Jordanian Islamic scholar Dr. Ahmad Al-Shahrouri said in an August 1, 2020 episode of his show on Yarmouk TV (Jordan) that the reconversion of Hagia Sophia in Turkey into a mosque is similar in significance to the Islamic conquest of Constantinople. He said that it is a declaration of the strength of Islam and of the Turkish economy and military.
Dr. Ahmad Al-Shahrouri: "Let me tell you, brothers, that the re-conversion of Hagia Sophia into a mosque in which [Muslim] prayers are being held is almost like a new conquest of Constantinople during the blessed day of Eid Al-Adha. I am not amplifying or inflating things. This is the exact magnitude of this event. By Allah, I am not exaggerating. My brothers, this is not only a case of converting a museum back into a mosque. No. It is a declaration of Islamic culture, and of the power of the Muslims. It gives Muslims legitimacy in declaring their culture.
"What Erdoğan has done is to tell people: 'You rebuke us for re-converting Hagia Sophia into a mosque, but you cannot compete with us.' This is what he told them. [He is saying:] 'You, in reality, are unable to compete with us. We have one of the strongest armies in the world. We have a [strong] economy.' Only three economies in the world maintained a positive growth rate last May, and the Turkish economy was one of them. If your economy is strong, if your weapons are strong, and if your voice is loud, then you can force your enemy to respect you.
"Whatever you have done to us is because we have been unable to intimidate you. Today, as we celebrate the Eid, Erdoğan's move tells the world that if Islam, this huge giant, stood on its feet no one would be able to stand in its way. This is why they oppose Erdoğan's move with everything they have. They know that it is the second revival of the Ottoman state and a second conquest of Constantinople."