KYIV (QHA) -

Today, February 23, marks 100 years since the death of the first Mufti of the Muslims of Crimea, Lithuania, Poland, the initiator of the First Qurultay of the Crimean Tatar people, the first Head of the Crimean People's Republic Noman Çelebicihan.

Noman Çelebicihan was born in 1885 in the family of Ibraim Çelebi, Imam of the mosque in the village of Büyük Sunaq in Chongar region of the Crimea. He received his primary education at a rural school, and continued his studies at the Aqçora medrese, and later in the Zıncırlı medrese.
 
He received a higher legal and theological education at the University of Istanbul, where he founded several organizations during his studies: Yaş Tatar Yazıcılar Cıyını ("Young Tatar Writers 'Society"), "Vatan" (Fatherland) and "Crimean Tatar Students' Youth".
At the beginning of the First World War he returned in the Crimea, where he developed a strategy for the national struggle.

In March 1917, the First All-Crimean Muslim Congress was held, at which the Provisional Crimean-Muslim Executive Committee was established. Noman Çelebicihan was elected Chairman of the committee. At the same time, he also became the Mufti of the Muslims of the Crimea.

Noman Çelebicihan advocated the equality of all peoples who live in the Crimea.

After the Bolsheviks, who did not recognize the Crimean Tatar national government, came to power on January 26, 1918, Noman Çelebicihan was arrested. On February 23 of the same year, the sailors killed him and threw the body into the Black Sea.

QHA reported that on February 22 in Ichnia, Chernihiv region of Ukraine, a memorial plaque was opened for Noman Çelebicihan. The memorial plaque was placed on the wall of the railway station building. The Head of the Ukrainian Initiative NGO Yuri Kostenko noted, that Noman Chelebidzhikhan visited the station in Ichnia during his trips to St. Petersburg.

February 23, Kyiv will host a tournament on the national Crimean Tatar wrestling kuresh, dedicated to Noman Çelebicihan.

QHA