In regards to the ongoing proceedings about the client Adnan Oktar and his friends, the TMSF (Saving Deposit Insurance Fund - SDIF) Board members Abdulkadir Kocak and Cagdas Ekici issued a warrant on October 28th, 2019 and with this warrant requested that the books by the client Adnan Oktar to be destroyed based on the claim that supposedly they consist organization propaganda and again supposedly they cause steady and constant damage. Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office directed this very demand (with tacit acceptance) to the Criminal Court where the trials are being carried and demanded a verdict.
First of all, we need to state and draw attention to the important fact that SDIF HAS GONE ABOVE AND BEYOND THE CALL OF ITS DUTY, AND EVEN MISCONDUCTED. Regrettably, the Office of the Chief Prosecutor has also associated with this attitude which is far from being well-disposed.
It is improper and also far from being well-disposed that SDIF commented as such on the publications of the client without reviewing any single one of them, and without being based on any legal opinion.
The books of the client;
EVALUATING THESE PUBLICATIONS, WHICH CREATE GREAT IMPACT AROUND THE WORLD AND LEAD HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE TO ISLAM, AS ORGANIZATIONAL PROPAGANDA AND REQUESTING TO SELL THEM AS “JUNK” IN ORDER TO RAISE FUNDS FOR THE OPERATIONS REGARDING THE BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION TOTALLY CONFLICTS WITH THE LAW, AND REASON, AND CONSCIENCE.
THIS REVIEW WHICH MEANS DESTROYING THE PUBLICATIONS OF THE CLIENT IS TOTALLY DISRESPECTFUL TO ISLAMIC VALUES AND ALSO IS IN CONTRADICTORY WITH THE INTEREST OF OUR NATION AND GOVERNMENT. AND THAT IS BECAUSE;
It is highly disrespectful against Islamic values that SDIF Board Members stated an opinion on selling the client's publications as junk. This becomes obvious when the content of the client's works are analyzed since their content is majorly about God’s Creation, moral values of the Quran, miracles of the Quran, lives of our Prophets and Islamic Unity. Here are some of the covers of his books on these topics:
As clearly seen even from the title of the books, the content of the client's works is based on our God’s Names, and verses of the Quran, with the moral values of the Quran. These works include tens of thousands of Quranic verses, thousands of sayings from our Prophet (pbuh), thousands of explanations from Islamic scholars praising Our Lord and His religion, as well as tens of thousands of evidences for God's Creation.
Selling these works as junk material, which is actually their destruction, would mean destroying the books through which many people have found faith through the facts of Creation, sayings of our Prophet (pbuh), and the Quran verses. Therefore, selling these works as junk material is a direct disrespect against God and Islamic values.Moreover, it will also cause a delay in intellectual activities conducted by other Muslims across the world to preach Islam.
Considering that even the online versions of the client's publications have been downloaded in millions, it is an obvious fact that the destruction of these works would do no good for the Islamic cause.
Nowadays, such practices as the destruction of books are not even followed or preferred in the countries such as North Korea, or China. Therefore, it is quite distressing even to mention it in Turkey, known as the protector of all Muslims, and therefore this matter requires immediate attention.
The works of the client on which the SDIF board made a decision also include the books on Ataturkism, promoting and publicizing his ideologies. Here are some of the covers of these books:
Names of the above books (from left to right); Sincere devoted Ataturk – Importance of the National Unity – The love of country and nation of Ataturk – Real Ataturkism – Ataturk and Youth – Importance of Devotion to the State – Ataturk Encylopedia Vol 1 – Ataturk Encylopedia Vol 2 – Understanding Ataturk Well
In case the opinion of SDIF Board of Directors to destroy the client's works is put into practice, the above-mentioned works praising Ataturk, Ataturk's ideologies and Ataturkism will also be destroyed and this will constitute a direct insult to the founder of Turkish Republic Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, and it will be an act against the basic ideologies that support our country and our nation to prosper and develop.
The client Adnan Oktar has been carrying his cultural activities for the past 40 years and his works have been very influential during the struggle against terrorism. The client Adnan Oktar wrote many books in order to make contributions to the fight against terrorist organizations such as PKK, ISIS, AL QAEDA and also FETO. Some of his book covers on these topics are as below:
Names of the above books (from left to right); Islam Denounces Terrorism, The Danger of Communist Kurdistan, Americas Failure to Perceive the PKK, The Communist Terrorist Irreligious Organization PKK, Only Love can Defeat Terrorism, Devil’s Ritual; Terrorism
If the opinion of SDIF Board of Director for destroying the books of the client is followed, the books which are highly influential against terrorism, some of which are shown as above, will be destroyed.
For instance; especially during these days our country has been hugely pressurized on the fight against ISIS, if the client's books are destroyed, then Muslims will no longer have access to the content of the client’s book “Islam Denounces Terrorism” which explicitly put forth the grounds that Muslims never apply terrorism along with the verses about peace, love, brotherhood, and justice in the Quran. Similarly, the client’s books named as "America's Failure to Perceive the PKK" and "The Danger of a Communist Kurdistan" which were published to give support to our government's rightful fight against terrorist PKK for successful military operations, will also not be accessible to the readers. It is absolutely clear that this is certainly not in favor of our government or our nation and to Muslims.
The client Adnan Oktar's works which invite people to the values of the Qur'an and to the Turkish Islamic Union, his works against Darwinism and against terrorism, his books aiming to bring end the weakness of faith and irreligiousness are completely in line with the policies of our government.
The efforts of AK Party, which has been in power for 17 years, MHP the nationalist movement party, and of course the head of AK Party Messrs. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for the purpose of constituting faithful generation, the mosques being visited by large crowds as it was in the past, the Muslim countries' being united in all realms, eliminating terrorist organizations such as PKK, ISIS, and FETO are known by all.
We all know that these efforts highly crucial. It is clear that irreligiousness started to spread in our country as well as the rest of the world; the mosques are emptied, people fall prey to the ideologies of the terrorist organizations by being radicalized; conflicts, separation, and lovelessness have widely spread in our country as it has across the world. In fact, these facts are also expressed by the state authorities, and get published at newspapers’ headlines:
Erdogan spoke during the Holy Birth Week celebrations at Istanbul Sinan Erdem; We will be gathered under the roof Islam. Let’s not allow the clash of sects. Be Turkish, be Cherkes, no matter. We are all Muslims, and we will unite here. We cannot be saved from terror if there is racism or sectarianism.
While the problems in Turkey and in the rest of the Muslim World are explicit, and are often being uttered by Messrs. President Erdogan at the first place, and also many other politicians, scholars, thinkers, philosopher, and sociologists, we are of the opinion that SDIF Board of Directors’ demand to destroy the books published by the client Adnan Oktar in order to get rid of these problems is not well-intentioned.
SUCH AN OPINION WOULD ACTUALLY HARM OUR COUNTRY AND THE ISLAMIC WORLD, RATHER THAN HARMING THE CLIENT AND HIS FRIENDS.It is clear that such a demand will never avail favor to our government and to our nation. We cannot understand what is the actual purpose behind destroying the client’s books, which all support our government’s policy would serve. It certainly needs to be investigated what could have SDIF be intending with the annihilation of the books which provide useful content for our state, nation and the government.
While SDIF Board of Directors publishes its opinion for destroying the books by the client Adnan Oktar, they claim that the books were written and published for the purpose of organizational propaganda.
It is impossible to agree with this consideration. Not only this consideration lacks any legal evidence, but it is absolutely far from being objective as well.
The client Adnan Oktar and his friends are not members of a criminal organization. In fact, such allegation is currently the subject of the currently ongoing trial. Istanbul 30th High Criminal Court has been conducting the legal proceedings on this prosecution case. As the trial has not yet come to an end, there is no decision that supports the SDIF Board of Directors’ evaluation. SDIF Board of Directors came to a decision alone about an ongoing trial, and they are of the opinion to annihilate the books in the direction of their decision. As it is clear, it is not compatible with law and conscience to act upon to such point of view.
In addition to all, it should be indicated that communicating Islam, the miracles of Qur'an, Islamic Union, facts of Creation, the indivisible unity of the state, and the danger of terrorism cannot be evaluated as a terrorist propaganda in anywhere in the world. All Muslims know that all cultural activities in this direction are a requirement of Allah’s orders to all Muslims as told in the Qur'an. Nevertheless, the SDIF Board of Directors has made such a perilous statement about the books by the client Adnan Oktar, which are in fact highly beneficial to our government at all respects all along the line, that these books were written and spread for the purpose of organizational propaganda. If the court makes a verdict in the direction of this extremely erroneous evaluation, this verdict would also be so perilous to make its mark in history.
Despite the fact that the SDIF Board of Directors has the opinion that the client’s publications are organizational propaganda, many members of the Faculty of Divinity published opinion previously that the publications of the client are compatible with Islam and also they provide benefit for the Muslims. These letters of opinion are submitted in the file of the ongoing proceedings.
Prof. Dr. Mehmet Bayraktar, said as follows about the works of the client Adnan Oktar on his observation dated May 30th, 2000:
“…THERE IS NO SINGLE OPINION THAT CONTRADICTS THE BASIC SOURCE OF ISLAM, WHICH ARE THE QURAN AND SUNNAH. ON THE CONTRARY, THE TRADITIONAL TURKISH-ISLAMIC UNDERSTANDING IS PRESERVED… …”
Prof. Dr. M. Hayri Kirbasoglu said as follows about the works of the client Adnan Oktar on his observation dated March 28th, 2000:
“…As the names of the books alone indicate, they are to be considered as intellectual efforts published as an outcome of the feeling of responsibility for the society against irreligiousness, nihilism, anti-rational understanding of religion, and moral degeneration in general. It is highly positive that almost half of the collection of the books discuss the essential source of Islam, which is the Quran, instead of taking traditional and noncelestial, and hearsay. AGAIN, IT IS EXTREMELY WELL-DIRECTED THAT TWO OF THESE BOOKS WHICH MAKE REFERENCE TO THE QURAN ALSO EMPHASIZE MORALS. No needless to say that these efforts certainly need to be appreciated especially considering the severe current moral degeneration on political, economic, cultural, and other relevant areas in our country, which I believe are not very well comprehended by the authorities….”
The above two legal opinions alone indicate that the outlook of the SDIF Board members on the publications of the client is totally invalid, and has no scientific ground. Therefore, their approach to destroy the publication of the client is also improper and wrong.
We wish to emphasize that; these incidents reveal that certain groups intend to misguide the governmental institutions for the purpose of putting their dark plans against Islam and Muslims into practice. Thus, we believe that utmost attention is required against those dark plans.