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Masonry has been one of most interesting phenomena of the past two centuries. Naturally, it has attracted attention because of its closed, reserved and mystical character. At the same time, an antipathy to Masonry has arisen; it attempts to advertise itself as a "harmless charitable institution," while a determined opposition to Masonry has grown as a result of the contradictory claims of the organization.

However, what must be done in order to oppose Masonry is not to adopt a blind anti-Masonic agenda, but to discern and show the invalidity of the perverse philosophy that this organization espouses and imposes on humanity.

The great Islamic scholar Bediuzzaman Said Nursi describes in one paragraph the main outline of such a duty:

A tyrannical current born of Naturalist and Materialist philosophy will gradually become strong and spread at the end of time by means of materialist philosophy, reaching such a degree that it denies God… 141

In other words, the current of materialist ideas that will emerge in the end times will go so far as to deny the existence of Allah. In response, it must be shown what a great and irrational deception this is, and the proofs of the existence of Allah as revealed in the Qur'an must be made known.

This is the way of the intellectual struggle that must be waged against Masonry. The important thing to do is to invalidate and overcome Masonic philosophy. It is of the greatest importance to destroy the influence of the ideas of this organization, that silently and from a distance carries out its mass propaganda campaign, and distances people from their faith and draws them away from religious moral values and to materialist, humanist and Darwinist myths. Obviously, an ideologically defeated philosophy can no longer be effective. Moreover, it is also necessary to tell people about the existence of Allah, His Unity, and the truth of religion, and to show them the true path in the light of the scientific facts. Actually, this intellectual undertaking cannot be regarded merely as a struggle against Masonry because the goal is also to save Masons, who are themselves deceived. One verse in the Qur'an about the unbelieving people of 'Ad and Thamud indicates the situation of Masons: "Satan made their actions seem good to them and so debarred them from the Way, even though they were intelligent people." (Surat al-'Ankabut: 38)

The goal is to show the truth to all people, including Masons, and to save them from their error.

It needs to be made clear that science, that Masons have used supposedly in support of their philosophy for the past two hundred years, has now turned against them. The theory of evolution, the foundation of the materialist world view, has been in severe decline since the 1970's. The fossil record clearly denies the claims of this theory, by revealing that species appeared abruptly and fully formed, without an "evolutionary ancestor." Biochemistry, examining minute aspects of living things, has demonstrated marvelous instances that cannot be explained in terms of natural causes. Genetic comparisons have shown that species supposed to be close relatives, according to the Darwinist "tree of life," are in fact very distinct in terms of genetic make-up. Science has proven the invalidity of the theory of evolution, a fact that cannot be hidden any longer by evolutionists. It is necessary to use the evidences that science has brought forward and inform the masses of the invalidity of materialist-humanist philosophy.

Masonry has been able for some time and with effective methods of propaganda to make the masses accept a false idea. To tell the truth and aid people in accepting it is much easier.

When Muslims undertake this duty, with Allah's permission, the following pronouncement will become manifest: "Rather We hurl the truth against falsehood and it cuts right through it and it vanishes clean away!" (Surat al-Anbiya':18)

Then, the twenty-first century will not be the century of "Global Freemasonry" as the Masons had hoped, but the century of Islamic morality.

They said "Glory be to You!
We have no knowledge except what You have taught us.
You are the All-Knowing, the All-Wise."
(Qur'an, 2: 32)



141 Bediuzzaman Said Nursi, Letters, 15th Letter,The Meaning of Your Fourth Question, TheSecond Current(http://www.bediuzzaman.org/letters/let15d.html)

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