Comments on: Thousands of Muslims pray for Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia to be a mosque again http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2012/05/29/thousands-of-muslims-pray-for-istanbuls-hagia-sophia-to-be-a-mosque-again/ Religion, faith and ethics Sat, 23 Apr 2016 23:25:07 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: zebrasonmygrass http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2012/05/29/thousands-of-muslims-pray-for-istanbuls-hagia-sophia-to-be-a-mosque-again/comment-page-1/#comment-55888 Wed, 08 Aug 2012 16:59:58 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/?p=25776#comment-55888 It was an even bigger insult to the Orthodox Christians when it stood as a mosque.

It will be an even bigger insult to our common history when they paint the walls and cover the seraphim beyond their present state in order to comply with Islamic tradition of avoiding idols, desecrating a part of ancient history.

The notion that it’s current state is an insult, in of itself, is an insult at the founding values of Turkey.

There is an august mosque, the Blue Mosque, literally across the street, symbolizing everything Mr. Turhan alleges is oppressed by unnamed, vague powers against him and those like him in maintaining the museum status of Hagia Sophia. Politics aside, for the purpose of Islamic prayer, it’s actually more suitable and capable.

I do not see how Hagia Sophia as a museum symbolizes our ill treatment by the West; the fact that it was an autonomously Turkish decision to make it a museum notwithstanding, it was a giant symbol of the Ottomans’ ill treatment of the west for hundreds of years.

Living by and for religion might be the priority of some, but living is the priority of most, meaning we have to make room for everyone. I say there is plenty of room in Sultanahmet Mosque for anyone who wants to pray.

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