Raja Ashman Shah

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Raja Ashman Shah
Yang Teramat Mulia Raja Kechil Sulong of Perak
Predecessor Raja Ahmad Nazim Azlan Shah
Successor Raja Iskandar Dzulkarnain
Born (1958-12-28)28 December 1958
Penang, Malaya
Died 30 March 2012(2012-03-30) (aged 53)
Bukit Damansara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Burial 30 March 2012
Al-Ghufran Royal Mausoleum, Kuala Kangsar, Perak
Spouse Noraini Jane Kamarul Ariffin
Issue Raja Eminah Alliyah
Raja Ahmad Nazim Azlan Shah (Raja Kechil Sulong of Perak)
Raja Bainunisa Safia
Full name
Raja Dato' Seri Ashman Shah Ibni Sultan Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah
Father Sultan Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah
Mother Tuanku Bainun
Religion Sunni Islam Naqshbandi Haqqani Sufi Order
Occupation Prince

Raja Ashman Shah (28 December 1958 – 30 March 2012), formally known as Sheikh Dato' Seri Raja Ashman Shah ibni Sultan Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah, was a member of the Perak Royal Family, the second son of Sultan Azlan Shah.[1] He was the Raja Kechil Sulong of Perak, which made him the fourth in line to the throne of the Perak Sultanate.


Raja Ashman Shah was born at Penang, Malaya, 28 December 1958 as the third son of late Sultan Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah ibni al-Marhum Sultan Yussuf 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 Yusuf 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 channeling 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 Y.A.Bhg. Datuk Sri Noraini Jane binti Tan Sri Kamarul Ariffin (born 1959) on 26 September 1991 in Kuala Kangsar. She is the daughter of Y.Bhg. Tan Sri Kamar ul-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. Y.A.M. Raja Eminah Alliyah binti Almarhum Raja Datuk Seri Ashman Shah (born 17 September 1992)
  2. Y.T.M. Raja Ahmad Nazim Azlan Shah ibni Almarhum Raja Datuk Ashman Shah, Raja Kechil Sulong (born 10 March 1994)
  3. Y.A.M. Raja Bainunisa Safia binti Almarhum Raja Datuk Seri Ashman Shah (born 3 April 1995)


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, Raja Ashman Shah wearing DKA II
  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". BERNAMA (in Malay). 30 March 2012. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  5. ^ Raja Ashman Shah's death with decorations details of the members of the Perak succession