A Leader of Men

December 25, 2009

Malaika Khalid

The poetic dream of Allama Iqbal caught the imagination of the Muslims of Sub Continent under the dynamic leadership of Quaid e Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah who embarked upon the task of giving it a concrete shape of ideals and dreams. He structured and organized the comprehensive campaign for Pakistan, his audacious, adventurous, creativeness crystallized Dr. Muhammad Iqbal’s inspiration of Pakistan. The imagination and thought provoking message of Allama Iqbal was interpreted into realization when Baba-e-Quam Muhammad Ali Jinnah said:

“We are a nation, with our own distinctive culture and civilization, language and literature, art and architecture, names and nomenclature, sense of value and proportion, legal laws and moral code, customs and calendar, history and traditions, aptitudes and ambitions, in short, we have distinctive outlook on and of life”.

Mr. Jinnah determined and toiled, aimed and struggled. He attained the aims and accomplished the goal he had set before him. He was a man of strong will power, determination as well as had a lofty character. He worked day and night and never bent down even to the greatest temptation. His friends and adversaries both appreciated and respected him. It was he who shaped the Pakistan Movement in tough resistance by Hindus as well as British, and therefore got a separate homeland for the Muslims of the Sub Continent.

Mohammad Ali Jinnah was a lawyer by profession with a long and distinguished record of public service who believed in peaceful and legitimate methods of achieving self-government. He was against violence, bloodshed or any other revolutionary means for obtaining his goals.

Mr. Jinnah was a great nationalist with a burning desire for the liberation of his motherland from the foreign yoke that’s why he joined Indian National Congress. He had expounding ideas for Hindu Muslim unity all his life, but could see no alternative option to partition because the narrow mindedness of Congress leadership towards Muslims proved that Congress can’t lead Muslims of India, this influenced Mohammad Ali Jinnah to part his ways with Congress. 1916’s Lucknow pact is an eloquent evidence of Quaid e Azam’s untiring efforts to bridge a gap between Hindus and Muslims. He candidly stated that the Sub Continent could not carry on undivided and yet remain tranquil. Some influential leaders attempted to avert the division, but Muslims demand for a separate state was uncontrollable.

He wasn’t a man of illusions, when he decided to join Muslim League; he took a vigorous active part to make it effective and triumphant. In 1928, Nehru Report was presented which demanded dominion status for India and the separate election was declined. The reservation of the seats for Muslims of Bengal and Punjab was discarded in it. Muslims were astonished and bewildered at this report. At this time of despair, despondency and denial Quaid e Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah came forward to safe guard the rights and interests of Muslims by presenting his Famous 14 points. Although Congress rejected these points but they became a milestone in the struggle of Muslims.

Quaid e Azam altered politics into statesmanship. He knew that like all other line of works, politics also needs intelligence, devotion, wisdom, prudence, belief in one’s ideology and persistent bravery to stand for one’s point of view. He set out to actualize his vision and possibilities. His sophisticated manner and taste carved politics into a fine art —– an art which was gigantic, enlightening, invigorating.

After the elections of 1937, the Congress leaders became arrogant superiors. Mr.Jinnah permitted the Muslim League to collaborate with them as much as possible, respecting those elections, particularly in the united provinces. The elections ended, drunk with power — the Congress was on cloud nine, declined to do any constitutional dealings with the Muslim League except it merged with Congress and stressed that there are only two major forces in India today — one is British Imperialism and the other is Indian nationalism acknowledged by Congress.

At this decisive juncture, Quaid e Azam Mr. Mohammad Ali Jinnah zealously observed the political situation and strongly claimed:

“NO, there is a third party —- namely the Muslims. We are not going to be dictated to by anybody ——– We are not going to be camp followers of any party”.

It was his belief and determination that reorganized the Muslim League who on 22 December 1939 celebrated the “Day of Deliverance” declared by Mr.Jinnah upon the resignation of Congress Provisional Government.

On the 23rd March 1940, the Muslim League under the presidentship of Quaid e Azam laid claim to a separate homeland that is Pakistan for the Muslims at the historic Lahore session of the Muslim league. When challenged by Mr. Gandhi on this point, Mohammad Ali Jinnah said,

“We maintain and hold that the Muslims and Hindus are two major nations by any definition or test of a nation. We are a nation of 100 million and what is more, we are a nation with our own distinct culture and civilization ———— by all canons of international law, we are a nation”.

On this strong foundation he demanded an independent Muslim state in the predominantly Muslim area of northwestern and eastern India. On July 26, 1943, Quaid-e-Azam escaped an attempted assassination by a Khaksar fanatic who attacked and wounded him by a knife. It was a shocking incident for the Muslims of Sub Continent but Mr.Jinnah remained dedicated to his aim and to his people’s welfare.

Mohammad Ali Jinnah defeated the mighty Congress in Ghandi’s lifetime; he defeated Mountbatten who always reacted to Muslim struggle by saying “Mad Pakistan”. Although failed in his mission “to try and keep India a united country”, arrogant Mountbatten uttered his hopelessness in these words:

“But there was one man who absolutely prevented this and that was Mr. Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the president of Muslim League, who absolutely said ‘NO’ from the very beginning and there was nothing I could do to make him change his mind”.

In the words of the Quaid e Azam Paksitan was the Will of God and it was going to be fulfilled. He didn’t move an inch from his goal, the achievement of Pakistan, and the world saw the will of God fulfilled inspite of all the threats, bitter criticism, conspiracies, antipathy and evil machinations of both the Hindus and British.

Within the seven years of Pakistan Resolution’s demand of a separate land for Muslims, Pakistan was recognized as a self-governing sovereign state on August 14, 1947. Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah became the first Governor General and president of its constituent assembly. His leading and predominant position was a source of strength for the newly born state and his death after one year of the independence was a great loss for Pakistan and the nation.



  1. Now it is upto pakistani brothers to keep this nation intact with the same passion as was dreamt by Allama Iqbal and Mr. Jinah.Make ur nation strong as u r free people atleast physically and consequently think of increasing its borders.It was a dream a passion which should burn fire into the youths of pakistan and make it a country working and breathing on its ideals of pakistan ka matlab kya La ilaha IllALLAH . one which we muslims in india can also choose to live in where the only ethnicity is nothing less and nothing more than Islam.

    • Pakistanis never have or will need the support of you Indian Muslim’s so please remain where you are for we don’t want your sorry existence in our country!.I do not know a single Pakistani who even cares about Indian Muslim’s!!!

      You made your decision to be Hindu slaves in 1947 and your Muslim’s have fought wars for India against Pakistan.I would welcome a cofederation with Afghanistan but no unity with your Muslim’s is desirable.The vast majority of Indian Muslim’s are anti-Pakistani whose comments can often be read on this very site so please refrain from making idiotic statements of unity.

      Goodluck in saving your women’s honour against the Hindutva fundamentalists…..we’ll save Pakistan from internal and external enemies.

      • Good well said Imran.. this Indian muslims are showing sympathy but they are happy from inside i can see that when I meet them..
        Musalman khan … Muslims are always loyal to their homeland ..we never betray our homeland .. You are indian and if you born after 1947 then its not your choice ..so stay happily where you are .. and work for your homeland like all good people in the world does.. otherwise you will be having no home .. please don’t give your suggestions to us pakistanis about life …. we are self-sufficient in every aspect

  2. Dear Mr. Jinnah,

    If you would have lived 10 more years then our country would be in a totally different shape and state. Aaaahhhhhhhh!!

    I pray to God for Jinnah’s re-incarnation

  3. Dear well wishers of Pakistan
    25th December is the birthday of the great man – Quaid-e-Azam- who spent all his waking hours to give a homeland to the down trodden masses of India who were followers of Islam and who after ruling Hindustan for nearly 800 years fell behind in every section of life.

    In my formatting youth, my dear father gave me a book to read. The name of the book was; Verdict on India and the author was Beverley Nichols.

    The book details one year’s crisscross journey in India under taken in 1944 by this British author, journalist and social commentator to experience what the Indian political elite was thinking and doing for the independence movement. This 229 page book is an intensive study of the huge sub-continent.

    In the book, Beverley Nichols interviews many prominent politicians but what struck me most was page 188. A 10 page long interview under the title; Dialogue with a giant.

    This is an in depth conversation with Quaid-e-Azam by a British journalist who was not holding back his punches. This is a must read by all those love the founder of Pakistan and who are grateful that he made Pakistan a reality but also those so-called intellectuals and experts who in spite of Pakistani roots unintelligently criticize the Quaid for splitting Hindustan into two for the sake of his personal pride. Even Indians, many of whom still dream of an Akhand Bharat, with Pakistan as its western province would learn a lesson or two from reading this book.

    I wanted to read the book again after almost 50 years and fortunately I traced it on Google in scanned form.

    Here is the link where you can read the whole book and especially page 188-198.


    Kind regards and may Quaid’s spirit protect his creation for ever.

    Bashy Quraishy
    Chair-Advisory Council-ENAR – Brussels
    Chair-Jewish Muslim Co-operation Platform – Brussels
    Senior Advisor – COJEP International- Strasbourg
    Mobile; 0045 40 15 47 71
    Phone; 0045 38 88 19 77

  4. Dear Imran
    Your answer to Salamn Khan from India is rude, without any contents and you should not speak on behalf of all Pakistanis. You have a right to feel or believe whatever, you like, but please communicate with other people in a decent manner? Is
    Mr. Salman is actually saying nice things about Pakistan and wishing us well. He is a Muslim and is using kind words.
    lamic teaching are very clear on the issue; Convey your massage with good arguements, sweet words and in low voice.
    It is absolutely untrue that vast majority of Indian Muslims are anti-Pakistan. It may be the case with élite among Muslims of India but the ordinary people still wish us well.
    In the end, I would apologize to Mr. Salman on behaf of Pakistanis for the hurt Imran may have caused. Believe me Pakistanis are very loving people.

    Kind regards

    Bashy Quraishy
    Chair-Advisory Council-ENAR – Brussels
    Chair-Jewish Muslim Co-operation Platform – Brussels
    Senior Advisor – COJEP International- Strasbourg
    Mobile; 0045 40 15 47 71
    Phone; 0045 38 88 19 77

    • Bashy,

      I’m speaking on behalf of myself and the people i know who feel similarly.I may be agressive in my approach but will not deny how i feel about all Indian’s.Save your lecture on them being our coreligionists that means nothing to me.

      You also speak only for yourself when giving the impression that every Pakistani loves Indian’s or Muslim’s of that nation which is equally false,we are indeed a compassionate nation too true friends like Turkey and China.


  6. @Bashy Quraishy,
    Thanks for your rejoinder to Imran.You have really represented Pakistanis.

    Lot of Muslims in India did not stay behind by choice.If the borders were not closed,the exhodus would have continued.But as dogs fight for a piece of bone,some people wanted to stop migration on the basis of losing their majority,having no spirit to share the loaf of bread and countless other reasons.A similar situation has developed in Baluchistan.
    I believe that Pakistanis need indoctrination,so that youth knows why Pakistan was created.And that is what Zaid Hamid is busy doing.

  7. Dear Imran
    I am glad that you are not speaking on behalf of 170 million Pakistanis.But you did use the word; Pakistanis in your first posting to which I reacted.
    I am not giving you lecture. I just reminded you that being a Muslim ( Your name emplies to this), it is your duty to speak gently and be nice to your fellow humanbeing. It is up to you to realize this or not.Hate does not solve any problem, let alone political issues. Muslim elite in India was divided in its attitude towards Pakistan’s creation but ordinary Muslims were eager to come to Pakistan but time, circumstances and situation made it difficult for them to migrate. Did you know that people in Bihar are more Pakistan loving than many so-called Pakistanis. Some of the Muslim Biharis are still stranded in camps and waiting tomcome to Pakistan.
    So please Imran, read more about the history before you start talking about Muslims in India.
    Kind regards

    Bashy Quraishy

    • @ Bashy Quraishy
      I agree with you and we Pakistanis love all those people who respect Pakistan. Pakistan, is also a home for any Muslim living anywhere on the planet, Indian and Bangladeshi Muslims inclusive. We respect and honor those who respect our country.
      Dr. Imran Chaudhry.

      • who are we to re-write history agian.. Muslims left in india are Indians similary non muslims & sikhs in pakistan are pakistanis .. Muslims in India should be loyal to India .. agian loyal to India does not mean hate pakistan but if time comes they should stand by India and they are doing .. all past wars ..muslims soldiers in Indian forces won the accolade .. Indian muslims/pakistani hindus may wish each other good luck .. but I agree with Imran Co-religionist does not mean betraying to one’s own nation .

  8. Yes, Muslims left in India are first of all Indian citizens and should perform their civic and political duties. But if an individual – Muslim or Hindu does not want to fight in a battlefield, it should be his/her choice. Killing for national pride is an evil which should be discouraged.
    By discussing the historical events, I am not trying to rewrite the history but reminding that Muslims in India because of their great numbers can be a great asset to build bridges between Pakistan and India. The same goes for Hindus in Pakistan even if they are much smaller in numbers.
    Nor people should not be put in a position where they have to choose their nationality or religion. Identity can be multi-facet.

    So let us agree that minorities in each country should live in peace and serve their place of residence. Rest is politics.
    Kind regards
    Bashy Quraishy

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