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Thursday, May 25, 2006

Jahangir and the Queen

Courtesy: Al-Haadi Volume 13 Number 2

Jahangir and the Queen

Jahangir was one of the famous kings of India. The love of Jahangir for his queen NurJahan was very famous. The king was also well known for his justice. His sense of justice is portrayed in the following incident related by Allamah Shibli (R.A.):
"NurJahan was one day sitting on the roof terrace. Suddenly a wayfarer who had trespassed onto the palace grounds caught sight of her. Her self esteem and beauty could not tolerate a stranger setting eyes on her. She immediately grabbed a pistol and shot at the wayfarer, killing him instantly.


When the news reached Jahangir, he first verified whether it was true. NurJahan, proud and confident due to her position in the eyes of the king, confessed to killing the man. Jahangir immediately asked a Mufti for the Shar`i ruling in this case. The Mufti replied that the killer should be beheaded.
The next instant Jahangir had issued the order that his wife be arrested and put into chains. He then instructed the swordsman to execute her. Gone were her beauty and the special position she enjoyed in the eyes of the king. NurJahan quickly sent a note to the king stating that the payment of blood money is also an option. Jahangir once again sought a Fatwa on this matter. He was told that blood money could be paid only if the immediate relatives agree to accept it in lieu of the execution. NurJahan thus sent 100 000 dirhams (silver coins) to the family of the deceased. However, they did not accept the money but in turn forgave her and requested the king to withdraw the order to execute her."


There are many lessons to be learnt from this incident. The Qur'an demands that one should uphold justice even if it be against one's own kith and kin. Often in such a situation, due to emotions one forgets justice. Hence the near and dear are supported even if they are wrong. Despite Jahangir's love for his wife, he upheld the cause of justice.


Another lesson is the deep self-respect that NurJahan possessed. Although her instant reaction of killing the man was incorrect, it was triggered by the very deep sense of self esteem which could not tolerate any stranger setting eyes on her. She certainly possessed some degree of the spirit of Hazrath Fatima (R.A.). Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) once asked the Sahaba (R.A): "What is best for a woman?" The answer which delighted Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) came from non other than his beloved daughter Sayyidah Fatima (R.A), who said: " She does not see any (non-mahram) man and nor does any man get to see her (Kanzul Ummaal vol.16; pg. 206)."

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