The Bektashi Tekke in Gjakova (Đakovica) was established in 1790, and it is the only building of its kind in Kosovo. It is the headquarters of the country's Islamic Sufi order. This building was reconstructed after being demolished during the last Kosovo conflict.
The message of Kosovo's Bektashi spiritual leader, father Mumin Lamas, “Without the homeland there is no religion.” This tekke—or temple—used to be an education center for many generations, but during the last conflict, its rich library was completely destroyed. “Bektashi is known as a mystic belief in the Muslim religion. Its aim is the spiritual sophistication of human kind.” It does not discriminate by race, gender, language or national origin.
On the right side of the temple, seven of Bektashi's nine fathers, who have served in this building since 17th century, are buried. It is worth noting that father Qazim Bakalli, a clever calm man who impressed people with his remarkable wisdom, is buried here.
Kosovo is a mosaic of different beliefs and religions: all known for tolerance and harmonious coexistence.
Bektashi Tekke is always open to visitors from around the world and all are welcome to listen to Father Mumin's inspiring stories.
The tekke is located inside the greater Çarshija (old bazzar), on the left side of Hadum Mosque , next to the Hani i Haraçisë restaurant in Gjakova (Đakovica).