Raja Ashman Shah

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Raja Ashman Shah
Raja Kechil Sulung of Perak
Raja Kecil Sulung
PredecessorRaja Iskandar Zulkarnain
SuccessorRaja Ahmad Nazim Azlan Shah
Born(1958-12-28)28 December 1958
George Town, Penang, Malaya
Died30 March 2012(2012-03-30) (aged 53)
Bukit Damansara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Burial30 March 2012
SpouseNoraini Jane binti Kamarul Ariffin
IssueRaja Emina Aliyyah
Raja Ahmad Nazim Azlan Shah
Raja Bainunisa Safia
Full name
Raja Ashman Shah ibni Raja Azlan Shah (as birth)
FatherSultan Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Yussuff Izzuddin Shah Ghafarullahu-lah
MotherTuanku Bainun Binti Mohd Ali
ReligionSunni Islam (Sufism)

Raja Ashman Shah ibni Almarhum Sultan Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah Al-Maghfur-lah (28 December 1958 – 30 March 2012) was a member of the Perak Royal Family, the second son of Sultan Azlan Shah.[1] He was the fourth in line to the throne of the Perak Sultanate when he was the Raja Kechil Sulung of Perak from 2010 until his death in 2012.

Early life[edit]


Raja Ashman Shah was born at George Town, Penang, Malaya. 28 December 1958 as the third child of late Sultan Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah ibni Almarhum Sultan Yussuff Izzuddin Shah Ghafarullahu-lah, later Sultan Azlan Shah of Perak, and his wife Tuanku Bainun Binti Mohd Ali (herself a member of the Royal House of Perak and much third grandson of her husband's father Sultan Yussuff Izzuddin Shah of Perak)

His siblings are :


Raja Ashman attended high school at St. John Institution, Kuala Lumpur. He held a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Nottingham, a master's degree in Law from Cambridge University, and a diploma in Business Law from the University of London, England.[2] He was a barrister-at-law and a member of the English Bar.

Professional career[edit]

Raja Ashman held a number of professional positions. He was the Executive Director of Dreamland Holdings from 1990, the chairman of the board of Trustees of the Haqqani Foundation Malaysia from 1994, the Chairman of Dwitasik, and the Director of KKB Engineering Bhd.


Raja Ashman held an ijazah (permission of initiating seekers, teaching the masses and channelling divine energy) from Shaykh Nazim 'Adil al-Haqqani in the Naqshbandi Haqqani Sufi Order. Known as Sheikh Raja in the Sufi order, he was the representative of Shaykh Nazim in Malaysia and Singapore. He established the Naqshbandi zawiya in Kuala Lumpur. He was also revered by some members of the Order as one of Shaykh Nazim's worldwide successors.

Personal life[edit]

He married Noraini Jane binti Kamarul Ariffin (born 1960) on 26 September 1991 in Kuala Kangsar. She is the daughter of Kamarul Ariffin bin Muhammad Yassin, former Senator and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the National Art Gallery.[3]

They had one son and two daughters:

  1. Raja Emina Aliyyah binti Almarhum Raja Ashman Shah (born 17 September 1992)
  2. Raja Ahmad Nazim Azlan Shah bin Raja Ashman Shah, Raja Kechil Sulong (born 10 March 1994)
  3. Raja Bainunisa Safia binti Raja Ashman Shah (born 3 April 1997)


Raja Ashman died on 30 March 2012, due to an asthma attack. He was survived by his wife, parents, siblings, and children.[4] He was buried at the Al-Ghufran Royal Mausoleum near Ubudiah Mosque, Kuala Kangsar.


He was awarded:[3][5]

Honours of Perak[edit]



  1. ^ a b New Strait Times Archived 29 May 2014 at the Wayback Machine, Raja Ashman Shah wearing DKA II Archived 23 December 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Blazing trails in halls of Academia
  3. ^ a b The Royal Ark, Perak, p.16
  4. ^ "Raja Ashman Anakanda Sultan Perak Mangkat Akibat Asthma" (in Malay). Bernama. 30 March 2012. Archived from the original on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 30 March 2012.
  5. ^ Raja Ashman Shah's death with decorations details of the members of the Perak succession