Saadat Ali Khan I

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Mir Muhammad Amin Musawi
Nawab of Awadh
Burhan ul Mulk
Khan Bahadur
Bahadur Jang
Mir Atish (Commander of Arsenal)
Subedar of Agra & Oudh
Sa'adat Khan
Khuld-Ashian[nt 1]
Saadat Ali Khan I.jpg
Burhan ul Mulk
Reign 1722–1739[1]
Predecessor none
Successor Safdar Jung
Born circa 1680
Nishapur, Khurasan, Persia
Died (1739-03-19)19 March 1739
Delhi, India
Buried Mausoleum of Sa'adat Khan, Delhi
one daughter
Father Muhammad Nasir
Religion Shia Islam
Military career
Allegiance Mughal Empire
Service/branch Nawab of Awadh
Rank Faujdar, Nawab
Battles/wars Mughal-Maratha Wars, Nader Shah's invasion of the Mughal Empire

Saadat Ali Khan (b. c. 1680 – d. 19 March 1739) was the Subahdar Nawab of Awadh (Oudh) from 26 January 1722 to 1739,[2] and the son of Muhammad Nasir.[3] At the age of 25 he accompanied his father Muhammad Nasir and joined the final campaign of the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb against the Maratha in the Deccan, where the Mughal Emperor honorably awarded him the title Khan Bahadur for his steadfast services.


Sa'adat Khan was born Muhammad Amin Musawi, the son of Muhammad Nasir Musawi, a Shia Muslim merchant of Khurasan[4] and descendant of Musa al-Kadhim. His grandfather, a wealthy merchant, migrated to India during the reign of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. Saadat Ali Khan I's father became a very prominent official during the rule of Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah I.[4] He was the progenitor of the Nawabs of Awadh (through female lineage).[4]


At the commencement of the emperor Muhammad Shah's reign he held the faujdari (garrison commander) of Bayana.[4] He made an unsuccessful effort to relieve the trapped Mughal Army during the Battle of Bhopal.

He was one of the commanding Mughal generals in the Battle of Karnal against Nadir Shah.[4] Sa'adat Khan was captured during the battle of Karnal , later on he became the general of Nadir Shah Army which marched to Delhi , however he committed suicide when Nadir shah admonished him and First Nizam of Hyderabad to drink poison and die to put Mughal empire at stake for their vested interest. Sa`adat khan took it literally and died on the night prior to the massacre of Delhi by Nadir Shah on 19 March 1739. He was buried at Delhi in the mausoleum of his brother in Law Sayadat Khan.[4]

Issue and succession[edit]

Saadat Khan had five daughters but no son. He gave his eldest daughter in marriage to his nephew Muhammad Muqim, better known as Safdar Jung. Saadat Khan's sister was Safdar Jung's mother; his father was Sayadat Khan, a descendant of Qara Yusuf. Safdar Jung succeeded Saadat Khan as ruler of Awadh.[4] All subsequent Nawab of Awadh down to Wajid Ali Shah are thus descended from Saadat Khan, through his daughter.


Preceded by
Mughal Governor of Agra
15 Oct 1720 – 9 Sep 1722
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Mughal Governor of Awadh
9 Sep 1722 – 1732
Succeeded by
Preceded by
new creation
Subadar Nawab of Awadh
1732 – 19 Mar 1739
Succeeded by
Abu´l Mansur Mohammad Moqim Khan


  1. ^ title after death


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