IMM President Ekrem İmamoğlu“Hagia Sophia has been a mosque in my mind and conscience since 1453. Those who pretend to be very interested in the subject are not even aware of the status of the Hagia Sophia Mosque. He says, 'The first call to prayer has been read, the first prayer will be held on July 24'. However, for 30 years, the call to prayer has been read 5 times in Hagia Sophia. Prayers are also performed in the Abdulmecit mosque inside it," he said. İmamoğlu pointed out that there was a downside to the fact that Hagia Sophia was opened for worship as a mosque only a year ago, adding, “We have thousands of mosques in various countries of the world. Do those who say that Hagia Sophia should be opened for worship as a mosque think what will happen to these mosques?” He also reminded that he was asked.
Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) President Ekrem İmamoğlumade statements about the Hagia Sophia Mosque, which was decided to be opened for worship. Ekrem İmamoğlu's description is as follows:
“Hagia Sophia has been a mosque in my mind and conscience since 1453. It is also a world value of Istanbul civilization. My expression in all of my speeches is 'Hagia Sophia Mosque'. Anyone can scan it. After the decision of the Council of State, Hagia Sophia Mosque, we saw that those who act as if they are very interested in this issue are unaware of the status of Hagia Sophia Mosque. TV channels that call him conservative say that "the first prayer was read" and that the first prayer will be performed on July 24. However, adhan has been read 30 times in Hagia Sophia for 5 years. Prayer is also performed in the Abdülmecit Masjid inside. There is a sign on the door since 1991. If you are sensitive about this and say 'the first call to prayer was read' 'the first prayer is on July 24', it is very grave. 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; Have our mosques in various parts of the world fallen into a risky situation with this decision? Will anything happen to these mosques where tens of thousands of Muslims, my expatriate brothers and sisters peacefully worship? What will happen if the rulers of those countries take such a step and say 'we will regard the accusations against our decision regarding mosques as a direct attack on 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 spiritual wealth to my country and my nation, if it will cure millions of unemployed people, if it will create job opportunities for millions of university graduates, and if it will provide respect and affection for my country in the world. kazanIf it does, I'm behind this decision until the end."