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Hodja Ahmet Yesevi Mosque inaugurated with prayers

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The Hodja Ahmet Yesevi Mosque built by the Religious Affairs Foundation of Turkey in the Turkistan city of Kazakhstan was inaugurated with prayers.

The Hodja Ahmet Yesevi Mosque built by the Religious Affairs Foundation of Turkey in the Turkistan city of Kazakhstan was inaugurated with prayers.

The mosque and the Islamic center built at the area near the mausoleum of the great mystic and scholar Ahmet Yesevi in Turkistan was inaugurated jointly by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of Religious Affairs (Diyanet) Prof. Dr. Mehmet Görmez and President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev. After the inauguration prayer officiated by President of Diyanet Görmez the first Friday Prayers were held.

President of Diyanet Görmez stressed the following points in his prayers:

“Dear Almighty, we are sending blessings to the souls of these great people who presented Islam to these lands and then sent other Muslim saints to Anatolia and Rumelia. We send blessings to the companions of the beloved Prophet who sent them to the areas between the rivers of Seyhun (Syr Darya) and Ceyhun (Amu Darya), who lost their lives here and who followed them. Dear Allah inform their souls of our prayers.

Dear Almighty our ancestors built the Maveraünnehir Civilization with the message of compassion of Islam. Let their children further enhance this civilization dear Almighty. Greet hadith (teachings of the Prophet) scholars have been raised on these lands like Buharî, Müslim, Ebû Davud, Darimî and Tirmizî. Dear Almighty do not allow their generations today to leave the path of the teachings, actions and morals of the Prophet. Great scientists like İbn-I Sina and Uluğbey were raised on philosophy and astronomy on these soils. Dear Almighty do not allow their children veer off from the path of swcience, wisdom and virtue. Great philosopher Farabi wrote the book “Erdemliler Şehri” (The City of the Peoıple With Virtue) and showed us how cities can be established on wisdom and virtue. Dear Almighty help us Muslims to enhance and advance all our cities on morals and virtues. May the Muslim generations living on these lands never be prevented from the greatness of being your subjects and the followers of Muhammad Mustafa.

Turkish-Kazakh fraternity reflected at mosque

The mosque and the Islamic center which was completely financed by the Religious Affairs Foundation of Turkey were built with a concept that reflects Turkish-Kazakh fraternity. The center and the mosque reflects the characteristics of the Central Asian architecture that includes a food center for the poor, a library, multipurpose halls, a restaurant, coffee shops, rooms for the imams and preachers as well as classes for Quran students. The mosque with its court is situated on a 20 thousand meter-square area and allows 3000 worshippers top ray at the same time.

The inauguration was also attended by Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Energy and Natural Resources Minister Taner Yıldız, Gıda, Agriculture and Animal Husbandry Minister Mehdi Eker, National Defense Minister İsmet Yılmaz, Culture and Tourism Minister Ömer Çelik ile Kazakhstan Religious Affairs President Yercan Hacı Mayamirov, Vice President of the Religious Affairs Foundation of Turkey (TDV) Mazhar Bilgin, Turkey’s Ambassador in Astana Öner Burhan Tüzel, TDV Deputy Director Yasin Uğraş, businessmen from Turkey as well as officials and religious men from Turkey and Kazakhstan.

Resource: Presidency of Religious Affairs, April 17, 2015

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