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n. (context Islam English) A shrine associated with the grave of a Muslim saint or similar religious figure.


A Dargah ( dargâh or dargah, also in Urdu) is a shrine built over the grave of a revered religious figure, often a Sufi saint or dervish. Muslims may visit the shrine for ziyarat, a term associated with religious visits and pilgrimages. Dargahs are often associated with Sufi meeting rooms and hostels, called khanqah or hospices. They usually include a mosque, meeting rooms, Islamic religious schools ( madrassas), residences for a teacher or caretaker, hospitals, and other buildings for community purposes.

Some Muslims do not believe in the practice of constructing over graves and turning them into places of worship, and consider it as associating partners to God or shirk, though visiting graves is encouraged. Muhammad (according to some sects) forbade turning graves into places of worship. but encouraged to visit the graves to remember life after death (sahih Muslim 977).

Usage examples of "dargah".

Within the walls of the city the great Dargah Mosque, with its shrine of pilgrimage and its ancient rites, lies close against the foot of the Taragarh Hill.

Every morning between ten and eleven he is to be found in a balcony above the well at the back of the Dargah Mosque, and to-morrow I will lead you to him.

Linforth found himself upon a balcony overhanging a great ditch between the Dargah and Taragarh Hill.