He succeeded Furrukhsiyar on 28 February 1719, being proclaimed Badshah by the Syed Brothers. Role of the Syed Brothers
As Rafi-ul Darajat owed his throne to the Syed Brothers they took full advantage of this. They wanted him to be a puppet ruler and so took steps to curtail his power.
The previous emperor Furrukhsiyar was deposed by the Syed Brothers as he had tried to maintain his independence.
Rival claim to throne
The reign of Rafi Ul-Darjat was one of turbulence. They swiftly succeeded.
Only three months after Nekusiyar"s enthronement, the fort surrendered and Nekusiyar was captured. He was respectfully received by the Amir Ul-Umara and confined at Salimgarh where he died in 1723.
Accordingly, on 6 June 1719, after a reign of 3 months and six days, he was dethroned.
Rafi Ul-Darjat died of Lung Cancer or was murdered at Agra, 13 June 1719. His remains were interred near the shrine of Sufi saint, Khawaja Qutbuddin Bakhtiar Kaki, at Mehrauli in Delhi.