Zain-ul-Abidin, The most revered King of Kashmir

Zain-ul-Abidin was the eighth king (Sultan) of Kashmir, who belonged to the Shah Mir Dynasty which ruled Kashmir from 1339 to 1561 and is said to have the establishment of Islam in the valley.

However, he is the most revered King in his history, a man of tender warmth and deep feelings. He ruled for 50 years from 1420 to 1470, bringing much-needed peace and prosperity to the region. He stopped corruption and crime. He has done much for the well-being of the community by building bridges, canals, cities, and villages.

He focused on education, literature, and the arts. It was thanks to him that the fame of Kashmiri's handicrafts spread throughout Asia and Europe. His greatest achievement, however, was that at a time when religious discrimination was rampant, he was practicing religious tolerance, equality, and freedom.

In short, he made Kashmir a real paradise on earth as all members of the community, regardless of their religious beliefs, lived in harmony and happiness.

On the other hand, his father Sikandar Shah Miri was not a kind and just ruler, so, surprisingly, he was totally against him.

The physical appearance of Sultan Zain-ul-Abidin has no mention in history. Shriver says he was handsome and had a black, flowing beard, but on top of that, he said nothing. He married a noblewoman named TajKhatun, to whom he had been very devoted.

Zain-ul-Abidin was mild-tempered and not easily offended. He was naturally affectionate as is shown in an attitude towards members of his family and his courtiers. He had a deeply religious nature. 

He was strong in his religious duties, praying five times a day and keeping the Ramzan fasts. Though highly a religious man, Yet he loved and revered all the religious people. Sultan participated also in Hindu festivals like Shivratri etc.

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