Reopening of old religious wounds: Hagia Sophia

Updated: Jul 17, 2020

The challenging name of cities, as well as places, have increased the problem in day to day life of people recently, we have absorbed the same situation in the state such as Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu there is no need to change the name or converting the place into something without any voting. They are just reopening the old wounds which are harmful for society.

A Major setback is taken by the Turkey president Recep Tayyip Erdogan decided to convert Hagia Sophia into Mosque which is a museum in Istanbul (Turkey). It is built by Byzantine Emperor Justinian as a cathedral. After that when ottoman comes into power it converted into a mosque after a war in 1453. Mustafa Kemal Ataturk who is the founder of Morden Turkey close down a mosque in 1930 and after five years reopened it as a museum. It has been a good sign of both Muslim and Christian.

Officially the Great Mosque of Ayasofya (and formerly the Church of Hagia Sophia is a Late Antique place of worship in Istanbul that has served as a Greek Orthodox Christian patriarchal cathedral, briefly a Roman Catholic cathedral, later an Ottoman mosque, and a museum. Completed in 537, during the reign of the eastern Roman emperor Justinian I, it was then the world's largest interior space and the first to employ a full pendentive dome. It is considered the epitome of Byzantine architecture and is said to have "changed the history of architecture". It is also an important example of the Islamic practice of converting non-Islamic places of worship into mosques, which has led to conflicts and religious strife in several parts of the world- Wikipedia

Turkey is reopening old religious wounds by changing the status of “Hagia Sophia” This decree of rechanging the status of Museum into a Mosque which was an imperial monument of Turkey; could prove to create uncomfortable situations in Turkey; when the whole world including Turkey is facing a hard time with pandemic COVID-19. The status of changing the Hagia Sofia will create following issues in nearby future such as there will be a large gap between different religion, so many things regarding the museum will be changed which will attract different countries into the issue because it is a World Heritage site, many will oppose and disappointed with this decision which will give rise to riots, tourism will decrease in the upcoming year.

It is Turkish most famous and at of large scale is visited by tourists now it is said by the Turkish government that its identity as of museum would be changed in the Identity of the mosque and the main point is if we change it in a mosque you than another conflict would start between Christians and Muslim because before a mosque it was a church and if the government changes it into mosque than it would be a great matter of conflict and its impact will be all over the world. We India's especially Delhi has been seen the impact of this activity in the face of CAA so it is my opinion that the Turkish government should reconsider this Matter and should choose the median way. and if there is no other solution then it is right its identity as a museum is good and it has no bad impact on Turkish in any way so Turkish government should consider this again because it makes severe look pandemic situation. In this situation, relief from pandemic should be the first priority.

Due to Pandemic, all world is affected badly, our economy and personal status have decreased badly. The government should work to improve its instance of creating hate between people by such steps. Result of this step will be in using only dispute among people, converting of Museum into a mosque will be in favour of one religion. It will hate to the sentiment of other religion government, Government status decreases on a national level and among the other religion, a good relationship that has been built due to Hagia Sofia will breakdown, this step will become the cause of death of many people in dispute. The government should remain its museum so that it becomes always a sign of togetherness.

It was not just a museum but the sentiments of many people, there were feeling attached to it but without thinking about them how can the government take such a decision? It is obviously a puerile action of the Turkish Government which is not accepted and espoused by anyone. Religious sentiment remained in the weakest point of humanity from the centuries behind. This decision of the Turkey government would harm the sentiments of orthodox Christianity badly and could result in a feeling of revolt among them. This is not the time of 1453, it is 2020 before parts of the decision This is the situation in which one should be united and combat against COVID-19 rather involved in unnecessary things.

Official Writer - Sweta Kumari

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