A mosque belonging to the Shiite Jafari community in the Esenyurt district of İstanbul was vandalized just one day after it was set on fire early on Tuesday.
According to media reports, two unidentified people entered Muhammedi Mosque in Esenyurt’s Yenikent neighborhood from the roof and were inside the mosque for 10 minutes. Speaking to the press on Wednesday regarding the incident, the imam of the mosque, Hamza Aydın, said that various parts of the building were vandalized, but that nothing had been set on fire this time around.
Aydın told reporters he didn’t believe the incident to have been perpetrated by Sunnis, adding: “We have lived together in peace with Sunnis for many years. This incident is not about being Sunni or Shiite. This is something else. We will not allow anyone to disturb our peace.”
The library and the minbar (pulpit) of the mosque were seriously damaged in the fire on Tuesday, which was set at around 2 a.m. According to various Turkish media outlets, unidentified persons entered the mosque grounds with the help of a stepladder near its wall. They set the library and minbar on fire and then fled the scene. Police and firefighters rushed to the scene after passersby informed them about the fire.