The Arabic word Maqbara ("mausoleum"; plural: Maqâbir) 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 preached by the Islamic prophet, Muhammad. In Asian countries, maqbara also refers to the Dargah of Waliyullahs, Sufis, Sheikhs, Imams, Qutbs and Ghouses. There are a large number of Dargahs of Waliyullahs all over India, and their maqbaras are found therein.
In Madurai, South Tamil Nadu, the term Maqbara generally refers to the Dargahs of three saints: Meer Ahmad Ibrahim Waliyullah Al Kabir, Meer Amjad Ibrahim Waliyullah As Saghir, and Syed Abdus Salaam Ibrahim Saalim Waliyullah.The graves of all three sheikhs are located in the Kazimar big mosque (Periya Pallivasal) in the heart of Madurai city, which is the cultural capital of Tamil Nadu in South India.