There was a mosque in the center of the mahalla. In ancient times, the muezzin called residents from the mosque to prayer. This is how the boundaries of the community were determined: the territory where the voice of the muezzin is heard is included in the mahalla. The mosque served as a gathering place for men and discussing everyday issues.
Names and reasons for the formation of the mahalla
Mahallas were formed as a result of various events. The communities were formed due to the association of artisans who worked in the vicinity of the house. The names of the makhallas are also different: some communities were named after sights or cities from which residents moved to a new territory.
What is the uniqueness of the mahalla?
It’s simple: people live in harmony, respect each other and take care of the territory in which they live. The residents of the makhalla support each other in any situation: at the birth of children, weddings, funerals, and if help is needed, they will always take part in the construction of a house or similar events.
Local residents live according to the law (Shafat), which is transmitted orally. Nobody broke the law. If a resident of the mahalla wanted to sell real estate, he first offered it to his relatives, then to his neighbors, and if he could not sell it, to other residents of the mahalla.
The communities still exist today: there are about 10,000 of them throughout Uzbekistan. Some of them include quarters with private houses, but there are also modern ones, which consist of high-rise buildings. Today, the values of the makhalla have not changed: residents continue to live in harmony and preserve the values of the community.