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Inspiration from The Great Quaid

December 25, 2009

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“The students of today are the leaders of tomorrow,’ but because you have advantage of learning the knowledge. You students, equipped as you are, you can, if you will, abandon irresponsibility and take to seriousness, then you can bring the senile, who are not following the right course, to the right course”

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“I particularly appeal to our intelligentsia and Muslim students to come forward and rise to the occasion. You have performed wonders in the past. You are still capable of repeating the history. You are not lacking in the great qualities and virtues in comparison with the other nations. Only you have to be fully conscious of that fact and to act with courage, faith and unity”

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“If we want to make this great State of Pakistan happy and prosperous we should wholly and solely concentrate on the well-being of the people, and especially of the masses and the poor… you are free- you are free to go to your temples mosques or any other place of worship in this state of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion, caste or creed that has nothing to do with the business of the state… in due course of time Hindus will cease to be Hindus and Muslims will cease to Muslims- not in a religious sense for that is the personal faith of an individual- but in a political sense as citizens of one state”

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“My message to you all is of hope, courage and confidence. Let us mobilize all our resources in a systematic and organized way and tackle the grave issues that confront us with grim determination and discipline worthy of a great nation”

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“You have to stand guard over the development and maintenance of Islamic democracy, Islamic social justice and the equality of manhood in your own native soil. With faith, discipline and selfless devotion to duty, there is nothing worthwhile that you cannot achieve”

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“We must work our destiny in our own way and present to the world an economic system based on true Islamic concept of equality of manhood and social justice. We will thereby be fulfilling our mission as Muslims and giving to humanity the message of peace which alone can save it and secure the welfare, happiness and prosperity of mankind”

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3 comments

  1. In the third paragraph above Quide sounds very secular. However Zaid Hamid says that quaid was never secular. I am more confussed now. Please help. Thanks.


  2. He was undoubtedly secular, his personal life and numerous accounts of his peers supports this. Hamid is incorrect in saying he was not secular but what Hamid outlines in most of his statements is that Pakistan was supposed to be an Islamic state and not a state for Muslims as it is today and because the Quaid was the leader of the Pakistan movement and could shape Pakistan as he saw fit, Hamid uses this as a shortcut to justify Pakistan being an Islamic state. It was never the intention of the Quaid to create a separate independent state and this is evident as late as May 1946 (Cabinet Mission Plan).

    The Quaid got it WRONG. His views were entirely contradictory and their repercussions can be felt today which is why we are in a state of civil war. You may not agree with me but the quotes above prove this. In the 5th and 6th quote he mentions ‘the development and maintenance of ‘Islamic democracy, Islamic social justice’ and ‘an economic system based on true Islamic concept of equality of manhood’. Notice the word ‘Islamic’. However in the 3rd quote he says that ‘religion, caste or creed that has nothing to do with the business of the state’. Very ironic since democracy (politics), justice (judiciary) and economic systems are very much the business of the state. His notion of Pakistan was so broad that it could have been Islamic or secular. The war today is between militants who justify their actions by wanting to implement the Sharia because the Quaid said so and our army in turn justifies their actions by reinforcing the idea of Pakistan proposed by the Quaid.

    God help us all!


    • @jaxx. I dont think I have heard of a more skewed and twisted interpretation of what Quaid-e-Azam stood for and worked for all his life. Jinnah stood for an Islamic welfare state where all citizens are equal in the
      eye of the law, as is the case in any sharia-based system, hence he stressed that religion caste and creed have nothign to do with the business of the state. An economic system which is interets free is not in opposition to
      any religion, caste or creed, it is based on justice and equality. Since it is very evident that Quaid was completetly in sync with Allama Iqbal, it only makes sense that he viewed Pakistan as a central force in the revival of Muslims. The war today is between foreign funded terrorists who have hijacked Islam and want to destroy muslim societies from within by causing friction and mis-interpreting the Quran and Islam. Thankfully, Pakistan’s armed forces and Pakistani patriots understand this game and are countering it on every level. It is not Quaid who was confused, it is half-baked ‘danishvars’ like you who think you have got the answer for everything. Please read up on your history and educate urself. The time for half-baked non-sensical ideas is up, it’s time for the revival of Pakistan and we shall see whose vision stands the test of time: and I can assure you that it will be Jinnah’s and Iqbals’s for it is based on true interpretation of Islamice values and vision.



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