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  • After Hagia Sophia Turkey Converts Another Byzantine Church to Mosque

    08/21/2020 5:46:36 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 29 replies
    Greek Reporter (Europe) ^ | Aug 21, 2020 | Tasos Kokkinidis
    Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a presidential decree on Friday turning the historic Holy Saviour in Chora, a medieval Byzantine church in western Constantinople that was a museum, into a mosque. The move follows the July decision to convert Hagia Sophia to a mosque, a move condemned by the international community. The change in its status was passed in December 2019 but the decision of the State Council of Turkey had not been implemented, until today. Chora is one of the most splendid examples of Byzantine art, and still preserves mosaics and frescoes. The interior is covered with Bible...
  • China: Communist Party Replaces Uyghur Mosque with Toilet

    08/15/2020 12:32:03 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 26 replies
    Breitbart ^ | August 14 2020 | FRANCES MARTEL
    A local official in Atush, Xinjiang, confirmed to Radio Free Asia (RFA) in an interview published Thursday that Chinese officials had built a public toilet at the site of a demolished Uyghur mosque. The public bathrooms were reportedly not yet in use, nor was there any clear need for more public toilets in the area, the anonymous official reportedly said. China launched a campaign in 2016 to demolish Uyghur mosques throughout Xinjiang, China’s largest and westernmost province. Officials also used other initiatives to erase Uyghur and other Turkic ethnic minority culture, including restrictions on wearing Islamic clothing in public, limits...
  • Hagia Sophia to be Open 24 Hours a Day by Order of Erdogan

    07/29/2020 6:30:37 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The “Great Mosque” – as Hagia Sophia is now called by Turkey – will be open 24 hours a day. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave that order a day after the first Muslim prayer that took place inside the historic monument. “As of today, the president ordered us to open Hagia Sophia 24 hours a day for prayer. The Hagia Sophia ‘Mosque’ will be open all the time, that is 24 hours a day. We express our gratitude to our president,” posted the governor of Constantinople, Ali Yerlikaya, on Twitter. At the same time, ongoing works will be carried...
  • Pope Francis Says He’s 'Very Saddened' Over Hagia Sophia's Conversion to a Mosque - But Why?

    07/13/2020 7:54:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 07/13/2020 | Robert Spencer
    On Sunday, Pope Francis broke his silence regarding the decision by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to convert Hagia Sophia, the foremost cathedral in the Christian world for nearly a thousand years, to a mosque. If you blinked, however, you might have missed it. “I think of Hagia Sophia,” the Pope said, “and I am very saddened.” It was quite clear why he didn’t choose to say more: virtually anything he added would have landed him in troubles that he doesn’t want to have. The Pope’s tardy statement, such as it is, manifests a studied ambiguity. What exactly is he...
  • Istanbul's iconic Hagia Sophia former cathedral is transformed into a mosque by President Erdogan as he drums up support for his Islamic-rooted party - sparking fury from Christian leaders

    07/10/2020 8:28:32 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 33 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10 July 2020 | Alice Cachia
    Turkey's President Erdogan has formally converted the former Hagia Sophia cathedral into a mosque to drum up support for his Islamic-rooted party... The move came hours after Turkey's highest administrative court issued a landmark ruling that unanimously annulled the 1934 cabinet decision to renovate the site into a museum. It meant the green light was given for Erdogan to restore the UNESCO World Heritage site's previous status as a mosque, reopening it to Muslim worship. Erdogan, a devout Muslim, is scheduled to deliver an address to the nation later today and has frequently used the Hagia Sophia issue... Nationalist and...
  • Can Hagia Sophia Become a Mosque? Turkish Court Will Soon Decide

    07/01/2020 11:36:09 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 28 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | June 29, 2020 10:23 AM | Jayson Casper
    Armenian patriarch surprisingly backs President ErdoÄŸanÂ’s position, asking also for Christian prayer at famous former church. After 85 years as a museum, the Hagia Sophia is poised to once again become a mosque. Might it also again become a church? A Turkish court is scheduled to rule on July 2 if the iconic Byzantine basilica can be opened for Muslim worship. Built in 537 by Emperor Justinian, in 1453 the Ottoman sultan Mehmet II converted the Hagia Sophia into a mosque. Five centuries later, the secularizing founder of modern Turkey, Kamal Ataturk, turned it into a museum. UNESCO designated the...
  • Erdogan Orders Study of Possibility of Converting Agia Sophia into a Mosque Again

    06/10/2020 6:25:20 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 6/5/20
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has instructed his aides to conduct a comprehensive study of the possibility of converting the status of the famous Agia Sophia in Istanbul from a museum back into a mosque, the Turkish paper Hurriyet reported today. “Do the research, then we will all assess and talk about it. Tourists will still be able to visit Agia Sophia if it becomes a mosque, as happens with the Blue Mosque on Sultanahmet Square,” the President said at a meeting of the Central Executive Board of the ruling Justice and Development Party, which is chaired by Erdogan himself....
  • Video: Extremely Loud Islamic Call to Prayer Is Being Broadcasted 5 Timer A Day During COVID Lockdown – Sparks Noise Complaints In LA

    05/23/2020 2:27:14 PM PDT · by USA Conservative · 45 replies
    Red State Nation ^ | 05.23.2020 | Sarah Hall
    Obama wanted to systematically change America, well, keep electing people like Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib and it will happen. But this change won’t be good for the real Americans! Obama might be gone but his legacy lives on. We all know that we are a country that is based on freedom and diversity but the left has gone too far! Everyone should express their religion as long as they don’t interfere with our way of living. Culver City is the latest city that has to put up with the enormously loud Islamic call to prayer 5 times a day...
  • Islamic Clergy Call for Prayer at Hagia Sophia in Constantinople to Appease the Coronavirus

    05/04/2020 5:34:20 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    The chairman of the Religious and Foundation Employees’ Union (Diyanet Bir-Sen), Hasan Türüt, has called on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to allow a Muslim prayer to be performed in Hagia Sophia in Constantinople, following the lifting of the ban due to the coronavirus pandemic. According to Turkish media reports, Türüt said that the first Friday after the coronavirus pandemic the Muslim prayer should be performed in Hagia Sophia, as Mehmed the Conqueror did on the first Friday after the Fall of Constantinople. “Hagia Sophia is the means to bring about the resurrection of the world. We must all show...
  • Germany raids sites linked to Hezbollah, extends ban

    05/01/2020 10:09:08 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 11 replies
    cbs4local.com ^ | April 30th 2020 | Associated Press
    BERLIN (AP) — German police raided five sites linked to the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, as authorities announced Thursday that they were banning activities by its political wing in Germany. The raids, intended to prevent evidence about possible front organizations being destroyed, took place at mosques and community centers in Berlin, Bremen, Muenster, Recklinghausen and Dortmund.
  • No Police Raids? Syracuse Mosque Continues Holding Daily Prayers Amid COVID-19 Lockdown As Christians Are Threatened and Fined For Attending Drive-In Services

    04/20/2020 7:29:47 AM PDT · by bitt · 30 replies
    GATEWAY PUNDIT ^ | 4/19/2020 | Christina Laila
    Why no police raids? A Syracuse mosque is still open for daily prayers amid the Coronavirus shutdown as Christians are threatened and fined for attending drive-in services. New York is the country’s Coronavirus epicenter with more than 18,000 deaths, however this mosque is still open for prayers. This mosque located on the north side was once the Holy Trinity Catholic Church, but it closed down due to lack of parishioners — now it is considered a victory mosque. Syracuse.com reported: [Irfan Elahi] used his skills to create a prayer room covered in plastic with special ventilation that allows daily prayers...
  • Coronavirus: Islamophobia concerns after India mosque outbreak

    04/03/2020 3:44:28 AM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies
    BBC via Yahoo ^ | 4/03/20
    Outrage over a Muslim congregation that has sparked a new wave of Covid-19 cases in India has taken an Islamophobic turn. States across India have traced more than 300 positive cases to the weeks-long event. And Islamophobic hashtags have been trending on Twitter since the news first broke on Monday. "Instead of corona quarantine, we should have hate quarantine," says historian Rana Safvi. The gathering was by the Tablighi Jamaat, an Islamic missionary movement that is nearly 100 years old. And its global spiritual centre or markaz is in Indian capital Delhi's Nizamuddin area. The event was held there -...
  • Bloomberg's Proudest Moment: When He Supported the Ground Zero Mosque.

    03/09/2020 7:30:23 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 18 replies
    Before he folded his presidential campaign and turned to trolling President Trump on Twitter, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg declared at AIPAC last Monday: “I was never prouder than when I stood in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty and argued that Muslims had every right to build a Mosque anywhere in our city, including near the World Trade Center.” He may have been proud, but he was not successful. The infamous Ground Zero Mosque was Bloomberg’s pet project and was hailed by all the leftist intelligentsia, including Barack Obama, but the planned 16-story structure was not...
  • Yemen: Shi’ite jihadists target Sunni mosque in missile attack, murder at least 73

    01/23/2020 6:29:41 PM PST · by robowombat · 4 replies
    JIHAD WATCH ^ | JAN 21, 2020 3:00 PM | ROBERT SPENCER
    Yemen: Shi’ite jihadists target Sunni mosque in missile attack, murder at least 73 JAN 21, 2020 3:00 PM BY ROBERT SPENCER “At least 73 soldiers killed in missile attack ‘on mosque’ in Yemen,” by Samuel Osborne,” Independent, January 19, 2020 (thanks to The Religion of Peace): At least 73 soldiers have been killed in a missile attack reportedly launched by Houthi rebels at a mosque in Yemen. Dozens more were left wounded in the attack, which targeted a mosque in a military training camp in the city of Marib, two medical sources told Reuters. The Iran-aligned Houthis did not immediately...
  • ADVERTISEMENT POLITICS Timetable for Obama Presidential Center’s groundbreaking, opening still uncertain nearly four years after the Jackson Park project was announced

    12/25/2019 9:07:31 AM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 29 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 25 Dec 2019 | LOLLY BOWEAN
    Initially, Obama Foundation officials ambitiously predicted they would break ground on the construction in 2018 and said they expected the center to open in 2021. Then they had to push that timeline back. Most recently, the foundation has hesitated to publicly release an updated timeline.
  • Pakistan destroys Mosque of Ahmadi Muslim minority

    11/06/2019 4:13:13 AM PST · by Cronos · 10 replies
    Rabwah Times ^ | 26 October 2019 | Rabwah
    An Ahmadi Mosque in Punjab province, in south-eastern Pakistan, was partially destroyed on October 25, the latest casualty in Pakistan’s campaign against the tiny Muslim minority. Assistant Commissioner of Hasilpur, Mohammad Tayyab led the Friday operation which saw the destruction of the Mosque’s Mihrab. He was accompanied by the Police officers and officials from Bladia, the local development authority. A spokesperson for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Pakistan, Saleemuddin, confirmed the incident saying the Local Government & Community Development authority “destroyed parts of the building without notice”. He added that members of the Ahmadi community who filmed the illegal demolition...
  • Why are so many Western Europeans fleeing to Slovakia?

    08/02/2019 7:41:21 PM PDT · by robowombat · 28 replies
    BARENAKEDISLAM ^ | AUGUST 2, 2019
    Why are so many Western Europeans fleeing to Slovakia? AUGUST 2, 2019 BY BARENAKEDISLAM Terrorism-free Slovakia completely rejects Islam and won’t allow a single mosque, despite the fact that there are 5,000 Muslims living there. Slovakia’s politicians see Islam as a “serious threat.” Weekly Blitz (h/t Maurice) The opinion on Islam among the Slovaks is generally unfavorable – from Prime Minister Robert Fico claiming that Islam has no place in Slovakia, to the Parliament banning the recognition of Islam as an official religion, to its borders only accepting Christian migrants, it’s not hard to tell Slovakia wants little to do...
  • Clarion Intel EXCLUSIVE: Nationwide Militant Islamist Network

    07/13/2019 3:48:07 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 16 replies
    Clarion Project ^ | July 11, 2018 | Ryan Mauro
    .recentcomments a{display:inline !important;padding:0 !important;margin:0 !important;} Latest AllUSWorldHuman RightsPolitical IslamTerrorism101s US ExtremistsPreventing Violent ExtremismFilmsAbout About Clarion ProjectSpeakersStoreSubscribe Donate   News Analysis Published July 11, 2019 By Ryan Mauro Clarion Intel EXCLUSIVE: Nationwide Militant Islamist Network Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on whatsapp Share on email (Photo: Pixabay)This Clarion Intel exclusive report documents an Islamist movement in America composed of terrorist, paramilitary and criminal components.Executive Summary An Islamist movement in America composed of terrorist, paramilitary and criminal components is increasingly anticipating a nationwide armed uprising which will be sparked by a confrontation with police and/or white supremacists, according to Clarion...
  • GROUND ZERO MOSQUE WIFE NOW EXPERT WITNESS IN TERROR TRIALS

    06/25/2019 9:24:32 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | June 25, 2019 | Daniel Greenfield
    Our current state of counterterrorism is such that Robert Spencer, Steven Emerson, Patrick Poole, Dave Reaboi, John Rossomando, Stephen Coughlin, or Philip Haney would be extremely unlikely to be invited as experts on terrorism. The wife of the Ground Zero Mosque Imam though? Sure. Come on down and tell us that ISIS supporters don't understand Islam. ... why is the defense bringing in Khan to testify as to whether an ISIS supporter properly understands Islam? Is this really about helping the defendant or about allowing Khan to promote a particular narrative?
  • Palestinian worshippers barricade themselves inside highly sensitive Temple Mount after clashing...

    06/02/2019 5:02:00 PM PDT · by Morgana · 16 replies
    DAILY MAIL UK ^ | June 2, 2019 | Leigh Mcmanus For Mailonline and Afp
    FULL TITLE: Palestinian worshippers barricade themselves inside highly sensitive Temple Mount after clashing with police after Jews were allowed inside during Israeli holiday which coincides with end of Ramadan Palestinian worshippers clashed with Israeli police at a highly sensitive Jerusalem holy site on Sunday as an Israeli holiday coincided with the final days of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Muslim worshippers at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound were angered over Jewish visits to the site holy to both religions, with some even taking to the dome of the mosque to shout Muslim slogans as the clash took place. According to...