The Father of the Country The most important thing Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah did in his long and busy public life, which lasted about 42 years, started Pakistan. Still, by any measure, his life was full of events, he had many sides to his personality, and he did a lot of great things in other fields. In fact, he was great at many things: he was one of India’s best lawyers in the first half of the 20th century, an ambassador for Hindu-Muslim unity, a great constitutionalist, a distinguished parliamentarian, a top-notch politician, a tireless freedom fighter, a dynamic Muslim leader, a political strategist, and, most of all, one of the greatest nation-builders of modern times. Muhammad Ali Jinnah quotes are very inspirational that can change your thoughts and way of thinking. Keep reading them!
- “I do not believe in taking the right decision, I take a decision and make it right.” ― Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah
- “Think a hundred times before you take a decision, but once that decision is taken, stand by it as one man.” ― Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah
- “We are starting in the days where there is no discrimination, no distinction between one community and another, no discrimination between one caste or creed and another. We are starting with this fundamental principle: that we are all citizens, and equal citizens, of one State.” ― Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah
- “There are two powers in the world; one is the sword and the other is the pen. There is a great competition and rivalry between the two. There is a third power stronger than both, that of the women.” ― Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah
- “If you will work in co-operation, forgetting the past, burying the hatchet, you are bound to succeed.” ― Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah
- “Expect the best, prepare for the worst.” ― Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah
- “Democracy is in the blood of the Muslims, who look upon complete equality of mankind, and believe in fraternity, equality, and liberty.” ― Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah
- “One of the biggest curses from which India is suffering – I do not say that other countries are free from it, but I think our condition is much worse – is bribery and corruption. That really is a poison.” ― Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah
- “No nation can rise to the height of glory unless your women are side by side with you. We are victims of evil customs. It is a crime against humanity that our women are shut up within the four walls of the houses as prisoners. There is no sanction anywhere for the deplorable condition in which our women have to live.” ― Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah
- “I see no reason why the Shias should be debarred from having their voice in the elected bodies and governmental institutions in any matter which affect the Shias. We must so organize the Muslim League that justice is done to every sect and section inside it.” ― Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah
- “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 of 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 the true Islamic concept of equality of manhood and social justice.” ― Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah
- “There is no parallel in the history of the world. This mighty subcontinent with all kinds of inhabitants has been brought under a plan which is titanic, unknown, unparalleled. And what is very important with regard to it is that we have achieved it peacefully and by means of an evolution of the greatest possible character.” ― Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah
- “You will have to make up for the smallness of your size by your courage and selfless devotion to duty, for it is not life that matters, but the courage, fortitude and determination you bring to it.” ― Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah
- “Black-marketers are really knowing, intelligent, and ordinarily responsible people, and when they indulge in black-marketing, I think they ought to be very severely punished because they undermine the entire system of control and regulation of foodstuffs and essential commodities, and cause wholesale starvation and want and even death.” ― Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah
- “With faith, discipline and selfless devotion to duty, there is nothing worthwhile that you cannot achieve.” ― Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah
- “It is only with united effort and faith in our destiny that we shall be able to translate the Pakistan of our dreams into reality.” ― Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah
- “I cannot understand the logic of those who have been deliberately and mischievously propagating that the Constitution of Pakistan will not be based on Islamic Sharia. Islamic principles today are as much applicable to life as they were 1300 years ago.” ― Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah
- “I would still ask the government not to drive the people of India to desperation, or else there is no other course left open to the people except to inaugurate the policy of non-cooperation, though not necessarily the program of Mr. Gandhi.” ― Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah
- “You are free; you are free to go to your temples. You are free to go to your mosques or to any other places of worship in this State of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion, caste or creed—that has nothing to do with the business of the state.” ― Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah
- “The British Government very naturally would like to see in India the form of democratic constitutions it knows best and thinks best, under which the Government of the country is entrusted to one or other political party in accordance with the turn of elections.” ― Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah
- “Pakistan is not going to be a theocratic State – to be ruled by priests with a divine mission. 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.” ― Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah
- “Think well before selecting your leader, and when you have selected him, follow him. But in case you find his policy detrimental to your interests, kick him out.” ― Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah
- “We maintain and hold that Muslims and Hindus are two major nations by any definition or test of a nation.” ― Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah
- “India is not a nation, nor a country. It is a subcontinent of nationalities.” ― Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah
- “Democratic systems based on the concept of a homogeneous nation such as England are very definitely not applicable to heterogeneous countries such as India, and this simple fact is the root cause of India’s constitutional ills.” ― Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah
- “The great majority of us are Muslims. We follow the teachings of the Prophet Mohammed (may peace be upon him). We are members of the brotherhood of Islam in which all are equal in rights, dignity and self-respect. Consequently, we have a special and a very deep sense of unity. But make no mistake: Pakistan is not a theocracy or anything like it.” ― Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah
- “Do not forget that the armed forces are the servants of the people. You do not make national policy; it is we, the civilians, who decide these issues and it is your duty to carry out these tasks with which you are entrusted.” ― Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah
- “I have full faith in my people that they will rise to every occasion worthy of our past Islamic history, glory, and traditions.” ― Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah
- “That freedom can never be attained by a nation without suffering and sacrifice has been amply borne out by the recent tragic happenings in this subcontinent.” ― Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah
- “If we want to make this great State of Pakistan happy and prosperous, we should wholly and solely concentrate on the well-being of the people, and especially of the masses and the poor.” ― Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah
- “Our object should be peace within and peace without. We want to live peacefully and maintain cordial friendly relations with our immediate neighbors and with the world at large.” ― Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah
- “I have lived as plain Mr. Jinnah and I hope to die as plain Mr. Jinnah. I am very much averse to any title or honours and I will be more than happy if there was no prefix to my name.” ― Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah
- “We are now all Pakistanis — not Baluchis, Pathans, Sindhis, Bengalis, Punjabis and so on — and as Pakistanis, we must feet behave and act, and we should be proud to be known as Pakistanis and nothing else.” ― Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah
- “There is no power on earth that can undo Pakistan.” ― Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah
- “Religion should not be allowed to come into Politics…Religion is merely a matter between man and God.” ― Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah
- “Any idea of a United India could never have worked and in my judgment it would have led us to terrific disaster.” ― Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah
- “I am almost inclined to say that India will get Dominion Responsible Government the day the Hindus and Muslims are united.” ― Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah
- “I insist you strive. Work, Work and only work for satisfaction with patience, humbleness and serve thy nation.” ― Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah
- “Islam expect every Muslim to do this duty, and if we realise our responsibility time will come soon when we shall justify ourselves worthy of a glorious past.” ― Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah
- “The first duty of a government is to maintain law and order so that the life, property, and religious beliefs of its subjects are fully protected by the State.” ― Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah
- “I have nothing to do with this pseudo-religious approach that Gandhi is advocating.” ― Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah
- “Pakistan not only means freedom and independence but the Muslim Ideology which has to be preserved, which has come to us as a precious gift and treasure and which, we hope other will share with us.” ― Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah
- “Islam expects every Muslim to do this duty, and if we realize our responsibility time will come soon when we shall justify ourselves worthy of a glorious past.” ― Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah
- “I sincerely hope that they (relations between India and Pakistan) will be friendly and cordial. We have a great deal to do…and think that we can be of use to each other and to the world.” ― Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah
- “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.” ― Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah
- The story of Pakistan, its struggle and its achievement, is the very story of great human ideals, struggling to survive in the face of great odds and difficulties.
- “Failure is a word unknown to me.” ― Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah
- “I am not going to respect… gray hairs unless there is wisdom beneath them.” ― Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah
- “No settlement with the majority is possible as no Hindu leader speaking with any authority shows any concern or genuine desire for it.” ― Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah
- “I don’t take the right decisions, I take decisions and make them right.” ― Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah
- “My message to you all is of hope, courage and confidence. Let us mobilize all our resources in a systematic and organized way and tackle the grave issues that confront us with the grim determination and discipline worthy of a great nation.” ― Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah
- “You have to stand guard over the development and maintenance of Islamic democracy, Islamic social justice and the equality of manhood in your own native soil.” ― Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah
- “We should have a State in which we could live and breathe as free men and which we could develop according to our own lights and culture and where principles of Islamic social justice could find free play.” ― Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah
- “no struggle can ever succeed without women participating side by side with men” ― Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah
- “I shall never come to Punjab again; it is such a hopeless place.” ― Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah
- “When Mrs. Jinnah feels cold, she will say so, and ask for a wrap herself.” ― Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah
- “Our duty to the state comes first; our duty to our province to our district, to our town and to our village and ourselves comes next.” ― Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah
- “Never forget our motto, unity, discipline and faith.” ― Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah
- “I insist you to strive. Work, work and only work for satisfaction with patience, humbleness and serve the nation.” ― Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah
- “Corruption and bribery are like poison and a horrible disease, which needs to be put down with an iron hand.” ― Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah
- “Let our object should be peace within, and peace without. We want to live peacefully and maintain cordial friendly relations with our immediate neighbours and with the world at large.” ― Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah
- “It is in our hands to put the government in power or remove the Government from power, but you must not do it by mob methods. You have the power; you must learn the art to use it; you must try and understand the machinery. Constitutionally, it is in your hands to upset one Government and put another Government in power if you are dissatisfied to such an extent.” ― Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah
- “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. Muhammad Ali Jinnah did all three.” ― Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah
- “Character, courage, industry and perseverance are the four pillars on which the whole edifice of human life can be built and failure is a word unknown to me.” ― Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah
- “Every Mussalman should serve Pakistan honestly, sincerely and selflessly.” ― Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah
- “If we cannot agree, let us at any rate agree to differ, but let us part as friends.” ― Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah
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What makes him so special, though, is that while other leaders like him took charge of well-established nations and fought for their cause or led them to freedom, he made a nation out of a small group of people who had been treated badly and gave them a cultural and national home. Muhammad Ali Jinnah quotes are best for reading. They have the ability to change your thought and will also motivate you to do anything to achieve your dream.
Jinnah was born in Karachi on December 25, 1876, to a well-known business family. He went to the Sindh Madrassat-ul-Islam and the Christian Mission School there for his education. In 1893, he joined the Lincoln’s Inn, and three years later, he was the youngest Indian to be called to the Bar. Young Jinnah started out as a lawyer with nothing but his natural talent and drive to help him. Within a few years, he rose to prominence and became Bombay’s most successful lawyer, which was rare.
Jinnah entered politics for the first time as a member of the Indian National Congress in 1905. At that time, he was well-known as a lawyer. During the British elections that year, he went to England with Gopal Krishna Gokhale (1866-1915) as part of a Congress delegation to argue for Indian self-government. After a year, he became Secretary to Dadabhai Noaroji (1825–1917), who was President of the Indian National Congress at the time. This was a great job for a young politician to have.
Career in politics
In January 1910, Jinnah was elected to the newly formed Imperial Legislative Council. This happened three years after he became Prime Minister. During his four-decade-long time in parliament, he was probably the most influential person speaking up for Indian freedom and rights. Jinnah was also the first Indian to get a private member’s bill through the Council. He soon became the leader of a group inside the legislature.
Jinnah worked hard for Hindu-Muslim unity for about 30 years after he got into politics in 1906. He strongly believed in it and worked hard for it. Gokhale, the most important Hindu leader before Gandhi, once said of him, “He has the real stuff in him and is free from all sectarian prejudice, which will make him the best ambassador of Hindu-Muslim unity.” And he did become the architect of Hindu-Muslim unity: he was responsible for the Congress-League Pact of 1916, also known as the Lucknow Pact, which was the only agreement ever signed between the Congress and the All-India Muslim League.
By 1917, both Hindus and Muslims agreed that Jinnah was one of India’s most important political leaders. He was well-known in the Congress and the Imperial Legislative Council, and he was also the President of the All-India Muslim League and the Bombay Branch of the Home Rule League. More importantly, he was called the ambassador of Hindu-Muslim unity because he played a key role in the Congress-League alliance at Lucknow.
In the years after that, though, he was saddened by the rise of violence in politics. Jinnah believed in “ordered progress,” moderation, gradualism, and constitutionalism. He thought that political violence was not the way to national freedom, but rather a dark alley that led to destruction and disaster. Jinnah’s worst fears were not only going to come true, but he was also going to be right. Jinnah left the Congress soon after, but he kept working for an agreement between Hindus and Muslims, which he rightly saw as “the most important condition of Swaraj.” But because of the deep distrust between the two groups, which was shown by the communal riots that happened all over the country, and because the Hindus didn’t meet the real needs of the Muslims, his efforts were in vain.
Muslim League Got Back Together
So, Jinnah didn’t have an easy job ahead of him. The Muslim League was not doing anything. Even its provincial organisations were mostly ineffective and were only formally controlled by the central organisation. The central body also didn’t have a clear plan of its own until Jinnah set up the Bombay session in 1936. Even worse, the provincial scene looked like a jigsaw puzzle. In the Punjab, Bengal, Sindh, the North West Frontier, Assam, Bihar, and the United Provinces, Muslim leaders had set up their own provincial parties to achieve their own goals. Even though the situation was very frustrating, Jinnah’s only comfort at the time was the poet and philosopher Allama Iqbal (1877–1938), who stood by him and helped set the course of Indian politics from behind the scenes.
He also said that the Provincial Scheme, which gave provinces autonomy for the first time, should be worked for what it was worth, even though it had some problems. He also came up with a good League platform for the election in early 1937. He seemed to be racing against time to make Muslim India a strong country. You may remember that the Congress provincial governments had started a policy and started a programme that made Muslims feel like their religion, language, and culture were not safe. Jinnah used this overtly aggressive Congress policy to bring Muslims to a new awareness, organise them on an all-India platform, and make them a force to be taken seriously. He also gave shape, direction, and words to their deepest, but vaguest, desires and hopes. Above all, he gave them his strong will and unwavering faith in their future.
The New Wake-Up Call
As a result of Jinnah’s constant efforts, the Muslims woke up from what Professor Baker calls their “unreflective silence,” in which they had been happy for many years, and to “the spiritual essence of nationality,” which had been there for a long time. Ambedkar, the main author of India’s Constitution, says that the Congress defeats woke up the Muslims, who “searched their social consciousness in a desperate attempt to find a coherent and meaningful way to express their long-held yearnings.” To their great relief, they found that their patriotism had turned into nationalism.
Not only did they have the desire to live as a “nation,” but they also had a territory that they could take over and turn into a State and a cultural home for the newly found nation. These two things gave the Muslims the intellectual justification they needed to claim a nationalism that was different from Indian or Hindu nationalism. So, when the Muslims finally said what they really wanted after a long time, it turned out that they wanted a separate Muslim nation and a separate Muslim state.
Demand for Pakistan
“We are a nation”, they claimed in the ever eloquent words of the Quaid-i-Azam- “We are a nation with our own distinctive culture and civilization, language and literature, art and architecture, names and nomenclature, sense of values and proportion, legal laws and moral code, customs and calendar, history and tradition, aptitudes and ambitions; in short, we have our own distinctive outlook on life and of life. We are a country by all rules of international law.” The formulation of the Muslim demand for Pakistan in 1940 had a tremendous impact on the nature and course of Indian politics.
Equally hostile were the British to the Muslim demand, their hostility having stemmed from their belief that the unity of India was their main achievement and their foremost contribution. The irony was that both the Hindus and the British had not anticipated the astonishingly tremendous response that the Pakistan demand had elicited from the Muslim masses. Above all, they didn’t understand how 100 million people had all of a sudden become very aware of their unique nation and their high destiny.
Plan for division
Plan for division By the end of 1946, the communal riots had reached a point where they were killing a lot of people and had spread to almost the whole subcontinent. It looked like the two groups were in a fight to the death. There wasn’t much time left for a peaceful change of power. Realizing how bad the situation was.
Lord Mountbatten was sent to India as the new Viceroy by His Majesty’s Government. His long talks with the different political leaders led to the 3 June 1947 Plan. Under this plan, the British decided to split the subcontinent into two parts and give power to the two new states on August 15, 1947. The Congress, the League, and the Akali Dal, the three Indian sides in the dispute, all agreed to the plan (representing the Sikhs).
Head of a Free Country
In honour of his unique contribution, the Muslim League chose Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah to be the first Governor-General of Pakistan. The Congress, on the other hand, chose Mountbatten to be India’s first Governor-General. People have said that Pakistan was born in a state of chaos. In fact, few countries in the world have started out with less money and in a more dangerous situation. The new country didn’t have a central government, a capital, an administrative centre, or a well-organized military when it was created. The Punjab holocaust had destroyed large areas and made it hard for people to talk to each other. This, along with the mass exodus of Hindu and Sikh businesspeople and managers, almost broke the economy.
In the end, it was his presence at the head of the government that helped the new country get through the terrible crisis that happened the day after it was born. He used the people’s respect for him and their loyalty to him without question to give them energy, boost their morale, and channel the deep feelings of patriotism that freedom had given them in a positive way. Jinnah carried the most weight in that first important year, even though he was tired and sick. He told the members of the Constituent Assembly, the civil servants, and the Armed Forces what to do and what the country expected of them.
The last message from the Quaid
So, Jinnah told the country in his last message on August 14, 1948, “The foundations of your State have been laid, and now it is up to you to build as quickly and well as you can.” He said this because he was very happy that his mission had been accomplished. Jinnah worked himself to death to finish the job he took on the day Pakistan was born, but he “contributed more than any other man to Pakistan’s survival,” according to Richard Symons.
He died on 11 September, 1948. A man like Jinnah, who spent his whole life fighting for the natural rights of his people and who took up the unusual and often misunderstood cause of Pakistan, was bound to face violent opposition, intractable hostility, and to be mostly misunderstood. The most interesting thing about Jinnah, though, is that he got some of the best praise anyone has ever gotten in modern times, even from people who had very different ideas from him.