Al-ʿAtabāt al-Muqaddasa (Arabic: العتبات المقدسه, literally: the Holy Doorsteps) are holy shrines of Shi'a Imams in Iraq including Najaf, Karbala, Kadhimiya, and Samarra. These cities are also called al-ʿAtabāt al-ʿAliyāt (Arabic: العتبات العالیات, literally: the Exalted Doorsteps). The importance of these cities is because of the six Imams (a) of Shi'a buried there. These cities are among major destinations of ziyarah and holy cities for Shi'a.
- Main article: Najaf
Najaf is the capital of Najaf Province, one of the holiest Shi'a cities and the center of Shiite political power in Iraq. The shrine of Imam 'Ali (a) is located in this city and Islamic Seminary of Najaf is one of the most important Shi'a seminaries. Kufa which is the site of several Shi'a shrines and mosques, is located ten kilometers away from the city and is now integrated into the city.
- Main article: Karbala
Karbala is the place of occurring the Battle of 'Ashura and all the martyrs of the battle are buried there. Most important shrines and graves of the city are the holy Shrine of Imam al-Husayn (a) which is also known as al-Ha'ir al-Husayni, and the shrine of Abu l-Fadl al-'Abbas (a). The grave of 'Ali Akbar (a) and other Martyrs of Karbala are located in the shrine of Imam al-Husayn (a).
- Main article: Kadhimiya
- Main article: Samarra
- The material for this article is mainly taken from عتبات عالیات in Farsi WikiShia.