QUTBUDDIN AIBAK – AD 1206–1210


Qutbuddin Aibak was a Turkish slave who had risen to high rank in Muhammad Ghori’s army.

After Muhammad Ghori’s death in AD 1206, the control of his Indian possessions was passed on to Qutbuddin Aibak.

He was the first independent Muslim ruler of Northern India, the founder of Delhi Sultanate.

He had to face many revolts from Rajputs and other Indian chiefs.

The successor of Jaichand, Harishchandra had driven out the Turks from Badayun and Farukhabad.

Aibak re-conquered both Badayun and Farukhabad.

Due to his generosity he was known as “Lakh Baksh”.

He built the Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque in Delhi and the Adhai Din Ka Jhonpra in Ajmer.

He started the construction of Qutb Minar in memory of sufi saint Qutbuddin Bakhtiar Kaki, which was completed by his successor, Iltutmish.