Kashif Hafeez Siddiqui

Jinnah and Islamization

In Pakistan History on June 11, 2010 at 10:11 am

By Naqad

Creation of Pakistan, the epitome of our love and affection, was a contradiction to convention, a contemporary example. Ideology of Pakistan was far superior to introvert nationalist rants instead it was based on religion, moral values and shared vision. A country of proud history, rich cultures, multiple languages and geographical diversity was constituted.

The idea of a country on the basis of religion was an ingenious and novel concept especially during the 1940s when countries were carved on the basis of ethnicity, language, territorial and geographic boundaries. World witnessed the rise of Arab Nationalism creating Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Syria, Yemen, Kuwait, Iraq and Egypt. Turks abolished Khilafat and founded a secular Turkey under Mustafa Kamal Pasha. Yet Muslims of south Asia swam against the current and created Pakistan.

Although, a good number of wannabe intellectuals would like us to believe that Pakistan was created as a secular state.  “Quaid e Azam, Muhammad Ali Jinnah founded a secular republic and these Mullahs (religious scholars) have redrafted history to suit their goals. These backward madressah educated religious scholars lobbied the objective resolution and later on used their clout to pressure parliament to amalgamate Islamic laws in the 1973 constitution” they argue.

If we were to stay secular, than why did we campaign for partition of the sub-continent? India was founded on secular footing? What was the need of Pakistan? If we were to be nationalists, than why Jinnah and company defied all definitions of nationalism, and created Pakistan on the basis of religion? They would like us to believe that Quaid used Islam as a ploy to win a country and soon after abolished all what he had campaigned for by his speech on August 11th , 1947.

“…You are free; you are free to go to your temples, you are free to go to your mosques or to any other place or worship in this State of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion or caste or creed that has nothing to do with the business of the State. …”

The enlightened researchers putting their case forward claim that during Pakistan Movement Quaid was cornered by the Congress, although he was an ardent Indian Nationalist, he had no option than to make religion his case and the above mentioned speech was mandated to void or nullify his earlier stance.

Let us stay with this line of argument and progressing a little further. Quaid’s address on July 1st, 1948 at the inauguration ceremony of State Bank of Pakistan nullifies the conclusions drawn from his August 1947 speech. He directs, Zahid Hussain, the first Governor of SBP, in the following manner.

“…I shall watch with keenness the work of your Research Organization in evolving banking practices compatible with Islamic ideas of social and economic life.… We must work our destiny in our own way and present to the world an economic system based on true Islamic concept of equality of manhood and social justice. We will thereby be fulfilling our mission as Muslims and giving to humanity the message of peace which alone can save it and secure the welfare, happiness and prosperity of mankind.…”

Now if we are to measure his vision for Pakistan by his speeches and believe that his latest speech nullifies his previous directive than it is imperative to negate that Jinnah himself sowed the seed of Islamization. In his last public address Quaid directs the Governor State Bank to carry on research and construct a system compatible with the Islamic ideas. In plain words Jinnah’s last public address initiated Islamization of Pakistan.

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