Islamic Creationist and a Book Sent Round the World

The New York Times reports:

In the United States, opposition to the teaching of evolution in public schools has largely been fueled by the religious right, particularly Protestant fundamentalism.

Now another voice is entering the debate, in dramatic fashion.

And that voice, of course, is “Harun Yahya” with his regurgitation of Western Christian creationist ideas.

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#1 gess on 07.18.07 at 7:38 pm

As’salamu Aleikum,

First, the way the book was sent (we have one copy in our group, here in Denmark) I’m totally against it. It’s as if you are forcing, the same when Mormon missionaries from the other site of the world knock your door in the middle of your long waited siesta.

That is not the way our Beloved Prophet (pbuh) introduced Islam. He (pbuh) used to invite people in his home. He also made sure people were comfortable around him, when he talked about Islam, and as Allah(swt) Says in the Noble Qur’an:

Call unto the way of thy Lord with wisdom and fair exhortation, and reason with them in the better way. Lo! thy Lord is Best Aware of him who strayeth from His way, and He is Best Aware of those who go aright.

[16:125]

Subhanallah! Indeed The Prophet is the best example to follow.

Second, for those who browsed the book (weights 6kg!), I’m sure you agree with me, that it portraits Islam in very immature way. If it was not the name “Harun Yahya”, I’d have thought it was a colouring book. You have this giant bird wings–and when you lift the book up, the bird disappears– a picture of Hitler-Stalin, a verse from Qur’an, and all this should prove that Darwinism is all source of evil in this world.I mean, you basically gave the best weapon to enemy of Islam.

There is nothing that makes sense in this book, besides showing the world, that Muslims suffer from an intellectual defect.

#2 Baybers on 07.18.07 at 7:41 pm

I have several problems with Harun Yayha’s work, not the least being its clear echoing of discredited crude concepts of creationism, that are factually incorrect.

Also, whilst sincere religious Muslims believe that Allah SWT (GOD) is the ultimate author of all actions in the universe, we do not subscribe to the creationist fantasies from amongst parts of the Christian community. To do so is both religiously and intellectually insincere.

third, the Yayha thesis significantly distorts Islamic theology and reduces Allah SWT (GOD), to a being whose fingerprints are easily detectable in creation.

Fourth, The author also dabbles in “exposing freemasonry”, which I think sufficiently explains much of his world-view.

I think this whole phenomena speaks more about the intellectual flaccidity of contemporary Muslim societies, then it does about a alternative, scientifically rigourous thesis. Everything is reduced into a conspiracy of Non-Muslims, Zionists, freemasons and deceitful scientists.

What really bothers me is that many in the wider world see this as orthodox Islamic theology.

#3 gess on 07.18.07 at 7:51 pm

Follow the money, I say! Where did he got the money to send a book that weights 6 kg around the world?

Also, his view on Tawhid is questionable.

Allah Knows Best!

#4 Amir on 07.18.07 at 8:07 pm

Harun Yahya’s books are appalling. I don’t know where to begin with them but what I find most disturbing is that he has imported the ideas and insecurities of the Christian creationists and given them an Islamic lilt. By doing so, he has set himself and those people who subscribe to these fantasies on a collision course with science and the observable environment.

#5 Amir on 07.18.07 at 8:08 pm

For anyone who is interested, you can download the book that is being sent around here

#6 thabet on 07.18.07 at 8:37 pm

Eteraz does some digging into Harun Yahya and who might be behind his outfit (this part is speculative, imho, but someone else might want to follow it up).

#7 gess on 07.18.07 at 9:00 pm

Eteraz did good job.

I have one question. How come Harun Yahya does not criticize Kemalist ideology, which is brainchild of Fascism and Zionism?

#8 dawud on 07.18.07 at 10:41 pm

gess, I’m not a fan of Harun Yahya (for all the reasons above, apparently he’s not one person, but an advocate of the 19′r cult started by Rashid Khalifa), leans on Christian Creationist arguments, and has irrational arguments about matter and mind (not unlike the Matrix and Western and Eastern extreme skeptics, actually) – yet the reason he doesn’t publish on Kemalism is it’s a subject you can’t actually write about in Turkey, or continue to live in Turkey if you do write critically about Ataturk’s ideology. A journalist here, not anti-Kemalist, wrote a biography of his first wife, and was slammed heavily for including stories of Mr. Kemal’s (not ‘kamal’ or ‘perfect,’ mind you, but a Turkified ‘kemal’) philandering and hypocrisy. I’m probably already violating Article 301, and there are some people who take that very seriously (see Hrant Dink)…

as for the point about Creationism – as Sh. Nuh Keller argued (see www.masud.co.uk ) one can accept the scientific community’s description of the material history of the earth and life on it without accepting the idea that material causality lies with matter itself – basic aqeedah is that Allah is the Creator and Fashioner, and the simple indication that plants grow from inanimate soil, minerals and water to produce vegatative life, animals consume that and are organic life without human consciousness, and then the human being comes to consciousness and life – contingent on the soul being breathed into the fetus – by the will of Allah within the womb, thus ‘rahm,’ as the hadith states, comes from Rahmah…

#9 gess on 07.18.07 at 11:56 pm

Brother Dawud, Jazak Allah Khair for the information and the link.

You are right, his arguments on matter and mind are hard to follow. Insha’Allah, people will see through his motives, and not to mention his hypocrisy.

Salaam.

#10 Amir on 07.19.07 at 2:12 am

Unfortunately, I think his ideas are fairly widespread even if most people wouldn’t know the pedigree of them.

Here is an interesting post on his alleged misappropriation of fossil images.

#11 Amir on 07.19.07 at 2:16 am

OK, this is just too weird. Read about 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!

#12 Who is Harun Yahya? on 07.19.07 at 2:38 am

http://whoisharunyahya.wordpress.com/

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