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In October, Erdogan appointed a full-time imam for the Hagia Sophia, who was to lead the five daily prayers there. So its reconversion into a mosque is essentially already complete. But it is not officially a mosque yet. That will doubtless come soon.
If Erdogan had any actual good will toward Europe, he would give Hagia Sophia back to the Orthodox Church, and allow them to reconvert it into a cathedral. And if Europeans, and the West in general, had any sense of history or any will to stop the program of conquest and Islamization that Erdogan and other Muslims are pursuing, they would make this a condition of Turkey’s entry into the European Union and continued membership in NATO.
“Muslim group prays in front of Hagia Sophia to demand re-conversion into mosque,” Hürriyet Daily News, May 14, 2017 (thanks to Lookmann):
A large group of people, who demand Istanbul’s monumental Hagia Sophia to be turned into a mosque again, gathered in front of the museum in the early hours of May 13, before offering their morning prayer there.The conquest actually took place on May 29, 1453, not May 13.
Organized by the Anatolia Youth Association (AGD), the group gathered in front of Hagia Sophia at around 4 a.m. with the motto “Break the chains, Open Hagia Sophia,” and prayed the morning prayer with a call for the reconversion of the museum into a mosque.
From 537, the year it was constructed, until 1453, when the Ottoman Empire conquered the city, Hagia Sophia served as an Eastern Orthodox cathedral and the seat of the Patriarchate of Constantinopole, It was turned into a mosque by the Ottomans before being secularized and converted to a museum in 1935.
The AGD made the call to mark the anniversary of the conquest….