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Viqar-ul-Umara, Iqtidar ul-Mulk, Iqbal ud-Daula, Nawab Sir

Muhammad Fazl-ud-Din Khan Bahadur

Secundar Jung, KCIE, Kaiser-i-Hind
Born13 August 1856
Died15 February 1902 (age 45)
Yalghadap-Khanapur, Hyderabad-Deccan, Hyderabad State India
Burial placePaigah Tombs, Hyderabad
ResidenceShahgunj City palace (1856 - 1891),Falaknuma Palace (1891-1897), Aiwan-e-Begumpet also known as Aiwan-e-Begumpet or Paigah Palace of Begumpet (1897-1902)
Spouse(s)Lady Vikar ul Umra (Princess Jahandar un-nisa Begum), Muneer Un-nisa Begum, Dr. Gul Bai Vicajee
ChildrenNawab Sultan ul Mulk Bahadur, Nawab Wali ud Dowla, Sahibzadi Liyaqat un-nisa Begum, Sahibzadi Tabarak un-nisa Begum
  • Amir e Kabir III Nawab Raheeduddin Khan Bahadur, Shams-ul-Umara IV. (father)
  • Princess Hashmath un-nisa Begum Saheba (daughter of H.H.Nawab Sikandar Jah Bahadur, Nizam III of Hyderabad.) (mother)
RelativesAsman Jah (cousin)
Asaf Jah VI (brother-in-law)
Asaf Jah V (father-in-law)
FamilyPaigah family
Prime Minister of Hyderabad
In office
MonarchAsaf Jah VI
Preceded byNawab Asman Jah
Succeeded byMaharaja Sir Kishen Pershad
In office
Preceded byNawab Raheeduddin Khan Bahadur
Succeeded byNawab Sultan ul Mulk Bahadur

Sir Viqar ul-Umara, Iqtidar ul-Mulk, Iqbal ud Dowla, Secundar Jung, Nawab Muhammad Fazl ud-din Khan Bahadur, KCIE (13 August 1856 – 15 February 1902) served as the Prime Minister of Hyderabad from 1893 to 1901 and Amir e Paigah 1881 to 1902.[1]

The town of Vikarabad is named after him.

Personal Life[edit]

Vicar ul-Umra married Jehandarunnisa Begum, daughter of Asaf Jah V and sister of Asaf Jah VI. She took the title of Lady Vicar ul-Umra when her husband was knighted.[2]

Tenure as prime minister[edit]

Viqar ul-Umara in buggy (c. 1900)
Tomb of Sir Vicar ul-Umra in Hyderabad

During his years as prime minister, he made valuable contributions in the field of education. The education department, the engineering school, the law classes, the legislative Council and the Asafia Library were opened under his prime-ministership.[3]

He was the fifth Amir of a noble family, the Paigahs, and was the maternal grandson of Asaf Jah III.

Sir Muhammad Fazl ud-din built the magnificent palace like Falaknuma Palace as his residence, which took 9 years to build, and was completed in 1893.

He also built the magnificent Paigah Palace in the European style of architecture, after he gave the Falaknuma palace to Mahbub Ali Khan, Asaf Jah VI, where he spent his life. He built Vikhar Manzil, near Hussain Sagar lake.

Fazl ud-din was an avid polo player and is credited with bringing the game Hyderabad state. His interest grew after his visit to Europe where he saw polo played by the wealthy. After coming back to Hyderabad, he helped build some 17 polo grounds. He hosted polo tournaments and invited noble families to participate, captaining the Paigah team.


  1. ^ Lynton, Harriet Ronken; Rajan, Mohini (1974). The Days of the Beloved. University of California Press. pp. 83–105. ISBN 0-520-02442-7.
  2. ^ Lynton, Harriet Ronken; Rajan, Mohini (1974). The Days of the Beloved. University of California Press. pp. 83–105. ISBN 0-520-02442-7.
  3. ^ A Blog on Paigahs


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Government offices
Preceded by
Nawab Asman Jah Bahadur
Prime Minister of Hyderabad
Succeeded by
Maharaja Sir Kishen Pershad