İBB President Ekrem İmamoğlu said, “Hagia Sophia has been a mosque since 1453 in my mind and conscience. Those who pretend to be very interested in the subject are unaware of the status of the Hagia Sophia Mosque. 'The first prayer was read, the first prayer will be performed on July 24,' he says. However, for 30 years, 5 times adhan has been read in Hagia Sophia. The prayer is also performed in the Abdulmecit mosque. ” Imamoğlu, one year ago, pointed out that the entire opening of Hagia Sophia to worship as a mosque, said, “We have thousands of mosques in various countries of the world. Those who say that Hagia Sophia should be opened for worship as a mosque, what does this mosque think about this? ” he reminded me that he was asked.
Ekrem İmamoğlu, the President of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM), made statements about the Hagia Sophia Mosque, which was decided to be opened for worship. Ekrem İmamoğlu's statement is as follows:
“Hagia Sophia has been a mosque in my mind and conscience since 1453. It is also a value of Istanbul civilization that has cost the world. My statement in all my speeches is 'Hagia Sophia Mosque'. Anyone can scan. After the Council of State's decision of the Hagia Sophia, we saw that those who pretended to be very interested in this matter were not even unaware of the status of the Hagia Sophia. The TV channels that call him conservative say, "the first prayer was read" and the first prayer will be performed on July 24. However, for 30 years, 5 times adhan has been read in Hagia Sophia. Prayer is also performed at the Abdulmecit Masjid. Since 1991, there is a sign at the door. If you are sensitive about this and say "the first prayer was read", "the first prayer is on July 24", it is very bad. I was very surprised.
“WHAT HAS CHANGED IN A YEAR AND THE DECISION HAS CHANGED”
On the other hand, there is another element that we need to think about a lot. God was bestowed upon man by reason. To think, to show your reasoning ability and reach the truth. We speak always the result of the developments in Turkey, but we do not talk at all causing these results. We forget.
Instead of questioning whether Hagia Sophia is good or bad, what needs to be questioned is; just 1 year ago, 'What is the payoff of this decision? It would not be right to explain this here. There's a lot to it. For us, the bill is much heavier, let's not forget. Currently, we have thousands of glasses in various countries of the world. I wonder if those who say this (opening Hagia Sophia to worship as a Mosque) come to these mosques? Those who say this do not know the world, they do not know their interlocutor. Therefore, as a political leader, I have not lost my direction to this game, '' What has changed in a year?
“OUR NATION WILL WEAR THAT WITH MENTALITY”
Now I would like to ask; Are our mosques in various parts of the world at risk in this decision? Can anything happen to these mosques where tens of thousands of Muslims worship peacefully with my expatriate brothers? What happens if the rulers of those countries take such a step and say, 'We accuse our accusations about our decision on mosques, directly attack our sovereign rights?'
We will not judge the reasons for this contrast, which is born only 1 year apart. But we will call the final decision of the Council of State as black or white. This does not happen ... These things will definitely be judged by our nation, rationally. I really want people to weigh it and they will weigh it.
“If the country will add material and moral richness, I am behind it”
If this change in Hagia Sophia; If it will add both material and moral wealth to my country, to my nation, to the problem of millions of unemployed people, if the university graduate will create job opportunities for millions of young people and to give my country dignity and affection, I am behind this decision until the end. ”