Changing the status of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul is not only a political fiasco (as I explained in a previous article), it also contradicts Islamic values and tolerant behavior when dealing with other religions and their places of worship.
A handout picture released by the press office of Abbasiya Cathedral shows Egyptian former Defence Minister and armed forces chief General Abdul Fatah al-Sisi (L) shaking hands with Pope Tawadros II, pope of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church on April 19, 2014 during a visit at Cathedral of Abbasiya in Cairo. (AFP)
Muslims pray outside the Hagia Sophia. (AFP)