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9th of Av Message of Peace and Messianic Yearning from Turkish Muslim Leader


Adnan Oktar meeting with former Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau in Istanbul, October 18, 2011.

Adnan Oktar meeting with former Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau in Istanbul, October 18, 2011.

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I’ve interviewed Adnan Oktar (also known by his pen name Harun Yahya) in the past and introduced him to the readers of the Jewish Press. He is a prominent Turkish intellectual and religious leader with a mass following, who has communicated and met personally over the past decade with many Orthodox rabbis from Israel and abroad, expressing his friendship to the Jewish nation and his reverence to the Torah.

On Motzai Tisha B’Av I received a note from Mr. Oktar, with a message about Jews, Muslims and the Messiah.

The message began with a note from Oktar’s staff:

We long for the days that we will see the reestablishment of Solomon’s Temple and hopefully we will pray there together in the near future. This will definitely happen as the days of Messiah—Yamot HaMashiach—are imminent.

And this day—Thisha B’Av—will no longer be a day of mourning but joy and celebration of peace, love and brotherhood. Insha’Allah / Be’ezrat Hashem.

It was followed with a few paragraphs by Adnan Oktar himself:

First of all I would like to have the building [Hazrat Solomon's Prayer House] constructed exactly the same as the one before and I want it to be decorated exactly as it was, with the same beautiful ornaments. I want it to be reinstated with all its glamour, all its beauty. However it would be very useful for it to be very big. I mean it would be best if it can be as big as possible. It would be best if we could adorn the surrounding area with very beautiful gardens, with fruit trees.

The land there is very convenient in that respect, I mean it can be placed just a little away from Qubbat As-Sakhrah, a little ahead of Masjid el-Aqsa. There are very wide, big areas there, those places can be made use. Let us construct and build the Masjid of our blessed Prophet Solomon (Peace Be Upon Him) there, with all its glory insha’Allah… Everyone should be able to perform his own prayers in joy and awe. But it is everyone’s aspiration for that city to be adorned, to be beautified, to regain the magnificent glory it had in the days of the Prophet Solomon (PBUH). Every Christian, every Muslim, every Jew would want that. Let us accomplish that beauty all together.

… It is of course very exciting to remember those beautiful days, to rebuild this beautiful building, this beautiful masjid that is referred to in the Qur’an. This very much excites me as a Muslim and excites other believers as well. It will excite the Christians and also the Jews. Christians, Jews and Muslims, by rebuilding this beauty altogether hand in hand, rebuilding this beautiful masjid, they can be able to worship in it as well. It is a matter of joy. But of course it will be much better if we perform it altogether. Let’s adorn it in the same way as it was before. I would like to see Jerusalem in its most beautiful and brilliant state, just like it was in that period. When this happens we will feel relieved. It will be a joy for us. To live those beautiful days of the Prophet Solomon (PBUH) will give joy to every believer.

Genuine Jews and genuine Muslims should not forget that artificial events ignited particularly in Masjid al-Aqsa are specially planned to distance believers from one another. It is of great importance for sincere believers not to believe in such provocateurs’ inculcation but consolidate brotherhood and friendship among one another. Once the feelings of brotherhood and spirit of unity is strengthened among believers, devout Jews, devout Muslims and devout Christians will pray God in the Haram al-Sharif (Temple Mount) all together in peace.

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About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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8 Responses to “9th of Av Message of Peace and Messianic Yearning from Turkish Muslim Leader”

  1. John DeLancy says:

    This is beautiful. When Moshiach comes, all of us – Jews, Muslims and Christians – will put our arguments and conflicts away. But as this true Muslim says, it would be so good if we did that now.

  2. Yori Yanover says:

    At the heart of the conflict is the replacement doctrine of both Christianity and, somewhat less so, Islam. If the leaders of both faiths truly embrace the idea of God's speaking to all of Humanity in different languages and nuances, we'll have peace at once. Judaism does not believe you have to be Jewish to do God's will — but you guys have been insisting it's your way or the highway.

  3. John DeLancy says:

    To call the damnable lie of Replacement Theology 'the heart of the conflict" is a very kind way of describing the abuse and murder of your people by faiths that say on the one hand you – unlike your neighbor nations – don't have to be killed, you can instead become dhimmi slaves and suffer the 'humiliation' of paying the jizya (I still don't know why the Musims think its humiliating nor why they would want to humiliate others, but there we are); and on the other hand "you can't live here as Jews / you can't live here / you can't live".

    There are some Muslims who are not saying this, and there are many followers of Yeshua ("Chistian" is to laden with 2 millennia of oppression and murderto), who are openly opposed to the demonically inspired Supercessionist theory. These are the people who actively _want_ for Jews to remain Jews, and who want to stand with you, for good or for ill, when you are finally attacked by the whole world. Well, not the whole world. There will be representatives of EVERY ONE of the Goyim on the side of the Jews, and who will in fact carry you to your Promised Land of Israel.

  4. Yori Yanover says:

    I'm not a deterministic person, nor a fatalistic one. I don't think war and destruction are a necessary gate to salvation. I also don't think Jews are the most important people on the planet. But we do have a job of teaching humanity how to love God through His commandments, and when we do our job things appear to be working.

    I'd rather no be in the role of the proverbial victim, nor the monstrous colonialist. But I am entitled to one country to call my own, in which I make life nice and democratic for my neighbors.

  5. and they shall come, to my Holy Mountain, and rejoice in my house of prayer, my house will be a prayer for all people…. Isaiah

  6. and they shall come, to my Holy Mountain, and rejoice in my house of prayer, my house will be a House of prayer for all people…. Isaiah

  7. and they shall come, to my Holy Mountain, and rejoice in my house of prayer, my house will be a House of prayer for all people…. Isaiah

  8. Adnan Oktar is a beautiful person. He opens a channel for the Messianic Age.

    He shows that it is possible to interpret the Koran in a way that recognizes that the Bene Israel were meant to live in the land of Israel.

    It is also likely that the Dome of the Rock was built by Muslims for Jewish worship. Without a doubt Jewish worship was encouraged for a long time on the Temple Mount by Muslim authorities.

    I agree with Yori Yanover that the heart of the conflict is the replacement doctrines of Christianity and Islam.

    All the other political issues between Israelis and Palestinians will be solved when these doctrines are replaced.

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