“If the Muslim League had 100 Gandhis and 200 Azads and Congress had only one Jinnah, then India would not have been divided!” (Mrs. Vijay Lakshmi Pundit, a prominent figure and Nehru’s sister)
The statement reflects the bare fact that it was only Jinnah who fought the case of Muslim nationhood in India and won it through the force of arguments. His steadfastness on the path, which he considered truthful, helped him achieve the desired goal, the goal of Pakistan.
According to Allama Iqbal, Jinnah was the “only Muslim in India to whom a community had a right to look up for safe guidance”.
Azam Pasha: Jinnah Was One of the greatest Politician.
'He would not let himself be deflected nor allow his followers to be deflected by a bewildering multiplicity of religious, cultural, social, economic and other issues. Step by step, slowly and steadily he took his followers forward to their cherished goal. He believed in full and thorough preparation before an action was taken". Ziauddin Ahmad Suleri, in Mohammad Ali Jinnah, Founder of Pakistan (1976) ."
The proud of having such a dynamic and impactful leader is that Quaid-e Azam was not only recognised by muslim fellows and personalities, but his foes and many other non-muslim historians also admired his courage, sightfullness and political strategies.
Following i have brought sayings of some Big Personalities About Quaid Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah Including his rivals. I shall take the initiative by mentioning one famous quote/statement from Professor Stanley Wolpert on Qaid-e-Azam i.e:
“Few individuals significantly alter the course of history. Fewer still modify the map of the world. Hardly anyone can be credited with creating a nation-state. Mohammad Ali Jinnah did all three.” | Stanley Wolpert
''Mr Jinnah, was great as a lawyer, once great as a Congressman, great as a leader of Muslims, great as a world politician and diplomat, and greatest of all as a man of action, By Mr. Jinnah's passing away, the world has lost one of the greatest statesmen and Pakistan its life-giver, philosopher and guide". | Sarat Chandra Bose
'' Although without Ghandi, Hindustan would still have gained independence and without Lenin and Mao, Russia and China would still have endured Communist revolution, without Jinnah there would have been no Pakistan in 1947 '' | John Biggs-Davison
He was a steadfast idealist as well as a man of scrupulous honour. Even Lord Mountbatten for all his hostility towards Pakistan and Quaid-i-Azam made the admission that
“If it could be said that any single man held the future of India in his palm, that man is Mohammad Ali Jinnah. To all interests and purposes, Jinnah was the Muslim League and if the dream of Pakistan ever did come true, it could be Jinnah who brought it to life and fashioned it”.
Nelson Mandela, Ex-South African President, was a great admirer of Quaid-e azam.
"Ali Jinnah is a constant source of inspiration for all those who are fighting against racial or group discrimination"
He had come to Islamabad in 1995 and had insisted on including Karachi as a destination to visit Jinnah's Grave and his house in Karachi where upon reaching he drove straight to the Quaid's Mazar .
At another occasion while addressing the ANC Mandela mentioned three names Ali Jinnah, Gandhi and Nehru as sources of inspiration for the movement against apartheid.'
"A sincerity of purpose and the lasting charm of a character animated by a brave conception of duty and an austere and lovely code of private honour and public integrity... Tall and stately, but thin to the point of emaciation, languid and luxurious of habit, Mohammad Ali Jinnah's attenuated form is a deceptive sheath of a spirit of exceptional vitality and endurance."
Leader of the scheduled Castes -M.C.Rajah -25th December 1940, 9 months After the Pakistan Resolution, remarks about Jinnah in these words:
"All religions hold that God sends suitable people into the world to work out his plans from time to time and at critical junctures. I regard Mr Jinnah as the man who has been called upon to correct the wrong ways in which the people of India have been led by the leadership of Mr Gandhi.
Congress took a wrong turn when it adopted wholesale the non cooperation programme of Mr Gandhi and assumed an attitude of open hostility towards Britain and tried to infuse the minds of people a spirit of defiance of law and civil disobedience more of less thinly veiled under a formula of truth and nonviolence.
Moreover by Mahatmafying Mr Gandhi it appealed to the idolatorous sperstition of the Hindus, thus converting the religious adherence of the Hindu section of the population to the Mahatma into political support of his non cooperation movement.
While this strategy was of some avail in hustling the British Government to yield more and more it divided the people into Hindu and non hind! u sectionsIn these circumstances a man was needed to stand up to congress and tell its leaders that their organization however powerful numerically and financially doesnot represent the whole of India.
I admire Mr Jinnah and feel grateful to him because in advocating the cause of the Muslims he is championing the cause of all the classes that are in danger of bein crushed under the steam roller of the caste Hindu majority, acting under the inspiration and orders of Mr Gandhi ".
Bill Clinton, Ex US president, express his veiws on the policies and strategies of Jinnah. He found him a commited and undaulating leader.
"(I am) A committed friend who will stand with the people of Pakistan as long as you seek the stable, prosperous, democratic nation of your founder's dreams. Pakistan can have a future worthy of the dreams of the Quaid-e-Azam. If you choose that future, the United States will walk with you. I hope you will make that choice. And I pray for our continued friendship, for peace, for Pakistan. Pakistan Zindabad
Mr. M.C Chagla, who rose to be the Chief Justice of the High Court of Bombay and later became the Foreign Minister of India, says about Quaid:
"Jinnah was a pure artist in the manner and method of his presentation. Even the most complex facts became simple and obvious when he waved his wand over them. He could be ferociously aggressive and almost boyishly persuasive as and when the occasion arose, and what particularly helped him in his advocacy, was the absolute clear head that he possessed, and on which he justly prided himself. He had common sense, that most uncommon of qualities in an uncommon degree"
Mr. Frank Moraes, Chief Editor of The Indian Express shares:
He likes to get down to the bare bones of a brief. In stating the essentials of a case, his manner is masterly. The drab courtroom acquires an atmosphere as he speaks. Juniors crane their necks forward to follow every movement of his tall, well groomed figure; senior counsels listen closely; the judge is all attention"
"Watch him in the courtroom as he argues a case. Few lawyers command a more attentive audience. No man is more adroit in presenting his case. If to achieve the maximum result with minimum effort is the hallmark of artistry, Mr. Jinnah is an artist in his craft.
Mrs. Sarojini Naidu - On the Wakf Validating Bill moved by Jinnah in 1913 stated that:
"His admirable skill and tact in piloting through such an intricate and controversial measure - the first instance of a Bill passing into legislation on the motion of a private member - won him not only the appreciation of his colleagues, but also his first meed of his general recognition from his co-religionists all over India"
India President Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed: I Consider Quaid Azam a great Soldier of Jang E Azadi.
Lord Wavell: Jinnah is not just a honest Muslim leader but also a great lawyer.
Bertrand Russell: No one in history of India was loved so much like Jinnah.
Pee Lance: Jinnah can't be bought at any price.
Sir Winston Churchill: I Can never forget this great leader from my heart.
Abdul Kalam Azad: Jinnah Thinks about every matter with cold mind.
Sir Cowasjee Jehangir: No one was able to move Jinnah from path of truth.
Lady Wavel: Jinnah was the most beautiful man i ever seen.
Harry S Truman, US President, admired and acknowledge the Quaid in these words:
"[He was] the originator of the dream that became Pakistan, architect of the State and father of the world's largest Muslim nation. Mr. Jinnah was the recipient of a devotion and loyalty seldom accord to any man" .
Crips: Jinnah is Beautiful Magician.
Harry Truman: Jinnah had a cold mind and bright mind.
Pandit Nanak Chan: Jinnah's decision was like stone.
CR Reddy: Jinnah Was pride of Whole India not just muslims.
MC Raja: Mr Jinnah is showing right path to People of India.
Gandhi: I Believe no power can buy Mr Jinnah.
BJP Leader Jaswant Singh: Jinnah was not just leader of Muslims but whole of India.
A Paraphrased about Quaid quoted from Nehru's book freedom at midnight
"The old Advocate of Unity, Mr. M.A.Jinnah, ... was advanced than his colleagues, and stood head and shoulders above them, It is a clear proof of the fact that his biggest rivals also have to admit his leadership qualities.
Richard Symons:Jinnah contributed more than any other man to Pakistan's survival |
The Aga Khan:''The greatest man he ever met'' |
Beverley Nichols, the author of `Verdict on India:"The most important man in Asia." |
It is impossible for us to sum up or describe the larger than life personality of the father of nation, Quaid-e Azam Muhammad Ali jinnah. But the remarks of above qouted personalities shows that he undoubtedly deserved the title of " Quaid-e Azam".