Yesterday, the first official Islamic Friday prayer took place at the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. The controversy of the re-conversion of the former Christian Orthodox cathedral into a mosque is also hotly being discussed in Europe.
The church’s transformation into the mosque is considered a personal project of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. At the start of the inauguration ceremony, the Turkish president recited the opening passage of the Quran. The guests at the ceremony in the Hagia Sophia as well as prayer participants who followed the events from video walls erected around the imposing former church building, answered with “Allahu Akbar” calls.
In Germany, too, Erdogan uses the Turkish variant of Islamism for his policy of influence. The radical SunniIslamische Gemeinschaft Milli Görüs(IGMG) has a network of more than 300 mosque communities in Germany. In total, the IGMG is said to have more than 30 000 members…
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