Was Jinnah a Great Leader?
By Ali Sina
Dear Ali Sina,
I appreciate your website. It is an
alternative point of view, and god knows we need more of them in
the Muslim world... I
might not agree with what you have to say, but I will defend your
right to freedom.
Thank you very much for your noble thoughts and for
understanding that even those whom you think are mistaken have the right
to express their views freely.
However do you know that by doing so you are going
against Islam? In Islam freedom of belief is inexistent, let alone freedom
of expressing those beliefs publicly.
However I was perturbed to read the comments
of one Asad Raza about Jinnah and Pakistan. Now I am not sure
if you have read South Asian History, but Jinnah was a thoroughly
secular leader, constitutionalist and law abiding. His very late
political stance of Muslim separatism had more to do with economic
and political rights of the Muslim community than religion.
He didn't go to jail because he never broke the law.
Jinnah was a secularist in his mind but he was an opportunist
man who dreamed to be remembered as the father of a new nation.
However like all good Muslim politicians he used religion as a tool for
his political ambitions. Islam was created as a tool of domination and
allows itself to be uses as such by any unscrupulous power hungry corrupt
man. The creation of Pakistan was not as bad for India as it was for
Pakistanis. India, thanks to having less Muslims is now thriving and
it is on her way to become a prosperous and modern nation. Meanwhile
Pakistan has marched backwards since its creation. It has become an
intolerant and poor country in which democracy can never thrive. It
is unproductive and will eventually implode in chaos. It produces
terrorists and Islamic fundamentalists and atomic bombs. But welfare,
education, equality, pluralism and good life are not on the agenda.
Eventually when the Pakistanis realize the harm that Jinnah did to them,
they will stop praising him and he will be remembered as a self-serving
and self-glorifying ambitious man. He put
Pakistan on the rout of destruction and perpetual wars.
Similarly it is a well known fact that it was
secular and westernized Muslims and not the religious ones who
supported Pakistan.... the religious Muslims, just like orthodox
jews in the case of Israel, were opposed to the creation of
That could be the case. Muslim intellectuals are
the most dishonest creatures on earth. It was the Muslim intellectual
“secularists” in Iran who supported Khomeini and made the revolution
happen. They use Islam as the pretext for their political ambitions. Often
they end up being the losers.
Asad Raza clearly has an agenda to defame the
founding father of Pakistan... I strongly disagree with this
portrayal of M.A. Jinnah on your website, as it serves to alienate
millions of Pakistanis who might otherwise hold similar views as
Asad Raza is telling the truth. Pakistanis never had
an enemy bigger than Jinnah. Results speak for themselves. The Indian
Muslims, although generally poorer than the Hindus, and that is not
because of discrimination but because of their lazy ethos, are better off
than the Pakistani and Bangladeshi Muslims. What the Pakistanis have
to thank Jinnah for? For giving them an Islamic identity? For putting them
in a state of constant warfare with their own Indian brethren? For forcing
them to enter in an arms
race with India and spend billions
of dollars on defense and atomic bombs? Remember that it is
not India that is threatening Pakistan. India has no territorial claims on
Pakistan. It is Pakistan that has territorial claims and wants to annex
Kashmir. So Indians have no choice in this arms race. It is Pakistan
who is the aggressor and the guilty party. Everywhere there is a war
the aggressors are always the Muslims. It's always the Muslims who
initiate the wars and can't live with their neighbors.
The Pakistanis get offended? Why should we care? I
don't recall we at Faith Freedom International ever gave much weight to
people's feelings Here we are concerned about the truth, not people's
feelings. Yes as an Iranian it hurts me to know that my country is
involved in major terrorist activities and is part of the axis of evil.
But truth is truth. Truth must be said and if that offends anyone
that is his problem. I tell the truth about France being also an accessory
to the alliance of evil. The
French soldiers today are killing people in Ivory Coast because the
French love chocolate. No one is reporting this atrocity because the
victims are black. I tell the truth about the Brits
supporting the evil regimes and enriching themselves with the miseries
of others. It is a shame the the average Brit thinks what his government
does abroad is not his responsibility and washes his hands with such clear
accuse the Europeans of cowardice. Do the citizens of these countries
get offended? Let them be offended. We want to be the voice of the truth
and not of political correctness. If we are mistaken just prove us wrong
and let the truth prevail. Tell us where we are wrong and we will amend
our errors. "Oh I am soooo offended" and "oh you hurt my
sensitivity" are not the kind of answers that have much value
here. That is not our kind of stock.
I read the history of Pakistan when I was just a boy
and went to live in Pakistan. Instead of Urdu, I took Pakistani Culture
and the Pakistani version of what happened was the only version that I
read. Even at that age (mid teens), I was able to see through the
propaganda, disliked Jinnah whose haughty picture hanged on top of the
blackboards in every classroom and took a liking of Gandhi who was
presented in the worse of lights. Jinnah came across as a fraud, as a
haughty ambitious man who brought about the death of millions just to make
a name for himself. Eventually the Pakistanis will abandon their
romantic notion of the creation of Pakistan and will condemn Jinnah for
all the damage that he did to them.
Why Muslims had to separate? Wasn't it because of
their Islamic identity? Isn't it because they believed to be the
"pure" ones and the Hindus, the "dirty" ones?
Jinnah offered Muslims "self-government".
Why Muslims should have a different selfhood to begin with? The problem
with Islamic world is this very Islamic identity. Muslims cannot integrate
with others and cannot co-exist with anyone else. They always see
themselves as different. It is always "us" the Muslims vs.
"them" the Kafirs.
The power hungry Muslim politicians know that and they take advantage of
this weakness for their own gain. Hatred is always a unifying force. So
they incite the hatred of the non-Muslims and rally the benighted Muslims
like flies around rotten meat.