An interview with the Quaid613 views
If he was Alive… (Mohammad Ali Jinnah, Founder of Pakistan. b: Dec.25, 1876; d: Sep. 11, 1948)
Sir Happy 139th Birthday. We have missed you for the last 67 years. Thank you for the interview today. I know you are very tired, so I will restrict myself to two questions only – religion and economy.
My first question is why did you make Pakistan a theocratic Islamic state and not a secular State. We Pakistanis keep on debating this even today?
Jinnah: In my broadcast to the people of the U.S.A. in February 1948, I had categorically said that Pakistan will NOT be a theocratic State to be ruled by priests with a divine mission. In my address to Karachi Bar Association in January 1948 I had also said that our Constitution will be based on Islamic Sharia. This does not mean a theocratic state. Islam teaches us liberty to practice whatever religion and customs we want, equality of men in rights and privileges whether they are Hindus, Christians or Parsis and fraternity or brotherhood of all men to achieve political, economic and national objectives. If you ignore Wikipedia’s definition of secular state, even USA’s national motto is “In God we trust”, and it is called a secular state.
Thank you Sir. In your address at the opening of the State Bank of Pakistan on July 1, 1948 you has said, “ The adoption of Western economic theory and practice will not help us in achieving our goal of creating a happy and contended people …” What did you mean?
Jinnah: Yes. I had also said that we should present to the world an economic system based on true Islamic concept of equality of manhood and social justice. The difference between Islamic economy and Socialism and Capitalism is not only what you all are debating today – Riba or profit and loss – but Islam says add a moral dimension to filter all your economic decisions. Use resources in a just manner for the well-being of all. This requires recognizing that in economics there are social objectives besides self-interest only. This is called Islamically acceptable market equilibrium.
Sir, thank you once again!
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