In the program held at the historical Ferhadiye Mosque, the opening of the exhibition in which the historical story of the mosques in Banja Luka was told was opened.
Banja Luka Chief Imam Muamer Okanovic stated that the Ferhadiye Mosque is one of the important works that witness the history of the country, “They tried to destroy the value of the mosque that was mercilessly destroyed, but the mosque was rebuilt with the efforts of good people. It continues to serve today.” said.
The Ferhadiye Mosque, which was destroyed to its foundation by Serbian soldiers in 1993, was restored with the support of the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) and opened to worship on May 7, 2016.
May 7, the day the Ferhadiye Mosque was destroyed, has been known as “Mosques Day” since 1998.
Hundreds of mosques destroyed in the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina
On the 30th anniversary of the destruction of Ferhadiye Mosque by Serbian forces on May 7, 1993, many programs were organized throughout the country as part of the “Mosques Day”.
Within the framework of the programs, the public is informed about hundreds of mosques, masjids, Quran courses, lodges, tombs and different foundation works destroyed by Serbian and Croatian forces in the 1992-95 Bosnian War.
As many mosques were rebuilt after the war, the Mosques Day, where joy and sadness are experienced at the same time, reminds people of the country about the mosques that were destroyed or destroyed during the war and the pain experienced in those days.
With the support of countries such as Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Malaysia and Indonesia, many mosques destroyed in the war almost rise from the ashes, while a small number of historical mosques continue to be repaired or reconstructed.
According to the data of the Islamic Union of Bosnia and Herzegovina, 614 mosques, 218 mosques, 69 Quran courses, 4 dervish lodges, 37 tombs and 405 different foundation works were destroyed throughout the country in the war between 1992-1995. 534 mosques were destroyed in areas under the control of Serbian forces, while 80 mosques were destroyed in areas under the control of Croatian forces.
According to these data, 80 percent of 1144 mosques in Bosnia and Herzegovina before the war were destroyed or damaged. In addition, more than 100 imams were killed by the enemy forces.