HODJA AKHMED YASSAVI
Hodja Ahmed Yassavi was born in the town of Sairam
near Shymkent in 1103. Sheikh Arslan-Bab was Akhmed's first spiritual teacher
and mentor. After his death Hodja Ahmed countinued his education in Bukhara
where he studied a course of Sufi doctrine. For a while he was the head of the
Bukhara Sufis but later he left this place of honour and went to the town of
Yassi where he started his preaching.
Hodja Ahmed Yassavi tought people to be good and to
despise greed and cupidity. His poems also were a subject of great popularity.
The poet's fame grew year by year. His poems entered the world cultural treasury.
According to the legend Hodja Ahmed descided to express
his respect to the prophet Mohammed by spending the rest of his life in the
underground part of the mosque preaching when he reached the age of 63 (age
of Mohammed at his death). Ahmed Yassavi died in 1166/67 and was burried in
a small mausoleum errected especially for him which later became a holy place
for asian moselim piligrims. Triple visit of the masoleum still equals to one
hadj to Mecca.
233 years later Great Timur ordered to build a new
masoleum which remains until our days impressing people by the giant beauty
of it's shapes. Massive domes and huge facade of the masoleum of 46 by 65 meters
in the base with 2 meters thick walls reflects the real importance of the great
mentor Hodja Ahmed Yassavi.
Aliases: Khodja Akhmed Yassawi, Koja Ahmed Iassavi, Hodzha
Ahmed Yasavi, Yasawi.
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