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Tribute to Muhammad Ali Jinnah

If you change your past and work together in a spirit that every one of you, no matter to what community he belongs, no matter what relations he had with you in the past, no matter what his colour, caste or creed, is first, second and last a citizen of this State with equal rights, privileges and obligations, there will be no end to the progress you will make – Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

Today we celebrate the 132nd birthday of Mohammad Ali Jinnah, 25th December 2008. Muhammad Ali Jinnah was born on that day and as a nation we realize the most important personality, his efforts, achievements, and aims. jinnahtutors Today, we must remember what Muhammad Ali Jinnah wanted from this great nation. Jinnah was a handsome man with a dazzling personality; an eminent lawyer, possessing an impeccable character and an irreproachable reputation. Perhaps his motto of “Faith, Unity, and Discipline” can be a first step which may turn out to be a giant leap; it has such depth to it. As we fondly remember and salute our father, who was the top force which got us our identity and freedom as well as a place called Pakistan, the best we can do is pray for his high status in heaven and carry out his principles and teachings. We can learn and teach others about Muhammad Ali Jinnah, about his principles and his life.

Muhammad Ali Jinnah was born in Karachi on December the 25th, 1876 at Vazeer Mansion Karachi. He got his early education at Karachi and Bombay. He did his barrister from England. He saw the name of Hazrat Muhammad (Peace be upon him) on the top of the gate of Lincoln’s Inn and he decided to study there. Since the early days of his youth he was always a neat and nice boy. He was very well-mannered, punctual and disciplined. He was a born leader and had all the essentials for a leader since his childhood.

After his return, Jinnah started his practice in barristery. He joined All India National Congress in 1906. He attended for the first time a meeting of All India Muslim League in 1912. Later he Joined All India Muslim League in 1913. The third political party he joined was the Home Rule League. He was member of both the Congress and Muslim League at the same time. Initially, he remained working with the Hindu leaders of Congress. He was given the title of “Ambassador of Hindu Muslim Unity” by prominent politicians. With the passage of time he realized that the Hindu leaders of Congress have a different agenda. He left Congress and became fully involved with Muslim League.

Jinnah had originally been dubious about the practicability of Pakistan, an idea that Sir Muhammad Iqbal had propounded to the Muslim League conference of 1930; but before long he became convinced that a Muslim homeland on the Indian subcontinent was the only way of safeguarding Muslim interests and the Muslim way of life. When Muslim League finally decided to have a separate country for Muslims of the subcontinent, it was the leadership of Jinnah which led the nation to achieve this goal. Because these leadership qualities and his firm stand on the issue, In March 23, 1940 Jinnah presided over a Muslim League session at Lahore, where the first official demand was made for the partition of India and the creation of the state of Pakistan, where Muslims would be a majority. During three decades of political life, Jinnah had believed in the possibility of Hindu-Muslim unity, and it was with the utmost reluctance that he came to the view that partition was essential.

Britishers found no way to reject the demand of Muslims of the subcontinent for a separate homeland. 14th August 1947 was the day when we got our Homeland Pakistan. He took oath as the first governor-general on August 15, 1947 from Mr. Justice Mian Abdur Rasheed. It was his struggle and hard work and ability to lead us that made a dream come true. Mazhar-ud-din was the first person who gave the title “Quaid-e-Azam to Mr. Jinnah first time.

It was, therefore, with a sense of supreme satisfaction at the fulfillment of his mission that Jinnah told the nation in his last message on 14 August, 1948:

“The foundations of your State have been laid and it is now for you to build and build as quickly and as well as you can”. In accomplishing the task he had taken upon himself on the morrow of Pakistan’s birth, Jinnah had worked himself to death, but he had, to quote Richard Symons, “contributed more than any other man to Pakistan’s survival”.

The Muhammad Ali Jinnah, who changed the destiny of the Muslims of the South-Asia Subcontinent, breathed his last on 11 September, 1948 at Ziarat near Quetta. He was buried in Karachi. The Jinnah was seventy-one when Pakistan was born. He was spared by Almighty only for one year to set the ship of the new State on its keel.

Pakistan was based on sure foundations of social justice and Islamic socialism which emphasis equality and brotherhood; the great ideals of human progress, tolerance, regard and respect for each other’s faith and beliefs. The achievement of Pakistan was a daring feat; a struggle against all odds but it was only the Jinnah who makes it possible for a separate homeland for Muslims. Pakistan’s major tragedy has been its inability to produce a leader of Jinnah’s caliber and the failure of successive governments to follow his footsteps. If we follow our Muhammad Ali Jinnah guidance we would have been an exemplary nation.

An important message for the students at Aligarh in 1942 in which Jinnah said: “Build up your character that is more than all the degrees and no character is a mere wastage of time. You should develop a keen sense of honor and duty.” Jinnah said these words but what is their meaning. It means that trust on Allah and then our character will be automatically built up. Jinnah said in his speech that to develop a keen sense of honor and duty, to build up Pakistan. It’s the duty of every Muslim to develop a keen sense of honor in the spirit of Pakistan movement.

In my personal view, I take him as a person with immaculate personality, a best leader, a great founder, an energetic speaker, an orator, a man with complete honor and grace. I still hear the quotes of Jinnah roaring into my head and making me feel proud of a person who not only devoted his life time, but led the world knew that such People are born once in life time. So we the fortunate ones had him and still honor him. Our Jinnah had also given a very beautiful message ‘Work Work Work’. Being a student we must follow him and can still learn and come to grips with our destiny and realize his dreams. Also the Pakistani nation is something to do for Pakistan, not the outsiders something does for Pakistan. We exist with the existence of Pakistan. We should work hard for the progress of Pakistan. It’s the duty of every young person to work hard and make Pakistan a prosperous Country in the world.

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