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Mufti appreciated the position of Russia on the status of Hagia Sophia

Russian Ummah in solidarity with the position of the Russian government and said the decision about turning Hagia Sophia into a mosque an internal affair of Turkey, said Wednesday the first Deputy Chairman of the Council of Muftis of Russia, mufti of Moscow region Rushan Abbyasov.

Hagia Sophia (Hagia Sophia) was founded by the Christian Emperor Justinian and inaugurated in 537 year. The Cathedral is about a thousand years was the largest Christian Church in the 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.

In mid-July, the state Council of Turkey annulled the decision of 1934, the mosque started again services. In UNESCO, the number of States of the world and in the Russian Orthodox and many Orthodox churches around the world with regret about this decision. Russian authorities announced the decision at the Hagia Sophia a domestic affair of Turkey. Later, the President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan guaranteed access for everyone to the Hagia Sophia and the safety of Christian Holy places in this cultural monument.

He also noted that in the Ummah understand the position of Orthodox believers, and said that to change the status of Hagia Sophia there are positive aspects to people of other faiths.

"Before I had to pay money for a ticket and (was - ed.) a large queue. Now it will be open to all believers. According to the canons of Islam, it is permissible for during worship in the mosque were representatives of other faiths. For example, the Moscow Cathedral mosque is open to all. Only during the Friday prayers the mosque, usually crowded. But it takes only one hour. I think that the rest of the time in the Hagia Sophia just to share the space," said Abbyasov.

He noted that the morning prayer is happening for a couple of hours before sunrise, a dining prayer around noon and lasts about 15 minutes, five-minute afternoon prayer at five or six o'clock in the evening, evening - after sunset, and night - one and a half to two hours after sunset.