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Hason Raja's 92nd death anniversary today

  • Published at 03:56 am December 6th, 2014

Today is the 92nd death anniversary of mystic philosopher, folk-song writer and composer Hason Raja.

Hason died on December 6, 1922.

Hason was born on 21 December 1854 in Rampasha under Bishwanath Upazila (in present-day Sylhet District) and moved to Sunamganj in his adolescent.

He was the son of Dewan Ali Raja, a direct descendant of Birendraram Singhdev (later converted from Hinduism to Muslim and renamed as Raja Babu Khan).

His mother was Hurmuth Jahan Bibi, the last and fifth wife of Ali Raja.

The death of Hason's elder step-brother, Ubeydur Raja, followed by the death of his father (in about 40 days gap), put the power and responsibility of the whole family upon Hason at a very young age.

After the death of his father Dewan Ali Raja, Hason became responsible for overseeing his family's vast property at an early age.

Despite his age, he proved to be a very successful Zamindar, not only in administering the estate but also setting up a number of local schools, religious organisations, and providing for the needy in his community.

At this stage, Hason Raja started to shun his worldly pleasures and went into a soul-searching phase.

He started to question and search for answers to deeply rooted spiritual ideology.

It was this mental awakening that drove him to compose philosophical works of literature that opened a whole new dimension in contemporary thinking.

Two museums were established in his name in two places.

One namely, Hason Raja Museum sponsored by "Hason Raja Museum Trust" at his birthpalce Lokkonshri, Sunamganj and another namely, Museum of Rajas' at RajaKunjo, Sylhet.