MUSLIM YOUTH MOVEMENT MALAYSIA (ABIM)
15TH JULY 2020 / 23 ZULKAEDAH 1441 H
RECONVERSION OF HAGIA SOPHIA INTO MOSQUE : A POSITIVE SIGN FOR AL-AQSA’S FREEDOM
Muslim Youth Movement Malaysia (ABIM) congratulates Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and all Turkish people for the declaration of reconversion of Istanbul's sixth-century iconic Hagia Sophia into a mosque by the Turkish court.
The declaration, which is regarded as a significant victory for the Muslim world came after the ruling by the Turkish court- the Council of State after State Council submitted a petition to annul the Nov 1934 cabinet decision converting Hagia Sophia into a museum.
ABIM wishes to stress the fact that, according to the history of Hagia Sophia, the iconic building was not confiscated by Sultan Mehmed II, but was bought by him from the Orthodox Christians during his time in order to register Hagia Sophia as an endowment that could be only used as a mosque.
It is also important to point out the fact that, although Islam was strong under the Kingdom of Sultan Mehmed II and Ottoman Empire, and other religions seemed like they had no rights for negotiations, Sultan Mehmed II still took the initiative to respect them. This is a symbol of good character and wisdom of the true leader of Islam.
On 11 July 2020 (Saturday), after 85 years, the azan was finally heard once again in Hagia Sophia.
ABIM prays that the declaration to open Hagia Sophia for the purpose of worship will pave the way in the efforts to free Al-Aqsa Insya Allah.
Muhammad Faisal Abdul Aziz
Muslim Youth Movement Malaysia (ABIM)