Excerpt from Mr. Adnan Oktar's Live Interview on A9 TV dated October 8th, 2011
OKTAR BABUNA:Yes, our dear viewers, we are continuing with our program insha'Allah. We have a very esteemed guest here. Egyptian scholar Mr. Fadel Soliman who is founder and director of the Bridges Foundation. He is also an international lecturer and the Director of Islamic Scholars Union. He is here together with us insha'Allah. Here you are Master..
ADNAN OKTAR:The pleasant aspect about our Master is that he is against terrorism and is a person who wants Muslims to act in unity.
ALTUG ETI: Insha'Allah.
FADEL SOLIMAN:First thing I have to say in Turkey is "As-Salaamun Alaykom," in the Turkish way.
ADNAN OKTAR:Alaykom as-Salam.
FADEL SOLIMAN:And a Muslim, I have to be against terrorism. No Muslim can be with terrorism according to the Qur'an, and that's clear.
FADEL SOLIMAN:Because the Qur'an says," Wama lakum la tuqatiloona fee sabeeli Allahi waalmustadAAafeena mina alrrijali waalnnisa-i waalwildani" [I seek refuge with Allah from the satan" "How come you don't fight for the cause of Allah, and for the cause of the weak, the ill-treated and the oppressed." The weak, the ill-treated and the oppressed are suffering from terrorism, so God is telling us, how come you don't fight terrorism?
ADNAN OKTAR: Yes.. And our Master has very nice studies as well. This is one of them, as far as I see, "Jihad and Terrorism", I suppose it means..
ALTUG ETI: They are giving a struggle against terrorism, insha'Allah, Master.
ADNAN OKTAR:Yes, a struggle against terrorism. The people who wrote this are, here it is, read it from here..
ALTUĞ ETİ:Insha'Allah Master. They are giving conferences all over the world. Among those who give these lectures are; Dr. Jamal Badawi, he is one of the most renown scholars in America, Dr. Robest Pipes, a professor from Chicago University. Doctor Philips Sents, he is again a professor from London University. Imam Suhaib Webb is again the Chairman of the American Muslims organization. And Fadel Soliman, he also gives lectures. Dr. Gulnar Westbert Nobel Prize Winner, a German doctor. Dr. Abdullah Haqim Quick, one of the executives of Discover Islam Television. Ayse Schwarz she is a Muslim writer of German origin. Dr. Samuel Pearce, he is an expert in clinical psychology and the activist Petrina Higgs. There are Jews among those spokesmen, there are Christians as well and they all come to gather and give conferences against terrorism. They are giving lectures about the fact that Islam religion cannot have anything to do with terrorism, insha'Allah, Master.
FADEL SOLIMAN:Actually, let me speak of this, because first of all this was made by the Bridges Foundation. Yes, and Bridges Foundation works in three main lines. We give services to non-Muslims, we give services to Muslims, and we give services to ex-Muslims. With non-Muslims, we give them lectures on Islam in churches and universities; we make them films about Islam and with Muslims we train them how to talk about Islam. We have a few workshops, each workshop is three days and we give it to 12,400 Muslims in 16 countries.
ADNAN OKTAR:Masha'Allah.. That is very nice..
FADEL SOLIMAN: And with ex-Muslims, we do counseling for them and we made for them some good DVD's too that were able to turn many of them back to Islam.
ADNAN OKTAR: Masha'Allah. That is very nice..
FADEL SOLIMAN: It's called, "Missionary's Deception". It exists for free on YouTube in English and in Arabic, and it was able to return 96% of the people who were counseled with it.
This actually is one of our films which is called, "Islam in Brief". It exists in 30 languages.
ADNAN OKTAR: 30 languages.. Masha'Allah.
FADEL SOLIMAN: And one of them is Turkish, of course, and Hebrew, and I remember an Israeli once watched it and she called me, and she came from Israel to Cairo and she took shahadah.
ADNAN OKTAR: Masha'Allah. Masha'Allah.
FADEL SOLIMAN:And actually, we made it in response to this; it's the worst film made against Islam called "Obsession" claiming that Muslims are terrorists and they distributed 28 million copies for free in one day in the US with the newspapers. So we published this one, "A Gift from your Neighbor", and we sent it with the same newspapers..
ADNAN OKTAR: That is very good.
FADEL SOLIMAN:But we were not able to make more than 60,000. So they made 28 million, we made 60,000 because of finance.
ADNAN OKTAR:This one right?.. But they've made a grave mistake.
FADEL SOLIMAN:It's called "Obsession", it is a very bad one.
ADNAN OKTAR:Of course, it should have been distributed at least as much as the first one.
FADEL SOLIMAN:Exactly. Alhamdulillah. Right now, we are distributing 10,000 of this film, those films, to 10,000 professors in the U.K. For free. Because we believe that if we can change the mindset of professors, teachers, educators, then we will be changing the mindset of the new generations.
ADNAN OKTAR:That is a very beautiful service, a very beneficial one. The effect would be great even if the amount is small. And it has been influential and it will be insha'allah.
FADEL SOLIMAN:We always took someone here as a guide for us which is Mr. Adnan Oktar and the works of Harun Yahya, which was always a guide for us in all what we are doing.
ADNAN OKTAR:May Allah be pleased with you. Insha'Allah may Allah deem us become as you have said.
FADEL SOLIMAN:We were always playing your videos in our schools in the U.S. And even now in Egypt we are also playing your videos now for the children and the youth so that Allah may protect them from atheism and Darwinism.
ADNAN OKTAR:Masha'Allah. Masha'Allah.
FADEL SOLIMAN:I wish that I can come one day to Turkey and give these workshops to the tourist guides. Among the 12,000 Muslims that we've trained so far in 16 countries, there are 1,000 tourist guides in Egypt. So now, they can speak about the beauty of the Islamic and Pheraonic arts, and about Islam at the same time. At least they are able to answer the questions of tourists now.
ADNAN OKTAR:That is a very good logic, a very nice study. May Allah deem you victorious. That is very pleasing , we liked it a lot.. We will cooperate with you in order to remove the damage given insha'Allah. We will reciprocate very nicely, insha'Allah.
FADEL SOLIMAN:Alhamdulillah. I'm not doing this alone; actually, Bridges is an organization and we have many volunteers who are volunteering with us, we have a few employees who work with us and Dr. Jamal Badawi is the President of Bridges Foundation. I'm the director.
ADNAN OKTAR:That is a very good, very comprehensive and a very strong effort. It is something that would have a very nice impact. That is because you are targeting a very select segment of the society. And it seems that it will give a great result, and you already are attaining very good results. May Allah deem you successful.
FADEL SOLIMAN: Let me tell you the truth here. We targeted with the first film rulers, and governors, and parliamentarians and politicians and journalists. But, we found that targeting teachers is more important. They are less hypocritical. And they are scientific, and always search for the truth. And we are not going to claim we are the first people to do so, actually we benefited from the Jews in doing this. Sixty years ago and fifty years ago, Jews in the United States were persecuted. But they said, "Lets not waste our time on the generation that hates us. Let us work on the young generations." So they worked in the field of education. Any American now under 60 years old, he has 10, 12 Jewish teachers who taught him, and he's having good memories for them. But Muslims still insist to graduate their children, and tell them to become engineers and doctors. So, if we don't have that many teachers, Muslim teachers, so we are working on non-Muslim teachers now.
ADNAN OKTAR:May Allah deem you successful, may Allah give you salvation. Your activities are very nice. Insha'Allah, we will broadcast these films as well. We will have very intense activities that would announce these in Europe as well. But indeed it is very pleasing that they've been performing such beautiful activities and that we're announcing them here. That is really nice.
FADEL SOLIMAN: I want to say something here, because actually Istanbul is very dear to my heart. It's the dearest city to my heart after Mecca and Medina. I have some Turkish roots, actually. But also this is the city of someone that I love so much, and even my son's nickname is after him; and this is Erbakan.
ADNAN OKTAR:Masha'Allah. Masha'Allah. What do you think about our Master Erbakan?
FADEL SOLIMAN: Well, he's really a great professor, and he was an inspiration to all Islamists in the Muslim world.
ADNAN OKTAR:My Master is the sweetest of all the world. He was one of a kind.
FADEL SOLIMAN: May Allah shower him with mercy.
ADNAN OKTAR:Masha'Allah. May Allah deem us brothers in the Heaven insha'Allah.
FADEL SOLIMAN: Insha'Allah. I think people like him, and people like you all, and especially like Mr. Oktar they don't come on the Day of Judgment and their age is only the number of days that they lived. They come, and their age is like billions of years because the number of years of the people that they influenced and they helped and served will be added to their lives, too, so maybe he will be like two, three, four billion years old, you will be two, three, four billion years old, both of you, insha'Allah and hopefully you will take me with you, insha'Allah.
ADNAN OKTAR:Masha'Allah. May Allah be pleased with you. You are very much liked in the Islamic world Master.
FADEL SOLIMAN: Thank you very much. All I hope is that Allah accepts from me, and I'll be, on the Day of Judgment, with Prophet Muhammad, even as a servant.
ADNAN OKTAR:Masha'Allah. Insha'Allah May Allah deem us brothers in the Heaven. May Allah have Islam dominate the world. May He grant us the blessing of seeing Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh), may He give us the blessing of seeing the Prophet Jesus Messiah (pbuh). May He grant us all the blessing of being his soldier insha'Allah.
FADEL SOLIMAN: And may Allah gather us in the al-Aqsa Mosque to pray together, like He gathered us here in this beautiful place.
ADNAN OKTAR:Insha'Allah those beautiful events will also happen. Islam will dominate the world. We will see that happening altogether insha'Allah. Master, may Allah be pleased with you, you've honored us, you've given us grace, we would very much like to welcome you again Insha'Allah, we would very much like you to honor us again and bring us honor again with your knowledge. We are at your disposal insha'Allah.
FADEL SOLIMAN: It's my honor to be with you, actually.
ADNAN OKTAR:May Allah be pleased with you. May Allah be pleased with you. Alright, thank you..