Galeyevskaya Mosque

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Kazan's fifth cathedral mosque, Galeyevskaya Mosque was built on the cusp of the 18th and 19th centuries, mostly with the money donated by local merchant Musa Mamyashev (hence its alias: Musa-Bai Mosque). An annex was added to the building in 1882, courtesy of another merchant – Ibrahim Urazayev. It was expanded 15 years later with the money given by local merchant Ismagil Imankulov, who also had a new three-level minaret built.

Galeyev Mosque was named in honour of its Imam-Khatib Galimzyan Galeyev (Barudi), who officiated here in 1882-1917 and founded the Muhammadiyah Islamic school, probably the most advanced Islamic school at the time, which taught several languages and secular sciences. Prominent Tatar educators Abubekir Teregulov, Said-Girey Alkin and Yusuf Akchura taught here. The classrooms had school desks, lecterns, maps on the walls, and other hallmarks of a regular European school. Among the graduates of this madrasa were the writers Fatikh Amirkhan, Majit Gafuri, Fatikh Burnash, Karim Tinchurin, Naki Isanbet, artist Baki Urmancheh, revolutionaries Husain Yamashev and Kamil Yakub. The mosque was closed and its minaret destroyed at the end of the 1930s. It was restored in 1998, and the Russian Islamic University (now Institute) moved in. Muhammadiyah Madrasa resumed operation nearby, at Ulitsa Gabdully Tukaya (Gabdully Tukaya Street), 34, in 1993.