By Walid Shoebat
The Greek Christian Orthodox are furious as Turkey forced to convert Hagia Sophia, the holiest Christian temple into a mosque.
It all started when last week, a deputy for Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), Samil Tayyar, suggested that the site should be open for Muslim worship as a response to Ankara’s western partners’ recent actions which the government regards as unsupportive.
In a widely shared and liked post on Twitter, the Turkish MP said: “Since the United States are siding with the PKK [Kurdistan Workers’ Party], and Germany has clung to the [Armenian] genocide lie, friendship has shifted. It’s our turn – [Hagia] Sopia should be open for worship.”
Madem; ABD, PKK ve Paraleli sahiplendi. Almanya, soykırım yalanına sarıldı. Dostluk rafa kaldırıldı. Sıra bizde; Ayasofya ibadete açılmalı.
— Şamil Tayyar (@samiltayyar27) June 2, 2016
And so they sent their Imam yesterday to warn the west by having him recite the Quran inside the Hagia Sophia. Here is the video:
Hagia Sophia, or Ayasofya in Turkish, is officially a museum: Turkey’s most-visited monument, whose formally neutral status symbolizes the secular nature of the modern Turkish state. But this status began to change when tens of thousands of Muslims have been gathering on Saturdays to pray demanding it will again be turned into a mosque — a dream they believe Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan can fulfill.
The Orthodox were irate. Greece’s former minister of foreign affairs and former mayor of Athens, Dora Bakoyannis said that the new Koran readings at Hagia Sophia have “virtually transformed it into a mosque for the first time in 80 years.”
In a joint statement with another chief member of Greece’s largest conservative opposition party, New Democracy, the politician said that Ankara’s move is “provocative” and “shows disrespect against Orthodox Christians across the world and is not in line with Turkey’s European course.”
Foreign Ministry has officially condemned the initiative, calling it “regressive” and a “bigotry.”
“Muslim rituals at the [UNESCO] World Heritage site are incomprehensible, demonstrate disrespect and show lack of contact with reality,” the ministry statement said. Athens also added that “such actions are not compatible with modern, democratic and secular societies.”
The Turkish Foreign Ministry has released a statement in response to the Greek condemnation of reading the Quran in the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul throughout the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, defining Athens’ reaction as “unacceptable.”
Erdogan is planning to pray inside the Hagia Sophia Temple. Erdogan’s government is stepping up its calls to turn the Hagia Sophia into a functioning mosque, but Orthodox Christians complain that this is a desecration of the holiest site in Christendom.
The Muslims months ago believed that the Christian temple is chained and that it needs to be freed for Islam.
“This is a serious push to break Ayasofya’s chains,” said Salih Turhan, head of the Anatolia Youth Association, which has collected 15 million signatures to petition for it to be turned back into a mosque.
This despite that the 17th Century Sultan Ahmed Mosque, remains mostly empty of worshippers and Istanbul boasts more than 3,000 mosques. The eyes are glued on desecrating Christianity’s most sacred Temple, the Hagia Sohpia.
“Ayasofya is a symbol for the Islamic world and the symbol of Istanbul’s conquest. Without it, the conquest is incomplete, we have failed to honor Sultan Mehmet’s trust,” he said, citing a 15th Century deed signed by the conquering Caliph and decrying as sin other uses of Hagia Sophia.
Last year, it was Erdogan who promoted celebration of the Turkish conquest that turned Constantinople into Istanbul: “Conquest is the removal of shackles on doors and in hearts,” he said to mark the 561st anniversary of the Byzantine defeat. ” Civilization comes with conquest,” he added.
Erdogan’s talk of conquest, expansion and his reviving of the dead man of Europe is painting his Neo-Ottoman dream as a red dragon. Erdogan is daily becoming an Antichrist who wants to enter the great Christian Temple, yet he is met without any resistance from western Christians.
This silence signifies what 2 Thessalonians predicted:
“for [that day shall not come], except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who oppose and exalts himself above all that is called God, or that is worshiped; so that he as God sits in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.” (II Thessalonians 2:4)
For more on understanding how this unfolds Watch Video Of Grand Mufti Of Turkey Sitting In The Temple Of God Announcing Allah To Be God
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