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Is it a grief for Hagia Sophia, or is it an expression of Islamophobia ?!

Is it a grief for Hagia Sophia, or is it an expression of Islamophobia ?!

By: A. Dr.. Ahmed Al-Resouni

Since it was decided to return the Great Mosque, or the Holy Mosque, (also known as Hagia Sophia), in the Turkish city of Istanbul, to its origin and its former era before 1932, a wave of anger, protest, and outrage, which some Christian churches and some Western countries followed, followed them as usual. Some hypocrites of the Arabs .. It is surprising that they are joined by UNESCO, which is supposed to be neutral in religious and political issues.

The step taken by the Turkish judiciary and the Turkish president is not to convert a church into a mosque, as some say, nor is it to convert a church into a museum, nor is it to close a church, but rather is to transform a damaged mosque into a functioning mosque. What does it harm the Christians and their churches in that? What does it hurt for them to convert the Hagia Sophia building from a tourist facility to a place where God is worshiped and God is mentioned? Do the heads of the Christian religion prefer to remain the Hagia Sophia for tourism and watching, rather than opening it to the worship of God Almighty and recitation of the Qur’an ?!

Qur’an said the role of different worship, praised its mission and the right to defend it, as long as they worshiped them and reminds them of God, the Almighty said:
 تعالى، قال عز وجل: {وَلَوْلَا دَفْعُ اللَّهِ النَّاسَ بَعْضَهُمْ بِبَعْضٍ لَهُدِّمَتْ صَوَامِعُ وَبِيَعٌ وَصَلَوَاتٌ وَمَسَاجِدُ يُذْكَرُ فِيهَا اسْمُ اللَّهِ كَثِيرًا وَلَيَنْصُرَنَّ اللَّهُ مَنْ يَنْصُرُهُ إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَقَوِيٌّ عَزِيزٌ} [الحج: 40].
Hajj: 40].
It was first for Christians to express their satisfaction that the building would return to its religious nature and original function; It is worship, education, ..

As for the conversion of (Hagia Sophia) from a church to a mosque, this is an event that has passed for more than five and a half centuries, and it is assumed that the anger today is directed to contemporary Turkey, and to President Erdogan, and not to the Ottoman Empire and Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror. What happened today is nothing more than reopening the mosque and returning it to its job. This does not call for anger or objection from anyone, especially as it is a purely internal Turkish issue. So why this guardianship, and this aggressive control mentality ?!
But if we want to return to the issue of converting the church into a mosque, this will lead us to historical reviews and trials that have no first or last .. We must then open the files of Andalusian mosques, Sicilian mosques, mosques in Russia, and Yugoslavian mosques.

Without going far, France has closed in fifty years only about fifty mosques ... and this without directing our attention to India, China and Burma.

We ask protesters angry at the reopening of the Hagia Sophia mosque: What if Turkey had turned the Hagia Sophia from a museum into a theater, a "global" cinema, an opera house, or a bullfighting field ... Would you be angry? Or will you keep quiet? Or will you clap ?!

As for those who cry over the "human heritage" from which "humanity will be deprived", they are told - and they know this - that the building will remain as it is, or it will become better than it is. As for the artistic, archaeological and historical exhibits in it, they will return to their appropriate and appropriate places. As for the architectural heritage, most of it was built in the name of the mosque and thanks to the mosque, and what was built for the church, it is in the place of complete maintenance.

Enough of misleading and dressing up, and say openly: We are against Islam, against prayer, and against the Qur’an ..



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