Quaid Azam Trivia for history buffs.
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Question 1. What are the names of the books that were in Quaid Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah’s personal library?
Question 2. What did Quaid Azam inspired to be when he was studying in England as a student? What was the career he dreamed could be his dream job at the time?
Reference would be provided for all answers.
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Quaid-e-Azam loved Shakespear's work.He wanted to play the role of Romeo during his stay in England.
Shakespear's plays must be part of his library.I'm not sure about other books.
Failure is a word unknown to me.
Muhammad Ali Jinnah
With faith, discipline and selfless devotion to duty, there is nothing worthwhile that you cannot achieve.....Muhammad Ali Jinnah
Think 100 times before you take a decision, But once that decision is taken, stand by it as one man.
Muhammad Ali Jinnah
Expect the best, Prepare for the worst.
Muhammad Ali Jinnah
zia m You have me surprised I was actually not expecting a single answer for a month. You are right on question two. Quaid Azam as a student loved plays by Shakespeare. He knew most of them by heart and his dream was to work as a stage actor in the theatre in England doing Shakespearean plays. Watching the plays by Shakespeare was the only expensive habit that he had and to save money he would walk in the snow for a very long distance to see these plays in the theatre. Even in his old age when he was Governor General of Pakistan he would sit in front of Fatima Jinnah and his military ADC and tell them lines by memory from his favorite Shakespearean plays. For someone who knew Shakespeare by heart of course the Shakespeare plays would be part of his personal library. There were other books in his library and the first question is about them. You have one and half question right. I am sure the other books would surely take a month for anyone to guess if not forever.:)
Bravo! well done.
Thanks admin for these quotes:
"Pakistan not only means freedom and independence but the Muslim Ideology which has to be preserved, which has come to us as a precious gift and treasure and which, we hope other will share with us." Muhammad Ali Jinnah
"Come forward as servants of Islam, organise the people economically, socially, educationally and politically and I am sure that you will be a power that will be accepted by everybody." Muhammad Ali Jinnah
Corruption is a curse in India and amongst Muslims, especially the so-called educated and intelligentsia. Unfortunately, it is this class that is selfish and morally and intellectually corrupt. No doubt this disease is common, but amongst this particular class of Muslims it is rampant.” (M.A.Jinnah 6 May 1945)
Nations are born in the hearts of poets, they prosper and die in the hands of politicians.
Why hast thou made me born in this country, The inhabitant of which is satisfied with being a slave?
If faith is lost, there is no security and there is no life for him who does not adhere to religion.
Rise above sectional interests and private ambitions... Pass from matter to spirit. Matter is diversity; spirit is light, life and unity.
Some quotes from Quaid azam
The constitution of Pakistan has yet to be framed by the Pakistan Constituent Assembly. I do not know what the ultimate shape of this constitution is going to be, but I am sure that it will be of a democratic type, embodying the essential principle of Islam. Today, they are as applicable in actual life as they were 1,300 years ago. Islam and its idealism have taught us democracy. It has taught equality of man, justice and fairplay to everybody. We are the inheritors of these glorious traditions and are fully alive to our responsibilities and obligations as framers of the future constitution of Pakistan. In any case Pakistan is not going to be a theocratic State to be ruled by priests with a divine mission. We have many non-Muslims --Hindus, Christians, and Parsis --but they are all Pakistanis. They will enjoy the same rights and privileges as any other citizens and will play their rightful part in the affairs of Pakistan.
Our foreign policy is one of friendliness and goodwill towards all the nations of the world. We do not cherish aggressive design against any country or nation. We believe in the principle of honesty and fairplay in national and international dealings and are prepared to make our utmost contribution to the promotion of peace and prosperity among the nations of the world. Pakistan will never be found lacking in extending its material and moral support to the opposed and suppressed peoples of the world and in upholding the principles of the United Nations Charter.
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“I am an Indian first second and last.”
Advice to young Raja of Mahmudabad
"I have nothing to do with this pseudo-religious approach that Gandhi is advocating"
Jinnah speaking to Durga Das in London
“Come forward as servants of Islam, organise the people economically, socially, educationally and politically and I am sure that you will be a power that will be accepted by everybody.”
Presidential Address at the All India Muslim League, Lahore
March 23, 1940
"I have always maintained that no nation can ever be worthy of its existence that cannot take its women along with the men. No struggle can ever succeed without women participating side by side with men. There are two powers in the world; one is the sword and the other is the pen. There is a great competition and rivalry between the two. There is a third power stronger than both, that of the women."
Speech at Islamia College for women
March 25, 1940
“The prosperity and advancement of a nation depend upon its intelligentsia, and Muslim India is looking forward to her young generation and education classes to give a bold lead for our guidance and a brilliant record of histrorical achievements and traditions. Islam expect every Muslim to do this duty, and if we realise our responsibility time will come soon when we shall justify ourselves worthy of a glorious past.”
December 24, 1940
“The vital contest in which we are engaged is not only for the material gain but also the very existence of the soul of Muslim nation, Hence I have said often that it is a matter of life and death to the Musalmans and is not a counter for bargaining.”
Predisential Address devlivered at the Special Pakistan Session of the Punjab Muslim Students Federation
March 2, 1941
“I particularly appeal to our intelligentsia and Muslim students to come forward and rise to the occasion. You have performed wonders in the past. You are still capable of repeating the history. You are not lacking in the great qualities and virtues in comparison with the other nations. Only you have to be fully conscious of that fact and to act with courage, faith and unity.”
Message to Pakistan Day, issued from Delhi
March 23, 1943
"No nation can rise to the height of glory unless your women are side by side with you. We are victims of evil customs. It is a crime against humanity that our women are shut up within the four walls of the houses as prisoners. There is no sanction anywhere for the deplorable condition in which our women have to live.”
Speech at a meeting of the Muslim University Union, Aligarh
March 10, 1944
“Pakistan not only means freedom and independce but the Muslim Ideology which has to be preserved, which has come to us as a precious gift and treasure and which, we hope other will share with us”
Message to Frontier Muslim Students Federation
June 18, 1945
“If we want to make this great State of Pakistan happy and prosperous we should wholly and solely concentrate on the well-being of the people, and especially of the masses and the poor... you are free- you are free to go to your temples mosques or any other place 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... in due course of time Hindus will cease to be Hindus and Muslims will cease to Muslims- not in a religious sense for that is the personal faith of an individual- but in a political sense as citizens of one state”
Address to the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan, Karachi
August 11, 1947
"Our object should be peace within, and peace without. We want to live peacefully and maintain cordial friendly relations with our immediate neighbours and with the world at large."
August 15th, 1947
“My message to you all is of hope, courage and confidence. Let us mobilize all our resources in a systematic and organized way and tackle the grave issues that confront us with grim determination and discipline worthy of a great nation.”
Eid-ul-Azha Message to the Nation
October 24, 1947
“You have to stand guard over the development and maintenance of Islamic democracy, Islamic social justice and the equality of manhood in your own native soil. With faith, discipline and selfless devotion to duty, there is nothing worthwhile that you cannot achieve.”
Address to the officers and men of the 5th Heavy Ack Ack and 6th Light Ack Ack Regiments in Malir, Karachi
February 21, 1948
“That freedom can never be attained by a nation without suffering and sacrifice has been amply borne out by the recent tragic happenings in this subcontinent. We are in the midst of unparalleled difficulties and untold sufferings; we have been through dark days of apprehension and anguish; but I can say with confidence that with courage and self-reliance and by the Grace of God we shall emerge triumphant.”
Speech at a Mammoth Rally at the University Stadium, Lahore
October 30, 1947
“We should have a State in which we could live and breathe as free men and which we could develop according to our own lights and culture and where principles of Islamic social justice could find free play.”
Address to Civil, Naval, Military and Air Force Officers of Pakistan Government, Karachi
October 11, 1947
“We must work our destiny in our own way and present to the world an economic system based on true Islamic concept of equality of manhood and social justice. We will thereby be fulfilling our mission as Muslims and giving to humanity the message of peace which alone can save it and secure the welfare, happiness and prosperity of mankind”
Speech at the opening ceremony of State Bank of Pakistan, Karachi
July 1, 1948
"Let us trust each other," roared the Governor-general designate and added; "Let us judge by results, not by theories. With the help of every section --I see that every class is represented in this huge gathering --let us work in double shift if necessary to make the Sovereign State of Pakistan really happy, really united and really powerful".
"Miss Fatima Jinnah is a constant source of help and encouragement to me." He revealed that, "In the days when I was expecting to be taken as a prisoner by the British Government, it was my sister who encouraged me, and said hopeful things when revolution was staring me in the face. Her constant care is about my health".
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 region or caste or creed --that has nothing to do with the business of the State.
On both sides, in Hindustan and Pakistan, there are sections of people who may not agree with it, who may not like it, but in my judgment there was no other solution and I am sure future history will record its verdict in favor of it. And what is more it will be proved by actual experience as we go on that that was the only solution of India's constitutional problem. Any idea of a United India could never have worked and in my judgment it would have led us to terrific disaster. Maybe that view is correct; may be it is not; that remains to be seen. All the same, in this division it was impossible to avoid the question of minorities being in one Dominion or the other. Now that was unavoidable. There is no other solution. Now what shall we do? Now, if we want to make this great State of Pakistan happy and prosperous we should wholly and solely concentrate on the well-being of the people and especially of the masses and the poor. If you will work in co-operation, forgetting the past, burying the hatchet you are bound to succeed. If you change your past and work together in a spirit that everyone of you, no matter to what community he belongs, no matter what relations he had with you in the past, no matter what is his color, caste or creed is first, second and last a citizen of this State with equal rights, privileges and obligations, there will be no end to the progress you will make.
I cannot emphasize it too much. We should begin to work in that spirit and in course of time all these angularities of the majority and minority communities, the Hindu community and the Muslim community --because even as regards Muslims you have Pathans, Punjabis, Shias, Sunnis and so on and among the Hindus you have Brahmins, Vashnavas, Khatris, also Bengalis, Madrasis, and so on --will vanish. Indeed, if you ask me this has been the biggest hindrance in the way of India to attain the freedom and independence for this we would have been free people a long long ago. No power can hold another nation, and specially a nation of 400 million souls in subjection; nobody could have conquered you, and even if it had happened, nobody could have continued its hold on you for any length of time but for this. Therefore, we must learn a lesson from this. 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 region or caste or creed --that has nothing to do with the business of the State. As you know, history shows that in England conditions, some time ago, were much worse than those prevailing in India today. The Roman Catholics and the Protestants persecuted each other. Even now there are some States in existence where there are discriminations made and bars imposed against a particular class. Thank God, we are not starting in those days. We are starting in the days when there is no discrimination, no distinction between one community and another, no discrimination between one caste or creed and another. We are starting with this fundamental principle that we are all citizens and equal citizens of one State. The people of England in course of time had to face the realities of the situation and had to discharge the responsibilities and burdens placed upon them by the government of their country and they went through that fire step by step. Today, you might say with justice that Roman Catholics and Protestants do not exist; what exists now is that every man is a citizen, an equal citizen of Great Britain and they are all members of the Nation.
Now, I think we should keep that in front of us as our ideal and you will find that in course of time Hindus would cease to be Hindus and Muslims would cease to be Muslims, not in the religious sense, because that is the personal faith of each individual but in the political sense as citizens of the state.
Here is the list of books you are looking for.
1.The Works of Edmund Burke...(12 vol)
2.Past and Present...Thomas Caryle
3.The French Revolution.
4.Politics of Aristotle.
5.Principles of Political Economy by Stuart Mill
6.Empire in Asia:How we came by it.
8.Literary Character of Men of Genius...Isac Disraeli.
10.Morality by Walter Scott.
Source..My Brother-Muhammad Ali Jinnah...Fatima Jinnah
very good efforts being done .
its our national dillema/tragedy that we have forgotton quide jinnah and his message, instead we have mulla omer, baitullah mehsud, mangal bagh, mulla fazlullah, molvee rasheed.aziz of lal masjid, JI, JUIF etc.as our ideological masterminds.
If I am not mistaken, Quaid acted in one also.
Zia m that is the correct answer and reading that wonderful book "My brother" by fatima jinnah is a prize in itself. Here is the first prize for this contest.
Picture album of the Quaid Azam
speech by Quaid Azam
Here is a good repository of Quaid's speeches.
All questions and confusions regarding Pakistan's ideology can be cleared if we only bother to read Quaid's speeches. He has clearly stated in his speeches, Pakistan's constitution will be based on Quran and Sunna. System of government will be democracy and one man one vote system with no place for theocracy and a place where all citizens will have equal opportunities and liberties regardless of their background, ethnicity and religion.
Thanks,i thoroughly enjoyed it!
Quaid e Azam ,the one and only leader ,in the true sense of the word ....
i have loads and loads of quotations with me ...
Quaid e Azam on Women :
There are two powers in the world; one is the sword and the
other is the pen. There is a great competition and rivalry between the two. There is a third power stronger than both, that of the women.
Muhammad Ali Jinnah
We must work our destiny in our own way and present to the world an economic system based on true Islamic concept of equality of manhood and social justice. We will hereby be fulfilling our mission as Muslims and giving to humanity the message of peace which alone can save it and secure the welfare, happiness and prosperity of mankind.
(Speech on the occasion of the opening ceremony of the State Bank of Pakistan, 1st July, 1948).
How can there be unity of government between areas so widely separated? I can answer this question in one word. It is “faith” : faith in Almighty God, in ourselves and in our destiny.
(Broadcast to Australia, recorded on 9th February, 1948)
At this juncture any subordination of the larger interest of the State to the provincial or local or personal interest would be suicidal.
(Reply on the Quetta Municipality Civic Address, June 15, 1948)
When you have got that light of knowledge by means of education and when you have made yourselves strong economically and industrially, then you have got to prepared yourselves for your defence – defence against external aggression and to maintain internal security.
(Presidential address at the conference of the Punjab Muslim Students Federation, March 2, 1941.)
THE weak and the defenceless, in this imperfect world, invite aggression from others.
(Address to Pakistan Navy, January 23, 1948)
You are only voicing my sentiments and the sentiments of millions of Musalmans when you say that Pakistan should be based on sure foundations of social justice and Islamic socialism which emphasizes equality and brother-hood of man. Similarly you are voicing my thoughts in asking and aspiring for equal opportunities for all. Brother-hood, equality and fraternity of man – these are the basic points of our religion, culture and civilization. We fought for Pakistan because there was a danger of denial of these human rights in this sub-continent.
(Addressing to public reception, Chittagong, March 26, 1948).
Democracy in Islam
Democracy is in the blood of Musalmans who look upon complete equality of man.
(Speech at a London meeting, 14th December, 1946)
It is my belief that our salvation lies in following the golden rules of conduct set for us by our great law-giver, the Prophet of Islam.
(Speech at Shahi Darbar, Sibi, February 14, 1948)
Service is the back-bone of the State. Government are formed. Governments are defeated, Prime Ministers come and go, Ministers come and go, but you stay on, and therefore, there is a very great responsibility placed on your shoulders.
(Advice to civil officers, Peshawar, April 14, 1948)
Prise your Government when it deserves, criticize your Government fearlessly when it deserves, but do not go on all the time attacking, indulging in destructive criticism, taking delight in running down the Ministry or the officials.
(Speech at Edwardes College, Peshawar 18th April, 1948)
IS one regular in one’s habits? Does one keep to the left of road or abstain from throwing litter on the road? Is one honest and sincere in one’s work? Does one render such help as one can to others? Is one tolerant? They may seem small matters but in them is the nucleus of self-discipline.
(Eid message November 1939)
We have lost the fullness of our noble character. And what is character? Highest sense of honour and the highest sense of integrity, conviction, incorruptibility, readiness at time to efface one-self for the collective good of the nation.
(Speech at Muslim Legislators’ Convention, Delhi, 11th April, 1946)
SELF advancement greed and lust for power sway the conduct of individuals as well as that of nation: if we are to build a safer, clearer and happier world let us start with the individual, catch him young and inculcate in him the Scout’s motto of service before self and purity in thought, word and deed.
(Speech to Boy Scouts, 22nd December, 1947)
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