| How did the Hagia Sophia become a mosque?
| Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Jihad Watch : Turkish
President and would-be caliph Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants to turn the
Hagia Sophia, now a museum in Istanbul, back into a mosque. But how did
the Hagia Sophia become a mosque in the first place?
Today is the anniversary of an awesome tragedy. On May 29, 1453,
Constantinople, once the greatest city in the Christian world, finally
fell to the warriors of jihad, after they had tried to conquer it for
seven hundred years.
In my new book The History of Jihad From Muhammad to ISIS,
I recount what happened then. Muslims raided monasteries and convents,
emptying them of their inhabitants, and plundered private houses. They
entered the Hagia Sophia, which for nearly a thousand years had been the
grandest church in Christendom. The faithful had gathered within its
hallowed walls to pray during the city’s last agony. The Muslims killed
the elderly and weak and led the rest off into slavery. The Byzantine scholar Bessarion wrote to the Doge of Venice in July 1453, saying that Constantinople had been.
…sacked by the most inhuman barbarians and the most
savage enemies of the Christian faith, by the fiercest of wild beasts.
The public treasure has been consumed, private wealth has been
destroyed, the temples have been stripped of gold, silver, jewels, the
relics of the saints, and other most precious ornaments. Men have been
butchered like cattle, women abducted, virgins ravished, and children
snatched from the arms of their parents.
When the slaughter and pillage was finished, Mehmet II ordered an
Islamic scholar to mount the high pulpit of the Hagia Sophia and declare
that there was no God but Allah, and Muhammad was his prophet. The
magnificent old church was turned into a mosque; hundreds of other
churches in Constantinople and elsewhere suffered the same fate.
Millions of Christians joined the ranks of the dhimmis; others were
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|posted by D.Swami Gwekanandam @ 6:15 AM