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of the last Great #Mughal- Alamgir
Below will be the instructions
Alamgir left in his will.
Source: Ahkam-e-alamgiri(Anecdotes of Aurangzeb)
@ssharadmohhan @Biblioventurer @DalrympleWill
1."On behalf of this sinner sunk in iniquity, cover the tomb of Hasan, because those who are drowned in the ocean of sin have no other protection except seeking refugee..forgiveness. This great auspicious act is to be performed by my noble son Prince Alijah(Md. Azam)" @aary_aan
2."Rs 4 and 2 annas, out of the price of caps sewn by me are with Aia Beg, the Mahaldar. Spend this on the shroud of this helpless creature. 300& 5Rs, from the wages of copying Quran,are in my peruse of personal expense.Distribute them to the fakirs on my death, not on my shroud"
3. Take the remaining necessities of my funeral from Prince Azam as he is the heir apparent, and on him lies the responsibility for the lawful or unlawful. This helpless person is not answerable for them because the dead are in the hands of the survivors. @aary_aan
4. "Bury this wanderer in the valley of Deviation from the right path with his head bare, because every ruined sinner who is conducted bareheaded before the Grand Emperor(God), is sure to be an object of mercy." @IndiaArtHistory @aary_aan @ssharadmohhan @IndiainPakistan
5. "Cover the top of the coffin on my bier with the coarse white cloth called gazi. Avoid the spreading of a canopy and uncanonical innovations like musicians and the celebration of the prophet's nativity(maulud). @IndiaArtHistory @aary_aan @ssharadmohhan @Biblioventurer
6. "It is proper for the ruler of the empire(my heir) to treat kindly the helpless servants who in the train of this shameless sinner(alamgir) have roving in the deserts and wilderness(of the deccan). Even if any manifest crime is commited by them, forgive them. @aary_aan
7. "No other nation is better than the Persians for acting as accountants. And in war too..none of this nation has turned his face away from the field. They have not once been guilty of disobedience but it is difficult to get on together with them. You have to conciliate them."
8."The Turani people have ever been soldiers- expert in raids,night attacks, arrests.And they are a hundred stages remote from the crass stupidity of the hindustanis who would part with their heads but won't leave their positions in battle. You should confer favours on this race"
9. "You should honour the Sayyids of Barha who are worthy of blessing. But you should be extremely cautious in dealing with the Sayyids. Be not wanting in love of them at heart, but externally do not increase their rank as they turn predominant partners and demand the empire."
10."As far as possible the rulers of an empire should not spare himself from moving about; he should avoid staying in one place, which outwardly gives him repose but in effect brings on a thousand calamities and troubles." @aary_aan @IndiaArtHistory @ssharadmohhan
11."Never trust your sons, nor treat them during your lifetime in an intimate manner,because, if the Emperor #ShahJahan had not treated #DaraShikoh in this manner, his affairs would not have to come to such a sorry pass.Ever keep in view the saying- The words of king are barren."
12."The main piller of government is to be well informed in the news of the empire. Negligence for a single moment becomes the cause of disgrace for long years. The escape of the wretch Shiva took place through my carelessness and I have to labour hard to the end of my life."
"Twelve is blessed(among numbers). I have concluded with twelve directions."

"If you learn (the lesson), a kiss on your wisdom.
If you neglect it, then alas! Alas!"

-Alamgir Aurangzeb

@ssharadmohhan @DalrympleWill @aary_aan
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