Havale Ahmed Bey Mosque

It is located in Cukovac neighborhood and is one of the oldest mosques in the city. The old name of this mosque is preserved in the documents: Ahmed-bey or Ahmed-bey Silhadar mosque, which probably refers to the name of its founder.

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The stone tablet on the fountain has an inscription in Turkish written in Arabic script and in a free translation it reads:
“May those who drink water from this fountain be healthy,
And may Allah, as He promised,
give a generous reward to the benefactor.
And may he forgive his many sins.
The benefactor is Haji Alibey-zade (Hadzialibegovic) Salih-bey.
Written at the beginning of the month of Zilhijja in the year 1308” (ie between July 8 and 17, 1891)

Lejlek Mosque

The Lejlek mosque, in Cukovac neighborhood in Novi Pazar, is one of the oldest mosques mentioned in the written sources in this city. It is popularly known as the Stork (Lejlek) Mosque, and that name comes from the stork (Lejlek) a bird that is considered by Muslims to be respected and possibly sacred.

The real name of the mosque, which is preserved only in documents, is AHMED-BEY or AHMED-BEY SILHADAR MOSQUE. This means that the mosque was built by a certain Ahmed Bey who was a silhadar, which means an official of the vizier or pasha in charge of guarding and maintaining weapons. He was obviously well paid for the work he was doing so he was in a position to build a mosque.

Only Gazi Isa-bey’s mosque, which no longer exists, could have been older than the first built mosque, which was built before the 60s of XV century and is considered the first building in Novi Pazar. The Lejlek mosque is most likely from those years. There is even a traditional tale according to which Sultan Mehmed Fatih, during his conquest of  Bosnia, prayed in the Lejlek Mosque in Novi Pazar in 1459.