A leader of the people is their servant (Prophet Muhammad Peace Be Upon Him). The personally of Jinnah mirrored this Hadith perfectly. He lived and died for his people. He served those whom he led like their true leader – a true servant. He was a leader of a different breed. He did not degrade his people or treat them as rabble. He respected them and in turn received all their love and respect.
It was undoubtedly the Quaid’s great leadership that made a forlorn scattered multitude into a nation. Here are some views of some other persons about MA Jinnah as leader.
“Jinnah is the most important man in Asia because he can sway the battle this way or that way as he chooses. His 100 million Muslims will march to the left, to the right, to the front, to the rear at his binding and nobody else’s – that is the point. If Gandhi goes, there is always Nehru, or Rajagopalchari, or Patel or a dozen others. But if Jinnah goes, who is there?” (Beverly Nichols, British author and reporter, 1943)
“Mr. M A Jinnah himself was more advanced than most of his colleagues of the Muslim League. Indeed he stood head and shoulders above them and had therefore become the indispensable leader and eventually he became the Muslim League.” (Nehru, Discovery of India)
Democracy is in the blood of Muslamans who look upon complete equality of man. I give you an example. Very often when I go to a mosque, my chauffeur stands side by side with me. Muslamans believe in fraternity, equality and liberty. (Speech at Kingsway Hall, London. 14.12.1946)
There are no people in the world who are more democratic even in their religion than the Muslamans. (All India Muslim League Session, Lucknow, 1916)
It is my belief that our salvation lies in following the golden rules of conduct set for us by our great law giver the Prophet of Islam (Peace Be Upon Him). Let us lay the foundation of our democracy on the basis of the truly Islamic ideals and principles. Our Almighty has taught us that our decisions in the affairs of the state shall be guided by discussions and consultations. (Sibi, 14.02.1948)
Today the 64th death anniversary of Father of the Nation Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah is being observed.
(25 December 1876 ~ 11 September 1948)