Excerpt from Mr. Adnan Oktar's Live Conversation on A9TV dated July 1st, 2014
BULENT SEZGIN: Master, ISIS has resolved to take Arur city in Saudi Arabia and to destroy the Kaaba. They made a statement saying, "If God wills, under the leadership of our sheikh Al-Bagdadi, we will kill those who worship stones in Mecca- the pilgrims- and destroy the Kaaba, people go to worship stones, not God."
ADNAN OKTAR: They are out to destroy the Kaaba?
BULENT SEZGIN: Yes
ADNAN OKTAR: The destruction of the Kaaba is a portent of the Last Day. But it is really astonishing that they are acting this way. Do they really believe that they are strong enough to do that? With which logic are they thinking like that, I wonder?
BULENT SEZGIN: They see it as worshiping idols.
ADNAN OKTAR: But the Kaaba was there in the time of our Prophet (saas) as well. It was there at the time of the Prophet Abraham (pbuh). It was a stone building. There is no logic in destroying that building; it has nothing that could be ascribed to religion. If there is something at fault, you educate him. Right? How could anything be done by burning and destroying? It can only be done through education. You can think as ever you like, they would then go and worship the land it is built on. If they are going to worship they would go and eat the soil, put it on their faces and worship it anyway. That will only be solved with education. The education ISIS gives is at gunpoint. If a man doesn't obey their words, they shoot him in the head, if he listens to them it is okay. Religion cannot be preached like that. Religion cannot be communicated like that. There is no such command in the Qur'an. God says; "There is no compulsion in religion." (Surah Al-Baqarah; 256). Religion can only be preached by educating people. In the Qur'an God, makes statements against ascribing partners to God. He commands us to "...avoid ascribing partners to Him" but God also says in the verses that there will nevertheless be idolaters. And He says, "I will punish them." But other than that, I seek refuge with God from the satan, God says, "… Convey them to a place where they are safe. Protect their safety, do not let any harm come to them even if you are harmed." God says, "...do not put them in harm's way. Protect them at the risk of your life." And what are you saying? You say; "I will destroy the Kaaba, I will kill the pilgrims." That is not compliant with the Qur'an. Even if they are idolaters, you cannot do that!
BÜLENT SEZGİN: Master, our Prophet (saas) destroyed the idols inside, but preserved the building, insha'Allah.
ADNAN OKTAR: Of course. For instance, back then people were worshiping idols as well. They are attempting to solve things that could only be solved through education by intimidating people at gunpoint. What does ISIS say? "We will destroy the Kaaba" My brother, how is this reason? What does destroying the Kaaba mean? It is something that would inflict a deep wound in the hearts of Muslims, it is something that would agitate Muslims. The Prophet Abraham (pbuh) built the Kaaba personally with his bare hands. If you are against idol worship, solve that with education, explain things to them, talk to them. You are holding everyone at gunpoint. Guns took the place of pens (for them). They ask something to a man and then they shoot him (if they don't like the response!) Ask them something else, then they shoot him in the head! What kind of a conception of Islam is that? In many verses (of the Qur'an) Almighty God says, "You are not a dictator over them. You are only responsible for clearly conveying the message." They can accept it if they like or not, what is it to you?