Jihad Watch : Muslim demands for non-Muslim “infidels” to pay jizya on
pain of death are growing, even as the West fluctuates between having no
clue what jizya is and thinking that jizya is an example of “tolerance”
In the video where the Islamic State slaughters some 30 Christian Ethiopians in Libya last April, the spokesman repeatedly pointed out that payment of jizya
(which the impoverished Ethiopian migrant workers could not render, nor
the 21 Copts before them) is the only way for Christians around the
world to safeguard their lives:
Hundreds of people demanded that the historic Istanbul
Hagia Sophia museum be converted into a mosque during a rally in
Istanbul on May 24.
People gathered outside Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia, in the historical
Sultanahmet district, with some carrying signs that read: “Hagia Sophia
needs to be reopened as a mosque,” and “Let our lives be sacrificed for
The protest was led by many Turkish nongovernmental organizations, including the Humanitarian Relief Foundation (İHH). Designed as a Christian basilica in the sixth century by Anthemios of
Tralles and Isidorus of Miletus, Hagia Sophia is now a UNESCO World
UK: City that covered up Muslim rape gangs wants to ban anti-child rape protests
Jihad Watch : 1,400 British non-Muslim children were gang-raped
and brutalized by Muslims in Rotherham, and “several staff described
their nervousness about identifying the ethnic origins of perpetrators
for fear of being thought as racist; others remembered clear direction
from their managers not to do so.”
The real people responsible for these 1,400 abused children are those
who, like far-Left hate campaigners Nick Lowles and Fiyaz Mughal,
created a culture in which those who knew about this hesitated to speak
out, for fear of being called “racist.”
They are the ones who
ought to be put on trial — Lowles and Mughal and their ilk. But instead,
Rotherham wants to ban protests against child rape. Britain’s surrender
and submission to Sharia-inspired brutality is nearly complete. “Rotherham Council And Police Want Powers To Ban Anti-Child Rape Protests,” by Oliver Lane, Breitbart, May 26, 2015.
Canada: Muslim arrested for statue defacing, hate graffiti at Catholic church
Jihad Watch : Clearly the Catholic Church needs to ramp up the “dialogue” in
That will fix this problem right up. Yes, that “dialogue”
will make young Muslims like Iqbal Hessan forget all about the hadith in
which Muhammad is depicted as ssaying, “Do not leave any image without defacing it or any built-up grave without leveling it” (Sahih Muslim 969).
“Police make arrest in suspected hate crime at Mississauga Catholic church,” by Jean Ko Din, The Catholic Register, May 26, 2015: MISSISSAUGA, ONT. – A 22-year-old Mississauga man has
been charged in connection with alleged hate crimes committed at St.
Catherine of Siena Church and its neighbouring elementary school over
the past two months.
Iqbal Hessan was reportedly arrested in the early hours of May 26 on
the Mississauga school’s ground though police would not confirm this.
Hessan faces five counts of mischief over $5,000, and break, enter and
commit indictable offence. A bail hearing was held later that day.
National Review : We got lucky in Garland, but we needn’t — mustn’t — rely on luck. (As the IRA told Margaret Thatcher after its failed attempt to assassinate her:
“We only have to be lucky once. You will have to be lucky always.”) We have professionals for this sort of thing. Yes, it is tons of work to keep an eye on sundry peripatetic villains, and yes, in many cases that laborious effort will produce nothing that is going to earn any fed or local cop a plaque on his wall or a commendation.
But we give these police agencies princely budgets and resplendently compensated managers, along with remarkable investigatory powers and other generous resources, to do that job. So do the damned job. Federal authorities weren’t doing their job on 9/11.
They weren’t doing their job before the attack in Garland, either. No, nobody can stop every crime or detect every criminal, much less every jihadist. But this one had a great big flashing neon sign over his head reading “terrorist.” If nobody saw, nobody was looking.
The Islamic Genocide of Christians: Past and Present
Human Events : Last Friday, April 24, we remembered how exactly 100 years ago the last
historic Muslim caliphate, the Ottoman Empire, tried to cleanse its
empire of Christian minorities — Armenians, Assyrians, and Greeks — even
as we stand by watching as the new caliphate, the Islamic State,
resumes the genocide.
And in both cases, the atrocities were and are being committed in the name of Islam. In November, 1914,
during WWI, the Ottoman caliphate issued a fatwa, or Islamic decree,
proclaiming it a “sacred duty” for all Muslims to “massacre” infidels —
specifically naming the “Christian men” of the Triple Entente, “the
enemies of Islam” — with promises of great rewards in the afterlife.
The same Koran verses that the Islamic State and other jihadi outfits
regularly quote permeated the Ottoman fatwa, including: “Slay the
idolaters wherever you find them — seize them, besiege them, and be
ready to ambush them” (9:5) and “O you who have believed! do not take
the Jews and the Christians for friends; they are but friends of each
other; and whoever among you takes them for a friend, then surely he is
one of them” (5:51) — and several other verses that form the Islamic
doctrine of Loyalty and Enmity.
The Indian Century? Education, entrepreneurialism, and democratic institutions bode well for the country’s future—but profound challenges remain.
City Journal : India produces 60 percent of the world’s vaccines and 80 percent of those purchased by the United Nations every year.
The country’s ability to do this more efficiently and less expensively than anywhere else is why the Serum Institute of India was able to produce MenAfriVac—a safe, effective meningitis vaccine for the African market that cost less than 50 cents a dose.
If you want to consider radical ways of reducing the cost of drug discovery, consider India’s crowd-sourcing project to develop a new treatment for tuberculosis. Launched in 2008, it connected scientists from across India and beyond through an Internet platform that drew on considerable distributed brainpower.
The initiative has already achieved interesting results. The M. tuberculosis genome was sequenced in 2008, but only a quarter of its 4,000 genes made any sense to researchers. Starting in December 2009, the crowd-sourcing project’s 500 volunteers managed to re-annotate all the genes in four months. Since then, two promising molecules have been contracted for testing. Zakir Thomas, director of the project, hopes that there will be a new drug in the pipeline within the next five years.
Malaysiakini: The halal certificate of popular cake franchise Secret Recipe has been
withdrawn by the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia(Jakim).
However, Jakim said the revocation of the halal certification for Secret
Recipe Manufacturing Sdn Bhd is not due to the use of "haram
ingredients" but over issues involving cleanliness. "The
revocation of the halal certification was because of a breach of the
halal certification procedure manual involving serious offences on
cleanliness and good manufacturing practices. "This revocation was not caused by offences on the usage of haram ingredients in the processing of products," Jakim's halal hub division director Hakimah Mohd Yusoff said today. A check on Jakim's halal database confirmed that the halal certification
of Secret Recipe Manufacturing Sdn Bhd and Secret Recipe Cakes &
Cafe Sdn Bhd have been revoked. Hakimah (photo) said her division has called in the companies, which promised to take immediate action. The revocation took effect on May 7, 2015, but Secret Recipe can reapply
for the halal certification after it takes remedial action and abides
by the halal certification standards. "Jakim would also like to advise users not to make all kinds of
assumptions and circulate this matter in the wrong way," she said.
Hakimah also warned all holders of halal certification to constantly abide by Jakim's standards or face similar revocation.
Iran Navy Fires at Singapore Ship in International Waters Mon, May 18, 2015
Monday, May 25, 2015
Clarion Project : Coastguard vessels from the UAE came to the ship’s aid after hearing its cry for help. The Iranian patrol boats gave up the fight shortly thereafter. An Iranian ship fired warning shots
across the bow of a ship from Singapore in the Persian Gulf in the
third such aggressive incident by Tehran against commercial vessels in
An Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps patrol boat fired across the bow of the Alpine Eternity,
an oil tanker manned by 22-23 crew members.
The ship was sailing in
international waters near the coast of the United Arab Emirates when it
was attacked. According to U.S. officials, coastguard vessels from the UAE came to
the ship’s aid after hearing its cry for help.
The Iranian patrol boats
gave up the fight shortly thereafter. A statement issued through Singapore’s Maritime and Port Authority read,
"Such interference with navigational rights is a serious violation of
international law. The freedom of navigation and free flow of commerce
are of critical importance to Singapore and other maritime and trading
National Review : There are few things the Left loves more than a college liberal
“speaking truth” to conservative power. Days ago, 19-year-old University
of Nevada student Ivy Ziedrich seemed to enjoy just such a moment and
“made headlines around the world” when she confronted Jeb Bush about
Ms. Ziedrich had the gumption to confront Bush in the midst of a
scrum of reporters and confidently recite leftist conventional wisdom
about the current Middle East crisis, declaring: “Your brother created
Here’s the current scorecard: ISIS is George W. Bush’s fault.
Al-Qaeda and the Taliban exist because of Ronald Reagan and George H. W.
Bush (through the Afghan war against the Soviets and then the Desert
Storm-related American troop presence in Saudi Arabia, of course), with
the various al-Qaeda franchises in Syria, Yemen, and North Africa merely
the fruit of the same poisonous Reaganite tree.
destruction of ancient — pre-Muslim — world heritage sites? That’s just
collateral damage in the war against Reagan and the Bushes. Hamas,
Hezbollah, and the PLO are easy to peg — Israeli creations, one and all,
existing solely because of the “Occupied Territories.” As for Libya, we
actually put those jihadists in power. But what about Boko Haram?
sure any decent professor can tell me some way we’re responsible for
their atrocities. But that’s just the last few decades. What about tracing further
back? To the founding of the Muslim Brotherhood or to the Ikhwan of the
Arabian peninsula? The Ikhwan — as savage as ISIS — trace their origins
back to 1913, before the Europeans dominated the Middle East.
the centuries of conflict between Christian Europe and the Ottoman
Empire? Vienna must have richly deserved its sieges. After all,
Europeans launched the Crusades, right? And before the Crusades, when jihadist Muslim armies invaded and
conquered the Christian lands of the Middle East and North Africa,
capturing the Iberian Peninsula and threatening modern-day France,
there’s little doubt that they were simply striking out at . . .
something the Christians did.
‘Eleven Christians Killed Every Hour,’ Says Irish Bishop
Monday, May 18, 2015
Blazing Cat Fur : According to Bishop John McAreavey, the Chair of the Council for Justice & Peace of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, statistics show that the situation of Christian persecution in the world is far more dire than most people understand.
The bishop called the breadth and scale of the suffering of Christians “unprecedented.”
At least 100,000 Christians are killed every year because of their faith, which amounts to 273 per day, or eleven every hour.
McAreavey said, without mentioning those who are “being tortured, imprisoned, exiled, threatened, excluded, attacked and discriminated against on a widespread scale.”
Geller is the blogger-activist who organized the “Draw Muhammad” exhibition in Garland, Texas, which inspired some DIY jihadists to attack the event. The would-be terrorists chose poorly:
They were cut down by Texas lawmen shortly after wounding a security guard. Let’s hop in the WayBack Machine for a moment. In 1986, the National Endowment of Arts paid about $20,000 for Andreas Serrano’s “Piss Christ.” Serrano peed in a glass, plunked a plastic icon of Jesus on the cross into it, and then snapped a picture. I will say the lighting was lovely. But, as strange as it seemed to the “arts community,” some people were offended.
Speaking of manure, there was the time the taxpayer-subsidized Brooklyn Museum of Art ran an exhibit in which a portrait of the Virgin Mary was partly made of pornographic pictures and elephant dung — because, you know, art.
Pope Francis Did Not Call Abbas an ‘Angel of Peace’ . This post is for all the leftists IDIOTS
National Review : Sunday morning, Americans awakened to headlines proclaiming that Pope Francis had called Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas “an angel of peace” during an event at the Vatican the day before.
News organizations gleefully printed this claim across newspapers and news sites around the globe. Agence France-Presse’s headline: “Pope meets ‘angel of peace’ Abbas after treaty announcement.” BBC: “Pope Francis calls Palestinians’ Abbas ‘angel of peace.’” The New York Times: “In Vatican, Abbas Is Praised as ‘Angel of Peace."
Even Jonathan S. Tobin of Commentary magazine published a piece entitled, “Sorry, Your Holiness, But Abbas Is No Angel.” Here is what he actually said : As is tradition with heads of State or of government, Francis presented a gift to the Palestinian leader, commenting:
“May the angel of peace destroy the evil spirit of war. I thought of you: May you be an angel of peace.”
Pope Francis had called Abu Mazen a “man of peace” when he visited Bethlehem in May 2014, just as he called the then Israeli prime minister, Shimon Peres, a “man of peace” during his subsequent visit to Jerusalem. The Argentinian pope had then invited both leaders to a prayer vigil for peace in the Vatican Gardens which took place on 8 June that year and was also attended by the ecumenical patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew.
There were many more financial scandals and irregularities during Maha Firaun's long and tiresome reign than 1MDB? - 22-years of benevolent dictatorship, is conservatively estimated at RM 500 BILLION OR HALF A TRILLION!!
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Donplaypuks 1. How is it that despite a Malaysian Malay accountant being murdered in Hong Kong, and the 1983 collapse of Bumiputra Finance Malaysia (BMF) in 1983 and the near collapse of Bank Bumiputra Malaysia Berhad (BBMB), and three senior Bumiputra directors of BMF absconding overseas, you said that no crime was committed in Malaysia, and no one was charged for any crime here? Cost to the Rakyat - RM2.5 billion.
2. How do you justify bringing back into government the forex trader mainly responsible for the Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) loss of RM 6 billion (some say RM30 billion) and that man today continues to work at a most senior position in the prime minister's office? What about the accounting fraud whereby these losses were netted off against revaluation of BNM's gold and other reserves to show a net gain? Why was there no Royal Commission of Inquiry to determine if fraud was committed and to bring to book those responsible? Cost to the Rakyat - RM6-30 billion.
3. What was your role in the collapse of tin prices and the MAMINCO fiasco in 1981? Cost to the Rakyat - RM1.6 billion.
4. How do you (and Diam Diam) justify buying MAS shares at RM8 when the market price was RM3.68? Cost to the Rakyat - RM1.8 billion plus RM8 billion in bailouts.
5. What was your role in fixing the appointment of judges vis-a-vis Limgamgate and the 2008 RCI, which recommended that the Attorney General investigate you? Cost to the Rakyat - Untold RM billions.
6. How did the railway double tracking project start at RM45 billion, then come down to RM22 billion and for a final bid of RM14.5 billion, when the "entrepreneur" concerned was known to be looking at sub-contracting out the work for RM 9 billion? Cost to the nation - RM5.5 billion.
7. You were the adviser to a national car company which wrote off in 2005 RM348 million on its investment in a motor-bike company, which it sold to undisclosed third parties for 1 Euro. How come you said you were not consulted about this fiasco? Was there fraud? Cost to the GLC - RM348 million.
8. How did so many thousand of Approved Permits (AP) for cars end up cornered by 4 AP Kings? Why did you not monitor your minister, that so-called fraud Iron Lady, RApidfire woman? Cost to the Rakyat - conservatively, RM 30,000 per AP x 1,000AP's per year x 15 years = RM45 billion.
9. How do you justify paying RM1.7 billion to buy out a shipping and logistics concern, you son's Plc, following its torpedoing in the wake of the 1998 Asian Financial Crisis, when it was cheaper to hire ships and tankers in the open market? What "strategic concern" was it that has not survived? Cost to the Rakyat - RM1.7 billion.
Savages destroy a city which predates Jesus by 1300 years by the Islamic State is being called a “war Crime” by archeologists.
Monday, April 13, 2015
Vlad Tepes : The thing is, the Islamic state uses bulldozers and other powerful tools that other people built and invented, and destroy structures that other people built and invented, which 3500 years of human beings have had enough respect for to not destroy these sites, more or less, and then act like this destruction is an accomplishment and a good and noble thing.
No creature with any degree of domestication would do that or even think that way.
The Devil Can’t Beat the Resurrection - For those who have fled ISIS, life goes on in Christian hope
National Review : ISIS is an army of the devil,” Father Dankbar Issa, a Chaldean
monk, tells the charity group Aid to the Church in Need.
of ISIS are sons of the devil. There is no other explanation for what
they are doing to people,” he said just after he celebrated Palm Sunday
Mass in Malabrwan, in northern Iraq.
He and his fellow monks had fled their monastery of St. George as ISIS
captured Mosul last summer.
He explains that displaced families in his
new parish are living in classrooms of the catechism school. The refugee
children can’t go to school — something that greatly worries their
parents, knowing that education is needed to give them options for their
future — but they pray that life in their temporary home will be a
teacher for them.
As it is for us all. While Father Issa worries deeply about the prospects for those
children, their families, and all Christians in Iraq and other embattled
parts of the Middle East, he does not bemoan their lot and is not
bitter. “We Christians were baptized into the suffering of our Lord. So
persecution is something we have to expect,” he told the group.
that Easter, which means life, will be victorious. It gives us hope in
spite of all the difficulties.”
One family in the parish is determined to stay in Iraq, Father Issa
tells the group. He quotes one of the family members: “We will not leave
Iraq. Where would we go? This is our home. We belong here.” Another, a
family of five, headed for Jordan for Easter. They have family in
Australia, and they want to “start a new life there.”
Turks irked at Pope Francis’ referring to Armenian Genocide
Jihad Watch : The
Turks are irked because they have never admitted that their mass murder
of the Armenians was a genocide.
Islamic supremacists never take
responsibility for any evil they have done, or that other Islamic
supremacists have done. It either didn’t happen, or was done by someone
else, or was the Infidels’ fault.
And so the Turks are enraged that Pope
Francis, of all people, actually used the word “genocide” in connection
with what the Ottomans did to the Armenians — particularly at this
time, when the Erdogan regime is rolling back Kemalist secularism and
“Turkey anger at Pope Francis Armenian ‘genocide’ claim,” BBC, April 12, 2015 : Turkey summoned the Vatican ambassador over Pope
Francis’s use of the word “genocide” to describe the mass killing of
Armenians under Ottoman rule in WW1.
The foreign ministry reportedly told the envoy it was “disappointed”
by the comments, which caused a “problem of trust” between Turkey and
the Vatican. Armenia and many historians say up to 1.5 million people were systematically killed by Ottoman forces in 1915. Turkey has consistently denied that the killings were genocide.
The reason for the epidemic of recent child rape crimes
in Britain is not because a bunch of dirty old perves who used to
present It’s A Knockout or who used to be big in hospital radio are still actively engaged in kiddy fiddling.
It’s because of a massive, entrenched cultural problem
whereby, for three decades, gangs of Mirpuri Pakistanis in Muslim
ghettos around Britain have been permitted with virtual impunity to
groom, drug and rape vulnerable, mostly underage white girls.
And the reason they’ve been getting away with it is because almost
all the authorities which should have prevented it happening – from the
local police to the council children’s services to the various
children’s charities – preferred, for reasons of political correctness,
to bury their heads in the sand.
“Reported child sexual abuse has risen 60% in last four years, figures show,” by Alan Travis, Guardian, April 8, 2015:
“Devotion to jihad for the sake of Allah, and the desire to shed blood,
to smash skulls, and to sever limbs for the sake of Allah and in
defense of His religion, is, undoubtedly, an honor for the believer.
Allah said that if a man fights the infidels, the infidels will be
unable to prepare to fight.”
So British authorities appear to be right on top of the threat from
counter-jihad activists and puppies, but jihad terrorists? Give them
free reign! Give them the key to the city! “He’s a terrier not a terrorist!
Eight-month-old puppy Silver banned
from getting close to Cameron over security fear,” by John Stevens, the Daily Mail, April 12, 2015: Eight-month-old puppy Silver was banned from getting
close to the Prime Minister today after he was bizarrely deemed a
security risk. David Cameron greeted voters in the street as he left his speech in Cheltenham to outline Tory plans for inheritance tax.
But aides ordered that the Jack Russell and poodle cross-breed be kept well away from the Conservative Party leader. Owner Sarah Styler was taking Silver for his morning walk when she
spotted TV crews gathered outside the church hall close to her house
where Mr Cameron was giving his speech. Everyone knows that David Cameron is a politically correct PRICK!!
Pakistan: After identifying him as Christian, Muslims set young boy on fire
Jihad Watch : Time
for a new spate of articles about the rise of “Islamophobia” — the
Islamic supremacist propaganda machine has to kick into high gear to
keep on diverting our attention from things like this.
“Young boy set on fire after being identified as Christian,” by Nasir Saeed, PamelaGeller.com, April 12, 2015:
A Pakistani Christian boy has been attacked and set on fire after some young Muslims discovered his religion.
Nauman Masih, 14, was set upon by unknown Muslims who were going to
the mosque to offer their Friday prayers. He was returning from the
tailors when he was stopped by young Muslims and after identifying him
as Christian, they set him on fire.
Nauman gave a statement to the Superintendent of Police (SP) saying that
two unknown Muslims came to him on a motorbike and asked him about his
religion. He told them he is Christian and they started beating him.
When Nauman tried to run away, both boys started following him through
the street before throwing kerosene on him and then setting him alight.
THE TAJ MAHAL IS TEJO—MAHALAYA: A SHIVA TEMPLE BY P.N. OAK — Original Booklet - (30 pages)
Sunday, April 12, 2015
Harekrsna : For detailed proof of this breath-taking discovery, you may read the well known historian Mr. P. N. Oak’s celebrated book titled “The Taj Mahal is a Temple Palace”. But let us place before you, for the time being an exhaustive summary of the massive evidence ranging over 103 points, namely:
1. The term Taj Mahal itself never occurs in any Mogul court paper or chronicle even in Aurangzeb’s time.
2. The attempt to explain it away as Taj-i-Mahal i. e. a crown among residences is, therefore, ridiculous.
3. Moreover, if the Taj is believed to be a burial place how can the term ‘Mahal’ i.e. ‘mansion’, apply to it ?
4. The other popular Islamic explanation is that the term ‘Taj Mahal’ derives from ‘Mumtaz Mahal’—the lady who is supposed to be buried in it. This explanation is itself full of absurdities as we shall presently see. It may be noted at the outset that the term ‘Taj’ which ends in a ‘j’, could not have been derived from Mumtaz ending in a ‘z’.
5. Moreover, the lady’s name was never Mumtaz Mahal but Arjumand Banu Begum alias Mumtaz-ul-Zamani, as mentioned in Shahjahan’s official court chronicle, the Badshahnama.
6. Since the term Taj Mahal does not at all occur in Mogul records it is absurd to search for any Mogul explanation for it. Both its components namely ‘Taj' and 'Mahal’ are of Sanskritic origin. Mahal in Hindu parlance signifies a mansion i.e. a grand edifice. Taj is the popular corruption of the word ‘Tej’ meaning splendour. In no Muslim country from Afghanistan to Abyssinia, is any edifice described as Mahal.
7. The term Taj Mahal is a corrupt form of the Sanskrit term ‘Tejo Mahalaya’ signifying a Shiva temple. Agreshwar Mahadev i. e. the Lord God of Agra was consecrated in it.
8. The famous Hindu treatise on architecture, titled Viswa-karma Vastushastra mentions the ‘Tej Linga’ amongst Shiva Lingas i. e. stone emblems of Lord Shiva, the Hindu deity. Such a Teja Linga was consecrated in the Taj Mahal hence the term Taj Mahal alias Tejo Mahalaya.
Poll: More than half of Americans have unfavorable view of Islam
Jihad Watch : It
is not surprising that Jaweed Kaleem and the Huffington Post would
assume that this unfavorable view stems from ignorance of Islam, or from
the poll respondents’ not knowing a Muslim personally.
No doubt this
will be spun as an example of the success and influence of the nefarious
(and fictional) “Islamophobia industry,” which supposedly churns out
hate propaganda to turn Americans against Islam — for what motive, no
one has explained.
But in reality, Americans who have an unfavorable
view of Islam do so because they see events such as the Boston Marathon
bombings, and the perpetrators’ mother screaming
that America “WILL PAY FOR MY SONS AND THE SONS OF ISLAM.” The
Americans who have an unfavorable view of Islam do so because they see
Muslims all over the world on a more or less daily basis committing acts
of violence and explaining and justifying them by pointing to Islamic
texts and teachings.
They see one of the most brutal, barbaric and
bloodthirsty polities in the history of the world call itself the
Islamic State, and claim to represent Islam in its purity and fullness.
They see all this happening and then people like Jaweed Kaleem and
leading Muslim spokesmen in the U.S. whining about “Islamophobia,”
rather than calling for genuine soul-searching and honest reform within
the Muslim community.
No amount of propaganda blaming all this and more
on “Islamophobes” will convince most Americans to believe Jaweed Kaleem
and the HuffPo in preference to their lying eyes. “More Than Half Of Americans Have Unfavorable View Of Islam, Poll Finds,” by Jaweed Kaleem, Huffington Post, April 10, 2015:
Qur’an read inside Hagia Sophia for the first time in 85 years
Jihad Watch : The magnificent edifice was constructed in the sixth century as a church in the Christian Byzantine Empire and was the seat of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, the former name of Istanbul.
When Ottoman forces under Mehmet II conquered the city in 1453 he ordered the immediate conversion of the Hagia Sophia into a mosque. Islamic minarets were built around its Byzantine dome.
It served as a mosque until after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire when in the mid-1930s the authorities of the new Turkish state under secular leader Mustafa Kemal Ataturk ordered it to become a museum for all.
But under the rule of the Islamic-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP), co-founded by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan which came to power in 2002, there have been noises about reconverting the Hagia Sophia into a mosque.
Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc caused a furore in November 2013 when he indicated that he hoped to change the status of the Hagia Sophia, saying it looked “sad” but hopefully would be “smiling again soon”.
Greece reacted furiously at the time, saying such statements “are offending the religious feeling of millions of Christians.”