The panel discussions brought together leading historians, religious figures and scholars from across the world, exploring notions of interfaith dialogue, coexistence and understanding.
This came during a media conference held at the department's headquarters to announce the launch of the project, to be a modern model in its design and an experiment in how to apply future technology.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has proposed restoring the mosque status of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, a sixth-century building at the heart of both the Christian Byzantine and Muslim Ottoman empires and now one of Turkey's most visited monuments.
Affan leads a government team of some 1,000 mosque hunters who have spent years visiting every corner of the country to answer one question: how many mosques are there in the world's biggest Muslim majority nation?
A mosque in the western German city of Wuppertal is delivering meals to elderly Muslims unable to break the fast with their families due to lockdown as well as to non-Muslims struggling to make ends meet.
The holy month of Ramadan began on Friday with Islam's holiest sites in Saudi Arabia and Jerusalem largely empty of worshippers as the coronavirus crisis forced authorities to impose unprecedented restrictions.
Now Noor ul Islam aspires to secure a further promotion to muezzin at the Grand Mosque in the Holy City of Makkah. “I can’t explain these feelings,” he said. “Every Muslim should try to make this bond between him and God.”
Some 4,000 people will be able to pray inside the mosque, which combines Ottoman-style with contemporary features.
The remains of the mosque, believed to be over 1,200 years old, were discovered during the construction to build a new neighborhood in the Bedouin town of Rahat, the authorities said.