Person who represented Pakistan in first Friday prayers at Hagia Sophia after 86 years

Person who represented Pakistan in first Friday prayers at Hagia Sophia after 86 years
Istanbul: A Turkish politician, Ali Sahin, said that he was representing Pakistan in a historic moment of offering first Friday prayers at Hagia Sophia, which has been reopned as mosque after 86 years after a court verdict.

The chairmn of Interpar PAK-TURK Friendship Group said in a tweet, “To day I am here in Hagia Sophia to represent my beloved, precious Pakistan too”.

In another tweet, Sahid wrote: “I have prayed 2 rekah namaz for the freedom of Kashmir in Hagia Sophia... Dedicated to Kashmir and Pakistan”.

 

Sahin, who is member of the Turk parliament, is a well-known figure and widely respected among the Pakistani community in Turkey and abroad. He had graduated from Pakistan's Karachi University and also speaks the language Urdu.

 

Turkey’s museum turned mosque hosted Friday prayers for Muslims today.

According to details, Friday prayers held at Istanbul's iconic Hagia Sophia for the first time since the museum was turned back into a mosque.

Hagia Sophia became a museum in 1934 but earlier this month, a Turkish court annulled its museum status and saying its use as anything other than a mosque was not possible legally.

Following the decision by court, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that the museum would be used as a mosque for Friday prayers from July 24 onwards.

He added that Hagia Sophia would remain open to all Muslims, non-Muslims and visitors.

As precautionary measures, the Governor of Istanbul urged everyone to bring face masks, a prayer rug, patience and understanding to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Reportedly, around 1,000 people attended prayers at the site at any one time.

The iconic, domed building of Hagia Sophia is located in Istanbul's Fatih district, on the west bank of the Bosporus, overlooking the Golden Horn harbour.

Since 1934, it has since become one of country’s most visited tourist sites, hosting more than 3.7 million tourists last year.