“I do not believe in taking the right decision, I take a decision and make it right.” Yes, the founder of Pakistan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah took a decision and made it right in the form of Pakistan. He was born in Karachi to Jinnah Bhai Poonja and his wife Mithibai at the Wazir mansion. He turned the history of the subcontinent by fighting against all the odds and opposition to make Pakistan happen. “Ay Quaid-e-Azam Tera Ehsaan Hai Ehsaan”
1. His Vision
He had envisioned Pakistan to be progressive, strong, and respected among nations. His personality is a reflection of a leader with strong ideas and firm beliefs in struggle through constitutional reforms. His vision and leadership changed the destiny of the nation.
2. A great advocate of Inter-Faith Harmony
He made sure that the rights of minorities be safeguarded. He was a great advocate of inter-faith harmony. As this statement proves: “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 is 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. You are free; you are free to go to your temples, you are free to go to your mosques or any other place or worship in this state of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion or caste or creed that has nothing to do with the business of the state”.
3. Firm Believer in Justice and Fairness
He was a firm believer in justice and fairness. He highlighted his stance in the following words: “I shall always be guided by the principles of justice and fair play without any prejudice or ill-will, in other words, partiality or favoritism. My guiding principle will be justice and complete impartiality, and I am sure that with your support and cooperation, I can look forward to Pakistan becoming one of the greatest nations of the world”.
4. Status of Women
Societies thrive when men and women take part and participate actively in the character-building of a nation. Pakistan Movement has notable women who came forward to play their part. Quaid-e-Azam has urged Women to be useful members of society along with their male counterparts. “In the great task of building the nation and to maintain its solidarity, women have a most valuable part to play. They are the prime architects of the character of the youth who constitute the backbone of the State. I know that in the long struggle for the achievement of Pakistan, Muslim women have stood solidly behind their men. In the bigger struggle for the building up of Pakistan that now lies ahead let it not be said that the women of Pakistan had lagged or failed in their duty.”
5. Role of Students
Students have played an important part in the creation of Pakistan. Quaid e Azam has asked students to focus on their studies and actively participate in nation-building. “ I insist you strive. Work, Work and only Work for satisfaction with patience, humbleness and serve your nation.”
6. Fourteen points
The fourteen parts have been the driving force for getting independence. The Muslim nation as a separate entity gave meaning to the resolutions to come. The main points included full religious liberty, giving Muslims equal share in legislation by one-third representation, and safeguarding their rights.
7. Why do we Celebrate Quaid day?
We celebrate Quaid Day to commemorate the inspiring past and the ultimate sacrifices made by him. His vision should be practiced rather than just quoting it or saying it without any guiding principles – ‘Unity, Faith, Discipline’. We should stay united to take his message for the generations to come.