When Madonna Met Turkish Creationist Adnan Oktar

The singer Madonna’s recent visit to Turkey apparently included a chat with Adnan Oktar, the well-known Turkish Creationist. Oktar has discussed his encounter on Turkish television (for some reason, in conversation with what appear to be several young models), explaining that she is

“someone who is awaiting the Madhi… she is striving for, and has a huge desire for world peace, world brotherhood, for everyone to believe in the one Allah, for an end to war and for an end to hunger.”

Oktar states that the meeting was arranged by Yehuda Berg of the Kabbalah Centre; “He has come to be with me here many times and we have had long talks”.

Oktar has also previously held meetings with conservative religious figures from Israel, including members of the self-styled “Sanhedrin”, in order to form an alliance against the theory of evolution and to discuss peace. Otkar is a prolific author of religious books, although he is most famous for his Atlas of Creation, which declares that “Darwinism and materialism”, rather than extremist religion, is responsible for contemporary terrorism. The book was sent to thousands of scientists, including Richard Dawkins (who gave his assessment here).

Oktar has also been interviewed by Joel Richardson, who claims that the Bible predicts that the Muslim world will come under the control of a Muslim Anti-Christ.

In 2007, I noted Madonna’s involvement in a plan to bring Kabbalah to Malawian schoolchildren; in 2011, it was reported that managers of the charity overseeing the project had been ousted after a “damning audit”, and a revised plan to build 10 schools was met with scepticism in Malawi earlier this year.

UPDATE: Yahya has responded to a query from a viewer on “Why is it that there are ladies present in Mr. Adnan Oktar’s Live Conversations?” He explains on his TV show (via live interpreter into English):

The women are the ornaments of the world. Loving women comes from faith in Allah. They asked Prophet Muhammad what he loves the most. He says “I love three things in the world the most.” And first, bismillah, he says, “I love the most, believer women”… So Prophet Muhammad was in love with women. He says the second is beautiful fragrance, and the third is doing salat.

…Fragrance is not something you can handle; you can’t feel it, but women you can feel with five senses, and I love women the most, too. Look, I’m surrounded by these beautiful ladies and they’re all in love with me, they are deeply in love with me, and I’m in love with them, and all of them are full of holy light, they’re all very beautiful, all very wise, very well educated. They have a very strong faith in Allah. And my beautiful here too, she loves me very much. You can ask her if you want, if she loves me. You love me. There, you see, of course… 

It’s a manifestation of Allah’s beauty. It’s a blessing from Allah… Look at the beauties here, they’re full of holy light, they’re incredibly beautiful, and the unbelievers can’t believe that they’re so beautiful. They are so jealous.

By contrast, radicals look “like gorillas”.