JUI’s Verdict: Jinnah was Not a “Real Freedom Fighter”

Posted on February 9, 2007
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Mohamed Ali Jinnah, it seems, was not a “real freedom fighter” and he did “nothing for Islam.” (On Jinnah, see here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here).
So says the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI). And by what logic does Maulana Fazlur Rehman and his party come to this conclusion? According to the party spokesman: “Jinnah was not imprisoned during the independence struggle. That is why he did nothing worth remembering.”

I am left rather speechless. So, here is the news item from Daily Times (February 9, 2007) that reports on the matter:

The Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI) will celebrate 2007 by paying tribute to the heroes who played an important role in the independence of Pakistan ignoring Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and his companions, JUI officials told Daily Times on Thursday. They said that the party would hold conventions in Peshawar and other cities of the NWFP in March to highlight the services of “real freedom fighters”

“The decision to this effect was taken at the meeting of the JUI executive council in Lahore a couple of days ago. National Assembly Opposition Leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman presided over the meeting,” they added. JUI information secretary Maulana Amjad Khan said that Jinnah and his companions would not be commemorated because they had not done anything for Islam. “Jinnah was not imprisoned during the independence struggle. That is why he did nothing worth remembering,” Khan added.

He said the JUI would remember only those leaders who had sacrificed their lives for the creation of Pakistan or who had been imprisoned by the British Raj. JUI leader Qari Nazir Ahmed said the party would remember Hussain Maulana Ahmed Madni, Maulana Qasim Nanotri, Maulana Ubaid Ullah Sindhi, Maulana Mehmoodul Hassan, Syed Ahmed Shaheed, Shah Ismael Shaheed, Mauala Rasheed Ahmed and other leaders, who had rendered great sacrifices for the creation of Pakistan. “Maulana Qasim Nanotri established the Madrasa Darul Uloom Deoband. The institute produced a large number of freedom fighters,” Qari Nazir added. He said a schedule for conventions in the Punjab had not been decided yet. JUI Lahore chapter ameer Maulana Muhibun Nabi said the party would also arrange programmes in Lahore in this connection.

Interesting, by the way, that it seems that to be a “real freedom fighter” you have ‘Maulana’ prefixed before your name or a ‘Shaheed’ as a suffix.

Note: My thank to Watandost for alerting me to this rewriting of history.

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190 responses to “JUI’s Verdict: Jinnah was Not a “Real Freedom Fighter””

  1. Owais Mughal says:

    JUI guys seem to be deciding on who is Muslim and who is not. What a shame.

  2. Moeen Bhatti says:

    This is very shameful. These people has screwed Pakistan alot and the time has come when they should be shunted out. Now they don’t wanna recognize the guy who gave us freedom? What can I say except that its very shameful….

  3. Kazim Aizaz Alam says:

    JUI men are shameless thugs. Infact Mufti Mahmood (Fazl’s father) opposed partition. Down with JUI.

    Ney’rangi-e-Syasat-e-Doraa’n to dekhiye
    Manzil unhe’n mili jo shareek-e-safar na thay
    Mohsin Bhopali

  4. Aqeel Syed says:

    What an effort from ‘Jewish’ Ulma e Islam. These mullas were agianst Jinnah from the very first day. I’m totally disapointed by their approch. Its really a sad state :( When you know that majority of Pakistani nation, specially those live in rural areas are under their great influence.

  5. Asad says:

    Anyone who even now supports JUI is a fool. These people should be kicked into our neighbouring country which thrives on such people.

  6. Anwar says:

    Comments of Maulan Amjad are outright nonsense. However the history that we read in our curricula does not acknowledge a number of people who lost their lives and were indeed prisoned and murdered by the Raj. This is partly due to the fact that our history is more “India centric” than it should be.
    Movements in the Frontier province in particular were lethal struggles against “Farnagi” – directed towards freedom (more like the current FATA,) though not necessarily for the creation of Pakistan. Contrary to the claims by JUI, the struggle was not for Islam either as British follwed a Napoleaon model of Al Azhar and kept Mullahs very happy (Dept. of Aukaf was their focal point)… The “Khaksar Tahrik” was a reaction to the abolishment of Caliphate in Turkey – perveived as European conspiracy, and was for a long time a very potent movement… Although none of the sacrifices were directly for Pakistan – they did contribute significantly to the independence.
    In parallel, the nationalistic movements in Sindh also contributed to the overall independence efforts.
    These efforts must be acknowledged in our history books. Unfortunately, JUI’s silly approach has belittled the great people it wants to honor.

  7. MU says:

    The mistake we made was…not to hang these traitors on day 1. They now have our and Pakistan’s throats in their hands and we are now paying for it in every way. Why are we so apologetic about Quaid’s role in creation of Pakistan? If JUI are not happy with him they can get the hell out of his Pakistan back to Deoband and take JI to pethankot with them. Alternatively there is also Arabian sea.

  8. ayesha says:

    I’m glad you picked this up! I was also planning to do a blog post on this – but so much eloquently put here. I wonder though, if the government would stand up and take notice of this. Notice needs to be taken.

    On another note – I cannot wait to see the back of the Mullahs in the new assembly. For once, I hope that they are ‘engineered’ out!

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