By Jawad Raza Khan
One of the biggest imperatives for a nation to prosper and lead the world community is the comprehensive understanding of the founding vision of the State. There can be no doubt on the unlimited horizons of visionary leadership of Jinnah, which places him as a distinguished personality on the skyline of all time leaders of the world. It is indeed a great point to ponder that how Mr Jinnah induced a turbulent change in the thinking of Muslims of India and able to win their political support by sweeping elections of 1946. Despite the fact that during the elections of 1937 Muslim League was defeated by All India Congress on the very land which is now known as Pakistan. This fact of Pakistan’s history gives an exhilarating concept of the personality of Mr Jinnah which gathered all the Muslims of India on one platform in just nine years of concentrated political struggle. Martin Luther King Jr, an iconic human rights leader of United States, says “.A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus”, and that says it all about the capability of Mr Jinnah as a great leader.
Although Mr Jinnah got little time after the creation of Pakistan but his visionary abilities and quality of far sightedness set the fundamentals of the nation in just one year. Mr Jinnah’s concept of Pakistan in relation to Islam needs no further explanation after quoting his speech of 5 March 1948. “No doubt, there are many people who do not quite appreciate when we talk of Islam. Islam is not only a set of rituals, traditions and spiritual doctrines. Islam is also a code for every Muslim, which regulates his life and his conduct in even politics and economics and the like. It is based upon highest principles of honour, integrity, fair play and justice for all. 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”.As a result, Objective Resolution 1949, which is the foundation stone of our constitution, is a precise derivation of Mr Jinnah’s vision.
With the discussed perception of Mr Jinnah about Pakistan and Islam, involving in hot discussions about Jinnah’s secular posture in modern Pakistan seems a little misinterpreted phenomenon. To understand it from insight we should be going into the etymology of the word “secular”. This will indeed help our young generation to clearly understand the dilemma of our intellectuals who couldn’t educate the young minds in this regard.
Secular and secularity is derived from a Latin word saecularis meaning of a generation, belonging to an age. The religious doctrine says that God exists outside time, led medieval Western culture to use secular to indicate separation of eternity from worldly affairs ( which are time limited and temporal ones). This meaning has been extended to mean separation from any religion. Factually this does not necessarily imply hostility to God or religion, though some use the term this way.
Concept of Jinnah regarding constitution of Pakistan was pure Islamic in nature as he himself described it on a broadcast speech to the people of US in February 1948. “The constitution of Pakistan has yet to be framed by the Pakistan Constituent Assembly. I do not know what the ultimate shape of this constitution is going to be, but I am sure that it will be of a democratic type, embodying the essential principle of Islam. Today, they are as applicable in actual life as they were 1,300 years ago. Islam and its idealism have taught us democracy. It has taught equality of man, justice and fair play to everybody. We are the inheritors of these glorious traditions and are fully alive to our responsibilities and obligations as framers of the future constitution of Pakistan ”. Jinnah as a great leader of South Asia was definite about the equality of manhood without discrimination on any ground. He was a highly passionate leader who had no place for failure in his life.
What made him a universal leader is his love, affection and sincerity towards the minorities. He was convinced and sure about an exceptionally positive role of minorities towards development of Pakistan. In the same broadcast he conveyed his honest sentiments about them. “We have many non-Muslims — Hindus, Christians, and Parsis — but they are all Pakistanis. They will enjoy the same rights and privileges as any other citizens and will play their rightful part in the affairs of Pakistan ”. The last part of his speech is true Islamic perspective of welfare State which is now wrongly labeled as his secular bearing. Jinnah rose to the pedestal of leadership from a middling back ground and that to from a minority in India made him more conscious about their rights.
A compliment for Mr Jinnah from the famous book of Mr Jaswant Singh is indeed worth mentioning here. “I admire certain aspects of his personality, his determination and the will to rise. He was a self-made man. Mahatma Gandhi was the son of a Diwan. All these (people) – Nehru and others – were born to wealth and position. Jinnah created for himself a position. He carved in Bombay , a metropolitan city, a position for himself”.Such an acknowledgement from a seasoned politician of BJP speaks of an extremely high profile personality of Mr Jinnah. His principles and determination to standby for them requires tremendous will power and honesty towards the cause.
We, as the followers of our founding father must know and propagate the correct perception of our leader and should take this, as our prime responsibility to the State of Pakistan. Today the Quaid Day must not only be celebrated as a tribute to the great man but we as a nation must promise ourselves to rise, from where ever we are, to the heights, Mr Jinnah wanted to see his creation “The Pakistan”.