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President of Religious Affairs Erbaş opened the mosque where he had worked for 10 years


absmiddle Yazdır   -A | A+ 22.07.2019
Parmakkapı Kazasker Mehmet Efendi Mosque Opens

President of Religious Affairs Prof. Dr. Ali Erbaş opened Parmakkapı Kazasker Mehmet Efendi Mosque where he had worked during his student years and was demolished and rebuilt. Erbaş performed Friday prayer in this mosque and also read Friday khutbah.

Parmakkapı Kadıasker (Kazasker) Mehmet Efendi Mosque, where approximately 200 people can pray at the same time, is considered to have been removed in the reconstruction works during the construction of Vatan Street, and is located on Akşemsettin Mahallesi Kocasinan Caddesi, was later rebuilt by benevolent citizens. However, Parmakkapı Kazasker Mehmet Efendi Mosque, which was demolished because it was not earthquake-resistant in 2013, was rebuilt by Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality after the project of Fatih Municipality, and it has been opened for worship.

Parmakkapı Kazasker Mehmet Efendi Mosque was officially opened with Friday prayer with the participation of President of Religious Affairs Prof. Dr. Ali Erbaş, Fatih District Governor Kaan Peker, Mayor of Fatih M. Ergün Turan, AK Party Fatih District President Orhan Narin, and mosque community.  

President of Religious Affairs Prof. Dr. Ali Erbaş and those accompanied him also performed Friday prayer in this mosque. During Friday khutbah, Erbaş addressed to the community and gave a speech on the importance of Friday and Friday prayer in Islam.

“I come to my mosque like coming to my village, neighborhood”

Erbaş indicated that Parmakkapı Kazasker Mehmet Efendi Mosque where he had worked for 10 years has an important place in his life, and he also stated that: “In this mosque, I have had an opportunity to complete my undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate in the Faculty of Theology, I mean, I completed my doctorate here and then started to work as an assistant professor at Sakarya University. Of course, for us, I come to this mosque like coming to the place where my childhood passed, like coming to my village or neighborhood. I hope that all our mosques are filled with children and young people, not only for this mosque but all our mosques, I want everyone to come to the mosques to pray with the congregation. May my Lord make the sounds of adhan available in our mosques. I hope that this mosque we have opened will serve our nation for a long time.”. 

President of Religious Affairs Prof. Dr. Ali Erbaş visited Mayor of Fatih M. Ergün Turan in his office before the opening of the mosque. At the end of the visit, Erbaş presented the Quran to Mayor Turan. Mayor Turan also presented President Erbaş with a book entitled "The Book of Inscriptions Fatih", one of Fatih Municipality's publications. 

History of Parmakkapı Kazasker Mehmet Efendi Mosque 

The mosque was built in 1453 by Kazasker (Kadıasker) Mehmet Efendi and was destroyed by the earthquake in 1766 and rebuilt by Mustafa Ağa in the same year. The mosque, which was completely destroyed in a fire that broke out in 1918, was rebuilt. Then, this mosque was removed during the construction of Vatan Street and rebuilt by benevolent citizens in1960. Since it was damaged by the earthquake in 1999 and due to its general static condition, it was reported to be non-earthquake resistant in 2013 and destroyed by the municipality. This mosque, which was designed by Fatih Municipality in a way to bear the traces of traditional Ottoman architecture, was planned in a size and location to meet the public worship needs of the public buildings and people around. After the approval of the project by the board, the mosque was constructed by Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality. Marmara Marble was used in the courtyard, altar and minbar of the mosque, and there is a wooden preaching lectern and a wooden muezzin lectern in the minbar.