Speech by the National Leader of the Turkmen people, Chairman of the Halk Maslakhaty of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov on the occasion of the opening of a new mosque in the city of Anau


Hello, dear friends!

Dear compatriots!

Guests of honor!

We are in the new mosque of the city of Anau, where sadaka-agzachar takes place on the blessed days of the holy month of Oraza.

Turkmens consider building roads, bridges and mosques to be a good deed. And today we are in a modern religious building, the construction of which began in the first days of Arkadaghly Serdar’s accession to the post of head of state. As Magtymguly Fragi wrote: “Remezan diýerler aýyň ýagşysyn.” Therefore, it is very symbolic that the opening of the new mosque took place during the month of Oraza this year, marked by celebrations on the occasion of the 300th anniversary of the poet and thinker. The event itself demonstrates the continuity of the traditions of our wise ancestors - doing good deeds on blessed days and honoring shrines.

The city of Anau has been attracting the attention of the world scientific community for many centuries. It has been declared the cultural capital of the Turkic world in 2024, and on the occasion of this glorious event, a launch ceremony of thematic events is organized. Numerous guests arrived to take part in it. And the opening in these eventful days of a new modern mosque on the sacred land of Anau, combining in its appearance both ancient traditions and modern trends in architecture, clearly demonstrates commitment to sacred responsibilities.

The total area of the religious building is 6 hectares, and 500 people can pray here at the same time. The height of each of the four minarets is 50 meters, the dome is 30 meters, which symbolizes the length of the month by day, and the 24 windows located at the base of the dome - the length of the day.

The lamps installed in the mosque and sadaqah room for 500 people are made in the shape of ears of wheat, as are the patterns under the dome and on the walls of the structure. This indicates that Anau is the birthplace of wheat “ak bugdaý” and the birthplace of agricultural culture. As for the color scheme of the ornaments inside the mosque and the premises adjacent to it, it is identical to the colors of the images on the Seyit Dzhemaletdin mosque. On the walls of the new mosque there are octagrams - the symbol of the ancestor Oguzkhan, and in the upper part of its mihrab there is a large illuminated green inscription in Arabic “Alla”. The symbolism of the times of Oguzkhan also served as a prototype for the ornaments on the carpets in the mosque and the room for sadaka.

Dear friends!

Turkmens are a people who protect and preserve their national traditions and customs, cultural values, an integral part of which is the Islamic religion. Her role is significant in education in the spirit of honesty, humanism and nobility; she encourages people to be virtuous.

Dear friends!

In the coming days, on the occasion of Gadyr Gidjesi, the holy month of Oraza, similar new mosques will open in the regions of the country where prayers will be offered. The state also provides great support to those who intend to perform the Hajj. Every year, thousands of our compatriots go on pilgrimage to holy places, and also fast, give sadaka-agzachar and read prayers during the month of Oraza. In Turkmenistan, the sacred holidays of Oraza and Kurban Bayram are celebrated at the state level.

Dear compatriots!

May Almighty Allah fulfill your good thoughts and intentions and help you in good deeds in the interests of the state and society!

Dear friends!

Now, over a cup of tea, let’s discuss a number of important issues. As I already said, in ancient times Anau was considered a prosperous region. Nowadays, this sacred land, where agricultural culture first arose, is flourishing again.

The ruins of the structure, popularly called the Seyit Dzhemaletdin Mosque, are known to be located in the south of Anau. The inscription on the portal of the mosque indicated the name of the ruler of Khorasan (1446–1457) - Sultan Abul-Qasim Babur and read: “This construction happened during the reign of the great Sultan, the ruler of his people, the refuge of the countries and the century of Abul-Qasim Babur Bahadur Khan “May the Almighty perpetuate his power and his kingdom.” Other inscriptions provided information that the “House of Beauty” was built at his own expense by the vizier of the ruler of Khorasan, Muhammad, in 1455–1456 in memory of his father Dzhemal-ad-dunya-va-d-din.

Historians confirm that Seyit Dzhemaletdin was an outstanding Islamic scholar and theologian, for which he was awarded the title “adornment of the world and religion.”

Among the people there are various legends about the Anau mosque, built of magnificent baked bricks. This building, which had excellent polychrome ceramic decoration, overlooked a spacious front courtyard. The square hall with a span of 10.5 meters was covered with a dome. In the thickness of the southern wall of the hall there was a mihrab decorated with tiles. On either side of it there were narrow niches with exits to the outside.


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