On the 140th birthday of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, we just need to do something more than posting statuses on social media and remembering his sayings. If we are looking towards a peaceful Pakistan embodied in Jinnah’s vision then first we have to understand it thoroughly.
Jinnah proposed equality in Pakistan
Our very attitude that gives birth to the condition of turmoil is the lack of tolerance and our habit to forget that white color in our flags stands for the minorities. We go an extra mile to defend Quaid-e-Azam whenever someone points a finger on his character, but we don’t bother to follow his sayings.
“Democracy is in the blood of Musalmans, who look upon complete equality of manhood [humankind]…[and] believe in fraternity, equality, and liberty.”
But the most classic of his quotes that advocated freedom in Pakistan is,
“You are free; you are free to go to your temples. You are free to go to your mosques or to any other places of worship in this State of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion, caste or creed—that has nothing to do with the business of the State.”
We have to stand for Women Empowerment
There is no doubt that Pakistani women are excelling in many fields and even surpassing the men but still there exists a much bigotry against the female gender. Still, we have not been able to accept this fact that women should work side by side with men. Explaining the power of Women, Jinnah said,
“There are two powers in the world; one is the sword, and the other is the pen. There are a great competition and rivalry between the two. There is a third power stronger than both, that of the women.”
Don’t make Pakistan a theocratic state
Islam has to play a significant role for the Pakistani nation who has a Muslim majority, but the issue is that general public has taken this fact to make Pakistan a theocratic state. We should never forget the Jinnah quote in this regard when he said,
“The great majority of us are Muslims. We follow the teachings of the Prophet Mohammed (may peace be upon him). We are members of the brotherhood of Islam in which all are equal in rights, dignity, and self-respect. Consequently, we have a special and a very deep sense of unity. But make no mistake: Pakistan is not a theocracy or anything like it.”