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Hazrat

Literally, it means "court" or "threshold," but idiomatically is used as a term of respect.

Hosayniyya

"Hosayniyya is a rather recent name for public buildings in Iran, Iraq and Lebanon that are used by the Shi’a for mourning ceremonies, especially during the months of Muharam and Safar (the first two months in the Muslim calendar) wherein the martyrdom of Imam Hossein, grandson of the Prophet, is mourned. Their counterparts in India and Pakistan are called imambara or azakhana, and in some places, ashurkhana, dargah, and alawi" (EIMW 317).

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