Quail e Azaam Muhammad Ali Jinnah never wrote any book or journal or anything to tell about his vision for Pakistan. All the evidences that we get are either from his speech, quotes or from those who worked with him. But he did desire for a state where Muslims can spend life according to their religion, customs and traditions. But at the same time it wasn’t any medieval Islamic state or empire which was in his mind as ideal.
Our discussion up to now about Pakistan and Modernity has led us to this point where we have made following conclusions. One that Muslims are poor, humiliated and lack power and respect in the present international order. We also have concluded that we are ourselves to blame for it and no one else. To get out of our miserable status we have to work ourselves and reinterpret Islamic principles to create new paradigms for modern world.
We have further reached the conclusion that Pakistan was created as piece of Land where Muslim modernity can take birth and contribute to the international order. Finally We further proved that Islam provides only broad political principles allowing us to experiment with various modes of governance which are in consonance with those principles. And last but not the least we have seen that throughout this discussion we have proven that education is the key to if this modern revolution is to take place.
Before Jinnah left India for Pakistan Iskandar Mirza recalls that he asked him in Delhi, ”Sir we are all agreed to leave for Pakistan; but what kind of polity are you going to have? Are you going to have an Islamic state?” and Jinnah replied. ”Nonsense, I am going to have a modern state”
In other words in Jinnah’s mind his modern Islamic Pakistan would give all of his citizens the same legal status regardless of their religion and will allow them to practice their respective religions freely not favoring any specific religion nor hindering any particular religion. This was fundamentally clear from his speech of 11 August. This has led many people to wrongly conclude that Jinnah wanted some kind of secular state. We have rebutted this point elsewhere but suffice is to say that Islam itself envisages, and Prohpet pbuh himself created the as taste that was inclusive, tolerant and modern. There is no dispute between Quaid’s understanding and his conception of Islam and what Islamic principles really enunciate.
So it’s time for us to start working on making a modern Islamic state before it’s too late to look back. Modern Islamic state is not something fictional rather it is a requirement of the current times. It is because there is dearth of a modern Islamic political theory that we see various forms of monstrosities being created in the name of Islam based on unhistorical and disputed readings of texts of medieval Islamic times.
Pakistan has moved from modern rule to the traditional one. Quaid e azam had a modern inclusive Islamic approach whereas current leaders have a backward approach, if they have any approach at all. We had put forward the demand of separate state to create new paradigms of our Deen but now we have created a society having different sects within. Each sect have different believes and thoughts. The most important conflict in Pakistan is a clash between different concepts of Islam. We have to remove it to move on. For that education and awareness is very important. But what education is also critical question.
Finally we should not forget that Jinnah repeatedly said that it is the people of Pakistan who will decide what path Pakistan follows and how it develops its state ideology. And regardless of what Jinnah’s vision may have been it is only of academic interest for now it is up to the Pakistani people to steer their nation in the direction they want to.
What is Pakistan contributing in 21st century? The demand of the current times is peaceful and educated Pakistan. There is no space for a fundamentalist state. Pakistan should be educated and moderate, no more killing in the name of religion. Those who do it are neither Muslims nor human.
Is Pakistan going to hit the list of failed nation? we hope not. Education is the only weapon that we have at the moment to conquer the battle of life. To seek education is our sacred duty. It is obligatory on every Muslim men and women to attain knowledge. The very first word revealed of the Quran was “Iqra” READ! Seek knowledge! Educate yourself to survive from this dark time.