Kashif Hafeez Siddiqui


In Pakistan's Ideology on January 22, 2010 at 6:29 am

By _ Ahmad Subhani

The Quaid  once said that he was not a religious scholar, hence no authority on religious matters; yet views expressed by him on various occasions amply demonstrate, that he had deep in sight into Quranic concepts and teachings. Those who know him closely would vouchsafe that he was a perfectionist to the core and that he would never entertain any claim unless he was convinced of its legitimacy. Reproduced below are excerpts from his speeches to prove this point. This will also dispel the frivolous charge made by certain religious “heavy weights” who allege that since Jinnah was the product of western system of education, he was bereft of the true knowledge of Islam and its teachings:–

“I am not a ‘moulvi” nor do I claim to be an expert in theology. However, I have tried, at my own, to understand Quran and the Islamic laws. In the teachings of this great book there is guidance for each and every aspect of human life, may be it is spiritual, social, political or economical all have been covered by it”

(Address at the Usmania University, Hyderabad, India-1941).  “People criticize me alleging that I am not well acquainted with Islam. I. have studied Quran thoroughly and many a time. And when I declared that Islamic system would be established in Pakistan, It was not a mere slogan” (Tolu-e Islam-February,1959).

“You have requested me for giving you a message .What message can I give? For guidance and light, we all are blessed with Quran’s loftiest message” (Frontier Muslim Students Conference—April, 1943).

During struggle for Pakistan when Muslims were facing great hardships and victimization at the hands of Hindus and their allies ,Quaid comforted them saying that ultimate success would be theirs if they only sought guidance from the Quran:–“ At present, a battle is going on between the Muslims and the Hindus in the political arena. People ask me as to who is going to be the winner?  Only God knows about it. However, as a Muslim I can assure that if we treat the Holy Quran as our final and absolute guide and persevere not forgetting at the same time God’s command that all Muslims are brothers to one another, no earthly power or even their combine, can defeat us” ( Address at a  meeting in Hyderabad ,Deccan—July,1946). “ We have been the victim of a deeply laid and well-planned conspiracy…..We thank Providence for giving us courage and faith to fight these forces of evil. If we take our inspiration and guidance from the Holy Quran, the final victory, I once again say, will be ours.”(Speech at a rally at the University Stadium,Lahore-October,1947).

According to the great Quaid, Holy Quran is the “sheet anchor of Islam and fundamental code of life for Muslims “What is it that keeps the Muslims united, and what is bedrock and sheet anchor of the community. It is Islam. It is the great book Quran that is the sheet anchor of Muslim India.” (Speech at ALL India Muslim League Session, Karachi-26-12-1943). “Every Musalman knows that the injunctions of the Quran, are not confined to religious and moral duties. From the Atlantic to the Ganges, Quran is acknowledged as the fundamental code, not only of theology, but of civil and criminal jurisprudence, and the laws which regulate the actions of mankind are governed by the immutable sanctions of the Will of God. Everyone except those who are ignorant knows that Quran is the general code of Muslims. A religious, social, civil, commercial, military, judicial criminal penal code, it regulates everything…. .And our Prophet has enjoined on us, that every Musalman should possess a copy of the Quran and be his own priest. Therefore, Islam is not merely confined to the spiritual tenets and doctrines or rituals and ceremonies. It is a complete code regulating the whole Muslim society, every department of life, collectively and individually.” ( Eid Message to the Nation—September,1945).

Elaborating the role of the Quran and the Islamic State, the Quaid, in his address to the students of the Usmania University, Deccan in August, 1941, said,” In Islam ultimate obedience belongs to God alone.The only way to follow His guidance is through the Holy Quran. Islam does not preach obedience to a king, parliament, person or any institution. The Islamic Government means rule of the Quran. And how can you establish the rule of Quran without an independent state? In this state, legislation will take place within the boundaries drawn by the Quran”.

This scribe has yet to come across a better description of the role and function of the Quran and an Islamic State than the one given above by the great Quaid.

Source : http://pakistandesk.com/?p=3506&cpage=1#comment-31151

  1. Tolu-e-Islam quotations are automatically suspect. Most of this piece is picked up from Tolu-e-Islam. (Let us not even mention the fact that your Maududi considered Tolu-e-Islam to be almost as big a kufr as Ahmadis). But we have already said that Jinnah did mention Islamic principles, and paid lip service to everything holy… But what happened when one of your brethren tried to ask Jinnah about Pakistan ka matlab kiya… what was Jinnah’s response?

    As Jinnah himself said… instead of taking this statement or that statement… bring a resolution, or a document…

    Remember the main speech 11th August was made to the constituent assembly of Pakistan. How many times did Jinnah mention Islam or Quran in it?


    This is not to say Quran and Islam don’t give universal progressive principles for social justice… they do… but Jinnah did not want to introduce Quran and Islam because that would mean allowing people like Maududi and others to interpret faith.

    To reproduce:

    Subhani’s Democratic Islamic State (with a Hindu – who had no clue about Islam- as a law minister) which gives equal rights to all its citizens and does not discriminate is essentially a secular state. It certainly is far far away from Maududi and Jamaat-e- Islami’s theo-democracy.

    Your problem (and Mr. Subhani’s) is that you can’t distinguish between political expediency and fact… between form and substance and your understanding of the word secularism is based on your own prejudices. What would you say to the fact that Jinnah described Turkey as the ideal Muslim state and Ataturk as the ideal Muslim leader?

    Anyway we’ve been through this and sadly you lack the skills to understand simple logical arguments because your head is clogged.

    Mr. Subhani has written a fine article. He has only erred in his definition of “secular”. You however are completely erroneous.

    Two incidents make it very clear…

    In 1943 Dr. A H Kazi of Bombay presented a resolution saying that the future constitution of Pakistan should be based on Islam. Jinnah vetoed it and declared it as nothing less than censure.

    The second was from Karachi’s Khaliqdina hall. A man got up and said “Quaid-e-Azam we have been promising Pakistan ka matlab kiya laillah ilallah” ..

    Jinnah replied: “Sit down sit down… neither I nor the working committee of the Muslim League ever promised Pakistan ka matlab…. you might have … to catch a few votes”.

    Jinnah the politician might pay speak of universal Islamic principles and egalitarian Muslim ideology, but Jinnah the statesman never allowed Islam to be brought into resolutions, constitutions, documentation.

    As a lawyer he understood the difference. His mistake was that he did not understand how his worst enemies – Maududians and the like- would one day use his words selectively out of context to defeat his own vision.

  2. PS: May I suggest that you also read some of the speeches of Kemal Ataturk (who Jinnah described as the ideal Muslim leader of the time) from Turkish War of Independence …. Kemal Ataturk’s speeches are even more Islamic and even more Muslim and Quran focused.

    Then try and convince the Turks that Ataturk wanted to make Turkey an Islamic state.

  3. i think we should belive mr.YLH he knows Quiad e Azam since childhood, he saw Quiad e azam growing , educating and saw very closely the personal and public life of Quiad e azam.mr.YLH was a very close friend of Quiad e azam so i believe he is right….

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