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A shrine-tomb of a male descendant of a Shii imam is reverently accorded this title to indicate the love for the household of the Prophet Muhammad among the Shiis. Centers of popular Shii devotion and pilgrimages, many tombs are believed to have miraculous properties. Among the female descendants of the Prophet, the shrine-tombs of Zaynab (the daughter of Ali ibn Abi Talib, the first Shii imam) and Fatimah (the daughter of Musa al-Kazim, the seventh imam) enjoy great prestige.

Subjects: Islam.

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