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Saturday 2 April 2022

First Tarawih prayers in Hagia Sophia Masjid, Istanbul-Turkey, after a lapse of 88 years

The night before the first Ramadan 2022 was a rare night in the life of Istanbul, Turkey when the Muslims flocked the famous Hagia Sophia masjid to perform the Tarawih prayer for the first time after a lapse of 88 years.

Hagia Sophia masjid was closed to public after the fall of the Ottoman Empire and was converted into museum in 1934 by the then Turkish president Kemal Ataturk. The venue remained a museum till its status as a masjid was restored in 2020 by the present Turkish president Erdogan. However, the Tarawih prayers was not held for two years and it was Ramadan 2022 that brought the good tidings for the Muslims to perform Ramdan specific Tarawih prayers.

The masjid was jam packed by the believers and was an awe inspiring moment to witness them performing the prayers. Seeing is believing. Watch the video below:
May all masjid around the world remain open to believers and sound of Adhan spreads all around. May Allah help us to follow the commands of Allah contained in the Qur'an and sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ for not being a good Muslim but also be a useful member of our society. Aameen

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