A review on Saleena Karim’s ‘Secular Jinnah and Pakistan’
Saleena Karim’s ‘Secular Jinnah and Pakistan’ systematically dispels the myth behind the image of Muhammad Ali Jinnah as a secular person.
But before we continue on with this review, we’d like our readers to understand a few things about the perspective that’s presented in the book.
There are several argumentative points that would not hold water for you unless you have a deeper understanding of them.
So, if you’re not well-versed with Pakistan’s history, we highly encourage you to first read ‘why’ Pakistan came into existence to understand the underlying causes.
Of course, there are some views the good readers will not fully accept, but we’re not looking to convince you of anything.
This is a simple review that attempts to explain the points of view of the author that are written in a specific way.
To understand Saleena’s book, it’s an imperative that you have at least beginner level knowledge of Koran and what values do Muslims hold in general.
We’re not going any deeper than what the book has explained and what it attempts to communicate to the audience:
India is not the darling of the modern world as is often thought about, neither is Pakistan a failed state by any means
You’ll come across some aspects in this review that you won’t like, or rather don’t like to hear about, but we assume that you’re a humble reader and that you’ll stay with us for the duration of the journey.
Islam as a centerpiece of Pakistani values
The information you’re about to uncover is somewhat hidden (occult) and repressed from public view on purpose.
This was done to prove Pakistan’s failure as a state through a red-herring argument.
Often times this red-herring is turned into a strawman but we won’t get into that mess in this review.
The myth of secular Jinnah is completely and utterly unraveled by Saleena when she talks about what political and social system the Great Leader (Quaid e Azam) wanted to implement in Pakistan:
If you’re looking for real, inspirational and heroic Muslim leader, then who better to turn to than Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah?
This is the same point that most agnostic scholars argue, presenting their own twist on Pakistan’s history in order to make a quick buck…
And to mislead the public.
The truth of the matter is, that Saleena has flung open the doors to understanding spiritual Muslim leadership.
Which is exactly what you would get if you’ve ever read Allama Iqbal’s books and/or Quaid’s speeches.
Even if you read them or heard them separately, you’ll see that they have a strong bond with each other’s thinking.
In his 1938 21st April address which was turned into a mourning event, Quaid e Azam states:
The passing of Allama Sahab is a great tragedy! He was my spiritual mentor and guide, a farseer who was way ahead of his time, his memory shall live with us forever, and I hope to do exactly as he commanded me to do – to make Pakistan a reality!
– Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah (April 21st 1938 Address)
This critical piece of information about Jinnah is conveniently skipped or overlooked (or even denied in an attempt to speak a bold faced lie) just to support their own theories about Pakistan.
The requirements that Koran sets for a person to be a Muslim are very strict and often difficult to implement.
These are the same requirements and conditions that Saleena explores in her book.
For example, she reveals Justice Munir’s dubious role in trying to sabotage Pakistan by misquoting and in some places even putting his words in Quaid’s interview which he had with a journalist after the creation of Pakistan.
For instance, in several places, Justice Munir brazenly lies about Quaid’s role as the founding father and tries to downplay his significance to boost his own ego.
It’s also important to note that Quaid had not one but several interviews in which he has said the same thing multiple times over: “Pakistan should be based on pure foundations of Islamic socialism….”
These interviews, manuscripts, letters and recordings were directly investigated by Saleena where she got these records from the Quaid e Azam library in Islamabad and did thorough research on the exact words and sentences that were used by the Quaid.
Thus we can conclude by virtue (and extension) of Saleena’s research that Muhammad Ali Jinnah and the myth about him being some secular entity are utterly false.
The mere fact that he used the words “Islamic socialism” is enough to clear away any doubt about what kind of state Pakistan should be.
It has Islamic values at its core, and thus all attempts to prove otherwise for malicious intent are nothing but farcical wet dreams of Hindutva extremism.
The 12 myths about Muhammad Ali Jinnah
Saleena’s research is not just in-depth, it’s literally groundbreaking “revelation” (if we may use that word) about the character of Muhammad Ali Jinnah and the way he carried himself to a great extent. This book reveals many important points about his identity and what that means for Pakistan.
This can be seen by the way she compiled her work to dispel these laughable myths…
For instance, she reveals these 12 myths in chapter 10 about Jinnah:
- Jinnah has been transformed into a religious scholar
- Jinnah sought a ‘modern’ democracy
- Islam was just a propaganda tool
- Jinnah vetoed proposals for an Islamic state
- The 11 August 1947 speech was the exposition of a secular state
- Jinnah never used the words ‘ideology of Pakistan’
- Jinnah’s stance against theocracy proves that he was a secularist (or agnostic)
- All religious parties opposed Pakistan which was to be secular
- Jinnah wanted a homeland for Muslims, not an Islamic state
- Jinnah was a secularist all his life as evidenced by his speeches
- The Lahore resolution was a bargaining counter
- No one in the Muslim League knew what Pakistan meant
She masterfully tackles each one with deeply researched data as well as cross-referencing material from the original documents.
Jinnah’s speeches are replete with examples of “Islamic Socialism” and basing an economic model on the golden principles of Islam.
If Islam was just a propaganda tool and that no one in the Muslim League knew what Pakistan meant, then how come did Prime Minister Liaquat Ali Khan put the following clause in the beginning of the constitution?
Pakistan shall be a Federal Republic to be known as Islamic Republic of Pakistan, hereinafter referred to as Pakistan
– Constitution of Pakistan Article 1
Religion of Muhammad Ali Jinnah and the Munir Quote
It should now become glaringly evident that Jinnah (founder of Islamic Republic of Pakistan) was, in fact, just Muslim.
He didn’t belong to any sect nor did he belong to one set of rules.
Saleena outlines this using the Munir Quote as an example of deceitful intent that Justice Munir had towards Pakistan.
Justice Munir effectively lied about what Quaid had said in an interview with Mr. Doon Campbell about the state of Pakistan.
Here is the text as is from Saleena’s book as was mentioned in Justice Munir’s book:
The new state would be a modern democratic state with sovereignty resting in the people and the members of the new nation having equal rights of citizenship regardless of religion, caste, or creed.
– Quran aur Pakistan (Muhammad Munir) Pg. 29
Here is the original text which Saleena found after much digging.
Keep in mind that this is referenced from the original transcript of the interview:
But the Government of Pakistan can only be a popular representative and democratic form of Government. Its Parliament and Cabinet responsible to the Parliament will both be finally responsible to the electorate and the people in general without any distinction of caste, creed or sect, which will be the final deciding factor with regard to the policy and programme of the Government that may be adopted from time to time.
– Quaid’s interview with Mr. Doon Campbell
Nowhere has the Quaid ever mentioned about the “sovereignty of the people” or “modern democratic state,” he simply pointed to the way Pakistan would operate to provide safe-haven to all humans regardless of their background.
A sharp contrast from what we have been told by the mainstream media indeed!
This particular clause also reflects another aspect of Muslim history.
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) also said something similar when he migrated to the city of Yathrib (now known simply as ‘Medina’) when he approached their feudal tribes and warlords.
He effectively declared that the state of Medina will be predominantly ruled by Muslims and that it would provide safe-haven to anyone who wished to seek asylum with the ruling that he/she would swear fealty to the city-state.
This is in perfect harmony with Islamic laws as well as modern jurisprudence which highlights the importance of government being for the people and not the other way around.
In effect, Jinnah followed exactly in the footsteps of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and declared Pakistan as a state that would provide welfare for humanity.
Pakistan as a Muslim country
At the time of partition of India, Jinnah was no doubt under the influence of Dr. Muhammad Iqbal.
A national poet whose words bred a strong fire of will in the hearts of Muslims.
So, was Jinnah really secular?
Saleena in chapter 12 of the book calls attention to the non-Muslims living in an Islamic polity.
That Islam itself isn’t an embodiment of decadent ideas.
But rather that which brings freedom to humanity from the brutal clutches of warlords, landlords, and monarchs.
The treatment of non-Muslims in Islamic jurisprudence has always been done in a kind fair way.
Case in point the incident of the 4th Caliph of Islam: Ali ibn Abi Talib who lost a case against a Jew, who had robbed his battle armor for money, due to having insufficient witnesses.
Nowhere in the world today, and neither in any system is it possible today to win a case against the ruler of the time.
This includes the prestigious Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
How did this situation come about?
Due to consistent manipulation and the destructive “divide and conquer” policy employed by the same tyrants we call rulers today.