When the religious leader of Turkish, Ali Erbas, leads the prayer in the hagia Sophia, he ascends the minbar (raised platform) holding a sword in hand. Not just any sword, a yatagan melodies, of which the blade is engraved with a verse from the Koran.
It is thus that the faithful have seen, on Friday 24 July, the day of the conversion of the “Great Church” in Istanbul (Turkey) in the mosque, and also Friday, July 31, at the prayer of Eid al-Adha, the feast of the sacrifice, given for the first time under the imposing dome of the cathedral of the VIe century.
Man don’t fool around with the tradition. “For 481 years, the Friday sermons were always spoken the sword in hand. If Allah wills, we relive with this tradition, the symbol of the conquest “, he justified.
With his white turban, his caftan clear embroidered, his sword wrought, his fiery sermons, Ali Erbas is the central character of the choreography politico-religious plays to the hagia Sophia mosque every Friday. Nothing wrong with it, as the old basilica just be entrusted to it.
After having been used as a church for 916 years, a mosque for nearly 600 years, from the museum for 86 years, the hagia Sophia is returned to mosque on 10 July, the decree of the president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. It does not depend on the ministry of tourism and culture, but of the Direction for religious affairs (Diyanet), directed since 2017 by Ali Erbas.
Shape ” a generation of pious “
The theologian of 59 years, French-speaking and Arabic-speaking, has ambitious plans for his new protégé. ” We will attempt to restore the madrasa (religious school) Hagia Sophia (hagia Sophia) for it to work as it has done during its years lavish with the lessons of Quran data everywhere. “ The mosques are” schools “, where Ali Erbas wants to ” educate the young people and children “. A project that falls in line with the president Erdogan, determined to shape ” a generation of pious “.
Created in 1924 in order to control the muslim religion, the religious affairs directorate, has become, over the years, a true instrument of re-islamization of Turkish society. Placed under the orders of the presidency, it manages 84 684 mosques in Turkey, pays the salary of imams, theologians, muezzins, preachers. The 2,000 mosques in charge of spreading islam Turkish abroad are under his control.
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