Temir Mosque

Form of monument: Sacral object

Date of monument: beginning of ХХ century

Location: Aktobe oblast, Temir region, Temir town, A. Halfe Street

Researches: In order to register the historical and cultural monuments of the Aktobe oblast, the mosque was inspected by an expedition of the «Kazrestavratsiya» association of the Ministry of Culture of the Kazakh SSR (headed by S. Azhigali). Information about the mosque can also be found in the book of Madi Kemeshov «The intense history of Temir».

Brief description: the mosque is a rectangular two-storey building (10m x 22m). The walls of the mosque are made of processed concrete blocks of brown stone on clay mortar. There is an eight-sided minaret with a wooden tent, covered with metal sheet and topped with a crescent-shaped cube. There are three rooms inside, a central two-storey prayer room and an entrance door.

Legend: the mosque was built in 1905 with the financial assistance of the Orenburg merchant Mazhit Batkululy in the town of Temir. However, the local biys, volosts, do not give the merchant any rest. As a result, he was looking for a new imam. The religious educator Ahmet Halfe became the imam. Ahmet graduated from medrese in Kazan, Ufa and received a high rank of Halfe. He was a delegate of the Muslim Congress of 1926 in Ufa. Ahmet Halfe was the chairman of the religious department of the government of Alash Orda in the west of the country. In 1937 he, together with Akhmet Baitursynov, Mustafa Shokai and Sagidolla Iztleuov, was convicted for the propagation of religion and was sentenced to death.