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