Weird News First prayer of Eid in Hagia Sophia converted into a mosque
Private prayer in reopened places of worship is ‘moment of grace’
A full reopening with services is not expected to happen until at least July 4.Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, and Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster, started the day together in prayer.
Duringon July 24, was present in person. This time, the Turkish president did not attend the first prayer of Eid al-Adha since the conversion into a mosque of this emblematic building of Istanbul. Thousands of Muslims have gathered to pray around the site.
Muslim worshipers attend Eid al-Adha prayers in Hagia Sophia, Turkey, for the first time after the historic building was reconverted into a mosque? Reuters (@Reuters)
A crowd of worshipers had gathered even before sunrise, with some taking selfies before prayer. Due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, the number of people allowed to pray insideMosque has been limited to a few hundred. Several thousand faithful therefore prostrated themselves on the square of the building.
Turkey: Will Hagia Sophia become a mosque again?
© Provided by Le Point religion, Hagia Sophia, Istanbul It is a transformation that President Trick Recep Tayyip Erdogan calls for: giving back to Muslim worship the old Hagia Sophia Istanbul. Thursday, July 2, the Turkish State Council , the highest court in the country, studied the request of several associations requesting that the monument become a mosque again. The decision will be announced within 15 days, according to state television TRT.
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Senior Turkish officials such as the head of the Religious Authority Ali Erbas or the head of Parliament Mustafa Sentop participated in this first prayer of Eid al -Adha, the great Muslim festival, in Hagia Sophia for 86 years. "I wanted to pray for Eid here (?) In this magnificent atmosphere and live this historic moment in the company of Muslims from all over the world," said Mustafa, a school principal. Praying in Hagia Sophia “was a childhood dream. Seeing Hagia Sophia chained, the doors closed, it was a great frustration, ”added Murat Fidan, 50 years old.
major architectural work built in the 6th century, Hagia Sophia is an important place for both Christians and Muslims, having first been a Byzantine basilica before being converted into a mosque after the capture of Constantinople by the Ottomans in 1453. In 1934, the founder of the Turkish Republic,, converted the monument into a museum in order to make it the symbol of a secular .
Erdogan rejects criticism of the Hagia Sophia museum project in Istanbul
TURKEY-MUSEUM-ERDOGAN: Erdogan rejects criticism of the Hagia Sophia museum project in Istanbul © Reuters / Yves Herman ERDOGAN REJECTS CRITICS ON THE PROJECT FROM THE SAINTE-SOPHIE MUSEUM TO ISTANBUL ANKARA (Reuters) - Critics of the plans to transform the Hagia Sophia museum in Istanbul into a mosque constitute "an attack on the sovereignty of Turkey", Turkish President Recep Tayyip said on Friday Erdogan.
But on July 10, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan decided to return the building to Muslim worship, in the wake of a court decision revoking its museum status. This measure aroused the wrath of, a neighboring country of Turkey which closely follows the fate of Byzantine heritage. Pope Francis .
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