Madurai Maqbara



Madurai Maqbara

Madurai Maqbara refers to the Dargahs of three Sufi saints: Mir Ahmad Ibrahim, Mir Amjad Ibrahim, and Abdus Salaam Ibrahim. The Arabic word "Maqbara", which means mausoleum, is derived from the word "qabr", which means grave. Though maqbara refers to the graves of all Muslims, it refers especially to the graves (Raula or Rauza) of religious figures or Waliyullahs who dedicated their life to Islam, striving to be true Muslims and training others to follow Islam as first preached by the Prophet Mohamed.
In Madurai, in southern Tamil Nadu there are many Dargahs of Waliyullahs, but the term "Madurai Maqbara" generally refers to the Dargahs of three saints: Mir Ahmad Ibrahim, Mir Amjad Ibrahim, and Abdus Salaam Ibrahim. The birth of these three Waliyullahs was declared by Hazrat Nabi Sulaiman, the messenger of Allah, and a genie called Jaimur was deployed by Hazrat Sulaiman to serve them. The place where these three sheikhs' graves are found is called Maqbara and is in the premises of Kazimar Big mosque (Periya Pallivasal) in the Heart of Madurai, city which is the cultural capital of Tamilnadu in South India.


                                

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Periya is a Tamil word that in English means elder or big, and Kabeer in Arabic. Similarly, Chinna is a Tamil word which translates to younger or small in English, and in Arabic means "Sagheer" Hence, Meer Ahmed Ibrahim is called Elder Hazrat or and Meer Amjad Ibrahim is called Younger Hazrat.


 





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