(Last Updated on : 17/02/2014)
Madurai Maqbara is a group of three Dargahs, located in Madurai
region of the Indian state Tamil Nadu
, belonging to the Sufi saints namely Meer Ahmad Ibrahim, Meer Amjad Ibrahim and Abdus Salaam Ibrahim. Maqbara is an Arabic word which refers to mausoleum and is derived from the word 'qabr' meaning grave. Dargah refers to the graves of those religious figures or Waliyullahs who devote their life to the cause of Islam
and inspires other to follow the life preached by Prophet Muhammad
Meer Ahmadh Ibrahim (Periya Hazrat)
Meer Ahmadh Ibrahim, also known as Periya Hazrat, was born of a miracle. His father, Moulana Mir ni'amatullah, did not have a child for a long time after his marriage. Her wife once saw a dream in which Sultan Syed Ibrahim Shahid badusha of Erwadi asked her to visit Erwadi to have the blessings for a child. The couple acted accordingly and after 3 years they were blessed with a child. As a child Meer Ahmadh Ibrahim had left his home for education at madarasa. He was among the slow learners of his class and received scolding from his teacher for being a poor learner. His teacher had also insisted him to leave the madarasa for being unfit for education. However his life changed following a prayer to Allah and a dream and he successfully completed his education afterwards. After returning to his hometown Madurai, he began a madarasa to impart education to the Muslims all over Tamil Nadu. For his extraordinary wisdom he was appointed by the then Nawab of Carnatic in India as the government chief Kazi of Madurai and Kaziul Kuzaat. He was known for serving his job excellently. He died at the age of 63 in the year 1872.
Meer Amjad Ibrahim (Chinna Hazrat)
Meer Amjad Ibrahim, also called as Chinna Hazrat, was a God fearing person right from his childhood. From the beginning he was along with Periya Hazrat, his brother, for spreading Islamic education among the students of the southern part of Tamil Nadu. The nearby locality had a plethora of followers of these hazrats. Chinna Hazrat regularly visited these places for imparting education. He died at the age of 95 and was survived by his only son Saalim Hazrat and a daughter who was the wife of Moulana Syed Khaja Mueenuddeen saheb.
Abdus Salaam Ibrahim (Saalim Hazrat)
Abdus Salaam Ibrahim, also recognized as Saalim Hazrat, was the elder son of Chinna Hazrat whose birth marks a miracle. He was born very tiny and was half the size of a sparrow. Although the physicians predicted that he would not live, he grew gigantic to their astonishment. Right from his childhood, he was a God fearing person and dedicated his life to Islam. He grew up in an Islamic environment and was a Waliyullah right from his birth. Just as his grandfather, Hazrat Mir Niamatullah, Abdus Salaam Ibrahim did not have a child for a considerable time after his marriage. For this he had begged a lot from Erwadi Sulthan Syed Ibrahim Shaheed's blessings for a child. Consequently he was blessed with two children after about 12 years, namely Syed Amjad Ibrahim and Syed Muhammad Shamsuddin Ibrahim. However the latter died in childhood.
Maqbara Hazrats and Fassiyatush Shadhiliyya
Periya Hazrat had accepted Tariqa (an order of Sufism
, also known as Fassiyatush Shadhiliyyah, corresponding to mystical teaching and spiritual practices for attaining the ultimate truth) by being its Khalifatul Khulafa as per the appointment of Imama Fassi. He flourished the practises greatly. His brother Chinna Hazrat became the Khalifa of Fassiyatush Shadhiliyyah after his demise. Shamsuddin Muhammad Al Makki Al Fassi had appointed him. Saalim Hazrat however accepted the Tariqa after the Prophet gave him the consent. During the period of these three Sufi saints Fassiyatush Shadhiliyya Sufi order attained glory in the region of Tamil Nadu.