Muhammad Ali Jinnah
By Unzila Ali
Born on 25th December, 1876, Muhammad Ali Jinnah was a statesman, lawyer, and politician, whois commonly known as the founder of Pakistan and hence, referred to as Quaid-e-Azam. He was the first President and Governor-General of Pakistan’s constituent assembly. Jinnah’s envisioned state came true on 14th August, 1947, in the form of an independent state of Pakistan. Jinnah had an impeccable integrity where his staunch character did not even let enemies raise a finger at him. He was an honest and determined man who despite his illness and fragile health, continued to struggle for the formation of a nation. From the exquisite dress he wore, to the manner in which he communicated, his grace is pronounced even by English men. Jinnah’s political career was marked through his entry into Indian National Congress that eventually compelled him to stand up for the rights of Muslims. This struggle continued to face a number of challenges with the ultimate aim of achieving a separate nation. Verily, Muhammad Ali Jinnah possessed such qualities that must be inherent in the leaders as well as generations of today.
In remembrance of Quaid-e-Azam, we bring you a collection of some of his golden words.
Muhammad Ali Jinnah said:
- 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.
- There are two powers in the world; one is the sword and the other is the pen. There is a great competition and rivalry between the two. There is a third power stronger than both, that of the women.
- Failure is a word unknown to me.
- Think 100 times before you take a decision, but once that decision is taken, stand by it as one man.
- No nation can rise to the height of glory unless your women are side by side with you.
- Expect the best, Prepare for the worst.
- Pakistan not only means freedom and independence, but the Muslim Ideology which has to be preserved, which has come to us as a precious gift and treasure and which, we hope others will share with us.
- Come forward as servants of Islam, organize the people economically, socially, educationally and politically, and I am sure that you will be a power that will be accepted by everybody.
- With faith, discipline and selfless devotion to duty, there is nothing worthwhile that you cannot achieve.
- No struggle can ever succeed without women participating side by side with men.
- We should have a State in which we could live and breathe as free men and which we could develop according to our own lights and culture and where principles of Islamic social justice could find free play.
- We are victims of evil customs. It is a crime against humanity that our women are shut within the four walls of the houses as prisoners. There is no sanction anywhere for the deplorable condition in which our women have to live.
- Our object should be peace within, and peace without. We want to live peacefully and maintain cordial friendly relations with our immediate neighbors and with the world at large.
- That freedom can never be attained by a nation without suffering and sacrifice has been amply borne out by the recent tragic happenings in this subcontinent.
- 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.