In his daily discourse program, Mr. Adnan Oktar said that the Hagia Sophia can be opened when The Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Blue Mosque) is full of worshippers.
Prime Minister Erdogan also commented in his speeches that for Hagia Sophia Mosque to be opened, the Sultan Ahmed Mosque needs to be filled with believers. Recently while giving a speech in response to the people who said, “Let’s open the Sophia”, he responded, “Let’s first see the Sultan Ahmed Mosque be filled [with believers].”
June 6th, 2014: Yeni Şafak
Prime Minister Erdogan made a speech during the opening of the Ortaköy Grand Mosque which was renovated. Responding to the community who said, “Let’s open the Hagia Sophia”, Prime Minister Erdogan said, “Let’s see first Hagia Sophia filled [with believers]…But not during feast prayers or Ramadan prayers, during morning prayers.”
June 12th, 2013: A9 TV
ADNAN OKTAR: Our word is true, “We will make Hagia Sophia be opened but on one condition.”
The same is also said by Prime Minister Erdogan:
“Once the Sultan Ahmet Mosque becomes full of believers, we will also make Hagia Sophia be opened, I promise.”
May 16th, 2013: A9 TV
(In response to the mail of an audience member who asks, “Teacher, do you think Hagia Sophia will be opened for worship?” )
ADNAN OKTAR: In the time of Hazrat Mahdi (as). The Fatih Mosque will be full of worshippers, and that mosque will also be full, because it will be needed then. What did Prime Minister Erdogan say? “There is a mosque next to this one. Once it is full, we will also open it.” When is this period? In the time of Hazrat Mahdi (as), because mosques will be insufficient to take in all the believers. And similarly squares will not be enough. Masha’Allah, and they will also open Hagia Sophia. Insha’Allah.
May 6th, 2013: A9 TV
(In the AK Party’s Kizilcahamam camp, Prime Minister Erdogan responded to the questions of the deputies about when Hagia Sophia will be opened for worshipping: “We will open Hagia Sophia for worship but Sultan Ahmed is empty. If Sultan Ahmed becomes full, we can also put Hagia Sophia in line.”)
ADNAN OKTAR: He has made a good statement. Look at the courage he has. His statement is wonderful. OK. We will fill the mosques, by God’s will. Bismillah. That is all right, insha’Allah. We will fill the mosques, and he will open it.
May 5th, 2014: A9 TV
(Nuh Gönültaş, a columnist of Bugün journal, wrote that he wants the Hagia Sophia to be opened, but Turkey does not have the might to open Hagia Sophia and keep it open. )
ADNAN OKTAR: I said that they can’t open Hagia Sophia. There is no need to say anything else. Even if it is opened, no one will go and pray there. The mosques are empty. Do you see Sultan Ahmed? It is empty. The Beyazit Mosque is empty. When the mosques will be full of believers, then it becomes reasonable [to open it].