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It is essential for Muslims to remember the Nazi’s atrocities and to commemorate the innocent losses

Source: CFCA

By Adnan Oktar


It is now a universally acknowledged fact that the
Twentieth Century represents one of the darkest and bloodiest
centuries in the history of humanity. The idea of Social Darwinism, the basics
of which were put forth in the 19th Century, was the main reason
that dragged the 20th Century into such turbulence, dissension, war
and conflict. That makes it crucial to grasp the importance of the impacts
Social Darwinism had on the world of thought. With the concept of Social
Darwinism—which lacks any scientific foundation, many people who do not
live by the morality of religion started to regard cruelty, violence and
persecution as natural. The repercussions of that falsified ideology can still
be seen in our world today. The persecutors, in their own minds, claimed
that their cruelty had a scientific foundation; that wrongful mindset made the
20th Century rife with killings perpetrated by totalitarian regimes and
organizations that oppressed and slaughtered innocent people for the sake of
their own ideological obsessions.


Looking at the terrible
sufferings and disasters that fascism has inflicted on mankind will enable one
to understand the impact of Social Darwinism on the bloodshed and the genocide
the world witnessed during the WW II. Adolf Hitler, the ideologist and leader
of the Nazi movement, was undisputedly the most dangerous of the racist Social
Darwinists. Under his command, the Nazis carried out industrial-scale genocide
against Jews, Gypsies, Eastern Europeans, people they considered “inferior
races”. To understand the meaning of the term “inferior races” and the roots of
that so-called scientific misconception, we should look at the underlying philosophy.


A revealing point is the
way the Nazi worldview took Darwin’s theory of evolution as its intellectual
basis. When putting forward his theory, Charles Darwin claimed that there was a
constant fight for survival in nature, and that some races were especially
favored in the fight, while others were doomed to lose and be “eliminated.” As
one might expect, these views soon came to represent the scientific foundation
of racism.


Under the influence of
Darwinian views, the Nazis attempted to annihilate people from many different
faiths and nations such as Jews, religious Catholics and Slavic people; they
slaughtered mental patients, handicapped people and the elderly in gas
chambers. The Nazis carried out this persecution in front of the eyes of the whole
world; they committed mass murder with the cruelest methods. The Nazis’ racial
policies, known as “eugenics,” represented a “proactive” approach to the theory
of evolution as applied to society. Eugenics refers to the weeding out of the
sick and handicapped, and the “improvement” of the human race by increasing the
number of healthy individuals. This is not a new idea; the ancient Greek
Spartans were well-known for applying a method of eugenics through the practice
of infanticide. They would determine that if a baby was born with some manner
of physical defect, it would be left to die of exposure; for the ancient
Spartans, this represented an attempt to ensure that Spartan children would
grow up to become Spartan warriors as adults.


concepts of freedom of thought and faith, the right of every person to his or
her life, the inadmissibility of inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment,
the fact that everyone has the right to liberty and security of person and the
prohibition of slavery, servitude and forced labor are concepts the whole world
now embraces and regards as fundamental rights and freedoms. Today these
fundamental rights are under the protection of an international treaty, the
Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. However
during World War II, every single one of those rights were violated under Nazi
rule with the influence of Darwinist indoctrination. The Nazis began by killing
their political opponents, then set about murdering all those innocent
handicapped and the mentally ill, whom they saw as being “harmful” according to
their twisted theories of eugenics. They began oppressing and torturing Jews
and other minorities living in Germany and then, in 1939, launched World War
Two in Europe and within two years turned the areas under their control into a
killing fields in the name of “racial purity”. The Nazis killed 11 million
people in their terrible concentration and extermination camps, veritable
genocide factories where technology was systematically employed to sadistically
murder babies, the elderly and the sick. A total of 55 million people died
during that war, at least 30 million of them being innocent civilians killed by
the Nazis.


With the
rule of the Nazis and their openly exterminationist policies, the world became
a place of hitherto unseen savagery. Even today, there are still some
antisemitic actions taken against the inoffensive Jewish community. In order
to prevent a similar tragedy from ever happening again, a worldwide
collaboration is exceedingly important. A common cultural campaign must be
carried out against anti-Semitic groups and the fact that racism and radicalism
has inflicted nothing but the most terrible suffering and disasters on mankind
must be explained to everyone.


must be pioneers in the fight against hatred because true believers see other
people as beings God created, and make no distinctions between them on grounds
of race, nation, skin color or language. In every human being, they see beauty
created by God, and take pleasure in that beauty; their faith makes them
loving, compassionate and protective. In the Koran, God has forbidden
discrimination on the grounds of race and has revealed that people can attain
superiority in His sight through faith:


“O humanity! We created you from a male and female,
and made you into peoples and tribe so that you might come to know each other.
The noblest among you in God’s sight is the one with the most fear of God. God
is All-Knowing, All-Aware.” (Koran, 49:13)

All of
mankind has a responsibility to ensure that such atrocities never happen again,
and that such monstrous ideas are never again allowed to spread: However,
Muslims have a special duty to fight against anti-Semitism as they have long
been exposed to such poisonous and false teachings in the past century. It is
therefore absolutely essential to denounce anti-Semitism, to remember the
Nazi’s atrocities and to commemorate the victims of this horrific violence.


The writer is a Muslim opinion leader from Turkey, who has authored more
than 300 books in 73 langauages on political, faith-related and scientific
topics. Twitter: @harun_yahya