Mohammad Ali Jinnah: Saalgira Mubarak


It is Mohammad Ali Jinnah‘s 129th birthday today. This man is known as ‘Quaid-e-Azam’ or The Great Leader to the people of Pakistan. 58 years ago, Pakistan came into being as a result of the vision and dedication of this barrister from Lincoln’s Inn who spoke little Urdu, but communicated with the masses of the Indo-Pak subcontinent in the language of the heart.

This elegant gentleman who did not know what ‘compromise on principle’ meant, is the forgotten Father of the Nation of Pakistan. He rests in a tomb in Karachi, and his dreams rest everywhere in Pakistan, until they are realized.

His motto for the nation was, “Unity, Faith, and Discipline!” How far do we match up to this guideline is a question we must each ask ourselves.

He 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.

Something in the air tells me, the dream is to be realized. The final forgetting of it is but a stage.

From, by, and for the youth of Pakistan who are the last and lasting hope of this nation: Quaid ki Saalgira Mubarak!

(Thank you, Yoyo, for the note.)

6 Comments so far

  1. yoyo (unregistered) on December 26th, 2005 @ 3:07 am

    You are welcome RAMLA….Great work…Good to see some of us still remember him.

  2. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on December 26th, 2005 @ 10:51 am

    nice stuff Ramla!

    i hope many of you guys would have got chance to wattch anwar maqsood`s play on GEO TV

  3. umar (unregistered) on December 26th, 2005 @ 11:57 am

    great post… I personaly admire Jinnah. It’s sad these days people say offensive things about him without knowing anything about his struggle and how his vision evolved from being a supporter of hindu-muslim unity to demanding a separate country for the muslims of the subcontinent.

  4. su (unregistered) on December 26th, 2005 @ 2:09 pm

    bravo to you guys!!:-) seriously!!!!

    I am rather disappointed (or fuming)to find that of all natioanl (local)celebraetions in this country, the one that is the birth of Quaid e Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah as the perfect leader, is only celebraeted

    ForÖ…..(and i would like to ask the ones that think other wise! and trust me their is huge number!) How many leaders have we really had since him who had no potential personal gain to receive in return of serving this land of the ignorant!

    For how many of us really give a hoot about his rather simple motto of three basic values, of Unity, Faith, and Discipline which perhaps lead to the realization of the superficial fairytale of
    ì rotti, kapra or makaan or qarz uttaro mulk sanwaroo BS?!

    No body knows exactlyÖcos the majority never respected these principles!

    We are a nation of superficial existence; we have no national goal to achieve except get rich over night!

    A man who did not know what ìcompromise on principlesî meant, is the truly the forgotten Father of the Nation. And his dreams rest everywhere in Pakistan, until they are realizedÖ….or atleast understood.

  5. Ramla A. (unregistered) on December 26th, 2005 @ 11:27 pm

    Yoyo: Welcome. If it weren’t for your wake-up call…
    Adnan: Oops. No. I skipped Geo TV b/c from the highlights of it, there was a play about “love vs. faith” aaaaaand… I just didn’t want my brain entangled in more nonsense, which merits the kind of sentiments we cna witness at the ‘hindu girls kidnapped in KHI’ blog post. Didn’t know abt Jinnah play. I *love* seeing things about him! Will try to catch a repeat.
    Umar: Oh yes. Our educational system forbids us to use our brain. So, we latch on to whatever new stuff is in the air. These days, it’s Jinnah-bashing. Jinnah has been one of my two life-long heroes.
    SU: It all begins at home. Closer still, changes begins with ONE. Rest is aimless dreaming.

  6. su (unregistered) on December 27th, 2005 @ 12:42 pm

    RAMLA: i disagree with the cliched notion that one person can change all! i am being realistic here.Even jinnah wasnt alone in his struggle! yeah sure we can control only ourselves, to begin with.
    but a life doesnt exist on self needs support of people like minded to execute what good one think can be collectively benefitted from.
    there are numerous example of people failing just trying hard…just because we as nation dont believe in an intelligent far reaching goodness.

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