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Qur'an and Pakistan





The following verses of the Holy Qur'an are closely related with Pakistan and our own life here. Although these verses were revealed in a different context, it seems as if they describe our own conditions.

In the first verse it is said:

Recite Transliteration:
Wazkuru_ iz antum qalilum mustad'afu_na fil ardi takha_fu_na ay yatakhattafakumun na_su faa_wa_kum wa ayyadakum bi nasrihi wa razaqakum minat tayyiba_ti la'allakum tasykuru_n(a).

"Call to mind when ye were a small (band) despised through the land and afraid that men may despoil and kidnap you. But He provided a safe asylum for you, strengthened you with His aid, and gave you good things for sustenance that ye might be grateful" (Surah Al-Anfal, viii. 26).

This verse takes us to our past, when we were subjects of a foreign power. We were at that time considered to be a minority in relation to a majority. We lacked strength and power. But, by the mercy of God, we got a new homeland, Pakistan.

In the second verse, God Almighty says:

Recite Transliteration:
Ya_ ayyuhal lazina a_manuzkuru_ ni'matalla_hi 'alaikum iz hamma qaumun ay yabsutu_ ilaikum aidiyahum fa kaffa aidiyahum 'ankum, wattaqulla_h(a), wa 'alalla_hi falyatawakkalil mu'minu_n(a).

"O ye who believe! call in remembrance the favour of God unto you when certain men formed the design to stretch out their hands against you. But God held back their hands from you. So fear God. And on God let believers put all their trust" (Surah Al-Maida, v. 11).

This verse brings to mind the war of 1965, when falsehood clashed with truth. It is a special favour of God that He gave us victory in this war.

In the third verse, it is stated:

Recite Transliteration:
Summa ja'alna_kum khala_'ifa fil ardi mim ba'dihim liyanzura kaifa ta'malu_n(a).

"Then We made you heirs in the land after them, to see how ye would behave" (Surah Yunus, x. 14).

This shows that while freedom is a great gift of God, it is at the same time a hard test. Now we have to raise the standard of our individual and collective conduct and show that we are worthy of this great gift.

In the fourth verse, God Almighty says:

Recite Transliteration:
Fa kula_ mimma_ razaqakumulla_hu hala_lan tayyiba_(w), wa-sykuru_ ni'matalla_hi in kuntum iyya_hu ta'budu_n(a).

"So eat of the sustenance which God has provided for you, lawful and good, and be greatful for the favours of God, if it is He whom ye serve" (Surah An-Nahl, xvi. 114)

The land given to us by God after we attained our freedom is rich in natural resources. These gifts should make us grateful to Him and the right way for expressing this gratitude is that we should make proper use of these resources.

It is a fact that God has showered innumerable favours on us, the people of Pakistan. Therefore, it is incumbent on us that we should make ourselves into a grateful nation before God and His creatures.



 
 
   
   
M. C. RAJAH
Leader of the Hindu Untouchables


Hindustan

All religions hold the belief that God sends suitable men 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 into which the people of India have been lead by the Congress, under the leadership of Mr. Gandhi. The Congress did a great service to the country so long as it followed the lines of critical cooperation and cooperative criticism towards the British Government, as laid down by Dadabhai Naoroji and Gokhale. But it 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 in the minds of the people a spirit of defiance of law and civil disobedience, more or less thinly veiled under a formula of truth and non-violence. Moreover, by 'Mahatamafying' Mr. Gandhi, it appealed to the idolatrous superstitions of the Hindus, thus converting the religious adherence of the Hindu section of the population of the Mahatama into political support of his non-cooperation programme. While this strategy was of some avail in hustling the British Government to yield more and more to the demands of Congress, it divided the people into Hindu and non-Hindu sections.

In these circumstances a man was needed to stand up to Congress and tell its leaders that their organization, however powerful numerically and financially, does not 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 claims of all classes who stand the danger of being crushed under the stream roller of a [caste] Hindu majority, acting under the inspiration and order of Mr. Gandhi.

Birthday tribute paid to the Quaid in 1940, summing up the greatness of the latter's leadership
Hector Bolitho, Jinnah, pp. 133-4
 
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