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Was Akbar the First Muslim King to Marry a Hindu Princess?

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Many people believe that Akbar (1556-1605) was the first Muslim ruler to marry a Hindu princess, but this is not true. Though many Muslim rulers had earlier married Hindu princesses, Akbar was the first to allow full religious freedom to his Hindu wives.

Was Raja Bharmal the First Rajput to Marry His Daughter to a Muslim?:

Raja Bharmal of Amer (1548-1574) was first among the Rajputs to marry his daughter to a Mughal. Read the history of Heera Kunwari's marriage with Akbar. It is said that Rao Maldeo of Jodhpur (1532-1562) was the first to give his daughter in marriage to Muslims. Maldeo married one of his daughters Kankavati Bai to Sultan Mahmud III of Gujarat (1537-1554); and another daughter Lala Bai to Emperor Sher Shah Suri (1540-1545).

Shine or Spam?

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Are You Getting Spam Mails in the Inbox After Registering on Shine.com?

This post is about my personal experience with Shine.com. The creators of Shine.com claims that it is a job portal. Two days ago I got an SMS on my mobile that "Thank you for registering on Shine.com". I was wondering how is that possible without my knowledge! Later on that day, I also got an email on my Outlook regarding "Verify Email for your Shine.com". It was the same email address with which I have registered on Naukri and Monster. Sometime ago I have created an account on Shine, but for some reason I had deleted that account. I went to my Outlook and marked that mail as Junk. Soon it went to the Junk folder. I thought the issue is resolved. 

How Did Humayun Regain His Empire?

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We have learned that after defeating Humayun in two successive battles, Sher Shah Suri occupied the throne of Delhi and Agra and established the Sur Dynasty (1540-1555) in India.


Mahmud's Conquest of the Somnath Temple

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Mahmud of Ghazni: Yamin al-Daula Abi al-Qasim Mahmud ibn Sebuktigin better known as Mahmud of Ghaznavid Empire (998-1030) was the first king in history who assumed the title of Sultan. He made seventeen expeditions (some says twelve) to Hindustan (India) between 1000 and 1025. He invaded India for two main reasons: for spreading Islam and for looting her wealth. During Mahmud's sixteenth expedition to India in 1025, he plundered the celebrated idol of Somnath. The word "Somnath" means master of the moon. The Somnath temple located in Gujarat, India, is one of the twelve jyothirlingas of Lord Shiva. In the temple, there were assembled most beautiful jewels of incalculable value. When Mahmud heard of the fame of the temple, he marched to Somnath on Oct 1025, and captured the place after slaying nearly five thousand Hindus. He broke the idol with his mace into pieces. Two fragments of it were taken to Ghazni (now in Afghanistan); one was deposited at the threshold of the Jami Masjid of Ghazni and the other at the court door of his own palace. Two more fragments he sent to Mecca and Medina. By this expedition Mahmud gained incalculable wealth.

Firoz Shah Tughlaq, "Akbar" of the Sultanate

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"Among the gifts which God bestowed upon me, His humble servant, was a desire to erect public buildings. So I built many mosques and colleges and monasteries, that the learned and the elders, the devout and the holy, might worship God in these edifices, and aid the kind builder with their prayers"

"I was enabled by God's help to build a Daru-sh shifa, or Hospital, for the benefit of every one of high or low degree, who was suddenly attacked by illness and overcome by suffering"

"Through God's mercy the lands and property of his servants have been safe and secure, protected and guarded during my reign; and I have not allowed the smallest particle of any man's property to be wrested from him"

"When any government servant filling an important position was carried off under the decrees of God to the happy future life, I gave his place and employment to his son, so that he might occupy the same position and rank as his father and suffer no injury"
(From Futuhat-i Firoz Shahi)