Turkey’s spiritual chief on Friday defined that swords have been historically held throughout spiritual sermons delivered at weekly Muslim prayers as a logo of conquest.
After main the Friday prayer on the Hagia Sophia Mosque – the primary prayer following its reversion to being a spot of Muslim worship – Ali Erbaş informed reporters: “Khutbahs (Friday sermons) have been delivered with a sword, with out interruption, for 481 years. If Allah permits, we’ll resume this custom any more.”
“This is a practice in mosques which might be the image of conquests,” defined Erbaş, who heads Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate (Diyanet), including that the Hagia Sophia Mosque is one of these symbols of conquest.
The Hagia Sophia served as a church for 916 years till the conquest of Istanbul, and a mosque from 1453 to 1934 – practically 500 years – and most not too long ago as a museum for 86 years.
“I hope many individuals pray on this mosque … study their faith right here. We’ll attempt to restore the Hagia Sophia Madrassa to operate because it did throughout its magnificent years with Quran classes in each single nook of the mosque.”
”Mosques additionally operate as faculties. Just as our prophet was in a position to increase his companions in mosques, we are attempting to boost our youth and kids in mosques,” Erbaş added.
Besides functioning as a mosque, the Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque can also be amongst Turkey’s prime tourism locations for home and international guests.
In 1985, throughout its time as a museum, the Hagia Sophia was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and different Turkish leaders had lengthy advocated its restoration to a working mosque, open for worship.
On July 10, a Turkish court docket annulled a 1934 Cabinet decree that turned Hagia Sophia right into a museum, paving the way in which for its use as a spot of worship.
Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate oversees spiritual companies on the mosque, whereas the Culture and Tourism Ministry supervises ongoing restoration and conservation work.
The architectural treasure can also be open to home and international vacationers free of cost.