The President of Religious Affairs Prof. Dr. Ali Erbaş makes examinations at Hagia Sophia Mosque

The President of Religious Affairs Prof. Dr. Ali Erbaş makes examinations at Hagia Sophia Mosque

Thursday, July 23, 2020

The President of Religious Affairs Prof. Dr. Ali Erbaş made examinations at Hagia Sophia Mosque which is going to be re-opened for worship with the Friday prayer to be established on 24th of July

Diyanet İşleri Başkanı Prof. Dr. Ali Erbaş, Ayasofya Camii'nde incelemelerde bulundu

Diyanet İşleri Başkanı Prof. Dr. Ali Erbaş, Ayasofya Camii'nde incelemelerde bulundu

Diyanet İşleri Başkanı Prof. Dr. Ali Erbaş, Ayasofya Camii'nde incelemelerde bulundu

Diyanet İşleri Başkanı Prof. Dr. Ali Erbaş, Ayasofya Camii'nde incelemelerde bulundu

Diyanet İşleri Başkanı Prof. Dr. Ali Erbaş, Ayasofya Camii'nde incelemelerde bulundu

Diyanet İşleri Başkanı Prof. Dr. Ali Erbaş, Ayasofya Camii'nde incelemelerde bulundu

Diyanet İşleri Başkanı Prof. Dr. Ali Erbaş, Ayasofya Camii'nde incelemelerde bulundu

Diyanet İşleri Başkanı Prof. Dr. Ali Erbaş, Ayasofya Camii'nde incelemelerde bulundu

Diyanet İşleri Başkanı Prof. Dr. Ali Erbaş, Ayasofya Camii'nde incelemelerde bulundu

Diyanet İşleri Başkanı Prof. Dr. Ali Erbaş, Ayasofya Camii'nde incelemelerde bulundu

Diyanet İşleri Başkanı Prof. Dr. Ali Erbaş, Ayasofya Camii'nde incelemelerde bulundu

The President of Religious Affairs Prof. Dr. Ali Erbaş made examinations at Hagia Sophia Mosque which is going to be re-opened for worship with the Friday prayer to be established on 24th of July.

Answering the questions of the press members after his examinations at Hagia Sophia Mosque, the President of Religious Affairs Prof. Dr. Ali Erbaş expressed that the preparations for the Friday prayer which is going to be established at the Hagia Sophia Mosque on 24th of July and said, “The inside of the mosque is being arranged by minding social distance rules. Approximately a thousand persons are going to be able to establish prayer inside in conformity with social distance rules.”

The President of Religious Affairs Erbaş stated the followings about the preparations, “Its carpet is being rolled out. Modification and other preparations are still being carried out inside. The arrangements about the issues on cleaning, garden arrangement, and community members who are going to establish prayer on surfaces without carpet are in progress at the back garden and yard. If Allah permits, everything is going to be ready on Friday.”

“If Allah permits, our mosque is going to be opened on Friday”

Upon a question about how many people are going to worship at the mosque, the President of Religious Affairs Erbaş made the following evaluation, “Worship areas with one-meter interval are being arranged inside the mosque in compliance with social distance. With the help of divided parts, between seven hundred, eight hundred, or a thousand people may establish prayer. At the inner yard, people are going to be able to establish prayer again in compliance with social distance rules. Many thanks to Allah, if He permits, we are going to open the mosque for worship on Friday without any problem.”

“The preparations are continuing without even pounding a single nail”

The President of Religious Affairs Erbaş stated the followings upon questions about the works on the mosaics, symbols, and frescoes on the walls of the Hagia Sophia Mosque,

“They are in progress for the time being. Only a part of them has been completed. Other frescoes and pictures are being curtained right now. If Allah permits, this system is also being installed by being utilizing technological opportunities. The preparations are continuing in this way without even pounding a single nail.”

The President of Religious Affairs Erbaş was accompanied during the examination by the Mufti of İstanbul Province Prof. Dr. Mehmet Emin Maşalı.