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Shaheed Shrine

A Shaheed Shrine is a building constructed to commemorate and show respect to a saint and forms part of Punjabi folk religion in the Punjab region. In Punjabi folk cosmology, the universe is divided into three realms: Devlok is the realm of the gods and ancestors, existing in akash, the sky. A Shaheed can become a saint in the afterlife. Although not part of organised religion, Shaheed Shrines only form part of Sikh and Muslim folk religion. However, such shrines are respected by all faiths. Sikhs prefer to use the term Shaheed "jaggah" whereas Muslims use the term dargah or mazaar for such shrines if the shrine is near a grave. Muslim Shaheed Shrines represent Sufi saints; the Hindus equivalent of Shaheeds are Siddhs of the Siddha tradition. Siddha shrines are either referred to as Samadhs. Saint worship in shrines is common in the Punjab region. People of all faiths venerate shrines in honour of saints; these shrines represent sources of power to the common people and are open to people from all religious persuasions.

The shrines can be at the final resting places of the saints or ‘memorial shrines’. These memorial shrines have evolved into a distinct form of ‘saint worship’; these shrines represent inter-communal dialogue and a distinct form of cultural practice of saint veneration. Shrines can be local, such as the shrine of Bhagat Baba Kalu and Baba Nihal Singh Ji, or they can be popular across a larger area forming part of folklore, such as the shrines of Sakhi Sarwar known as Baba Lakhadata whose larger central shrine is in Sakhi Sarwar of Dera Ghazi Khan District and the smaller shrine in Una, Himachal Pradesh, India. Other popular shrines include those of Gugga Ji and Khawaja Khizr

Bani Yas

Bani Yas is a tribal confederation of Najdi origin in the United Arab Emirates. It had a coalition with many other tribes in the region; the tribal coalition which consists of tribes from Dubai to Khawr al Udayd southeast of Qatar, was called the Bani Yas Coalition. The tribe has been led by their rulers, the Al Nahyan, who had their headquarters in Al Dhafra and now in Abu Dhabi; the ruling family of the United Arab Emirates and Abu Dhabi, Al Nahyan, a branch of Al-Falahi, belongs to and rules this tribe, as do the emirs of Dubai, Al Maktoum, a branch of Al-Falasi. Bani Yas had close relations with the Dhawahir tribe, traditionally at odds with Na’im and Bani Ka’ab in Buraimi Oasis. Bani Yas consists of several branches, which are: Al Falahi Al Falasi Al Muhairi Al Mehairbi Al Mansouri Al Mazrouei Al Romaithi Al Hameli Al Marar Al Qubaisi Al Swaidi Al Qamzi Al Ameemi Royal families of the United Arab Emirates [[Liwa heush