The first Friday prayer in “Hagia Sophia” after turning it into a mosque and thousands of people from various states flocked

The crowds of Turkish citizens, in large numbers from Istanbul and various other provinces, continue to come to the Hagia Sophia mosque to participate in the first Friday prayer after 86 years.

On Friday, Turks arrived from various Turkish regions arrived in the neighboring Yeni Qabi square, in preparation for their transfer to the “Hagia Sophia” mosque to participate in that historical moment.

The Turkish Anadolu news Agency continues its direct broadcast to the region and the opening event through its website.

It is expected that the mosque will be opened for worship by performing Friday prayers today for the first time since the year 1934, in activation of a decision taken by a Turkish court earlier this July.

On July 10, the Turkish Supreme Administrative Court overturned the cabinet decision of November 24, 1934, to transfer the Hagia Sophia from a mosque to a museum.

Two days later, Turkish religious affairs chief Ali Arbash announced, during his visit to “Hagia Sophia”, that the five daily prayers will be held daily at the mosque, starting from July 24.

“Hagia Sophia”, a unique artistic and architectural edifice, located in the “Sultan Ahmet” area of ​​Istanbul, and used for 481 years collectively, then turned into a museum in 1934, which is one of the most important architectural monuments in the history of the Middle East.

On the other hand, the bells of sorrow rang in all the churches of Greece, and special mourning rituals were held in them, and flags were flagged, coinciding with the establishment of the first Friday prayer in the Great Hagia Sophia Mosque in Istanbul.

Special rituals were held in the churches of the cities of Patras and Thessaloniki, in which the flags of Greece and the Byzantine Empire were raised, where prayers were made in order to “save” the Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque.

The Greek Archbishop “Erienimus” will hold special rituals on Friday evening in the Church of Athens, where hymns will be read from the Byzantine era of the Virgin Mary.

Rituals will also be held in many churches in Greece on Saturday night for the same reason.

The head of religious affairs in Turkey, Ali Arbash, delivered his first Friday sermon from the pulpit of the Hagia Sophia mosque, attended by hundreds of thousands of Turks, including Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and senior officials.

Since Friday morning, Turkish citizens flocked in large numbers from Istanbul and various other provinces, to the mosque and its surroundings to perform the prayer, and raised the Takbeers.

On July 10, the Turkish Supreme Administrative Court overturned the cabinet decision of November 24, 1934, to transfer the Hagia Sophia from a mosque to a museum.

Two days later, Turkish Religious Affairs Chairman Ali Arbash announced, during his visit to “Hagia Sophia”, that the five daily prayers will be held daily at the mosque, starting from July 24.

“Hagia Sophia”, a unique artistic and architectural edifice, located in the “Sultan Ahmed” area of ​​Istanbul, and was used for 481 years as a mosque, then turned into a museum in 1934, which is one of the most important architectural monuments in the history of the Middle East.