English writers’ nonsense about Aurangzeb Alamgir’s daughter –

Throughout a visit to Bombay, a pricey good friend who depends closely on English writings confirmed an article in Indian Journal and Overview about Zeb-ul-Nisa’s biography.

I’m sorry that the capital info of such an esteemed pamphlet was all market tales, considered one of which is the embarrassing story of Aqil Khan Razi. The circumstances which have been arrange for industrial functions are fully misplaced.

Primarily based on this, it was determined to mix appropriate details about Zeb al-Nisa, which might have the benefit of correcting misinformation.

The start of Zeb al-Nisa
Zeb-ul-Nisa was the primary baby of Aurangzeb (Mughal king). Zeb al-Nisa was born within the second 12 months of their marriage in Shawwal 4 AH (1638). In accordance with the structure, he was the primary to show the Holy Quran. All historians and narrators agree that Zeb al-Nisa had a really excessive degree of schooling in Arabic and Persian.

Zeb al-Nisa didn’t get married. It’s typically recognized that the Timurid emperors didn’t marry women. This false custom has been given a number of fame by European writers and has helped them to unfold the notoriety of royal wives, however this story is totally baseless. Alamgir himself had two daughters, Zabdat-ul-Nisa Begum and Mehar-ul-Nisa Begum, married to Sepehr Shukoh and Izad Bakhsh (son of Prince Murad). Thus, within the Impact of the Universe, the dates and temporary circumstances of each marriages are written and additionally it is talked about within the e-book Khatam.

Alamgir Zeb-ul-Nisa was extremely revered. Each time she got here from exterior, she would ship princes to greet her. I used to take him with me once I was touring.

Zeb al-Nisa died in Delhi in 5 AH (1698 or 1702 AD). Alamgir was engaged within the conquests of the Deccan at the moment. I used to be very unhappy to listen to this information. An order was issued to pay Zakat and charity for his reward. And put together the tomb of the deceased. The identify of Zeb-ul-Nisa and its occasions seem within the Khani Khan manuscript revealed in Calcutta as much as 5 AH (1710), however this can be a clear mistake. The scribes have mistakenly modified the adornment of ladies to the adornment of ladies.

Perfection of information and basic morals and habits
All historians have written that Zeb al-Nisa excelled in Arabic and Persian. She wrote Nasta’liq, Naskh and Shaqta Khat very properly. However nothing from his writings exists at this time. It’s typically recognized that she used a pseudonym. And the key Diwan belongs to the one who has been revealed in secret, however this isn’t true. There isn’t any point out of his nickname or Diwan in any historical past or narration. There isn’t any denying that she was a poet, however it appears that evidently her phrases had been misplaced.

Zeb al-Nisa might or might not have written any books himself, however he wrote many wonderful books below his supervision. Together with the authorship division arrange by Zeb al-Nisa, it was essential to have a big library. From which the authors can profit. So Begum established a really giant library.

Morals and habits
Though Zeb-ul-Nisa had a pious and honest humorousness, she was the granddaughter of Shah Jahan. Subsequently, sophistication and the products of the Emirate had been additionally essential. Inayatullah Khan, who was very near the rulers of the world, was the Mir Khansaman of Zeb-un-Nisa. In Kashmir, there are springs of nice surroundings. One in all these springs, named Ahul, was within the property of Zeb al-Nisa. Zeb al-Nisa had constructed an impressive backyard and luxurious buildings adjoining to it.

False tales about Zeb al-Nisa
Quite a few false tales about Zeb al-Nisa have turn out to be widespread, which have been given extra shade by European writers. One in all them is that Zeb-ul-Nisa and Aqeel Khan had a love affair and Zeb-ul-Nisa used to secretly invite her to the palace. Sooner or later Alamgir was current within the palace when he came upon that Aqil Khan was within the palace and was hidden in a shower pot. Unknowingly, Alamgir ordered to warmth water in the identical pot. Aqil Khan didn’t die attributable to secrecy and was burnt.

(Excerpts from an article by Shibli Nomani, a widely known Urdu biographer, historian, non secular scholar and critic)


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