Mazar-e-Quaid-e-Azam: Symbol of Hope for all Mankind
This Mausoleum enshrines the mortal remains of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, Founder
of Pakistan and its first Head of State.
Born in this city on December 25, 1876, he raised it to a pinnacle
of glory on August 14, 1947, when he accepted the transfer of power from British hands.
Unique among world leaders he willed a State into being. For Muslims, Pakistan was
a murmur on the distant horizon till the Quaid-e-Azam seized the helm.
He transformed it into reality.
Undeterred by illness or the dissent of the waverers and faint-hearted he pursued
his ideal with a resolute will and an iron determination.
Once a powerful advocate of unity between the Hindu and Muslim nations inhabiting the
subcontinent to achieve freedom, he abondoned this solution when convinced
of its unreality - that it was unattainable.
For bondage in a spurious unity preached by Congress leaders he propagated freedom
through partition and separation of the two feuding nations.
But for long and bitter years the cause he epoused with such inflexible devotion was
ridiculed and resisted on false economic and political grounds, ignoring
the basic religious issue.
As a result the subcontinent was swept by a holocaust of bloodshed, and human misery.
When the Indian National Congress begrudgingly conceded that Partition
was inevitable, freedom came overnight to 500 million, with the end of
a 200-year struggle against colonial domination.
The Quaid's triumph altered the destinies of one-fifth of the human race. He could
well be acclaimed not only the Founder of Pakistan but the real Architect
of Freedom for the entire subcontinent.
His victory was immeasurable for it changed the course of world history. It shattered
the foundations of an Empire which enveloped the globe - the greatest
ever known. European colonialism crumbled with the reduction of its mightiest
bastion, the British Indian Empire.
On September 11, 1948, in the city which he had known and loved since childhood, death
closed the chapter on the Quaid's incomparable contribution to the liberation
of his fellow-men.
But the spirit he invoked endures in the great Resurgence of Islam dedicated to the attainment
of Liberty, Equality and a Brotherhood of Man.
His Mausoleum stands on hallowed ground, perpetuating the memory of the Father of the
Nation, but to countless millions of all faiths, creeds and races it is
a shining symbol of hope for the downtrodden and oppressed among all mankind.
F. D. Douglas