Dissecting Quaid’s August 11, 1947 speech and why do some people call him “Kafir-e-Azam”

Dissecting Quaid’s August 11, 1947 speech and why do some people call him “Kafir-e-Azam”

January 26, 2022 0

Back-story:

Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s address to the constituent assembly on August 11, 1947, has been narrated with numerous definitions. Some believe it to be “anti-Islam,” while some appreciate the motivating speech of the founder of Pakistan. Let’s get one thing clear before reflecting on the address; despite the world saying anything about the speech, Muhammad Ali Jinnah is the founder of Pakistan, a minority state which was made on the basis of Islam and having a place for the then minority Muslims to live in a separate state.

Details:

The appreciatable thing about Quaid’s speech was that he started the address by being grateful, highlighting the humble side of Muhammad Ali Jinnah. It is pertinent to know that Quaid’s speech also had an emotional meaning to it for the listeners, as addressing after the “cyclonic revolution,” Quaid covered all the fundamental points needed by the citizens to be heard.

Najam’s Sethi opinion on the speech:

Pakistan’s renowned journalist Najam Sethi stated that the founder’s speech “should be listened to by everyone” to prosper. Subsequently, the Quaid indicated that the citizens wouldn’t be judged based on their religion. Commenting on this part of Quaid’s speech, the journalist in an interview said, “We have wasted 72 years and not realized the importance of his speech. What is happening in the state is due to the negligence of Quaid’s most important speech.”

What you need to know:

Talking about inclusion and co-existence, the Quaid highlighted that the country would be a place where individuals following “any” religion will be welcomed and be able to live a life of freedom. Speaking in 1947, Muhammad Ali Jinnah also talked about the plague affecting the then sub-continent and is also eating up the country in this day and age, “Corruption.” Quaid-E-Azam credited corruption and bribery should be dealt with “iron hand,” however, it seems that this part of his speech is not being considered during the 21st century. Muhammad Ali Jinnah also acknowledged that some sects of the sub-continent did not appreciate forming a separate state of Bengal and Punjab, but now everyone should “loyally abide by that.”

Also:

Quaid-e-Azam was called “Kafar-e-Azam” by the ulema of Tehreek-e-Ahraar, including the politician identified as Mazhar Ali Azhar. Various religious scholars called the founder “The Great Kaafir” due to Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s religious beliefs. http://BaaghiTv.com report quotes, “Fazlur Rehman’s elders had called Quaid-e-Azam a Kafir-e-Azam.”

Conclusion:

Lastly, making it evident in his speech, Quaid wanted a Pakistan with law & order, with the citizens having free will to have a corruption-free nation. Still, his requests were thrown into darkness by the opportunist, using it to their easiness and convenience. The comprehensive speech by Quaid had, will, and would only have one meaning to inspire and motivate the Pakistanis to have a prosperous land. Importantly, a nation free of corruption and religious sect division is what Quaid probably never wanted.

Rana Abdullah Hammad
Rana Abdullah Hammad
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