Happy Birthday Mr Jinnah

‘Few individuals significantly alter the course of history.
Fewer still modify the map of the world.
Hardly anyone can be credited with creating a nation-state.
Mohammad Ali Jinnah did all three.’

Prof Stanley Wolpret in his book ‘Jinnah of Pakistan’

Today, in addition to christmas, we celebrate the birth of the founder of our nation, Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah. I thought to write on this myself, but on review, i came across two articles which truly capture the spirit and personality of this great man, both before and after Pakistan was created.

On Pakistaniat, Yasser Latif Hamdani, discusses the life of the Quaid in the pre-1937 era while on Pakistan Times, Raza Mumtaz sheds light on his career after the creation of the nation. Both articles give a complete picture into the personality of this great man.

Last year, Ramla asked here on metblogs
He[The Quaid] imagined Pakistan to be the laboratory of Islamic injunctions – one day leading to a practical implementation of Islam. Today, with Pakistan questioning its very essence, it remains to be seen whether Pakistan will finally come to know what it is, or forever lose the vision of the Quaid.

This year, i echo it again… will we come to know what it is, or forever lose the vision of the Quaid?

10 Comments so far

  1. turab (unregistered) on December 25th, 2006 @ 1:47 pm

    to those people who question the existance of pakistan need to watch this documentary

    http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=3829364588351777769&q=final+solution

    I thank Quaid e Azam from the bottom of my heart for giving us the independence and a secure future.
    Sure we have or fair share of turbulances but at the end of the day we are free and for that freedom we have to pay the price ………


  2. Ali Mohsin (unregistered) on December 25th, 2006 @ 3:29 pm

    Such magnanimous was Jinnah’s personality who firstly, was able to envision and secondly persuaded the Muslim community and mobilized them to work for a separate homeland.

    Today when we arn’t able to reach a consensus on pity issues like women liberation bill, provincial autonomy, water dams etc. we realize how difficult the task was that our Jinnah achieved ….and he’s so rightly called our QUAID!…No more with us …but we can still feel the ferocity behind that thin figure of our Quaid. Long Live Pakistan.


  3. Da-Man (unregistered) on December 25th, 2006 @ 9:02 pm

    Thanks for the link to a great video Turab.

    Jinnah was originally a member of the Congress party. He quit when he realized Hindu’s will never share power with the muslims. Jinnah is truly a savior for all the muslims who were part of British India.

    Keep in mind, the muslim religious parties at that time vehemently opposed him. Now they want to distort his vision by bringing in their interpretation of why Pakistan was created.

    Happy Birthday Mr. Jinnah. Long live Pakistan.


  4. Mariam (unregistered) on December 26th, 2006 @ 4:49 am

    This birth anniversary surely has significance since it is the first time in the history of Pakistan that Women cadets are posted as guards at his Mazar.


  5. Mariam (unregistered) on December 26th, 2006 @ 5:02 am

    Rare honour for Sikh on this great day.


  6. wasiq (unregistered) on December 26th, 2006 @ 7:52 am

    @Mariam…..they all looks Kakul..,pretty impressive…yet another reason for visiting the mazar every morning….?


  7. ash (unregistered) on December 26th, 2006 @ 8:26 am

    thanks mariam. I think the quaid would have been so proud. Maybe we are finally back on track with his vision.


  8. Alam (unregistered) on December 26th, 2006 @ 11:58 am

    Truth be told, Jinnah was a hypocrite and parochial politician. He would tell ppl in UP and Bihar that they support Pakistan for Islam, and tell foriegn media that Pakistan would be a secular country.

    He would elope with an 18 years old impressioanble non-muslim girl, and would have issues with his daughter eloping with a parsi guy.

    A real dispciable character. You dont hear a word about Jinnah, because its a crime in Pakistan.


  9. ash (unregistered) on December 26th, 2006 @ 12:08 pm

    I dont see the hypocracy in being secular but defined by religion. You may or may not know that the USA is a secular christian country. Also his wife converted to islam which was her decision and 18 sounds like a reasonable consent time for that time, it is actually the age of consent in many US states today.
    So he wasnt happy that his daughter eloped…so? I have yet to see a father be happy about that. Whats his daughters marriage got to do with his legacy as a stateman? For Gods sake, next you’ll say his taste in music was bad.
    Why dont you just tell us what really bothered you- that he was not fundo enough or whatever your real issue is.


  10. UnholySaint (unregistered) on December 27th, 2006 @ 5:00 am

    @Alam,

    Although I do not agree with everything you have mentioned about Jinnah, but I agree with your point. There is alot about Jinnah that isnt very well known in Pakistan. He has been unfairly made into a national icon. You know who i truly and sincerely admire? Sir Syed Ahmed Khan. Jinnah was a secular leader who was good at cutting deals! I do not think Jinnah ever had a vision of a religious Pakistan. Secular – yes!



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