Russian mufti commented on the decision of Turkey's Hagia Sophia
In the Muslim community of Russia expressed confidence that after the conversion of the Church-Museum of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul into a mosque any obstacles to its all visitors will not arise.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Friday signed a decree on awarding the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul to the status of the mosque. Before that, the state Council of Turkey annulled the decision of 1934 about the Museum the status of a Cathedral.
"We are more than convinced that the obstacles to the visit to the mosque wishing not to be - so says the order of visiting the mosques in Islam. Mosques are the house of God on earth, and we were all visiting him," said RIA Novosti the head of the Spiritual Council of Muslims of Russia, mufti Albir Krganov, commenting on the decision of the Turkish authorities at the Cathedral of Sofia.
According to the canons of Islam, in addition to the two Holy mosques in Mecca and Medina, anyone "in the appropriate appearance of clothes" to attend mosques in the world, even to be present during worship services without disturbing the worshipers, said Krganov.
"In many mosques, tourists and locals of different religions during prayers included on the balcony part, wait until the completion of the service and visit the main rooms. The sequence, as in the Christian churches, for example, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, reglamentary staff at the mosque," - said the mufti.
The Hagia Sophia was founded by the Christian Emperor Justinian and inaugurated on 27 December 537. Cathedral over a thousand years was the largest Church in the Christian world. After the capture of Constantinople by the Ottomans and the fall of the Byzantine Empire in 1453, the Cathedral was converted into a mosque but since 1934 the building by decree of the founder of the modern Turkish state Kemal Ataturk became a Museum and was included in the world heritage list of UNESCO.