Mazar Ak Edil Khoja
Mazar “Ak Edil Khoja” is a religious and architectural monument of the nineteenth century.
Representatives of the genus Kozha, after the Prophet Muhammad, are considered descendants of the caliphs. They actively spread Islam in Central Asia. Massively moved to the Kazakh lands, especially after the reign of Aksak Temir. Before the establishment of the Soviet government, the Leather – mullahs among the people – were engaged in preaching religion, incantation of the sick, read the funeral of the dead before the burial, and conducted the marriage ceremony.
One of these enlighteners from the Kozha family in the tsarist period, when Christianization was carried out, was Ak Edil Khoja, who made a great contribution to the spread of Islam. He also collected a zeket (this is the annual taxation of wealthy Muslims), and with the collected funds he opened madrasahs in the villages where children from ordinary people studied. In this way, he helped teach children literacy. From the same means I helped those in need, people who had been on the road for a long time. The pilgrims performing the hajj helped pay for the road.
And when Ak Edil Khoja died, the grateful people gathered together by the asar method and erected a mazar for him. Until today, travelers passing by, having seen him from afar, stop to read a prayer to the spirit of Ak Edil Khodja.
The building, whose construction resembles a yurt, is built in a semicircle. Inside the mazar also resembles a yurt.