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Name :Raja of Mahmoodabad
Period :1914 - 1973
Biographical detail : Humility and simplicity were the hallmark of his personality.

Although of princely descent, Raja of Mahmoodabad opted for an unostentatious lifestyle once he came out of his adolescence. He was a deeply religious man who shared food with commoners and washed his own plates.

Willingly and by choice, Raja of Mahmoodabad joined a struggle, which created a homeland, Pakistan, for the Muslims of the subcontinent but made him a pauper. He had his own concept of a welfare state that he visualised for Pakistan.

After the partition of India, in 1947, Raja moved to Iraq where he stayed for sometime. He then came to Pakistan but later in the 1960s he decided to settle in London where he was the director of the Islamic Cultural Centre, and devoted rest of his life in supervising the buildings of the Regent Park Mosque.

Raja of Mahmoodabad whose real name was Muhammad Amir Ahmad Khan was the ruler of a princely state, Mahmoodabad founded in 1569, in British India.

He died in London and was buried in Iran – a completely disillusioned man. “The Muslim League of the Quaid-I-Azam is dead and the country in whose creation the great leader had made so much investment does not exist,” the disenchanted Raja used to say in his despair and helplessness.

Raja Sahib Mahmoodabad: Hayat-O-Khidmaat by Khwaja Razi Haider (ISBN 969-413-072-7) is available for further reading and research.
 (Compiler : M. Nauman Khan)


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