to Kemalism, secularism and democracy, which are among our present-day values.
Statement by Assistant Prof. Dr. İlhami Güler, member of the Ankara University Scripture Department, dated 25.03.2000
Asst. Prof. Dr. Ilhami Guler
In his books, there is no indication that the author has brought his own personal views of Islam to bear, nor that he has failed to adopt the general opinion regarding the Peoples of the Book.
In conclusion, I have determined that
a) The attitudes and ideas displayed by Harun Yahya in the books forming the subject of this inquiry are deeply rooted and traditional ones in the history of Islamic thought and,
These books contain nothing incompatible with the fundamental tenets of Islam not any attempt to develop a new conception based on a personal conception of Islam, and that these beliefs are intended as a struggle against contemporary atheistic tendencies
Statement by Assistant Prof. Dr. Mehmet Paçac, deputy head of the Ankara University Theology Faculty Basic Islamic Studies Department 01.06.2000
By presenting evidence in the books concerned from the Holy Qur’an itself and the outside world, and encouraging people to reflect on these, he asks people to look at their surroundings and their creation, and based on information regarding nature and creation from people in the surrounding environment, Harun Yahya can be seen to be engaged in endeavours that follow this line of the Qur’an. In the light of this, the books in question can be seen to be following the Qur’an and to benefit the faith.