What was the founder of Pakistan’s vision for minorities? – by Haider Karrar

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Sir Muhammad Zafrullah Khan with Qaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah

Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah the founder of Pakistan said while giving an interview to the ‘APA Representative in Bombay on November 8, 1945’:

“Minorities can rest assured that their rights will be protected. No civilized Government can be run successfully without giving minorities a complete sense of security and confidence. They must be made to feel that they have a hand in Government and to do this they must have adequate representation in it. Pakistan will give this”

Unfortunately, today’s Pakistan is quite opposite to the country visioned by Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Minorities especially Shia Muslims , Ahmadi Muslims , Hindus , Sikhs & Christians are treated with prejudice and violence. We have completely forgotten the basis on which this State was founded. Rights and voices of the minorities are suppressed. Is this consistent with ideals of Muhammad Ali Jinnah who promised minorities that their rights will be safeguarded? Have we completely forgotten the people who struggled for making and acheiving Pakistan? Do we really know who Muhammad Ali Jinnah was? Which caste or faith groups did he belong?

Poonja Gokuldas Meghji (Grandfather of Muhammad Ali Jinnah) was a Hindu Bhatia Rajput from Paneli village in Gondal state in Kathiawar. Grandmother of Muhammad Ali Jinnah gave birth to several children, all of them died. The maid who worked for her advised her to go to a Shia Imambargah on Shab-e-Ashura (Night between 9th & 10th of Muharram). The maid asked her to pray for a child in Imambargah in front of the shabih (copy) of ZulJinnah of Imam Hussain (A.S.), the horse which was gifted to the Imam by the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). After a few months Poonja Gokuldas Meghji & his wife were blessed with a boy who they named after the name of the horse of Imam Hussain (A.S.) as ZulJinnah Poonja (Poonja was the cast). ZulJinnah is an arabic word which consist of two parts Zul & Jinnah. Zul means ‘two’ & Jinnah means ‘Wings’. Later it became as Jinnah Bhai Poonja meaning ‘Brother with wings’, Poonja was the cast. Jinnah Poonja married to Mithibai. She gave birth to a boy who was named Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Poonja Gokuldas Meghji after he was blessed with a son Jinnah Poonja converted to Islam. Jinnah’s family belonged to the Ismaili Khoja branch of Shia Islam.

The idea behind sharing this historical story is not to represent or propagate a certain sect but to awaken those right wingers and their (fake) liberal partners who have nothing but explicit or implicit contempt for Shia Muslims who they consider unworthy of respect, equality and sympathy. I want to tell those fake liberal and right wing apologists or affiliates of the Deep State who are directly or indirectly involved in the minority killing that who really was Muhammad Ali Jinnah and what was his vision about Pakistan. He himself was from a religious minority but he struggled for an independent state where rights of everyone could be safeguarded no matter what caste or creed one belongs. Muhammad Ali Jinnah never mentioned his caste nor declared Pakistan as a Shia state. He only worked to get an independent state where everyone could live and breath freely, according to one’s own religion, ethnicity and culture.

I also want to take this opportunity to ask urban-centric fake liberal and right winger bigots if they know who Muhammad Zafarullah Khan was? And what was his role in the struggle for Pakistan? He was a Pakistani politician, diplomat, international jurist and scholar of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. He was the one who drafted the Pakistan Resolution, represented Pakistan in the UN and served as the minister of foreign affairs after independence. He also served as the President of UN General Assembly.

These are few among many examples of honourable people of religious minority groups who struggled their whole life to get an independent state where one could live according to one’s own belief. But unfortunately today the ones who are responsible for protecting the rights are either involved in killing the minorities or blatantly misrepresent their massacres, such as Abdul Khaliq Hazara type plants of the Deep State who misrepresent Shia massacres by the LeJ as some kind of ethnic cleansing instead of sectarian cleansing.

In the end, I wish to to share what Muhammad Ali Jinnah said during the ‘Presidential Address to the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan on August 11, 1947’:

“We are starting with this fundamental principle that we are all citizens and equal citizens of one State”

Today, are we really equal citizens of a benevolent state? This question remains long outstanding in Pakistan’s history and politics.

5 Comments to “What was the founder of Pakistan’s vision for minorities? – by Haider Karrar”

  1. If you ask Ziaul Haqqi scholar Dr. Safdar Mehmood, he will tell you Jinnah converted to Sunni Islam before his death.

  2. I agree with all the facts that you presented in the article, however I must emphasize that Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah was a Muslim first and foremost. This is how he wished to be known as even if he had been from any other sect. We do find secular viewpoints of Quaid as well. Unfortunately in our country the sectarianism has resulted in a hatred issue. Any religion or religious sect in minority should have had the right to practice the beliefs without interference and violence. The reason why it did not happen is another long debate. Perhaps religious fanaticism is what lead us all to the present state in the first place.
    I often quote Prophet P.B.U.H last sermon at times when religious hatred issues are being put forward in a dialogue

    “O’ Ye people! Allah says, O’ people We created you from one male and one female and made you into tribes and nations, so as to be known to one another. Verily in the sight of Allah, the most honored amongst you is the one who is most God-fearing. There is no superiority for an Arab over a non-Arab and for a non-Arab over an Arab, nor for the white over the black nor for the black over the white except in God-consciousness”

  3. Can the author specify the source of the following narrative. I have heard this before, but dont have a formal source.

    Poonja Gokuldas Meghji (Grandfather of Muhammad Ali Jinnah) was a Hindu Bhatia Rajput from Paneli village in Gondal state in Kathiawar. Grandmother of Muhammad Ali Jinnah gave birth to several children, all of them died. The maid who worked for her advised her to go to a Shia Imambargah on Shab-e-Ashura (Night between 9th & 10th of Muharram). The maid asked her to pray for a child in Imambargah in front of the shabih (copy) of ZulJinnah of Imam Hussain (A.S.), the horse which was gifted to the Imam by the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). After a few months Poonja Gokuldas Meghji & his wife were blessed with a boy who they named after the name of the horse of Imam Hussain (A.S.) as ZulJinnah Poonja (Poonja was the cast). ZulJinnah is an arabic word which consist of two parts Zul & Jinnah. Zul means ‘two’ & Jinnah means ‘Wings’. Later it became as Jinnah Bhai Poonja meaning ‘Brother with wings’, Poonja was the cast. Jinnah Poonja married to Mithibai. She gave birth to a boy who was named Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Poonja Gokuldas Meghji after he was blessed with a son Jinnah Poonja converted to Islam. Jinnah’s family belonged to the Ismaili Khoja branch of Shia Islam.

    S Abbas

  4. quaid-e-azam ki izzat humara farz hai,magar woh shia nahi hosaktay kyunkay shia musalmaanoo ka dushman hai aur quaid-e-azam nay to musalmaanoon kay liye mulk banaya akailay hinduoon aur angraizoon ka muqabala karkay jubkay shia kafir hai

    agar quaid-e-azam shia thay to mujhay yaqeen hai 100% kay yeh propaganda hai unko badnaam karnay ka

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