The 7th Nizam of Hyderabad’s Contributions to the Ummah
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than his arms of Hyderabad then of orbs of Hyderabad, all of you should Indians are aware of the Nawab of Hyderabad, the nabobs of Hyderabad, they go back to the time of orang zip, orang Xia was the one who instituted the first governorship of that region. And as is the case, that person became very powerful. And he started a mini dynasty under the Mughals. He didn't break away. He was under the Mughals, but essentially, he's the king in his own way. He doesn't call himself king. So the Navajos have heard that about they go back to 1700s. And they had an area of land that was larger than all of England, all of Italy. They had a massive province in India, and this province
eventually became the richest province of India, and one of the richest regions of the entire world. Our story begins with the seventh Nizam of Hyderabad, the grandfather of the one who passed away the seven Azzam was the most famous one and the richest one and his name is me was smart money mute a smart ally. He came to power in 1911 100, roughly 100 years ago, Hyderabad was already wealthy, middle smart, early made Hyderabad one of the wealthiest regions of the world. And in the process, he became the wealthiest person alive at the time, and one of the wealthiest people in all of human history. It is said that he is in the top five people in all of human history in terms of wealth.
And when he was alive, he was number one in the entire world. This is mudras mana the the grandfather of the one who passed away and one of the reasons for this wealth was because he
he, he increased the production of diamonds from a particular region. I can't remember right now Golconda something that I forgot where it is, you guys know? Is that right? Golconda Yep, so he banked on pun intended this region, he increased the production of diamonds and for a period of time it became the number one diamond manufacturing plant in the world. And in fact, he had a paperweight that was composed of a diamond that was itself worth like $50 million, he would have it as a paperweight. That's how wealthy this person was. When Queen Elizabeth the one that passed away. When Queen Elizabeth got married. This Navab gifted her a custom made necklace. This was the necklace you
would always see her wearing in any public occasion. If you see any picture of Queen Elizabeth there's this beautiful diamond necklace. That necklace was made by this Navab of Hyderabad and gifted to the Queen and the Queen loved it so much. It was the most expensive it is the most expensive she wore it on every official occasion you will find it that's gifted by that that Nawab in 1937 Time Magazine, which used to be far more prestigious than it is now all young people understand Time Magazine once upon a time was extremely prestigious. And these days, it's nobody cares images of Frank here but Time Magazine, put Musement on the on the cover of the magazine. This
is 1937 and it had the title the richest man alive the richest man in the world. This was me Usman Ali, we estimate we will never know for sure we estimate he was worth more than a quarter of a trillion dollars wealthier than Bill Gates and you know, Steve to anybody that you know, for the time he had the equivalent in our times of a quarter of a trillion dollars. And he had multiple palaces, multiple Rolls Royces, you know, even though ironically, he himself dressed very frugally, and he would eat very simple on one plate. So in his very personal life, he was very frugal, but he had a show of wealth, and he did help his people. And his people loved him. He introduced
electricity. He made for himself a number of universities that was money a college, he built it in Hyderabad, he was a lover of ought to do cherish it. He introduced free education in the 1920s and 30s, mandatory free education upon all of the children. And he even produced an English Journal of Islamic Studies, the first of its type, an English International Journal of Islamic Studies, and he called what he thought was the premier intellectual alive today who spoke English you all know his name, Marvin do pitfall and he called him to Hyderabad and he financed him once upon a time they respected aroma and Dr. Param anyway, says joke here and he financed him and said holla is do what
you want. And so for 15 years Marmaduke Pickthall the British guy lived in India.
And guess what project he did? Financed by the Navab more we do Pictou translation of the Quran for the first time in the English language sponsored by
And that's why he thanks to Nevada, if you read the introduction, if you go back to that book that you will use to read back in the 80s and 90s. Nobody reads that translation anymore. He actually thanks the the Bob for his sponsorship for helping him out here. And then Bob was so powerful that he actually had his own currency. He did not use the British Raj currency. The British Raj gave him semi autonomous powers like he had. He wasn't under the Raj. He was semi independent. He had his own independent army. The only state under the Raj that has its own army. So definitely this person was a very, very interesting person
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