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Dara Shikoh

Birth:1615

Death:1659

The favourite son of Shahjahan. The eldest son of Shahjahan and Mumtaz Mahal (Taj Mahal is her memorial), Dara Shukoh was killed by Aurangzeb in 1659, when the two brothers fought for succession to the throne of Delhi. The author of Safinat ul aulia and Majmua ul Bahrain (the uniting of both seas), in which Dara Shukoh endeavoured to reconcile Hinduism with Islam - a comparative study which emphasised the compatibility of the two faiths and the common source of their divine revelations. N B Malted translated Dare's Sarr-I-Asrar into English and a copy of the Persian version of this book is in the British Museum. Dara Shukoh - the Glory of Darius - who's Takhalus was Qadri had a striking resemblance of his father. He had enquiring mind and enjoyed the company of sages, Sufis and wandering ascetics.

Compiled by:M. Nauman Khan / Ghulam Mohiuddin

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