Turkish Mosque stuck in the cross-fire in Ukraine

Yasin Cagdas, the imam of the mosque in Mariupol which was made in 2005 by the Turkish Islamic Cultural Association, said that although the events haven't affected them directly, the community was distressed by the recent developments.

Turkish Mosque stuck in the cross-fire in Ukraine

World Bulletin / News Desk

In the city Mariupol in Ukraine, the Ukrainian armed forces brought pro-Russian separatists under control by carrying out anti-terror operations and putting security control points at the entrance and exit of the city. Ukrainian forces are searching all vehicles and performing thorough ID checks.

Many people have left Mariupol because of the events that are taking place, whereas the others have remained behind and are trying to move on with their lives. After the operation done by the military, soldiers have been hanging Ukrainian flags on their vehicles to symbolize their victory.

In the city, a mosque that was built in the remembrance of 16th century Ottoman sultan Suleiman and his wife Hurrem, the only mosque to be found in Mariupol, has found itself in an awkward situation since clashes between pro-Russians and Ukrainian forces began.

Yasin Cagdas, the imam of the mosque which was made in 2005 by the Turkish Islamic Cultural Association, said that although the events haven't affected them directly, the community was distressed by the recent developments.

“There is no negativity towards the Muslims in the city,” Cagdas said, but he admitted to sending his family back to Turkey and was continuously in contact with Turkey’s ambassador in Kiev for possible changes concerning them.

In the previous year, the Culture Association hosted fast-breaking meals throughout the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. However, Cagdas explained that this year their usual rituals are in danger because of the developments.

"Incidents can take place during the evenings and we are anxious because public transportation is not in service during the evenings. We have to speak with the community board and decide on whether the iftar (fast-breaking meals) tents are going to be set up this year,” he said.

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