Abdul Rahim Khan-I-Khana Biography
Birthday: December 17, 1556 (Sagittarius)
Born In: Delhi, Mughal empire
Abdul Rahim Khan-I-Khana was an Indian poet who lived and worked during the rule of Mughal emperor Akbar. A key part of the nine important ministers in Akbar’s royal court, he was the son of Akbar’s guardian and mentor, Bairam Khan. Bairam Khan was a Turkic warrior who worked as a close aide to Humayun and married the daughter of Khanzada Jamal Khan of Mewat. Following Bairam Khan’s demise, Abdul Khan, his son, was brought to Akbar’s court and was given the title of “Mirza Khan.” Abdul was interested in poetry ever since he was young and was a devotee of the Hindu God Lord Krishna, despite being a Muslim. Most of his poems were dedicated to Krishna. He was also a great philanthropist, who donated ample food and money to the poor. He also never gazed at the people he gave alms to. Akbar was known as a secular ruler who never discriminated on the basis of religion, and Abdul Rahim shared the same views. Other than writing many “dohas,” Abdul Rahim was also known for translating Emperor Babur’s biography, titled ‘Baburnama,’ from Chagatai to Persian. He also wrote in Sanskrit, and over the years, he earned massive respect as one of the greatest Indian poets from the medieval era. He passed away at the age of 70, on October 1, 1627.