Rafi ud-Darajat

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Rafi ud-Darajat
Emperor Rafi Uddar Jat.jpg
11th Mughal Emperor
Reign28 February – 6 June 1719
SuccessorShah Jahan II
RegentSyed Brothers (1719)
Born(1699-12-01)1 December 1699
Died6 June 1719(1719-06-06) (aged 19)
Mausoleum of Khwaja Qutbuddin Kaki, Delhi
SpouseInayat Banu Begum
Abu'l Barakat Shams-ud-Din Muhammad Rafi ud-Darajat Padshah Ghazi Shahanshah-i-Bahr-u-Bar
MotherRazyiat-un-Nissa Begum
ReligionSunni Islam

Rafi ud-Darajat (Persian: رفیع الدرجات‎) (1 December 1699 – 6 June 1719), the youngest son of Rafi-ush-Shan and the nephew of Azim ush Shan, was the eleventh Mughal Emperor. After Furrukhsiyar was assassinated By Ajit Singh of Marwar He succeeded Furrukhsiyar on 28 February 1719, And was placed on throne By Ajit Singh of Marwar.


Role of Maharaja AjIt Singh and Syed Brothers[edit]

As previous emperor Furrukhsiyar was deposed by Ajit Singh of Marwar. Rafi ud-Darajat owed his throne to Ajit Singh and the Syed Brothers took full advantage of this. They wanted him to be a puppet ruler and so took steps to curtail his power.

Rival claim to throne[edit]

The reign of Rafi ud-Darajat was one of turbulence. On 18 May 1719, less than three months after his own accession, Rafi ud-Darajat's uncle, Nekusiyar, assumed the throne at the Agra Fort as he thought he was more eligible for the post.

The Syed Brothers were extremely determined to defend the emperor they had raised to the throne and punish the offender. They swiftly succeeded. Only three months after Nekusiyar's enthronement, the fort surrendered and Nekusiyar was captured. He was respectfully received by the Amir ul-Umara and confined at Salimgarh where he died in 1723.


Before dying, Rafi ud-Darajat requested that his elder brother be enthroned. Accordingly, on 6 June 1719, after a reign of 3 months and six days, he was dethroned. Two days later his brother, Rafi ud-Daulah, was enthroned. Rafi ud-Darajat died of Tuberculosis or was murdered at Agra, 6 June 1719. His remains were interred near the shrine of Sufi saint Khawaja Qutbuddin Bakhtiar Kaki at Mehrauli in Delhi.


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Rafi ud-Darajat
Preceded by
Mughal Emperor
Succeeded by
Shah Jahan II