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THE HAGIA SOPHIA GRAND MOSQUE WAS REOPENED TO WORSHIP

7/27/2020

THE HAGIA SOPHIA GRAND MOSQUE  WAS REOPENED TO WORSHIP

Hagia Sophia, the common heritage and dream of all believers, was devoted as a Mosque by Fatih Sultan Mehmet on May 29,1453. It remained as an immaculated temple for 481 years. In 1934 it was convered into museum by a decision taken by the Council of Ministers.

Today 86 years of yearing is over. With the decision taken by the Council of State, it was reopened to worship again. Serman, in accordance with the Conquest Tradition was willed by the Head of Religious Affairs Prof. Dr. Ali ERBAŞ with Sword and Green Sanjak. In the first Friday prayer President Recep Tayyip ERDOĞAN read verses from Fatiha and Baccarat. Again the sounds of Tekbir and tehlil were raised from the domes of Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque.

Many muslims both from Turkey and around the world had flocked to the first Friday prayer.

As the Directorate General of Foundations, we are grateful for taking part in the conversion of Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque into its origin. A work of foundation, The  Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque and who put a stone in this great temple all will continue to be preserved meticulously  today as it was yesterday as a common heritage of humanity and believers till the time of apocalypse.

Starting from your hignesty we offer our gratitude to all people who work in and pray for in leading to this historical change.

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"As for the issues related to the foundations, it is known that foundations constitute an important asset of our country. I hope that all members of Council of Ministers together with the Ministry Of Religious Affairs and even the Supreme Assembly examine this issue with great care and that this great institution is protected from devastation and made useful for our country in order to ensure that our country can benefit from this asset as necessary."

Mustafa Kemal ATATÜRK

1 March 1922, TBMM

" Being a founder, establishing a foundation is a matter of civilization. All our worry and our remedy are on these matters. "

Burhan ERSOY

General Director of Foundations

"Waqfs are the emergence of the divine order “you should compete for favor and taqwa”

Recep Tayyip ERDOĞAN

TR PRESIDENT

"The understanding of the foundation in our civilization is the formation of the spiritual consciousness that it brings to us."

MEHMET NURİ ERSOY
Minister Of Culture and Tourism