For the first time in 86 years, Muslims in Turkey offered Eid-Al-Adha prayers on the historic Hagia Sophia Mosque in Istanbul on July 31.
According to Turkish media, crucial Eid-Al-Adha gathering occurred in Hagia Sophia, by means of which a whole bunch of people prayed in congregation.
In the wake of coronavirus, the worshipers took strict precautionary measures whereas sustaining social distance. Thousands of people offered the prayers led by Ali Arbas, the Head of Religious Affairs.
Furthermore, the Speaker of parliament, ministers, excessive officers, district mayors and totally different dignitaries moreover offered prayers on the historic mosque.
Eid-Al-Adha – the Feast of Sacrifice — is probably going one of many most important holidays throughout the Muslim Calendar. It comprises the pilgrimage to holy metropolis of Mecca, known as “Hajj”, which is probably going one of many 5 pillars of Islam.
Earlier, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had visited Hagia Sofia merely days sooner than the first Friday prayers.
The President paid a go to for inspection, Erdogan took stock of the conversion work, providing photographs displaying scaffolding contained within the establishing.
However, it was unclear whether or not or not Erdogan deliberate to be amongst some 500 worshipers set to attend Friday prayers.
Turkey’s excessive courtroom docket paved the easiest way for the conversion in a alternative to revoke the edifice’s museum standing conferred virtually a century up to now.
Moreover, the sixth-century establishing had been open to all company, regardless of their faith, since its inauguration as a museum in 1935.