After 86 years in Turkey, Friday prayers were offered at the historic Hagia Sophia Mosque, attended by a large number of government officials and citizens, including President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
After 86 years in the Hagia Sophia Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey, the voice of Takbir was raised and the recitation of the Qur’an brought tears to the eyes of thousands of people.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan also came to Sofia for Friday prayers. Other political figures also offered Friday prayers in Aya Sofia. A large number of people had gathered for Friday prayers since morning.
From today, there will be regular five daily prayers in Aya Sofia in which thousands of people are expected to participate. The dome of this building is considered to be the tallest dome in the world.
The Turkish government has appointed three imams and five muezzins for the five daily prayers. According to the Turkish Ministry of Religious Affairs, Mohammed Bono Kalin, Farah Mistra and Bin Yamin will be the imams of the Topukosho Mosque.
Hagia Sophia’s building was built in the 6th century and Hagia Sophia was turned into a mosque in the 15th century. After the conquest of Istanbul, Sultan Muhammad built Hagia Sophia as a mosque and Hagia Sophia remained a mosque for 600 years. However, Kamal turned Aya Sofia into a museum in 1934. On July 10, a Turkish court ordered the museum to be decommissioned and the Turkish president signed an order to convert it into a mosque.