“I shall watch with keenness the work of your Research Organization in evolving banking practices compatible with Islamic ideals of social and economic life. The economic system of the West has created almost insoluble problems for humanity and to many of us it appears that only a miracle can save it from disaster that is now facing the world.”
“It has failed to do justice between man and man and to eradicate friction from the international field. On the contrary, it was largely responsible for the two world wars in the last half century, The Western world, in spite of its advantages of mechanization and industrial efficiency is today in a worse mess than ever before in history.”
“The adoption Western economic theory and practice will not help us in achieving our goal of creating a happy and contented people. We must work our destiny in our own way and present to the world an economic system based on true Islamic concept of equality of manhood and social justice.”
“ We will thereby be fulfilling our mission as Muslims and giving to humanity the message of peace which alone can save it and secure the welfare, happiness and prosperity of mankind”. ( Muhammad Ali Jinnah; last speech of his life July 1, 1948)
These are words of a dying man who had no doubt about his imminent death. Any suggestion that these “deathbed words” were part of any political campaign by a man who already achieved his gigantic goal of creating a new Muslim nation first time in modern history would be nothing but absurdity.
It was just the continuity of a thought by the man, who said:
“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”
This is a slap on the face of those educated “liberal fascists” who want to “enforce” their own twisted and self contradictory definitions of secularism on Pakistan by claiming that Jinnah was a “liberal secular” democrat nevertheless they support or advocate for everything undemocratic to force their fake secularism on a Muslim majority state-a contradiction in terms.
On the other hands, it is slap on those self proclaimed chosen vicegerents of Allah who want to enforce their own brands of “Sharia Rule” on the pretext that Pakistan was made in the name of Islam hence it has to be a Sharia state under their oligarchic junta.
There are others who claim maximum autonomy from for the ethnic groups that they falsely claim to represent on the grounds that this God forsaken country with immense potentials was created because of the fear of majority tyranny so they have a right to establish their little ethnic kingdoms in name of nationalism.
There is only one thing common among all these antithetical little vested interest groups and that is the fact that most of their leaders opposed and even ridiculed the skinny man with an iron will by calling his work “mission impossible” during his struggle and by branding him a “British agent” after his miraculous achievement with no substantial evidence to support their baseless rhetoric.
Some were in love with the fake notion of “Indian Nationalism” others found Pakistan against their funny interpretation of Sharia that supported “United Hindustan”-a continent made a country or “nation” by its Muslim invaders and consolidated into a colonial state by their British successors as part of their empire building.
Many of these secular educated and religious scholars today give self serving interpretations to his thought to enforce their extremist ideologies on that unfortunate nation and in the process, they have only perpetuated regimes that represented nothing but suppression, exploitation and corruption-a system that is bound to destroy itself along with these champions of Islam on one hand and champions of secular democracy and ethnic nationalism on the other.
“There are many educated people who have ruined their future on account of their ignorance of their religion. Their knowledge did not prove of any avail to them. The government of infidelity (kufr) may survive and sustain but the government of suppression and exploitation (zulm) can never survive and sustain” Hazrat Ali (RA).
No historical political figure is free of controversies but clarity of mind, sincerity of purpose and unbiased knowledge of people and history turn a leader into an epoch.
This English speaking articulate Barrister single-handedly defeated his opponents and their hypocrite Hindu “secularist” allies and won the respect and trust of the Urdu, Punjabi, Bengali, Bloch, Sindhi and Pashtu speaking uneducated and suppressed masses who hardly understood his speeches.
Born in a Shia family from Gujrat, he became the first Muslim political leader of modern history who successfully rose above the ethnic and sectarian divides among Muslims and led a Sunni majority nation.
He didn’t live long enough to lead his newly created nation state-the first of its kind in history of Muslim civilization- to establish a political system that could provide an example to the rest of the Muslim world but his thought is a source of inspiration and hope even today for one of the biggest, most multicultural and diversified Muslim nation of today and will remain so for generations to come.
His political and ideological opponents among Muslims and those who defied his ideology like Maulana Azad, Bacha Khan and even Sheikh Mujeeb have a lot of sacrifices for the constituencies that they represented in terms of their struggle and even “political martyrdoms”.
But today one has to do a bit of a research to find their graves and their followers have to portray them as some sorts of underestimated saints or great leaders much ahead of their time hence misunderstood by general masses to prove their greatness.
Jinnah on the other hand didn’t spend a single day in jail-something his opponents use as a propaganda-but he still managed to achieve his mission that many termed impossible.
My grandfather like many other Pashtun tribesmen was part of the militia of the veteran freedom fighter Haji Saib Turanzai who kept British out of Momand Agency (FATA); he used to quote a Pashtu verse that was popular among Haji Saib’s followers in days of the creation of Pakistan:
“Azadi da weenay pa badal da——
da kho Jinnah wo che qalam ye zulfiqar sho”.
“Freedom can only come at the cost of blood;
It was for Jinnah only, that the pen became a sword”
Hazrat Umar (RA) once said, “Preserve the sayings of those people who are indifferent to the world. They say only that which God wishes them to say”. So let’s preserve the sayings of Muhammad Ali Jinnah as source of thought and inspiration.
Muhammad Ali Jinnah died just over a year after the creation of Pakistan donating all his estates to Islamia College Peshawar, the beloved educational institution of the underdeveloped Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh Madrassa-tul-Islam where he received his primary education.
Once the highest earning lawyer of the British India hardly had any savings in his last days and unlike others of that region he didn’t leave any political legacy to avail the luxuries of power in the elitist political societies of that region. No Ghandis, no Haseena Wajids, no Bhuttos and no Asfadiyar Walis. May God bless his soul. Amen.
M. Arshad Khan