Top Court Declares Hagia Sophia a Mosque

Jul 10, 2020 by

by Jules Gomes, Church Militant: In a historic verdict, Turkey’s top court has returned the world’s greatest Byzantine basilica to its previous status as a mosque after it abolished President Atatürk’s 1934 decision to turn Hagia Sophia into a museum. Turkey’s highest administrative court, the Council of State, reached a unanimous verdict declaring that president Kemal Atatürk’s cabinet had no right to turn Hagia Sophia into a museum as part of his secularist...

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Turkey Moves to Reclaim Basilica as Mosque

Jun 14, 2020 by

by Jules Gomes, Church Militant: Turkey’s highest administrative court is under pressure from radical Islamic President Recep Erdoğan and a majority of Turks to reclaim the world’s greatest Byzantine basilica as a mosque. Emperor Justinian the Great dedicated the Church of Hagia Sophia in Constantinople to the Wisdom of God in 537. Sultan Mohammed II conquered Constantinople and converted the basilica into a mosque in 1453. President Kemal Atatürk, founder of the Republic of...

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Plan to open mosque in Trocadero in London sparks objections

May 23, 2020 by

by Harriet Sherwood, Guardian: A plan to convert part of the famous Trocadero building in Piccadilly Circus in London into a mosque has sparked objections from people who say a place of worship in an area noted for its bars and nightlife is inappropriate. The Aziz Foundation, a charity that offers educational grants and scholarships to Muslims, has applied to Westminster city council for permission to convert the basement and ground floor of the Trocadero into a place of worship and a...

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How populism went mainstream in Denmark

May 22, 2020 by

by Douglas Murray, UnHerd: Across Europe, political parties once deemed to be on the far-Right have made huge electoral breakthroughs by moderating their positions and coming in from the cold. They have been able to do this because of the unwillingness of mainstream politicians to address one of the most important issues facing the continent – immigration — coupled with media’s tendency to cast dissenting opinion as extreme. The story does vary from one country to another, and, just as...

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Breaking news – but it’s not good

May 21, 2020 by

from Voice for Justice UK: During Ramadan, Waltham Forest and Newham Councils have given approval for 27 mosques to broadcast the Muslim daily call to prayer across the Boroughs by loudspeaker.  While one can appreciate and indeed sympathise with the difficulties faced by Muslims in observing their fast during Ramadan, at the very least this will cause a noise pollution nuisance.  But over and above that, it is surely wrong to broadcast the challenging message “there is no god except...

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Call to prayer broadcast for first time in London borough for lockdown Ramadan

May 7, 2020 by

by Jen Mills, Metro: Mosques in an east London borough have broadcast the call to prayer publicly for the first time due to the lockdown during Ramadan. Local authority Waltham Forest agreed that nine mosques could perform the Adhaan as mosques are closed and Muslims are unable to pray communally as they would usually at this time. The call to prayer was first broadcast yesterday and will continue at sunset daily throughout the fasting month of Ramadan, as well as again for Friday Juma...

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