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Jinnah refused to be Knighted!

Lord Reading offered Quaid-e-Azam Judgeship of a High Court, but Quaid-e-Azam refused the offer. Lord Reading next offered him Law Membership in the Viceroy’s cabinet. This offer was also refused. Lord Reading then sounded Quaid-e-Azam whether he would agree to be knighted.

Quaid-e-Azam refused saying:

I prefer to be plain Mr. Jinnah than “ Sir Muhammad Ali Jinnah.”

At a social function Lord Reading wanted Mrs. Jinnah persuade her husband agree to be knighted.

Mariam Jinnnah (Ruttie) said:

" If my husband accepts knighthood, I will take a separation from him.”

Why Quaid-e-Azam opposed Gandhi's gospel of Non-Cooperation?

Quaid-e-Azam said:

“If we are going to regulate everything in our country by the doctrine of non-violence and non-cooperation, then I am afraid we are forgetting human nature.”

Quaid-e-Azam stood for advancing the cause of their people through higher education while Mr. Gandhi in India wanted the boys and girls to give up education and boycott schools.

Beverly Nichols: Dialogue with a Giant

Mr. Jinnah with members of Cabinet Mission to India

Beverly Nichols visited India in 1943, and wrote a book ‘Verdict on India’. The chapter in the book about Quaid-e-Azam was captioned ‘Dialogue with a Giant’. One of the questions asked by Mr. Nichols was about the economic viability of Pakistan. Quaid-e-Azam answered the question in the following terms: 
"What conceivable reason is there to suppose that the gift of nationality is going to be an economic liability. How any European can get up and say that Pakistan is economically impossible after the treaty of Versailles is really beyond my comprehension. The great brains who cut Europe into a ridiculous patchwork of conflicting and artificial boundaries are hardly the people to talk economics to us."

Soul of Muslim Nation

In his Presidental Address delivered at the Special Pakistan Session of the Punjab Muslim Studentss Federation on March 2, 1941, the Quaid-e-Azam said:

"The only solution for the Muslims of India, which will stand the test of trial and time, is that India should be partitioned so that both the communities can develop freely and fully according to their own genius economically, socially, culturally and politically. The struggle is for the fullest opportunities and for the expression of the Muslim national will. The vital contest in which we are engaged is not only fot the material gain but also the very existence of the soul of Muslim nation: Hence I have said often that it is matter of life and death to the Mussalmans and is not a counter for bargaining. Muslims have become fully concious of this. if we lose in the struggle all is lost. Let our motto be as the Dutch proverb says:

'Money is lost nothing is lost;
Courage is lost much is lost;
Honour is lost most is lost;
Soul is lost all is lost'
[Loud applause]

Quaid-e-Azam's Professional Integrity

Once a client entrusted a case to Quaid-i-Azam and asked him about his fees. Quaid-i-Azam said that his fee was Rs. 500 per hearing. The client said that he could pay only Rs. 5000. Quaid-i-Azam said he would appear only on per day basis. The client paid Rs. 5000. which he had with him. The case was decided after three hearings, and Quaid-i-Azam refunded Rs. 3500. to his client. His client wanted him to retain the entire amount, but Quaid-i-Azam said that he could not retain anything more than what was actually due to him.

Mr Jinnah Vs Gandhi

Mr Mohammad Ali Jinnah was a straight forward person and used to say harsh and to the point things to Gandhi.

Followers of Gandhi once asked him, "Mr Jinnah is very outspoken and tell you whatever he likes, why don't you reply him in the same manners""

Gandhi replied " I hear from one ear and take out from another ear"

Followers of Mr Jinnah informed him about Gandhi's remarks

Mr Jinnah replied " This is only possible when in between the both ears nothing exists"

Mr. Jinnah before the Joint Select Committee


In 1911 the Joint Select Committee of the Parliament in London asked Mr. Jinnah the question:

“How do you justify an advance in self-government with a literacy percentage of only 12?”

Mr. Jinnah replied:

“Did the lack of literacy prevent you from going ahead with your successive Reforms Acts which continuously enlarged the franchise? And if it is good for England why should it be bad for India?”

Why Mr. Jinnah resigned from the Congress?

At the Nagpur Session of the Congress in 1920, Mr. Gandhi moved a resolution to change the original creed of steady constitutional reforms and national unity to the attainment of independence by all legitimate means” that was to discard constitutional means, and to bypass the need of national unity. Quaid-i-Azam resigned from the Congress and wrote to Gandhi:-

“Your methods have already caused split and division in almost every institution that you have approached hitherto, and in the public life of the country, not only amongst Hindus and Muslims but between Hindus and Hindus and Muslims and Muslims and even between fathers and sons; people generally are desperate all over the country and your extreme programme has for the moment struck the imagination mostly of the inexperienced youth and the ignorant and the illiterate. All this means complete disorganization and chaos.”

Quaid-e-Azam - Not a Maharaja!

The Quaid with Raja Sahib of Mahmudabad

Once Quaid-e-Azam stayed with the Raja of Mahmudabad in Butler Palace. During the lunch a servant stood as a waiter. Quaid-e-Azam was lost in his thoughts, and then seeing the man exclaimed: “What do you want”?. The servant explained that he was under orders to wait on him during the lunch. In the evening addressing the Raja of Mahmudabad Quaid-e-Azam said: “If your man stands over my head like that, I will be disturbed in my thoughs. I am an ordinary person of Bombay and not a Maharaja.” This provided good entertainment for the guests.

Rajgopalacharya has no mind

C Rajgopalacharya with the Quaid-e-Azam

In the course of his statement on the Pakistan Resolution Mr. Rajgopalacharya said “Indeed not even Tipu Sultan or Hyder Ali or Aurangzeb or Akbar, all of whom lived during the days when difference seemed more deep rooted than now, imagined that India was anything but one and indivisible.”

On his Quaid-i-Azam observed: “Yes, naturally they did so as conquerors and paternal rulers. Is this the kind of government Mr. Rajagopalachrya does still envisage? And did the Hindus of those days willingly accept the rule of these ‘great men?’ I may or may not be suffering from a diseased mentality, but the statement of Mr. Rajagopalcharya and his criticism of the Lahore Resolution indicate that in him there is no mind left at all.”

Mr. Chagla on Quaid-e-Azam

Now let me explain

Mr. M.C Chagla, who rose to be the Chief Justice of the High Court of Bombay and later became the Foreign Minister of India, assessed the professional skill of Quaid-e-Azam as a lawyer in the following words;

“Jinnah was a pure artist in the manner and method of his presentation. Even the most complex facts became simple and obvious when he waved his wand over them. He could be ferociously aggressive and almost boyishly persuasive as and when the occasion arose, and what particularly helped him in his advocacy, was the absolute clear head that he possessed, and on which he justly prided himself. He had common sense, that most uncommon of qualities in an uncommon degree.”

Sir Patrick Spen’s comment on Quaid-e-Azam

Quaid-e-Azam wearing his famous monocle

 Sir Patrick Spen, the last Chief Justice, of undivided India, paid tribute to Quaid-e-Azam in the following words:

“There is no man or woman living who imputes anything against his honour or his honesty. He was the most upright person that I know, but throughout it all, he never, as far as I know, for one moment, attempted to deceive any body, as to what he was aiming at or as to the means he attempted to adopt to get it.”

Mr. Jinnah in the Courtroom

Mr. Frank Moraes, Chief Editor of The Indian Express has described Quaid-i-Azam in the following words: “Watch him in the court room as he argues a case. Few lawyers command a more attentive audience. No man is more adroit in presenting his case. If to achieve the maximum result with minimum effort is the hallmark of artistry, Mr. Jinnah is an artist in his craft. He likes to get down to the bare bones of a brief. In stating the essentials of a case, his manner is masterly. The drab courtroom acquires an atmosphere as he speaks. Juniors crane their necks forward to follow every movement of his tall, well groomed figure; senior counsels listen closely; the judge is all attention.”

Jinnah --- The Artistic Jeweller

The Founder takes the salute, 14 August 1947
In February 1938, Quaid-i-Azam observed that primary branches of the Muslim League had been established in every district, in every town, and every village, and they were gathering the precious stones rubies, sapphires and diamonds, the scattered energies and talents of the Muslim community. He added: “When you have got an artistic jeweler to set them it will be a jewel which you will be proud of.” Verily Quaid-e-Azm was the artistic jeweler, and he produced the jewel --- Pakistan

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