Weird News First prayer of Eid in Hagia Sophia converted into a mosque

23:20  31 july  2020
23:20  31 july  2020 Source:   lepoint.fr

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Sainte-Sophie, mosquée © Supplied by Le Point Hagia Sophia, mosque

During the first prayer in the former Hagia Sophia on July 24, Recep Tayyip Erdogan 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 pic.twitter.com/A4F2JylqeQ

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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 inside Mosque has been limited to a few hundred. Several thousand faithful therefore prostrated themselves on the square of the building.

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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, Mustafa Kemal , converted the monument into a museum in order to make it the symbol of a secular Turkey .

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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 Greece , a neighboring country of Turkey which closely follows the fate of Byzantine heritage. Pope Francis also said he was "very distressed" .

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