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Ramadan, which comes to a close this week, has given Muslims in Bahrain a chance to reflect on God and beauty – which is everywhere one looks; on the face of a cheetah, the rippling leaves, a rose bud that gracefully comes out of earth without a blemish on it, in the spiral galaxies that display spectacular shows of colour and twirling patterns. Everywhere we look, God’s beautiful art of creation is there.

And this beauty has so many layers, it goes so deep, it is not only simply about a pleasing appearance. For example, scientists discovered an astounding mathematical pattern that kept appearing in completely irrelevant things. From biological systems to inanimate objects, this mathematical formula, called the golden ratio – sometimes referred to as the Divine Proportion – follows a mathematical pattern (phi = 1.61803...) that makes everything more beautiful.

Astoundingly, it can be found in almost everywhere from our bodies, to a sunflower, to spiral galaxies to seashells. This formula is so intricate and so crucial to the form of beauty that many artists like Leonardo da Vinci frequently used it in their works.

The frequent appearance of the golden ratio in the universe clearly shows that God loves beauty and aesthetics.

Prophet Mohammed, the epitome of elegance and refinement, also loved beauty, and despite living in the harsh climate of the desert, built himself a rose garden. He not only loved roses but also made rose perfumes, which he used personally.

When our Prophet passed away, Islamic civilisation grew and flourished at an unprecedented rate, especially when Muslims abided by the Quran. In line with the exaltation of beauty seen in the Quran and the life of Prophet Mohammed, they built their own versions of beauty in everything they did. As a result, they were able to give the world some of the most beautiful architecture and art the world has ever seen.

The list of the spectacular Islamic works of art is a long one, but it could be said that the following few are good examples of the excellence in question.

The Taj Mahal: Built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan (reigned 1628-1658) in Agra, India in memory of his late wife Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj Mahal is one of the most famous examples of Islamic architecture.

The Alhambra Palace: Located in modern day Granada, Spain, the palace belonged to the Muslim princes of the Nasrid Dynasty. Although parts of it were destroyed, a fortress, a residence and many gardens and pavilions still stand strong today.

The Dome of the Rock: The oldest extant Islamic building in the world, the Dome of the Rock is an Islamic shrine that houses the stone where Prophet Mohammed started his Mi’raj. It is reported that 100,000 gold dinars were melted down and cast on the exterior of the dome. When it was first built, it was said that it “had so strong a gleam, no eye could look straight at it”. It is today one of the most well-known landmarks of the Islamic world.

As mentioned before, the list Islamic of architectural masterpieces is a long one. However, they all have one thing in common; a desire to show an appreciation for God’s art of creation as much as a desire to build something beautiful that will befit the beauty of God’s creation.

Adnan Oktar's piece in Gulf Daily News:

http://www.gdnonline.com/Details/367240/GDN-Readers-View-Time-to-reflect

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Welcoming a Second Golden Age: La Convivencia

“La Convivencia” refers to a period of time when Muslims, Jews and Christians lived peacefully together in Spain, under Muslim rule. Over the course of seven centuries, members of the three Abrahamic religions worked together and developed one of the most advanced parts of Islamic civilization our world has ever witnessed. It was called al-Andalus.

Muslims rule in Spain, which began in the 8th century, gave way to a glorious civilization of science and culture that left an indelible mark on the world’s history. Indeed, the Muslims’ influence had been so great that the scientific and philosophical achievements of al-Andalus contributed to what is known today as the ‘European Renaissance’.

This was at a time when Europe was fighting the dark days of the Middle Ages. Wars, conflicts and diseases were tearing the continent apart, while al-Andalus, with a population of 5.6 million, had a level of civilization that could rival the modern cities of today. With the exception of a few instances of disputes, it was a splendid example of a modern civilization with canals, aqueducts and underground water conduits. The city of Cordoba for instance, had 200,000 houses, 600 mosques, 900 public baths, 50 hospitals, 70 libraries –the caliph’s personal library alone held 400,000 volumes-, and 10,000 street lamps.

The Jewish statesman Hasdai ibn Shaprut described Sepharad (the Jewish name for al-Andalus) in the following way:

The land is rich, abounding in rivers, springs, and aqueducts; a land of corn, oil, of fruits and all manner of delicacies; it has gardens and orchards, fruitful trees of every kind, including the leaves of trees upon which the silkworm feeds…. There are also found among us mountains…with veins of sulphur, porphyry, marble and crystal. Merchants congregate in it and traffickers from the ends of earth…bringing spices, precious stones, splendid wares for kings and princes…’

The German nun Hrotswitha of Gandersheim was also very impressed with Cordoba and said: ‘The new imperial city, the glittering ornament of the world, shining in the western regions.’

Al-Andaluss’ richness and beauty came from contributions by the members of three divine and Abrahamic religions. The intensity of literary production, especially in the 10th Century, was a result of cultural cooperation between Muslim, Jewish and Christian scholars. Particularly during the reign of Abd al-Rahman III and his Jewish vizier Hasdai ibn Shaprut, Arabs, Berbers, Jews, and the Christian Iberio-Hispanic population were given equal opportunity in government services and public affairs. Christians and Jews, in particular , were classified as protected people. The renowned Jewish philosopher Maimonides explains as follows: ‘Judaism probably welcomed the conquest of Spain by the Muslims. With the Muslim conquest began a Golden Age of freedom and tolerance for Jews. They freely entered the fields of government, science, medicine, and literature. Jews and Christians were free to maintain their beliefs and practices and indeed the compassion Islam displayed towards the non-Muslim inhabitants led many of them to embrace Islam.

However, al-Andalus was far from the only example of the shining cities of Islamic brilliance. Baghdad, with its House of Wisdom, was to  the ancient world what New York is to the modern world. Scholars, artists and scientists from every far land, regardless of their faith or gender, flocked to this beautiful city that thrived on knowledge, art and culture. Al-Fustat of Egypt was another, albeit a lesser known, example of an Islamic center of aestheticism and art. In 987, the geographer Ibn Hawkal wrote that the city had ‘shaded streets, gardens and handsome markets with houses up to seven stories tall, and large enough to accommodate 200 people.’  Nasir-i-Khusrow, some 70 years later, also expressed his astonishment at the beauty of the city, and mentioned ‘iridescent pottery so delicate he could see his hand through it, costly green transparent glass, rock crystal, tortoise shell and a profusion of fruits and flowers and vegetables even during the winter months.’

Al-Azhar in Cairo, which is today the world’s most famous Islamic university, was built as a mosque during the rule of the Fatimids; it was opened for prayers first on 7 Ramadan 361 H / June 22, 972 CE. Cairo saw a myriad of rulers that were committed to making the institution the best center of Islamic education, which helped elevate Al-Azhar’s status to that of a magnet center for education and talent. When the Abbasid caliphate came to an end in 1258, Mamluk Sultan Baybars invited the Abbasid family to Cairo, which triggered a massive movement of Islamic scholars to Egypt. Around the same time, the Islamic emirates in Spain were being attacked by Castillian armies and the scholars of Cordoba, Seville and Valencia also turned to Cairo as their destination, making Cairo the new center of Islamic learning.

It is possible to extend the list. However, even these few examples give a clear message: as long as Muslims abide by the Qur’an, the peaceful atmosphere of harmonious co-existence would exist like it did during La Convivencia, and it would be followed by the examples of flourishing cultures in Baghdad or Al-Fustat.

Adnan Oktar's piece in Egyptian Streets:

https://egyptianstreets.com/2018/06/18/welcoming-a-second-golden-age-la-convicencia/

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'Turkey's choice' is not only Turkey's

Turkey is gearing up for an important election that is going to take place on June 24th. Turks will choose their new President who will be in office for the next five years and they will also choose their candidates for the new 600-member Turkish Parliament.

Although there is no certainty as to the percentages, many analysts agree that the Cumhur Alliance between incumbent President Erdogan's AK Party and the nationalist MHP will win a majority in the parliament and a similar result is expected for the Presidential elections. According to the Turkish election system, candidates need a minimum of 50% votes in order to be elected in the first round. President Erdogan is projected to get between 50% to 54% of the votes according to the latest poll and, it looks like the last-minute developments that will take place before the election will determine the outcome. 

President Erdogan and the AK Party have been victorious in 12 elections in the span of the past 15 years and those 12 elections included five general elections, three local elections, three referendums and one presidential election. This success stems from the united front the Turkish people show under President Erdogan's leadership. When President Erdogan first stood in the Istanbul municipality elections back in 1994, he got only two million votes. In the latest referendum, his votes had reached 26 million. With every new election, more voters have rushed to his side, which proves that he has a solid, unwavering voter base. Most of those voters showed their loyalty to President Erdogan and the values he represented by pouring out on the streets on the night of the failed coup attempt on July 15, 2016.

Unlike the previous ones, this election will generally be a competition between Erdogan and his opponents. So much so, the election campaigns of the opposition have focused mostly on their anti-Erdogan stance rather than talking about their visions and goals. For example, while President Erdogan mentions his targets for 2023 and relevant projects to reach these targets, the other candidates merely talk about how they will stop those projects if they get elected. In this sense, the June 24th elections are poised to be one of the most interesting ones in history.

Although it looks like only Turkey will make the choice on June 24th, the outcome of this election will definitely have important consequences for the region and the world. The personal friendship of Putin-Erdogan-Rhouani has played an important role in the recent Turkish-Iranian-Russian rapprochement and the Qatari Amir benefited greatly from this alliance due to this personal friendship with President Erdogan. A look at the Western mainstream media easily reveals that this alliance was an important reason behind the current anti-Erdogan stance in the Western world. The British deep state, which has been traditionally against such a united front, now employs all of its propaganda resources and media power with the hopes of affecting the election outcome in Turkey. This deep structure believes that if a Turkey without Erdogan comes out of the elections on June 24, this important alliance, which is a balancing factor for the Middle East, will get weaker and the British deep state will once again get control.

If a plot to achieve this scenario becomes successful and endangers the continued leadership of President Erdogan, the next stage of the plan, which is the division of the region, will almost certainly begin. Even though the main opposition party in Turkey has also been always against the idea of the separation of Turkey, the resulting environment will present a suitable opportunity to those that have been making such sinister plans. President Erdogan saw this risk a long time ago, and paid great attention both to national unity and the alliance between Russia, Turkey and Iran. However, if the plot against him succeeds, the new leaders will probably fail to understand the importance of such unity or will be forced to do the opposite and Turkey will easily slip back into its previous role, where it was beholden to the Western world. This would lead to a swift separation process for Turkey, followed by the fragmentation of the Middle East. This is the reason why certain deep circles consider Turkey's elections crucial. They conspire against President Erdogan using all the resources available to them while the Turkish people continue to support him with all their might. At a time when the danger is all too real and far too big, this support should be stronger than ever.

Readers will recall that Russia had been once the target of similar plots, but President Putin's strong stance rendered them ineffective. The sinister projects to divide the Middle East can be stopped only by strong leaders that understand the significance of unity in the Middle East and the Caucasus.

Erdogan and MHP leader Bahçeli built an important alliance for this election, as both leaders think that Turkey is under attack, just like the majority of the Turkish people. They consider the legal coup of December 17-25, the military coup attempt of July 15, and the terror groups dominant in Iraq and Syria as a part of the war waged against Turkey. For this reason, the Cumhur alliance is important in that it successfully brings together the voters. The recent increases in foreign exchange and interest rates are also seen as another part of this attack. These leaders know perfectly well that the British deep state always plays the economy card in such sensitive times and credit rating institutions that keep saying 'don't invest in Turkey' are always used for this very purpose. This ruse is definitely not new. Since the Turkish people are well aware of it, no one really thinks that this strange turn of events in the economy will have a significant impact on election outcome.

The June 24th elections are also important for other reasons: the age to be elected and vote has now come down to 18. Turkey has a very young population, with the average age being 28. Therefore, the Turkish youth wishes to vote for the future. 56 million people will cast their votes in the June 24th elections in Turkey, one of the most important democracies in the region.  It is important to note that a strong Turkey will be in the best interests of everyone in the region. The Turkish state and President Erdogan showed recently that Turkey would pursue fair and selfless policies. The continuing stability of Turkey is vital for a permanent peace in the region.

Adnan Oktar's piece in PRAVDA (Russia):

http://www.pravdareport.com/world/asia/turkey/18-06-2018/141120-turkey_elections-0/

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Evolution theory could not be proven – Once againFor 25 years, evolutionary biologist Professor Richard E. Lenski has been conducting a set of mutation experiments on 12 different E.coli bacteria population encompassing 60,000 generations.

The aim was to be able to conduct an observable evolution experiment called LTTE (Long-term evolution experiment).

With the efforts of the evolutionary scientists who had been looking for the traces of the theory of evolution in fossils having proven in vain, they focused on trying to prove evolution by conducting more frequent experiments on generations of bacteria in much shorter periods, which is the actual purpose of this experiment.

This meant that if a visible change could be observed in living generations, it would offer the long-awaited and desired proof for evolution. But as always, things did not go as evolutionists wished.

Over the course of 25 years, the experiments featured countless mutation attempts made on bacteria. In these experiments, said bacteria are left in an environment containing citrate (C6H5O7-3) and glucose.

Some of the bacteria go through various genetic mutations regarding the absorption and utilization of citrate molecule by the cell, and begin to digest the citrate in the environment as a source of carbon. This, in turn, leads to an enhanced growth rate in these bacteria due to increased nourishment. In the following generations, however, this growth rate starts slowing down, resulting in the extinction of most of the generations among said species or the development of species-specific diseases.

In conclusion, mutated generations either become sick or suffer from growth retardation, and just as it is with all life forms, the original genes of E.coli bacteria, too, remain healthy and intact.

Contrary to what is claimed, this mutation is obviously neither beneficial nor evolution-triggering. Because since day one, E.coli bacteria have possessed the genes that brake down citrate. In the experiment, the mutated generations are observed to have an increased citrate absorption into the cell. An examination of its cause reveals an abnormality in the genes of citrate transporter protein. In other words, this is not a progression, but retrogression.

The function of citrate transporter is to enter the cell in anaerobic (oxygen-free) conditions to ensure citrate uptake into the cell. In this example, however, this system in the bacteria goes haywire, resulting in a constant citrate uptake into the cell and triggering an uncontrolled citrate metabolism.

Evolutionists are trying to present this as a beneficial mutation. They attempt to say "Look! There was this pressure, but after we reduced glucose, the bacteria gained the brand new ability of utilizing citrate,"; whereas the bacteria have already been in possession of the genes to utilize citrate and what happens here is the deterioration of the control mechanism of these genes. In other words, the available system in the cell is being impaired.

The situation can be likened to this; as is known, special sensors are placed on the streets, which are adjusted to the dark of the night. These sensors activate and turn the street lamps on when it gets dark. If there is any failure in the sensor system and the sensors detect that it is night-time for 24 hours, the street lamps will be turned on for 24 hours and they will be worn-down while wasting energy. This is a loss rather than an advantage. It means that a previously functioning system breaks down.

In the said example, which evolutionists try to arbitrarily present as evidence, there is no new information; on the contrary, there is a loss of information. Although the situation is quite obvious, the evolutionists still attempt to deceive people by resorting to tautology. It is actually a matter of a genetic disease caused as always by a mutation, not by evolution. When the cell was created out of nothing, it lost the perfectly balanced system it possessed and become deteriorated. Thus, the methods of demagogy evolutionists usually resort to have once again been disproven.

And this also should be noted: Despite the controlled mutations on 60,000 generations, the E.coli bacteria is still bacteria. It did not evolve into any other living thing.  This 25 years long experiment, once again could NOT PROVIDE ANY EVIDENCE  for evolution theory.  

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When Muslims warp Islam

Fasting during the month of Ramadan became a religious duty for Muslims in 624 C.E., during ‎the Medina period when Islam began to spread rapidly. Fasting is not only a ‎religious observation but also an important message to the Muslim world ‎with immense spiritual value.

However, this spiritual value becomes ‎apparent only when the true religion, as described in the Quran, is practiced. Ramadan does not  ‎mean that a person should strive for peace, display moral behavior, show forgiveness ‎or say nice words merely for a single month, but is a reminder how one ‎should live one's entire life. ‎

However, the Muslim community has largely forgotten the religion preached in ‎the Quran and the true moral values that should be upheld. The ‎superstitions fostered over the centuries, fabrications presented as ‎Islam, traditions that have become entrenched, and fatwas of some so-called religious figures have managed to make many Muslims stray ‎away from the Quran.

In fact, according to the Quran, the Prophet Muhammad ‎complained: ‎"My Lord, my people treat this Quran as something to be ignored" (Quran 25:30)‎.

As a result of their abandonment of the Quran, many Muslims are unaware of ‎many verses and have come to hold irrational, non-Quranic ‎beliefs. ‎

For example, several verses of the Quran praise Jews, such ‎as: ‎"Those who believe and those who are Jews, Sabeans and Christians – anyone ‎who believes in God and the Last Day, and acts honorably, should have no ‎fear nor will they be saddened" (Quran 5:69).

All Muslims should remember ‎that God clearly warns in the Quran against coming up with rules that are not in ‎the Quran: "What is the matter with you? How do you reach your judgment? Will you not pay heed?‎ Or do you have some clear authority?‎ Bring your Book, then, if you are telling the truth!" (Quran, 37:154-157)‎.

In the Quran, God requires believers to treat the People of the Book with love ‎and respect in a spirit of unity.

But the Islamic world has witnessed the rise of ‎anti-Christian and anti-Jewish sentiments.

These communities, which coexisted ‎in harmony and trusted Muslims with their lives and possessions in our ‎prophet's era, have now become unable to live in the Muslim world.

This ‎stems from the fact that the Islam practiced by some segments is not in ‎compliance with the Islam in the Quran. ‎

According to the Quran, a Muslim does not have the right to attack another ‎person or start a war. All of the wars mentioned in the Quran are defensive ‎‎(Quran, 2:191, 4:89-91, 9:5, 9:13, 5:33, 8:57, 47:4, 4:89). Muslims are ‎granted only the right to defend themselves when attacked.

Today, however, ‎certain Muslims who abide by superstitious philosophies seek to distort the real ‎meaning behind the use of war defined in the Quran and ‎present those distortions as appropriate acts of worship. Terrorism, which is ‎never mentioned anywhere in the Quran and is at complete odds with its spirit, ‎has become associated with Muslims. ‎

No matter how terrifying the deeds of the communities who have abandoned ‎the Quran are, the response should not be impulsive, but rational and faith-based. The biggest mistake would be to associate and label all Muslims with these communities ‎and create enemies based on the behavior of a few groups. Islam that is ‎practiced according to the Quran is the only solution for the communities that ‎have adopted hatred as their religion. ‎

Our decades-long efforts to promote the true Islam as described in the Quran, ‎and the traditional iftar banquets we hold every Ramadan in particular, help to ‎spread the beautiful message of Islam, in addition to encouraging all Muslims to ‎turn to the Quran.

It is in these iftar dinners that the fact that Ramadan is a month ‎of peace reveals itself most clearly. People of all religions, beliefs ‎and views come together and embrace one another. The iftar ‎banquets demonstrate respect, reverence, friendship, solidarity and sincerity to ‎the whole world.

‎Ramadan is about striving ‎to be "the person God expects." Such behavior and attitudes should ‎extend beyond Ramadan and be prevalent throughout one’s life.

Adnan Oktar's piece in Israel Hayom (Israel) :

http://www.israelhayom.com/opinions/when-muslims-warp-islam/

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Another Ramadan Amidst Gratitude And Prayers

In the month of Ramadan which is a mercy, blessing and beauty for all Muslims, we sit to break our fast and we give our thanks to God for each and every meal, every provision He has provided us with. As a matter of fact, we should display the same level of gratitude for all the blessings bestowed upon us everyday and always. We should remember, not only in Ramadan, but in every waking moment of our lives that every provision given to us by God, every beauty, our family members and friends whom we meet at the Iftar table, the air we breathe and everything around us exist as a gift to us from God.

Most of us surely have a childhood memory where we had been offered a candy while paying a visit to a neighbor or relative, and our mom asked us "Did you thank the host?" Thanking someone who has done us a favor is one of the most fundamental rules of etiquette, which teaches us to respect and appreciate those who help us and do nice things for us.

In this period where people are becoming more and more selfish and even rude, thankfulness is an increasingly valuable trait. Thanking is not only crucial for the one who receives the favor, but for the one doing the favor as well. Thanking is a major indicator of the fact that one's actions are being appreciated.

The person who helps us warm up when we are cold, who feeds us when we are hungry, or who takes care of us when we are sick suddenly becomes the most precious person in the whole world. Despite the passing years, we never forget the ones who did us these favors, and remember them fondly.

Imagine a person who has given you clothes to wear and means of transportation to ease your travel. Moreover, imagine that this person has provided you with medications and doctors that would treat your illness, and laid at your feet breathtakingly lovely gardens with flowers of all colors and birds of all kinds in them, and offer you the freshest fruits and most delicious meals. And imagine that all these do not merely last for a few days, but for a lifetime.

How would you thank the person who offered all of them to you? The One Who offers all of them and more to us every moment and Who created the earth and all living beings on it is the Almighty God. God reminds us in the Qur'an the fact that He created countless blessings for us thusly:

"If you tried to number God’s blessings, you could never count them. God is Ever-Forgiving, Most Merciful.’" (Surah an-Nahl, 18)

All sorts of food we eat and the soils that grow them, the Sun heating our world, animals we consume as nutrients, rains that bring blessings, crops stretching as far across the plains as eyes can see; all of these are blessings that God has bestowed upon us. Each of them are a gift from God so that we can show Him how much we love Him. Each of these blessings are a means for us to be eternally grateful to Him.

In return for myriad blessings He provided us, God only asks one thing in return, and it is for us to direct our love for Him in the sincerest manner, in other words, to thank him for the blessings He has granted us.  

It is He Who made the sea subservient to you so that you can eat fresh flesh from it and bring out from it ornaments to wear. And you see the ships cleaving through it so that you can seek His bounty, and so that hopefully you will show thanks.  (Surah an-Nahl, 14)

Thankfulness is one of the greatest blessings God has ever bestowed upon us; the more we show our thanks to God, the more blessings we earn from God.

And when your Lord announced: "If you are grateful, I will certainly give you increase, but if you are ungrateful, My punishment is severe." (Surah Abraham, 7)

Throughout the month of Ramadan that we are in, by observing the prayer of fasting, preparing fast-breaking dinners for our loved ones and the Muslims in need, coming together with Muslims in tarawih prayers, we earn God's approval while drawing further away from satan's influence. The month of Ramadan is a sacred period that brings Muslims closer, strengthens the bonds of love and solidarity among them, and urges them to pay more heed to the voice of their consciences.

Adnan Oktar's piece in BERNAMA:

http://www.bernama.com/en/news.php?id=1471524

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Exposing the secret dictatorship

It imposes a political agenda and creates a situation of oppression wherein physical prowess is used to drive people towards atheism and turn them into selfish materialists who view this world as an arena of struggle. This is the dictatorship of Darwinism and the world doesn't even know that it exists.

For the last 150 years, our world has been suffering under the grip of an iron dictatorship. This dictatorship created suffering and gave rise to feelings of hatred and aggression.

However, it imposes a political agenda and creates a situation of oppression wherein physical prowess is used to drive people towards atheism and turn them into selfish materialists who view this world as an arena of struggle. This is the dictatorship of Darwinism and the world doesn’t even know that it exists.

It is fiercely promoted despite all the mounting evidence against it and constantly imposed on nations, on leaders, and on academics. Today, in almost every country, the indoctrination of evolution starts in elementary school and continues throughout one’s life.

People are forced to accept Darwinism by the sheer force of intimidation, propaganda and illusion. This is the only reason why no world leader today can express their objection to Darwinism or even the most religious countries teach their children evolution, although it essentially denies the existence of God.

This surprising imposition is due to one reason only: Darwin’s theory of evolution, which even Darwin himself had doubts about, was chosen as the so-called basis of materialism and since then, has been forced upon the people. As a result, generations have been indoctrinated into believing that evolution happened.

The Technics & Science Research Foundation, which has for decades showed a commendable stance against this harassment, has been organising international science conferences for the last three years. As a part of this commitment, scientists from around the world come together and explain why evolution is wrong and how it is consistently refuted by science.

In the latest conference, which was held on April 28, 2018 in the Fairmont Quasar Hotel in Istanbul, eight scientists used the latest scientific findings to show that science proved God’s existence. The first speaker, American biochemist Dr Fazale Rana, responded to the junk DNA fallacy of the evolutionary theory and explained that the recent Encyclopedia of DNA Elements (ENCODE) project showed that there was no such thing as junk DNA and that DNA was a fantastic example of God’s creation.

Physicist Dr Bijan Nemati talked about the very creation of the Earth and how it was especially designed to accommodate life. He also showed that the Earth is protected meticulously in the universe, which is the only example we know of in the universe. American theologian Kenneth Keathley talked about the seven days of creation described in the Bible and explained why the new ‘Young Earth’ movement was wrong. American academician Anna Manja Larcher demonstrated that love and compassion could not be accounted for by evolutionary ideas. Dr David Snoke, a professor of Physics and Astronomy from the US explained how, despite their resistance, the scientific community is now clearly referring to the design visible in the nature and is carrying out their work based on the assumption that everything is intelligently designed.

Italian sociologist Fabrizio Fratus pushed back the idea that evolution was science and demonstrated that in truth, it was nothing but a mere ideology disguised as science. Turkish neurosurgeon Dr Oktar Babuna explained that the Quran pointed to creation and not evolution, while Austrian Professor Hans Köchler analysed monotheism and the meaning of co-existence.

This conference marked a turning point not only because it heralds the fall of the materialist dictatorship, but because it brought together people with different faiths and ethnicities for a good cause.

There is another reason why this scientific refusal of evolution by scientists was crucial: Dangerous and erroneous ideas like ‘life is a struggle’, ‘you have to be cruel to be successful’, ‘feel no compassion, you are an animal just like everyone else’ is the main reason behind the current culture of hatred that is wreaking havoc around the world. Even terrorism, one of the biggest problems in today’s world, is usually due to this hateful and selfish mentality.

A person who knows that he is created by God, like all others, and that humans are not animals, a person who appreciates the beauty of love, compassion and forgiveness, cannot possibly hurt anyone.

For these reasons, this was a historical meeting that made it clear that better days are ahead and we hope that it will be an example to for similar future events that will help save our world from the clutches of this dangerous and covert dictatorship.

Adnan Oktar's piece in The Pioneer:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/sunday-edition/agenda/opinion/exposing-the-secret-dictatorship.html

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Let Muslims make a Pledge to Unite this Ramadan

Many helpless Muslim women, babies, children and elderly are losing their lives only because Muslims have failed to unite under one grand alliance. In consideration of the fact that Islam is the religion of peace and brotherhood, we wish and expect the month of Ramadan we are in to bring about a period of enlightenment and prosperity similar to that of the Era of Welfare, in which all disagreements and hostilities are cast aside, all lovelessness, resentments, disputes and conflicts come to an end for good. It is our prayer that the Islamic civilization, which will establish the reign of peace and justice on earth and offer a beautiful life to both Muslims and non-Muslims, to flourish once again and illuminate the world with its light.

In the Qur’an, God commanded all Muslims to unite and to love and regard each other as brothers and sisters, to be compassionate, merciful and protective towards one another, and to strictly avoid separation and division.
Hold fast to the rope of God all together, and do not separate. Remember God’s blessing to you when you were enemies and He joined your hearts together so that you became brothers by His blessing. You were on the very brink of a pit of the Fire and He rescued you from it. In this way God makes His Signs clear to you, so that hopefully you will be guided. (Surah Al’ Imran, 103)

“God loves those who fight in His Way in ranks like well-built walls.” (Surah as-Saff, 4)

As can be clearly understood from these verses – and from the Qur’an in general – it is an absolute religious duty of all Muslims to stand united, to be committed to one another in brotherly love and compassion, to become the guardians of one another, to protect and look after one another regardless of the circumstances, to wage an intellectual struggle against denial like well-built walls, to offer counsel to one another and to refrain from internal quarrels and disputes.

Displaying the opposite attitude, namely being divisive rather than unifying, failing to treat other Muslims with love and compassion, to be forgiving and protective towards them, and not waging an intellectual struggle against irreligion are explicitly unlawful deeds.

Muslims abiding by the commandment of God and fulfilling their religious duty of unification is the only way that will render the Islamic community powerful and stable. It is an obligation for Muslims to act together towards illuminating the whole world with the messages of love and peace commanded by Islam. Failing to fulfill this religious duty means separation and disarray among the Islamic community, which leaves the aggrieved Muslim nations vulnerable. In Syria, Palestine, Kashmir, East Turkestan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Patani, Moro and many other places, women, children and the elderly are helplessly in need of being saved from oppression. The responsibility of these helpless people rests, before all else, on the Islamic world. Muslims should always keep in mind our Prophet’s (saas) words,”A Muslim does not wrong another Muslim, nor does he hand him over to one who does him wrong,” and together, lead his brothers under oppression to salvation.

The Muslims of the world failing to establish unity is the primary shortcoming underlying all of the problems we see in the Islamic world today. In the case that a powerful union is established, it is clear that problems similar to those faced today will no longer be encountered, or even if they are, it will not take long before they are resolved.

The fact is that differences in views, opinions and practices may appear in every society. It is only natural that the Islamic world is also home to many different cultures, traditions and perspectives. What is truly important is to reach a pluralist solidarity around common faith despite all the differences. According to the Qur’an, Islamic moral values prescribes that Muslims are brothers regardless of their circumstances and conditions no matter their race, language, country, sect, or opinion; all Muslims constitute one brotherhood. Therefore, every difference in the Islamic world should be considered a wealth of culture and civilization rather than making them into issues that would result in disputes and separation among Muslims.

Islamic moral values promote unity, not separation. A Muslim community claiming superiority over another Muslim community and pursuing its own social interests rather than the common interest of all Muslims is a mentality that flies in the face of the Islamic moral values. For that reason, Muslim communities must cast aside all their disagreements and differences aside for the sake of the common benefit of Islam, keep in mind the fact that all Muslims have been joined by God in the bond of ‘brotherhood’, and act accordingly.

Muslims are the friendsand helpersof each other, the party of God who are obliged to dispense peace and justice on earth. Seeing each other in this light and cooperating with one another through love and affection is a religious responsibility laid upon all Muslims When Muslims achieve this unity without discriminating between denominations and sects, they will have fulfilled the commandment “Hold fast to the rope of God all together, and do not separate…” (Surah Al ‘Imran, 103) Muslims holding fast to one another and standing undivided will rapidly disperse the sedition and mischief clouding over the Islamic world.

Muslims’ power, strength and interests obviously lie in the unity of love entrenched in religion. Our Prophet (SAW) underlined the significance of unity among Muslims in one of his hadiths as follows:

“… Do not envy one another, and do not hate one another, and do not turn away from one another, but [rather] be servants of God and brothers [amongst yourselves].”

Without doubt, the Islamic world will become powerful only when it bands together and acts in concert. When the Islamic community is suffering in great misery and millions of oppressed Muslims are desperately awaiting salvation, the number one priority should be the elimination of the mischief of separation.
(IbnMajah, Volume 10, p. 32.)

 

Adnan Oktar's piece in Kashmir Reader:

https://kashmirreader.com/2018/06/09/let-muslims-make-a-pledge-to-unite-this-ramadan/

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Prayers In Ramadan For Muslims' Salvation

As we are enthusiastically observing another month of Ramadan that enables us to become closer to God and show our unwavering love for Him, our brothers and sisters in faith who suffer oppression all across the world doubtlessly occupy our thoughts and prayers.

The aggrieved peoples of the Middle East are plagued with mischiefs and troubles under ruthless sieges and bombardments. Our brothers and sisters living in Syria, Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan, Burma, Kashmir, East Turkestan, Patani, Philippines, Crimea and many other places around the world suffer oppressions, genocides, massacres and tortures that intend to destroy them. For the salvation of all Muslims, it is crucial that unity and solidarity is established among Muslims.

It is impossible to erase from our memories the images of the innocent people slaughtered by bombs and machine guns, and the bodies of children lined up next to each other. In the month of Ramadan we currently observe, our thoughts and prayers are once again with our impoverished brothers and sisters, and we reiterate our intention to do everything in our power and more to facilitate the establishment of the Islamic Unity that is essential for their salvation.

Unity, solidarity, cooperation, friendship, altruism, assistance and other similar behaviors are the foundations of the Qur'anic moral values. Playing a unifying role between believers and encouraging them to protect one another is a pillar of faith and a moral behavior prescribed by God. No bad moral qualities such as resentment, ill-will and dispute should be condoned between believers, and the Qur'anic moral values should be taken basis in all affairs. Striving to remedy such situations and adopting a unifying and conciliatory attitude is a form of prayer commanded by God. God informs believers about this commandment of His in a verse as follows:

"The believers are brothers, so make peace between your brothers and have fear of God so that hopefully you will gain mercy." (Surah al-Hujurat, 10)

Moral, conscientious, honest and sincere believers are expected to always call each other to good, beauty, friendship and brotherhood and urge one another to unity and solidarity in accordance with the verses of the Quran. Furthermore, God informs Muslims about how He will grant mercy to those who follows His commandments and strive towards bringing about unity and solidarity among Muslims, and gives them the good news of a wonderful life in both this world and the hereafter. In another verse, God reminds believers how quarreling among themselves will cause Muslims to lose heart and become weak.

Obey God and His Messenger and do not quarrel among yourselves lest you lose heart and your momentum disappear. And be steadfast. God is with the steadfast.  (Surah al-Anfal, 46)

When the people who practice the Islamic moral values stand united, it leads to a loving, peaceful, tolerant and tranquil environment in society. And the societies that possess these qualities are always powerful. Conducing towards the material and spiritual development of the society is an endeavor that will be definitely approved by God.

Believers are obliged under all circumstances to forbid people to do what is wrong, command them to do what is right, urge them to display nice behavior and make effort in these regards. Just as they are duty-bound to resolve any issues between other fellow Muslims in a friendly manner, they are also duty-bound to assume a consolidating role in the case of any issues between two Muslim communities and to commend them to unity, solidarity, love, peace and brotherhood. This reconciliatory behavior is a major requirement of guardianship. God commands those who believe thusly:

"The believers are brothers, so make peace between your brothers and have fear of God so that hopefully you will gain mercy." (Surah al-Hujurat, 10)

And in his hadiths, our Prophet (saas) addresses this subject as follows:

"Whosoever relieves from a believer some grief pertaining to this world, God will relieve from him some grief pertaining to the Hereafter.  Whosoever alleviates the difficulties of a needy person who cannot pay his debt, God will alleviate his difficulties in both this world and the Hereafter.  Whosoever conceals the faults of a Muslim, God will conceal his faults in this world and the Hereafter."[1]

“He who alleviates the suffering of a brother out of the sufferings of the world, God would alleviate his suffering from the sufferings of the Day of Resurrection."[2]

He who conceals (the faults) of a Muslim, God would conceal his faults in the world and in the Hereafter. God is at the back of a servant so long as the servant is at the back of his brother."[3]

"No people gather together in one of the houses of God, reciting the Book of God and studying it among themselves, except that tranquility descends upon them, mercy covers them, the angels surround them, and God makes mention of them amongst those who are in His presence.”[4]

"Those who are merciful will be shown mercy by the Most Merciful.  Be merciful to those on the earth and the One in the heavens will have mercy upon you.”[5]

May our Almighty Lord accept our prayers and grant tranquility and salvation to all our aggrieved brothers and sisters, whom we do not forget for a moment even when we observe and break our fast with a burning love of God in our hearts.

 

[1] M6578, Muslim, Birr; T1426, Tirmidhi, Hudud 3.

[2] Muslim, Zikr 38; Ibn Majah,, Muqaddimah 17. 

[3] Muslim, Zikr 38; Ibn Majah,, Muqaddimah 17. 

[4] Muslim, Zikr 38; Abu Dawood, Vitr 14; Tirmidhi, Qira'at 12; Ibn Majah, Muqaddimah 17.

[5]  Abu Dawood, Adhab 58; Tirmidhi, Birr 16.

Adnan Oktar's piece in BERNAMA (Malaysia):

http://www.bernama.com/en/news.php?id=1468608

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A spirit of interfaith solidarity

Ramadan is not only a month for spiritual awakening that sees Muslims reaffirming and expressing their love for God through fasting, but also a month where people with different faiths, opinions, languages and ethnicities come together and bond in an exemplary show of solidarity and peace. For this reason, it is important that during Ramadan, past resentments are forgotten, people with different views embrace each other, and representatives of different faiths stand together in solidarity. Ramadan is the month of peace and it should be a time when hostilities cease and nations that harbor grudges against one another set aside their resentments and make steps toward conciliation.

Sadly, some Muslims seem to have forgotten this important and beautiful aspect of Ramadan. They don't seem to understand that just like fasting, reinforcing brotherhood and making peace are religious duties as well. They pay too much heed to the noise of warmongers and can't see that what God really wants is peace and that Ramadan is intended to be a means to that.

In order to help build this perspective and to show the true meaning of Ramadan, A9 TV's annual iftar meal took place on May 24, 2018 at Çırağan Palace in Istanbul. Nearly 1,000 Turkish and international guests, all respectable members of their circles, including Jewish rabbis and Christian priests, the esteemed members of the Turkish Christian and Jewish communities as well as representatives of various Muslim religious orders attended the iftar.

Among the guests of the A9 TV iftar dinner there were also esteemed names from a wide variety of political parties, high-ranking bureaucrats, as well as intellectuals of differing opinions who would generally abstain from meeting with each other because of their opposing views. A prayer was recited in both Arabic and Turkish during the iftar, expressing our desire for peace and deep love among people. This was also noteworthy - and unprecedented - due to its being a Muslim supplication to God for good wishes and blessings for both Jews and Christians.

Our guests from Israel, rabbis and politicians, had appeared on A9 TV's live night program the day before the iftar and made very important and meaningful statements. Rabbi Abraham Sherman, who served in the Israel Supreme Rabbinical Court for 32 years, made a very inspiring speech, concluding with a wish "to build a new world without fights, without bloodshed, without murder." Rabbi Ben Abrahamson, historian and consultant to the Jerusalem Rabbinical Courts on matters concerning Islam, pointed to the commonalities between our faiths and said, "The word 'maamin' doesn't just mean somebody who believes in God but also somebody who is reliable, who is trustworthy and credible. … We are looking now to join together with trustworthy people so we can help to build a solution for what we are now facing."

In her speech, Rebecca Abrahamson, co-director of Al-Sadiqin Institute, emphasized the harmony in which Jews and Muslims are supposed to live and gave some examples from Haram al-Sharif, the Temple Mount, and from Jewish and Islamic history, saying, "In Jewish sources that include non-Jews on the Temple Mount, in Psalm 135, we have the three circles of believers who would circumambulate around the holy of holies – the priests, the Israelites, and non-Jewish God-fearers. Non-Jews were included in the Temple Mount in ancient history. … Later, Islam also included non-Muslim believers. In fact, in the seventh century, Caliph Omar restored the Temple Mount to Jewish and Christian use and in the eight century, Caliph Abd al-Malik constructed the Dome of the Rock based on Ezekiel's prophecy. And the Arabic writings inside the Dome of the Rock are actually directed at worshippers from a Christian background."

Respected Palestinian and Jordanian sheikhs and imams, and Israeli rabbis and politicians who make sincere efforts for Israeli-Palestinian peace also came to Turkey as our guests. To further solidify this effort, during the iftar, members of the three Abrahamic religions shared the same table and painted a true and exemplary portrait of friendship.

Our Palestinian and Jordanian guests emphasized that it was crucial to educate those who terrorize others in the name of Islam with the Quran, as opposed to superstitious and mistaken interpretations. All our guests reiterated that it was important to stay the course of peace and reconciliation. They kindly asked us to continue to be the pioneers in explaining the Quran's spirit of peace and finding a common denominator between Muslims, Christians and Jews.

The best response to those who seek to turn this holy month into a time of bloodshed would be to put forth the alliance of the good at every opportunity. For years, our iftar dinners have been boldly leading this alliance, showing the spirit of solidarity. These gatherings helped further conciliation between hostile communities, showing that the union of people of goodwill always wins and is entirely possible.

Adnan Oktar's piece in Israel Hayom (Israel):

http://www.israelhayom.com/opinions/a-spirit-of-interfaith-solidarity/

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A month-long festival

It is almost miraclulous that despite changing times, advancing technology, shifting habits, disappearing traditions and newly emerging ones, in Bahrain, Ramadan is a beautiful, reassuring constant. Its warmth is unlike any other: people are simply better. Children are happier, adults are kinder, and the elderly are more respected. Friends seek each other with more vigour, and families spend more time together. It is almost as if in Ramadan, negativity takes a break.

Therefore, it is no wonder Ramadan feels like a month-long festival. During this time, people reconnect, brush aside any past resentments and begin a complete spiritual and physical makeover. They turn to themselves to correct their mistakes, their personality flaws, and governments work to make cities more beautiful while fasting bodies begin their own makeover and start a sturdy process of repair.

When Ramadan touches houses, a sweet exhilaration starts. After the first sahoor, which is a memorable experience in itself, the fasting begins. The household, whether at school or work, happily dream about the iftar feast while at home, mothers cook more happily dreaming about the content faces at the iftar table.

When Ramadan touches cities, they brighten up and shine with new vigour. Minarets lit up, colourful lanterns adorn the streets and mouthwatering smells of Ramadan breads and sweet desserts carry around amidst the greetings of “Ramadan Kareem”. Even streets feel safer, be it day or night. Local administrations work extra hard to clean the streets, and organise events for after-iftar hours and prepare free iftar tents for the hundreds who wish for a memorable feast. Even though traditions and festivities may slightly vary from one country to another, one thing in common is that they all add to the joy of Ramadan.

No doubt, Ramadan also offers incredible spiritual benefits to those who fast. Day-long fasting helps believers empathise better with the poor, which leads to heightened senses of compassion and altruism, not to mention more charity. Also as a part of the observation, Muslims focus on their characters, and try to overcome their shortcomings, like lack of patience, compassion or forgiveness. The frequent get-togethers with relatives and friends help them better appreciate the importance of human connection, no matter how pressing the daily hustle and bustle of life might be.

Needless to say, food is extra delicious during this month. In addition to Ramadan specialities, which are prepared exclusively during this month, food in this month, no matter where you go in the Islamic world, will definitely entice all taste buds. From refreshing juices, to mezze, from delicious salad selections to harees and spit-roast lambs to special Ramadan breads and famous Ramadan deserts like kunafa and mahalabiya, Ramadan iftars and sahoors turn into unforgettable delicious feasts.

Once again, Ramadan tents will be set up in Bahrain and Manama’s Old Market will be decorated in a way that befits the glory of Ramadan. Store owners have already decorated their stores and filled their shelves with Ramadan specials, while businesses prepared care packages for the poor.

Every single day in the month of Ramadan in Bahrain is a reason for joy and celebration. For Muslims, it is a beautiful opportunity to cure our souls, to reconnect with our loved ones and to take a much-needed break from the materialistic landscape of today’s world.

Adnan Oktar's piece in Gulf Daily News:

http://www.gdnonline.com/Details/363950/GDN-Readers-View-A-month-long-festival

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Ramadan: The Month of Patience

People tend to be impatient if they do not use their mind, conscience and will. Usually, people seek to easily get what they want with little effort, solve a problem immediately, overcome a difficulty, and that the troubles would pass quickly. However, as a requirement of the trial on earth, sometimes things are not solved in such a short time. Sometimes, it may be necessary to work towards something for months, even years, and have patience for a very long period of time. For this reason, people should refrain from misconceptions like “It doesn’t work,” “I should give up making an effort.”

Patience means being less strict towards time. Believers know that patience overcomes all the difficulties they will face in the worldly life, and that it will lead them to the right path. For this reason, with great patience they become self-sacrificing, with patience they forgive people, and with patience they become generous. People who love God and believe in God with all their heart will improve themselves in many ways. One of the beauties of the month of Ramadan that we are in is that it enables people to improve themselves in terms of patience, both bodily and spiritually.

Our Prophet (saas) stated that the month of Ramadan is a month of patience in one of his hadiths, which is as follows:

“O People! There comes upon you now a great month, a most blessed month, in which lies a night greater in worth than one thousand months. It is a month in which God has made compulsory that the fasting should be observed by day; and He has made the worship (tarawih) by night a sunnah. This is indeed the month of patience. And the reward for true patience is paradise. Ramadan is the month of sympathy with one’s fellowmen. It is the month wherein a true believer’s sustenance is increased. (Ibn Khuzaymah, Sahih, III, 191-192,) (Thk. M. M. A’zamî)

Patience is a great virtue, as our Prophet (SAW) remarks, and the month of Ramadan is a very valuable period of time where one can direct his will for this purpose without succumbing to the things we like and take for granted every day. The patience shown until the end of Ramadan will bring the comfort of surrendering to God. Ramadan is an opportunity, a way to train ourselves in spirit and body, to show our love and commitment for God.

Just like we know when the time comes for prayer and we perform it, being patient is also a worship. For this reason, a person who does not eat or drink when he is hungry or thirsty because he is fasting is actually fulfilling another beautiful manner of worship by having beautiful patience.

Whenever someone is being patient, he becomes closer to God and his commitment to God is strengthened. When someone shows patience for God’s favor, it also becomes a reason for happiness for him. Tolerance is people doing something to get it over with as soon as possible, to earn other people’s favors, and, indeed, is not the same kind of worship as patience is. A person who is in a state of mind to just tolerate something is not at peace. That is why it is important and valuable to be patient and not just tolerant during Ramadan as well. And this means that a Muslim displays good morals, speaks beautifully and always give priority to others even when he is hungry, thirsty and tired.

Adnan Oktar's piece in Kashmir Reader:

https://kashmirreader.com/2018/05/30/ramadan-the-month-of-patience/

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The Sultan Of 11 Months, Welcome!

As we are enthusiastically observing another month of Ramadan that enables us to become closer to God and show our unwavering love for Him, our brothers and sisters in faith who suffer oppression all across the world doubtlessly occupy our thoughts and prayers.

The aggrieved peoples of the Middle East are plagued with mischiefs and troubles under ruthless sieges and bombardments. Our brothers and sisters living in Syria, Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan, Burma, Kashmir, East Turkestan, Patani, Philippines, Crimea and many other places around the world suffer oppressions, genocides, massacres and tortures that intend to destroy them. For the salvation of all Muslims, it is crucial that unity and solidarity is established among Muslims.

It is impossible to erase from our memories the images of the innocent people slaughtered by bombs and machine guns, and the bodies of children lined up next to each other. In the month of Ramadan we currently observe, our thoughts and prayers are once again with our impoverished brothers and sisters, and we reiterate our intention to do everything in our power and more to facilitate the establishment of the Islamic Unity that is essential for their salvation.

Unity, solidarity, cooperation, friendship, altruism, assistance and other similar behaviors are the foundations of the Qur'anic moral values. Playing a unifying role between believers and encouraging them to protect one another is a pillar of faith and a moral behavior prescribed by God. No bad moral qualities such as resentment, ill-will and dispute should be condoned between believers, and the Qur'anic moral values should be taken basis in all affairs. Striving to remedy such situations and adopting a unifying and conciliatory attitude is a form of prayer commanded by God. God informs believers about this commandment of His in a verse as follows:

"The believers are brothers, so make peace between your brothers and have fear of God so that hopefully you will gain mercy." (Surah al-Hujurat, 10)

Moral, conscientious, honest and sincere believers are expected to always call each other to good, beauty, friendship and brotherhood and urge one another to unity and solidarity in accordance with the verses of the Quran. Furthermore, God informs Muslims about how He will grant mercy to those who follows His commandments and strive towards bringing about unity and solidarity among Muslims, and gives them the good news of a wonderful life in both this world and the hereafter. In another verse, God reminds believers how quarreling among themselves will cause Muslims to lose heart and become weak.

Obey God and His Messenger and do not quarrel among yourselves lest you lose heart and your momentum disappear. And be steadfast. God is with the steadfast.  (Surah al-Anfal, 46)

When the people who practice the Islamic moral values stand united, it leads to a loving, peaceful, tolerant and tranquil environment in society. And the societies that possess these qualities are always powerful. Conducing towards the material and spiritual development of the society is an endeavor that will be definitely approved by God.

Believers are obliged under all circumstances to forbid people to do what is wrong, command them to do what is right, urge them to display nice behavior and make effort in these regards. Just as they are duty-bound to resolve any issues between other fellow Muslims in a friendly manner, they are also duty-bound to assume a consolidating role in the case of any issues between two Muslim communities and to commend them to unity, solidarity, love, peace and brotherhood. This reconciliatory behavior is a major requirement of guardianship. God commands those who believe thusly:

"The believers are brothers, so make peace between your brothers and have fear of God so that hopefully you will gain mercy." (Surah al-Hujurat, 10)

And in his hadiths, our Prophet (saas) addresses this subject as follows:

"Whosoever relieves from a believer some grief pertaining to this world, God will relieve from him some grief pertaining to the Hereafter.  Whosoever alleviates the difficulties of a needy person who cannot pay his debt, God will alleviate his difficulties in both this world and the Hereafter.  Whosoever conceals the faults of a Muslim, God will conceal his faults in this world and the Hereafter."[1]

“He who alleviates the suffering of a brother out of the sufferings of the world, God would alleviate his suffering from the sufferings of the Day of Resurrection."[2]

He who conceals (the faults) of a Muslim, God would conceal his faults in the world and in the Hereafter. God is at the back of a servant so long as the servant is at the back of his brother."[3]

"No people gather together in one of the houses of God, reciting the Book of God and studying it among themselves, except that tranquility descends upon them, mercy covers them, the angels surround them, and God makes mention of them amongst those who are in His presence.”[4]

"Those who are merciful will be shown mercy by the Most Merciful.  Be merciful to those on the earth and the One in the heavens will have mercy upon you.”[5]

May our Almighty Lord accept our prayers and grant tranquility and salvation to all our aggrieved brothers and sisters, whom we do not forget for a moment even when we observe and break our fast with a burning love of God in our hearts.

 


[1] M6578, Muslim, Birr; T1426, Tirmidhi, Hudud 3.

[2] Muslim, Zikr 38; Ibn Majah,, Muqaddimah 17. 

[3] Muslim, Zikr 38; Ibn Majah,, Muqaddimah 17. 

[4] Muslim, Zikr 38; Abu Dawood, Vitr 14; Tirmidhi, Qira'at 12; Ibn Majah, Muqaddimah 17.

[5]  Abu Dawood, Adhab 58; Tirmidhi, Birr 16.

Adnan Oktar's piece in BERNAMA (Malaysia):

http://www.bernama.com/en/news.php?id=1465059

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No other time like Ramadan

Once again Ramadan has graced our world, offering a very much-needed respite from an atmosphere of constant war, conflict and a persistent hate culture. With its sweet, comforting and peaceful embrace, no matter where it is celebrated around the world, Ramadan’s relaxing serenity helps anyone it touches, be they a Muslim or not.  When the month of Ramadan arrives, the exhaustion and tension of the past eleven months is washed away and replaced by an enveloping sense of calm, a return to the old world where elderly is shown respect, children compassion, where selflessness, love and friendship reign.

Our world constantly changes but Ramadan remains a reassuring constant, a time that is sure to be peaceful and happy no matter what difficulties might have preceded it. With its suhoor’s and iftar’s, in addition to the traditions that vary from one country to another, Ramadan brings life to people, to businesses, to the streets and offers light to an otherwise pessimistic world.

Ramadan starts in the ninth month of the Muslim year, and adult Muslims that are in good health are obligated to observe it through fasting. The fasting starts with the first suhoor, which is the last meal Muslims can eat before sunrise.

One shouldn’t think it difficult to get up in the night and eat, because once a person tastes the pleasure of eating suhoor, especially in good company or waking up to the nice smells of suhoor prepared by a fastidious mother, favoring sleep over suhoor is not even an option.

Most people prefer to eat lightly, like breakfast or rice and homemade fruit juice. In most cases, children beg until their parents yield and wake them up too for the suhoor feast.

And before the sun begins to rise, Muslims swallow the last of their bites and begin their day of spiritual and physical fasting.

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Refugee children should be Europe’s big concern

Whenever a child goes missing, a huge frenzy starts. Thousands rush in and help search for the lost child. Although sometimes the search yields heart-breaking results, most of the time, the child is happily reunited with the family. This is what usually happens in most parts of the world, because no person with a good conscience would want any harm come to any child. They are innocent, guiltless and should never have to face any negativity. However, they are equally vulnerable and defenseless, and for that reason they deserve and need all the love, affection and protection we can give to them.

Yet, in Europe sometimes a child’s skin color makes people determine if he should be treated like a child. We know this because when children from war-torn regions of the world fled to Europe in hopes of finding safety, they faced a different -and arguably worse- threat there, even though Europe was supposed to be a safe haven for all. Most of the time, they were turned down, sometimes detained, beaten up and more often than not, treated like criminals. Sometimes, they were forced to stay in refugee camps that had no proper security, decent food, water or blankets. They were left exposed to risks like abuse, rape and trafficking, which regrettably happened very often. The so-called Calais Jungle in France was a shameful example of how refugee children regularly experienced sexual exploitation, violence and coerced labor.

And now, these innocent children, who did nothing to deserve any ill-treatment, are being increasingly targeted by human traffickers in Europe. The situation is so serious, in 2015 some 10,000 migrant children went missing in the middle of Europe, many of them within hours after being registered.[1]

Being taken by human traffickers entails sexual abuse, exploitation, slavery, forced labor, organ trafficking among others.

Normally this story would have caused a huge uproar. After all, 10,000 children are missing and are possibly being held by human traffickers who might be doing all sorts of unimaginable horrors to them. What makes this even worse is the fact that those children came to Europe because they were already running from danger and needed safety. So what happened when they vanished into thin air? After a couple of news reports, everything fell back into silence: Three years have passed and no one knows where these children are or what happened to them. As a matter of fact, no one is even looking for them. The traffickers are probably feeling quite confident at this point that they will not be interrupted.[2]

It wouldn't be wrong to say that with its non-caring, dismissive attitude, Europe has kept silent and unresponsive against the human traffickers. After all, they were taken while they were under the watch of the European authorities. In other words, they were the responsibility of European authorities, which utterly failed them. Therefore, it is Europe’s responsibility to correct this horrible situation and do everything it can to find and save these innocent people. There is no doubt that things would have been different if 10,000 European kids were missing. The full force of law enforcement would be unleashed on the traffickers, posters would be plastered on every available surface, the media and the politicians would be talking about it non-stop and regular citizens would be rallying and demanding their safe return.

Surely, many European leaders and most Europeans are also very uncomfortable with the current cold-hearted attitude that these children are being shown. However, it is important to translate this discomfort to concrete steps and prevent such outcomes by treating everyone with the same care and respect regardless of their origins.  Europe shouldn't allow its actions or reactions to be determined by people’s nationality, especially when it is a matter of life and death, a matter of basic humanity.

It definitely cannot be very difficult for European law enforcement to locate 10,000 children, especially considering the fact that they are fully knowledgeable about the criminal groups involved. After all, they detected this mass movement of the disappearance of 10,000 children from refugee facilities, and certainly have the police forces and resources to find out more. 

It is crucial that Europe acts quickly to solve this problem. Europe is a continent known as champion of human rights and equality. Europe is mostly known as a safe land and a welcoming humane face for all people regardless of their differences. Acting upon the case of missing 10,000 children is a good opportunity for Europe to show that these are true. Europe should show to the world that non-European children are not less worthy than their European peers. Europe should make use of its military, intelligence, political, and judicial means at all ways to save these innocent and defenseless ones without losing any longer time.


[1] http://missingchildreneurope.eu/Portals/0/Docs/Annual and Data reports/Missing Children Europe figures and trends 2016.pdf

[2] http://missingchildreneurope.eu/news/Post/1023/Europol-confirms-the-disappearance-of-10-000-migrant-children-in-Europe

Adnan Oktar's piece in Hindustan Times (India)

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A9 TV Iftar Dinner - Çirağan Palace - May 24, 2018Bismillah al rahman al rahim

We love God very much and may God love us very much.

May God remove evil from the face of the Earth and may God give solace to all our brothers and sisters, be them Muslims, Jews and Christians, and to all good, enlightened, modern, refined, well-meaning people, who want love and peace.

May God protect all good people from cruelty and from bad people.

May God put peace in our hearts and make us richer in every way.

Our Lord, please send us Hazrat Mahdi (AS), the teacher of love. Our Lord, please make all people brothers and sisters, please make all of them love one another.

Our Lord, please allow us to live in peace together with your servants from other faiths and sects, with Shias, Alawites and Sunnis.
Our Lord, please save us from the menace of the dajjal.

Please give peace to the whole world, please give us the deepest love.

 

Surah Al-Ikhlas

I seek refuge in God from the accursed satan.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful;

1. Say: He is Allah, the One and Only; 

2. Allah, the Eternal, Absolute; 

3. He begetteth not, nor is He begotten; 

4. And there is none like unto Him. 

 

Surah Al-'Asr

I seek refuge in God from the accursed satan.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful;

1. By (the Token of) Time (through the ages), 

2. Verily Man is in loss, 

3. Except such as have Faith, and do righteous deeds, and (join together) in the mutual teaching of Truth, and of Patience and Constancy. 

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Unending Ordeal of Children

All over the world, kids pay a heavy price when adults make irresponsible choices. As long as there is the will to help, there is virtually no limit to what can be done

Certainly, the world doesn’t have a problem with regards to meeting everyone’s needs in food, shelter and safety. However, there is relentless inequality in the way the world’s resources are distributed; and this affects the children the most.  No matter where we look, children pay a heavy price due to irresponsibility of the adults. Sometimes it is wars; sometimes it is poverty; and sometimes human rights’ violations.

For instance, close to 5.6 million children still die every year due to entirely preventable or treatable diseases, including one million babies who die on the very day they are born. Clearly, with advanced state of medicine and technology today, this shouldn’t be a problem.

Similarly, children are hit the hardest by poverty; according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), 19.5 per cent of the world’s children, which amounts to around 387 million  of them, live in extreme poverty; while only 9.2 per cent of the adults live in the same conditions.

Interestingly, in all high-income Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries, children’s poverty rates are higher than those of adults. Far more worrying fact is that the youngest children fare the worst. Close to 20 per cent of all children younger than five in the developing world face extreme poverty, versus 15 per cent for 15 to 17-years-old.

Diseases and poverty are not the only culprits behind the ongoing suffering of the children. Many parts of our world are now a place of almost constant conflict, civil wars, fully-fledged wars and, once again, children pay the biggest price.

They are targeted, injured and killed by bombs, chemical attacks, and angry, machete-wielding, house-burning mobs. Most of them who manage to escape death, suffer horrific injuries, lose limbs, or face psychological problems that possibly haunt them for the rest of their lives.

Additionally, when they suffer injuries or are taken ill, they cannot even go to the hospital and get proper medical treatment like most people because usually, there are no real hospitals, doctors, antibiotics or even painkillers at the place where they live.

For instance, in Syria, after so many years of war, children have got used to living with bombs and a persistent lack of food and shelter. And when their families choose to seek refuge in other places of the world — rightly so — another troubling episode begins for most of them.

Many of them, usually children, perish on the way. When they reach their destination, more often than not, they are turned down. If somehow they manage to stay in Europe, they face the danger of being taken away by human traffickers.

As a matter of fact, according to the European Union’s police force Europol, more than at least 10,000 refugee children have gone missing after their arrival in Europe. Europol believes that they might be in the hands of criminal syndicates, including human traffickers and criminal organisations that harvest human organs.

The situation doesn’t change in other parts of the world. Since 2013, Boko Haram has abducted more than 1,000 children in Nigeria. Unrest in the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo has led to the displacement of more than eight million people, half of whom are children.

In the Sahel, 5.4 million children are suffering from severe acute malnutrition, while cholera outbreaks are reported across the region, with 48,700 cases in 2017.

In Yemen, an average of five children are killed or injured every day since March 2015; and “nearly every child in Yemen” needs humanitarian aid, according to the United Nation’s children’s agency. The agency also reported that ongoing clashes have led to death or injury of 5,000 children.

Furthermore, 1.8 million children under the age of five face acute malnourishment, while 8.2 million children need humanitarian assistance to access safe drinking water and adequate sanitation in the country.

In Central America, wracked by poverty and high crime rates, every month, thousands of children try to reach the US in search of better, more dignified lives, but many are injured or die on the way. If at all they reach the US, like their Middle-Eastern peers, they are rejected in many parts of the country.

In Myanmar, the Army continues its brazen ethnic genocide, and as a result, thousands of Rohingya children were horribly hurt or killed, including being burnt to death. At the moment, some 7,20,000 Rohingya children in Bangladesh and Myanmar are in serious need of humanitarian assistance.

This is only a brief summary of the situation in only a few countries, as a representative of the ongoing ordeal of the children of the world.

However, no problem is unsolvable. Although international bodies usually fell short so far in their responsibilities, they still can make up for the lost time by taking swift action. They can launch campaigns to raise funds for each country; and apply sanctions against those who are unwilling to support humanitarian causes in a manner proportional to the respective country’s economic power.

Refugees of the world can be equally and fairly distributed between the nations of the world, with particular emphasis on richer countries. People can be encouraged to donate and help the refugees through various payment schemes like one dollar per month on their credit card; laws can be amended to ensure that the refugees are treated humanely, with dignity in a number of countries.

As long as there is the will to help, there is virtually no limit to what can be done. Let’s make the decision to change the situation; to choose morality over materialistic goals and do everything in our power to help the children and everyone else who needs  our help. 

Adnan Oktar's piece in The Pioneer (India):

http://www.dailypioneer.com/columnists/oped/unending-ordeal-of-children.html

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The Horrific Return Of Racism. Or Was It Always There?

Racism was supposed to be finished in Europe. Europe and the Western world were supposed to have learned from the horrific consequences of their past. According to the official narrative in the Western world, the acceptance of racism is not even a question. They are the foremost defenders of human rights and they would never tolerate racism. But the facts contradict them and the similarities between today’s racists and their forefathers are nothing short of eerie.

The world is painfully aware that the racism is once again rearing its ugly head, especially after millions of Syrians were forced to become refugees and sought safety elsewhere. Europe always boasted of embracing everyone, regardless of their gender, faith or ethnicity. So when these new refugees turned to Europe for help and saw the cold face of rejection, they understood that reality significantly differed from the painted image.

We have repeatedly written about the refugees’ ordeal and the rising tide of xenophobia. However, there is another and less discussed aspect of the problem and that is how colored or Muslim athletes have to put up with ceaseless racist harassment. 

Unbelievable as it may sound, it is common for colored football players being harassed during games, or Muslim players being attacked with racist slurs.

In the UK, Newcastle winger Yasin Ben El-Mhanni explains that Islamophobic abuse has become a regular thing for him and his friends. He says, "When I was playing grassroots level, a lot of my friends and me got comments along the lines of “suicide bomber” and “terrorist,”, stuff like that. It was quite overwhelming and disturbing. It does affect you mentally on and off the pitch. Sometimes when you get the abuse on the pitch, it affects you in the coming days, even weeks. It was very difficult to experience."

In France, a footballer of Algerian origin, Samir Nasri has a similar problem and he talks about the growing animosity in French society;  “French people turned against the Muslims. Ten to fifteen years ago, it wasn’t like this. I don’t like the way the mentality is in France now.” Barcelona’s striker Samuel Eto is from Cameroon and he is regularly taunted by fans when he comes on the pitch. Even world famous names can’t escape the brutality of racism, which became clear when Roberto Carlos was harassed during a game in Russia, which made him leave the pitch in frustration. Another disturbing episode took place in the USA, when Muslim Kansas City Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah scored a point and bowed in prayer on the pitch. Later he was penalized for the action, but many of his Christian peers had done the same previously and never faced a penalty.

These are just a few examples and there is no doubt that such ugly displays reflect a deep-rooted problem that has managed to seep through the superficially laid anti-racism barrier after decades of disgraceful acts. Moreover, the racist rhetoric began to echo those of the past. For example, we all have heard about those people who claim that presence of refugees is a threat to white ladies or that newcomers are secretly trying to take over their countries. Interestingly, someone else made similar remarks decades ago (Africans are beyond such disgraceful remarks):

“These savages are a terrible danger,” a joint declaration of the German national assembly warned in 1920, to “German women.” Writing in ‘Mein Kampf’ in the 1920s, Adolf Hitler would describe African soldiers on German soil as a Jewish conspiracy aimed to topple white people “from their cultural and political heights”.

Obviously no sensible person would agree with the bizarre and outlandish ideas of the Nazis today, but it seems like such evil ideas have found a way to come back. Is whiteness once again turning into a pseudo-religion, as American political activist Du Bois observed in the 1900’s?

The western world claims that it has overcome the sins and mistakes of its past. It now claims that it is the center of modernism, freedom and everything desirable. But is it?

These incidents show that in every era of history, there will always be people of dubious morals and questionable judgment. However, today’s generations have an advantage. We saw what happened the last time the world gave in to the madness of racism. We saw how the waves of madness swallowed millions, no matter how sensible those people were previously We also saw what happened in the end and how racism, xenophobia and the most flagrant forms of prejudice and bigotry caused the most appalling and unthinkable crimes. Therefore, if despite this knowledge, we allow ourselves to be swallowed by a similar tide of hatred and allow this shameful history to repeat itself, there will be no excuse. This time, it will be a deliberately made mistake.

Adnan Oktar's piece in BERNAMA (Malaysia) & GIDSS (USA) & Jefferson Corner:

http://www.bernama.com/en/features/news.php?id=1464057

http://gidss.com/content/horrific-return-racism-or-was-it-always-there

http://www.jeffersoncorner.com/the-horrific-return-of-racism-or-was-it-always-there/

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Competing in (and for) Good Deeds in Ramadan

The blessed Month of Ramadan we are experiencing is a holy month in which the beauty of Islamic moral values is observed by the society in general, the hearts are mellowed, and believers’ efforts in this regard are redoubled. In the Qur’an, the Month of Ramadan is defined to be “better than a thousand months.” (Surah al-Qadr, 3). Muslims should make the best of this wonderful opportunity and take the right decisions with regards to this world and the Hereafter towards overcoming their flaws, compensating for their shortcomings, reinforcing their faith and further elevate their morals.

One of the most prominent characteristics of believers is their willingness and effort to lead all people by example in good moral values, as stated in this verse of the Qur’an, “…make us a good example for those who guard against evil…” (Surah al-Furqan, 74)

Fulfilling this responsibility, however, requires making great sacrifices in a lot of matters. For example, individuals are expected to prioritize taking care of the problems and needs of others over their own and to exert all their means to that end. They are expected to face up to any hardship when necessary and exercise patience and conviction in the face of adversity without losing heart.

The Qur’an tells about how all prophets and believers throughout history mightily strove towards spreading good moral values. Despite encountering myriad challenges to do so, these venerable people kept on teaching good moral values to all with exceptional enthusiasm and dedication. They expended such effort to gain the approval and affection of God alone, without expecting anything in return. The only recompense Muslims expect for their self-sacrifice is only that of God. Many verses of the Qur’an tell about the sincere behaviors of prophets that set an example for all mankind. For example, the following verses depict the Prophet Noah’s selfless effort to convey the good moral values without seeking any compensation other than the approval of God:

When their brother Noah said to them, ‘Will you not guard against evil?’
‘I am a faithful Messenger to you.’
‘So have fear of God and obey me.’
I do not ask you for any wage for it. My wage is the responsibility of no one but the Lord of all the worlds.’ (Surah ash-Shu’ara’, 106-109)

My people! I do not ask you for any wealth for it. My wage is the responsibility of God alone. (Surah Hud, 29)

Most people refused to heed this call that would help them attain salvation both in this world and the Hereafter and ensure them happy and pleasant lives and resisted the message that was conveyed to them. Prophets and other believers who preached good moral values endured this hardship as well, exhibiting a superior morality by saying “the best of words.” Without demanding any gain for themselves, they spared no effort just to deliver people from a painful punishment in the Hereafter. Patiently reiterating the truth to those who insist on not hearing it and seeking out rationalistic methods to help them see the truth is a moral behavior particular only to conscientious people. His endeavor to spread the religion to his tribe is an indisputable testament of Prophet Noah’s sincerity, altruism and patience in this regard.

Just like Prophet Noah, all prophets and believers encountered similar incidents in their respective communities. But , they did not let any of these dishearten them and dissuade them from their resolve to practice their faith and good moral values.

The blessed Ramadan is an opportunity for the believers to reflect the self-control they exercise in observing fast, for earning God’s approval to all other prayers as well, which, in turn, brings them closer to God. This awareness may lead people observing fast to thoroughly practice the morality favored by God, adjust their behavior to suit the teachings of the Qur’an, and flawlessly carry out the commandments of God. Our Lord grants countless means to His subjects, for He is All-Merciful and All-Forgiving.

Through Our Lord’s mercy, this Month of Ramadan we are about to welcome, too, will lead to many good things for all people. It will prove an opportunity for the Muslims throughout the world to acquire a deeper sense of faith, prayer and good moral values as well as to compete in piety and good deeds.

Adnan Oktar's piece in Kashmir Reader (India):

https://kashmirreader.com/2018/05/23/competing-in-and-for-good-deeds-in-ramadan/

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Ramadan: Then and now

Everyone loves Ramadan. The thrilling wait during the day, the delicious Iftar meals at the end of the day, nightlong celebrations and festivities that go on for a whole month, happy times with friends and family, delicious sweets like halwa and zalabiya, the joy of waking up all together in the middle of the night to eat sahur and surely, that beautiful, very visible air of security and warmth that settles over everyone and everywhere the Ramadan touches. 

That’s why one and a half billion Muslims around the world are excitedly working on their finishing touches for Ramadan preparations. No one wants to be left behind. 

Yes, today Ramadan is joyful and exuberant all around the world. But how was it in the past?

Ramadan was awaited and welcomed with great joy and enthusiasm in the past, too. Sultans made sure that everyone was well fed, well taken care of and spent the Ramadan as it should be spent: With joy, with loved ones and with great food. Streets and marketplaces, already busy and full of life, would explode with activity once Ramadan knocked on the door. Merchants would show off their products and the latest exotic imports in a bid to get the attention of shoppers, while ladies wandered trying to pick the best products for their delicious Iftar feasts. Bags of rice and colourful spices, sweets and juices appealed to enthusiastic Ramadan shoppers even centuries ago just like they do today. 

In the past, Ramadan was again a time of celebration in the Islamic world. The preparations would start months before and when the holy month came, life in the Islamic world would become nocturnal. The businesses would open in the afternoon and work only until the Iftar. City squares would host large feasts for thousands, with appetisers, vegetable dishes cooked in olive oil, whole roasted lambs with delicious rice cooked in butter and mouth-watering desserts were served. 

Rich families would also host Iftar meals and arrange the seating so skilfully that there would be no separation between the rich and the poor. After the Iftar, people would rush to mosques to express their gratitude with salat. According to historians, some nights more than 100,000 people would attend the salat at the famous Hagia Sophia mosque. 

Today, the scenery has changed, technology has advanced and we have a very different Ramadan. But the happiness, appreciation, excitement and warmth of Ramadan hasn’t changed; it is still there and very much alive, to be found in the streets, in family houses, even on TV. From Moscow, where 200,000 Muslims celebrate Ramadan together, to Manama where the fast is broken with traditional cannon fire and tents are set up for delicious Iftar feasts, the joy of Ramadan is everywhere. 

As a matter of fact, in today’s world where people are seemingly drawn apart from each other due to the Internet, TV and smart phones, Ramadan effectively brings them together and builds unshakable bonds of love, friendship and kindness, especially at Iftar feasts, during prayers at mosques after Iftar and the Eid Al Fitr celebrations. 

Once again, Muslims will practise self-discipline for the sake of God, question themselves in terms of their compassion, altruism and self-sacrifice and work to be better versions of themselves. They will also pray for the peace of the whole world, and especially for the relief of their pain-stricken fellow Muslims in many parts of the world, who will be fasting in very difficult conditions. May God bestow peace and calm to our world soon.

Adnan Oktar's piece in Gulf Daily News :

http://www.gdnonline.com/Details/218053/Ramadan-Then-and-now

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