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Dervish Abdulmutalib Beqiri in Bektashi teqe in Tetova.<br />
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Teqe in Tetova, Macedonia is one of the oldest and most beautiful Sufi institutions in Balkans.It represents tradition reaching back to 16th century. In communist time it was nationalized and turned into a hotel and entertainment complex. When the old system collapsed one would expect the teqe to return to Bektashi community. However, larger part of it has been invaded and is occupied by radical Wahhabi Sunni Muslims. Since then they are trying to take control of the whole complex. One of the buildings has been turned into a mosque, its old chimney claimed by them to be minaret and proof of mainstream Islam being always present here. They continue to harass remaining Bektashi, including alone dervish living there, with ostentatious loud prayers, intimidating visitors and resorting occasionally to open violence.<br />
The question has been posed: why are the Wahhabis so intent on capturing the Harabati Teqe? It has been noted that Tetova has 25 mosques, with 12 in the central city area near the teqe. Some perceive a desire to exploit the teqe's resources, and especially the land contained in its waqf.<br />
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But the Wahhabis are also motivated by ideological enmity. First, the Bektashis represent a liberal trend among the Shias, and Wahhabis loathe Shias even more than they hate Jews and Christians. Second, the Bektashis are known to consume intoxicants. And third, men and women are equals in Bektashi rituals.
Dervish Abdulmutalib Beqiri in Bektashi teqe in Tetova.

Teqe in Tetova, Macedonia is one of the oldest and most beautiful Sufi institutions in Balkans.It represents tradition reaching back to 16th century. In communist time it was nationalized and turned into a hotel and entertainment complex. When the old system collapsed one would expect the teqe to return to Bektashi community. However, larger part of it has been invaded and is occupied by radical Wahhabi Sunni Muslims. Since...
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