This year, we mark the centenary of the fall of the Ottoman Sultanate; it is essential that we reflect upon this defining moment in history.
When world news overflows with negativity around Islam and Muslims, it is even more important to pause and embrace the moments of celebration.
“The chains around the Ayasofya have been broken. Turkey will no longer be the same. The time has come for it [to] rightfully command its sovereignty. The spirit of the Ottomans [has] been revived in the hearts of the Turks. Allahu Ekber! What a time to be alive in!”
Thousands of people gathered today around the Hagia Sophia Mosque to attend the first Friday Prayers since 1930s. Click to read the full transcript of the first sermon since the Hagia Sophia’s restoration to a mosque.
On the grand reopening of Masjid Aya Sophia, Ottoman historian Dr Yakoob Ahmed discusses the history and broader Eurocentric discourses surrounding the Hagia Sophia, Islamic history and conquest.
“It is sad and painful to see that while most Muslims are celebrating this achievement, some Muslims are not happy with the decision and have used it to increase their hatred of President Erdoğan and his party.”
President Erdogan has declared Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia, a 6th-century iconic landmark, open to Muslim worship after a top court ruled that the building’s conversion to a museum by the toxic secularist and modern Turkey’s founding statesman, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, was illegal.
There is no comparison between the honour and nobility of Islam conquering nations and the disgrace and degradation left by…
On this day, 29th May in 1453, Sultan Muhammad al-Fatih was in the state of prostration to his lord at the entrance gate of Constantinople (Istanbul), praying for the conquest of Constantinople at his hands.