In most parts of the world, Ramadan celebrations have already begun, with the Muslim community fasting for the first time on 2 April. Muslims prepared for the first Tarawih prayer as soon as the crescent was seen last night.
Thousands of Muslims also flocked to Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque, where the first Tarawih prayer was held after a nearly nine-decade hiatus.
Recitation of Salawat before the Tarawih prayers at the Ayasofya Camii in Istanbul. (Ramadan has started in Turkey). This is the first tarawih in the Ayasofya Camii in 88 years! pic.twitter.com/ZQbdVKUjOa— Healing Of The Hearts – شفاء القلوب (@SacredMawlid) April 1, 2022
Hagia Sophia, the largest Christian church in Constantinople, the Roman Empire’s capital, was built in 537. Until 1453, Hagia Sophia was known as crunch.
Hagia Sophia was converted into a mosque after Constantinople fell to the Ottoman Empire in 1453. In 1935, however, the secular Republic of Turkey converted it into a museum.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced in 2020 that Hagia Sophia would be converted back into a mosque. On July 24, the same year, Hagia Sophia reopened its doors to worshippers for the first time.