Selin ATAY -TDO- "We extend our congratulations and support to the Turkish government led by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for its courageous decision to turn Hagia Sophia into a mosque despite criticism from many countries," the Indonesian Muslim Journalists ' Union said in a written statement. It is emphasized that the opening of the Hagia Sophia Mosque will be a symbol of the unity of the world's Muslims.
The Mufti of Libya congratulated the Islamic world and the Turkish people on the conversion of Hagia Sophia into a mosque. "It is a glorious historical event that it was transformed from the museum, where the name of Allah is not mentioned, into the Masjid where the prayers are recited.”
"The decision to convert Hagia Sophia from a museum to a mosque is a great joy for Muslims, Christians and Jews," said Damir Muhetdinov, Deputy Chairman of the Russian Muftis Council.". Muhetdinov pointed out the importance of preserving Hagia Sophia as a UNESCO heritage site, stressing that Hagia Sophia should be open for various religious sections. "We have no right to interfere in the internal affairs of an independent country," said Muhetdinov, who also expressed that the issue of changing the status of Hagia Sophia is a right of Turkey.