Mustafa Şentop, Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey published a message for the first Friday prayer in Hagia Sophia from his social media account. 24.07.2020

The message of Speaker Şentop is the following:

“Today azan rising from the Hagia Sophia to the sky and the Friday prayer are the manifastation of our nation’s patience and prayers; will hopefully be the declaration of the determination that will last until the Day of Resurrection and a sign of groundbreaking leadership and courage in history.

Thanks God, the will of Fatih, the conqueror of  İstanbul has been fulfilled, trust is in safe hands. Hagia Sophia is now a blessed temple with the prayers of the Believers. Until the end of the world, with the consciousness of conquest and the effort of the resurrection generation, the Ayasofya-i Kebir Mosque will remain as a mosque.

This blessed day is the  manifestation of the hearts coming from Anatolia, even from all over the world, coming to Hagia Sophia, almost the century's expectations and the clean will of our nation; it is under the leadership of our President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey's stance and commitment is unwavering.

As stated in today's sermon, “Peace be upon those who follow the spiritual architect of İstanbul, Abu Ayyub al-Ensari, and the martyrs and veterans who have protected and entrusted Anatolia to us."