- This article discusses the British Indian title. For other meanings, see Khan (disambiguation)
|Khan Sahib Medal|
|Awarded by Viceroy & Governor-General of India on behalf of the British Indian Government|
|Eligibility||Muslim, Parsi and Jewish Commonwealth subjects of British India|
|Awarded for||Public service|
|Status||Discontinued since 1947|
|Next (higher)||Khan Bahadur|
|Equivalent||Rai Sahib (for Hindus)|
Khan Sahib (Bengali: খ়ান সাহিব, Hindi: ख़ान साहिब, Urdu: خان صاحب) - a compound of khan (leader) and sahib (master) - was a formal title of respect and honour, which was conferred exclusively on Muslim, Parsi and Jewish subjects of the British Indian Empire. It was a title one degree higher than the title of Khan.
The title was conferred along with a medal and a citation (or sanad) and the recipient was entitled to prefix the title to his name. The title was conferred on behalf of the British Indian Government by the Viceroy and Governor-General of India.
The title "Khan Sahib" was originally conferred by the Mughal Empire on Muslim subjects in recognition of public services rendered and was adopted by the British Indian Empire for the same purpose. Hindu subjects of the British Indian Empire were conferred the title of "Rai Sahib". Since there were no separate titles for Parsi and Jewish subjects, the British Indian Empire conferred the Muslim title of Khan Sahib to Parsi and Jewish subjects as well.
The chronological list of recipients below is not exhaustive.
- 1918, Pir Syed Karam Shah of Shorkot via letter from Viceroy Barnes Court Simla. Original letter and Parchment document still available (3 June 1918).
- 1920, Rana Talia Muhammad Khan for meritorious services (later awarded higher title of "Khan Bahadur")
- 1922, Ghias-ud-din Saiyid Abdul Karim Sahib inspector general awarded title of Khan shahib.
- 1926, shah muhammad abdul hakeem faridi superitendent kotadowar awarded title of Khan shahib.
- 1923, Mehr Abadan, Founder of Zimindara High School Dasua Lyallpur District, Punjab
- 1925, Muhammad Salim 'Ali Adviser on Arab affairs in Aden (later awarded higher title of "Khan Bahadur")
- 1925, Manadathu Kunjoo Khader Pillai Municipal President,Alwaye,Madras States awarded the title of Khan Sahib for his meritorious service during the great flood of 1925.
- 1926, Khan Bahadur Aga Syed Hussain , then Governor of Kashmir,later the First Muslim Minister to Maharaja Hari Singh in the Dogra Rule,awarded for his meritorious services (later awarded the higher title of Khan Bahadur) and Thakkar
- 1928, Alhaj Ghulam Muhammad Khan son of Khan Naurang Khan, an elder of Spin Gund faction of Lakki Marwat was awarded this title for streamlining cordial relationship between the British and hostile Spin Gund tribe of Lakki Marwat. The Deputy Commissioner/Collector of District Bannu/Edwardabad at that time Major A.E.D. Parton had to send his medal and Sanad through a messenger as he declined to attend the public awarding ceremony at Deputy Commissioner's Office in Bannu.
- 1932, Syed Ahmed Rashid for his outstanding services in the field of sports and social activities in India.
- 1939, Jalal ud din Jalal Baba for his services in Hazara district and displaying leadership qualities.
- 1931, Chaudhry Niaz Ali Khan of Jamalpur for public service spanning 30 years by the 32nd Viceroy and Governor-General of India, Freeman Freeman-Thomas, 1st Marquess of Willingdon
- 1933, Dossabhoy Muncherji Raja
- 1934, Mir Afzal Khan, Deputy Superintendent of Police, for meritorious police services awarded by the 22nd Viceroy and Governor-General of India, The Earl of Willingdon
- 1935, Malik Ghulam Hussain, Musaufi, Kalat State, Mastung. (November 19, 1935)
- 1895 Shah mirza son of gilgit awarded khan sahib title for relief of chitral
- 1939, Moulavi Huosain Reza, Inspector of police, Bengal presidency Kolkata, was recipient of award KHAN SAHIB
- 1940, To Sahibzada Khurshid Ali Khan in recognition of services for the British Indian government. He served in the British foreign service in the 1940s. He was from wayanwali sharif, distt. Gujranwala, Punjab, Pakistan.
- 1941, Maulvi Mahammad Roufique, Chairman, Nowgaon local board, Assam recipient of award KHAN SAHIB and he is also recipient of the title KHAN BAHADUR on 1st January 1945.
- 1941, Mohsinuddin Khan Kakarzai, Municipal Medical Officer of Health, Budaun, United Provinces, recipient of award KHAN SAHIB l
- 1942, Khan Muhammad Khan
- 1944, Sheikh Jan Mohammad
- 1945, Syed Ahmed Quadri
- 1945, Qazi Zafar Hussain
- 1945, Syed Mohammed Zakaria from Central Indian Police Service was awarded the title of Khan Sahib in recognition of his distinguished service to the British Empire.
- 1946, Choudhary Daswandi Khan Virk, World War Warrior, Superintendent of Police, Lasbela, Resident of Village Virk, Distt. Sialkot, Father of Ch Zafar Iqbal Virk, Ch Khizer Iqbal Virk, Ch Mehmood Iqbal Virk and Ch Javed Iqbal Virk (former candidate of MNA Tehsil Pasrur)
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- List of Recipients of this award for that year is available in Asia and Africa Studies Reading Room at the British Library in London near St. Pancras. This list of was published in The Gazette of India Extraordinary. Dated June 12, 1941.
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