Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the man who laid the foundations of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, was born on December 25, 1876 at Vazeer Mansion located in Karachi. He was a visionary who was gifted with immense leadership skills and possessed the potential to become the guide of his generation and many more to come. His leadership qualities outshone throughout his academic and professional life and became an integral part of his persona
Wazir Mansion, birthplace of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah located at Kharadar, Karachi.
Quaid-e-Azam visiting the Sindh Madrasah High School in June 1943. Jinnah acquired his initial education at home and enrolled at Sindh Madrasah High School in 1887, before he left for England for further studies. Law was one of his best suits, leading him to join Lincoln’s Inn in London. During this period, Jinnah suffered traumatic setbacks in his personal life and was left bereaved at the loss of his mother and wife, whom he married at an early age. Nevertheless, his passion for bar and legal fraternity, gave him the courage to complete his formal education and helped him in formulating the basic analysis on the British legal system, giving him an opportunity to frequent the House of Commons.
Quaid-e-Azam with Bucha Muslim League Council Members. Jinnah took keen interest in the establishment governing India and its legal and political affairs, focusing more on the empowerment of Indian youth. He staunchly believed that instigating positive behavioral change amongst the youth of the country will result in a more united and disciplined nation. He was keen to address the issues faced by the youth of the country and strived hard to resolve them. In 1906, during the Calcutta session of the Indian National Congress, Jinnah formally decided to enter the Indian politics. Indian National Congress was the party which called for the dominion status of Combined India, later on giving rise to the ideology of an independent Muslim state. Four years after 1906 session, Jinnah was elected to the Imperial Legislative council where he started his long and distinguished career as a parliamentarian. Jinnah was immensely inspired and influenced by the Indian nationalists and strived hard to alleviate the status of India and its citizens across the globe. He stressed upon the Indian brotherhood and vocally expressed his thoughts for the welfare of Indians, specifically the students of India.
Quaid-i-Azam addressing a gathering at the Badshahi Mosque in Lahore in 1936. Initially, Jinnah was uncertain of the ideology of two nation theory proposed by Allama Muhammad Iqbal in 1930. However, later on he realised that formulation of a Muslim state is the only way forward in order to safeguard the sanctity of Muslims within the Southeast Asian region. He did not fear religious repercussions but he was gravely concerned about the reprehensible state of affairs, that he being a visionary could gather, which were bound to result in the deterioration of Muslim youth, by subjecting them to educational and professional inequality. In order to avoid this, he conducted a nation-wide campaign which was aimed to highlight the repercussions of a Combined India to his fellow Muslim politicians, hence creating one of the most powerful political parties in India known by the name of Muslim League.
Gandhi and Jinnah speaking in Mumbai, September, 1944.Jinnah preached his lesson and convinced more and more people to join his party and on March 23, 1940, his political party adopted a mandate to establish an independent state for the Muslim Indians in the region. This ideology was opposed by various political lobbies and Jinnah was considered a fierce competition for the politician of the likes of Jawaharlal Nehru and Mahatma Gandhi.
Quaid-e-Azam and Nawabzada Liaquat Ali Khan along with other Muslim League leaders arriving at the venue of the Pakistan Resolution Session at Lahore on March 23, 1940.
Quaid-e-Azam speaking at the Independence Day dinner at the Governor-General’s House in Karachi of August 14, 1947. Jinnah, was the first head of state and took oath as the governor general on August 15, 1947.
Quaid-e-Azam’s Mausoleum in Karachi, Pakistan.Jinnah worked until his last breath and finally succumbed to diseases and age on September 11, 1948.He was a true leader which is why he is still regarded as one of the best nationalist and political influencers, who reshaped the map of the world.