Jinnah – A Man of his Word

December 25, 2015 - 7 minutes read


Man of his Word 1


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. Mohmmed Ali Jinnah did all three

-Prof. Stanley Wolpert, Jinnah of Pakistan (1984)

Quaid-e-Azam Mohmmed Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, father of the nation and the first Governor General of Pakistan needs no special introduction as to who he is or what he did for us.

Born on December 25th, 1876 in Karachi, his life was a story of continuous struggle and determination. Being born with the gentlemanly charisma, he worked hard in everything he did. The time had the people being ruled by foreign oppressor where Muslims were not even allowed to follow their faith and doors to a better future were shut upon them. By being a lawyer by profession, Quaid-e-Azam already was a reputed personality. His political ventures made him more prominent as he became a leader in making.

Quaid-e-Azam was aware of the problems of Muslims and was a big supporter of Hindu-Muslim Unity. Title of ‘Hindu-Muslim Unity Ambassador’ was given on basis of his continuous efforts regarding mutual agreement between Hindus and Muslims. It was due to his struggle that Muslim League and Indian National Congress agreed to sign the Lucknow Pact in 1916.

Man of his Word 2Quaid-e-Azam believed that if the Muslims and Hindus were united, it would be very difficult for the Britishers to oppress them. At first, hewas under the impression that Congress was the sole representative of India but the attitude of the extremist Hindus made him realize that it was a futile effort. Hence, he joined Muslim League, trying to get the Muslims and Hindus to a mutual agreement but it was not going to work and it never did work. When his efforts for Hindu-Muslim Unity failed, he knew what he had to do. He left congress and joined the Muslim League. He had earned a very honorable reputation by that time. He started working day and night to change the position of the Sub-Continent’s Muslims

According to Bob Dylan,

A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom

Quaid-e-Azam devoted his life to the Pakistan Movement. He had to face all the obstacles in the way. He never gave up on what he believed in. No matter how hard the British spokesmen and the Hindu politicians tried to talk him out of his demands, he stood as strong as a rock and made his point clear. He wouldn’t back off no matter what they said.

It was due to his firm ideals, that Pakistan came into being on August 14st, 1947. But sadly, Muslims were being cheated upon once again. The partition plan was not justly followed and the Pakistan was deprived of many Muslim majority states. The migrants to Pakistan had zero finance, no food, no shelter and no jobs to supports their families.  Qualid-e-Azam knew the difficulties and wasn’t unaware that is the reason why he didn’t reMan of his Word 3sted even after the country’s formation. He was so involved in getting a separate homeland for the Muslims and la
ter on setting up Pakistan as an honored independent state that he completely disregarded his health. It
is said that apart from Tuberculosis, he was also diagnosed with Lung cancer and Pneumonia before he died. He had been quite reckless about his health; always working to get the Muslims a better and brighter future. He wanted to make sure the future generations of the Muslims were never oppressed and slaughtered again. For us, he was and still is no less than a knight in shining armor. If we are living as a free nation today, that i
s solely because of him. Sure, there were other leaders too who helped in the Pakistan Movement but, had there been no Quaid-e-Azam, there would be no Pakistan today. These are not just my words; most of the people believe that.

Although without Gandhi, Hindustan would still have gained independence and without Lenin and Mao, Russia and China would still have endured Communist revolution, without Jinnah there would have been no Pakistan in 1947

-John Biggs Davidson

There is just so much to write about him that I find myself at a loss of words. He was a hero, our savior, best statesman of his time and one of the greatest leaders of the world. He is a legend. I don’t think any leader can be as good as him. Currently, there is just lot of ambiguity and darkness that make us feel hopeless. I know that feeling; we all have felt that way at some point in our lives. I mean, there is corruption, illiteracy, load-shedding, political instability and it all makes you want to give up. But I want to let you know, Quaid-e-Azam faced the same. It pushed him towards striving for a separate nation now that is something no easy right? But he said,

Think 100 times before you take a decision, but once that decision is taken, stand by it as one man

Being the youth of Pakistan, we should never forget that the future of our beloved state lies in our hands. I believe that if we all work hard and try to play our role for the betterment of our society; soon we will be able to make our Pakistan an even better place to live in. InshAllah.


Contributed By: Tayyaba Seher Khan

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