Day Trip To Yasaui's Birthplace
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My last day staying in Shymkent I wanted to visit the nearby village of Sayram, birthplace of Yasaui and the site of several other attractions related to his life and Islam. A small bus departed from the Aina Bazaar heading to the adjacent village of 40,000 people. The center of town was a rather lively collection of shops including the bazaar. I picked one street from the central intersection and began walking. First I passed the Maryam Ana mausoleum, a relative of Yasaui's, then a few general mosques. I approached another area of the town with some stores and asked how to get to the mausoleum of Yasaui's father, Ibragim Ata.
From a bus stop nearby I hopped aboard a marshrutka with a woman who was going that way. It was a short ride to an intersection at the edge of the town, where I walked along 150 meters to the site. It was really a small mausoleum, but the grounds were bigger and it was clear that this was the site for pilgrims as well. Across the road from the mausoleum was a large mosque. Beyond the mausoleum was the road out of town and an escarpment that offered fine views of the desolate desert landscape and small mountains in the distance. As I was leaving, I stopped to look at a small kiosk selling prayer beads, charms and other Islamic articles and a man began talking to me, at first in Russian but eventually we switched to Uzbek. His name was Isali and he was very nice. We talked for several minutes and then he gave me a beautiful picture calendar featuring all the sites in Sayram.
This time I chose the opposite street because several mosque-like buildings were visible. The first place was the mausoleum of Yasaui's mother, Karashash-Ana, and dates from the 13th century. Just beyond that was the central Friday mosque but it was not very old. Past another street was a cemetery and mausoleum for Mirali-Bobo, an Islamic scholar. I turned down the street I'd just passed and followed the old city walls and past a newly built mausoleum with a pristine robin's egg blue dome.