“The change in the world is always brought by one man, whom we call “the leader”. Who has the vision and the force not only to make people dream, but to reach and live that dream. He is intelligent enough to foresee tomorrow. He is selfless and courageous to the extent of being ready to scarifies everything and express truth even if it defames him. People follow him where he takes them. He is the one who accelerates history and for whom nature proclaims itself.”

A leader is never evolved, it is born. He has all the qualities that our leader has mentioned in the above statement. Our leader, yes, Muhammad Ali Jinnah is being remembered now as his birthday is drawing close. He was the man, who took the dream of a poet, Allama Muhammad Iqbal, and made it the prevalent and irrefutable truth to the world. His experience as a lawyer combined with the leadership qualities created a perfect blend to lead the harsh and difficult path of chasing a mere dream. Whole nation joined him on a platform and the foundations for Pakistan were laid.

A leader of the people is their servant – (Prophet Muhammad Peace Be Upon Him)

The personality of Jinnah reflected this Hadith perfectly. He lived and died for his people. He served those whom he led like their true leader – a true servant. He was a leader of a different breed. He did not degrade his people or treat them as rabble. He respected them and in turn received all their love and respect.

It was undoubtedly the Quaid’s great leadership that made a forlorn scattered multitude into a nation. Here are some views of some other persons about MA Jinnah as leader.

“Jinnah is the most important man in Asia because he can sway the battle this way or that way as he chooses. His 100 million Muslims will march to the left, to the right, to the front, to the rear at his binding and nobody else’s – that is the point. If Gandhi goes, there is always Nehru, or Rajagopalchari, or Patel or a dozen others. But if Jinnah goes, who is there?” (Beverly Nichols, British author and reporter, 1943)

“Mr. M A Jinnah himself was more advanced than most of his colleagues of the Muslim League. Indeed he stood head and shoulders above them and had therefore become the indispensable leader and eventually he became the Muslim League.” (Nehru, Discovery of India)

We must be proud that we had such a great person as our leader. His name will remain as a landmark in the history till the world remains. May his soul rest in peace!

By: Aimon Malghani