Secular Jinnah

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Secular Jinnah

Every year the Independence Day is a great occasion for Pakistani Intellectuals to remind the drowning people of Pakistan, the Vision of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah.. They claim that the vision of the Father of the Nation was a Secular State and not the Islamic State which is becoming more and more Islamic.

If the Secular Democracy was real aim of Mr. Jinnah, then he had enough popular support, enough political power and docile and dwarf (Yes Sir Men) collaborators to declare Pakistan, as a Secular Democratic State, as Indian leaders did on 15th. August 1947.

The secular intellectuals forward many political and legal arguments in favour of the lack of the courage of their Hero. The simple fact is that he did not declare Pakistan as a Secular State because he had some other vision. His hesitation is a sign of his doubtful sincerity in secularism.

The Secular Scholars cite very often the 11th. August, 1947 speech of Mr. Jinnah where he guarantees the complete religious freedom to the citizens of the state and declares that State has nothing to do with the religion. The problem is that it is only half definition of a Secular State. The other half is that �the religion has nothing to do in the state affair (the system of the government.)�. He always ignored this other half of the secularism. It is a clear indication that Mr. Jinnah wanted the religion in the state (Government) to govern the people in the name of Allah without the interference of the religious authority. He simply did not want �theocracy�. Perhaps he did not know it but he was following the advice of the other proclaimed secular philosopher Allama Iqbal .

جدا ہو دین سیاست سے

تو رہ جاتی ہے چنگیزی

There is another class of Secular Scholars which claims that Mr. Jinnah was indeed a Secular Politician because:

�Jinnah never wore his religion on his sleeves. In fact, he never wore it anywhere. It is known that he did not offer his daily prayers, did not fast, did not perform Umra or Hajj, and never started his speech with the ritualistic �bismillah�

All this proves that he was not a practicing Muslim. He was not a religious man. But it does not prove that he had no religion. He could be a good serious Sufi??
Any religion is regarded by the common people as TRUE (1), by the wise as FALSE (2) and by the rulers as USEFUL (3)�
He belonged to the third category. He used the religion to divide India. The �Objectives Resolution� was to establish an Islamic state. Liaqat did not have the courage to take any personal initiative. He was a �Yes Sir� man of great Jinnah!
In his personal life he had a deep root of his religion. He married his only Parsi wife when she converted to Islam. He wanted her daughter to marry a Muslim husband and not a Parsi boy. It is certainly a conservative religious attitude.
In any case the religion and secularism in a state can exist as parallel components without meeting or crossing each other which Mr. Jinnah failed to realise in the State of Pakistan


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