Lessons from history I

I feel we have all very conveniently decided wholeheartedly to believe in the idea of progress. While we have progressed in many aspects, there are a few in which we have actually regressed. Take for example the PML (N) – Pakistan Muslim League – and the people who are at the head of this political party. Mr. Nawaz Sharif. Impressive?

In the next few days I will present biographical sketches of the most important Muslim leaders during the Pakistan movement. Anyone who tries to discredit the involvement in the political process of our educated classes today, should pause and think about these leaders who played an instrumental role in the birth of this nation.

Mohammad Ali Jouhar (10 December 1878 – 4 January 1931) was an Indian Muslim leader, activist, scholar, journalist and poet, and was one of the founders of the All India Muslim League and he was also the former president of the All India Muslim League.He  attended the Darul Uloom Deoband, Aligarh Muslim University and, in 1898, Lincoln College, Oxford University, studying modern history. He was arrested by British authorities and imprisoned for two years for what was termed as a seditious speech at the meeting of the Khilafat Conference. He launched two newspapers, Comrade in English and Hamdard in Urdu. Our great leaders were educated in the west, yet had deep roots in their own soil. No English speaking University educated young man today needs to justify his involvement.

When asked by a British politician, “what can you threaten us with?”, Mohamed Ali replied: “It is true we cannot threaten you with powerful engines of war. But we can threaten you and do threaten you with the might of truth. And with a weapon that no shield can resist, with an unconquerable will not to yield to injustice; with the will, in the last resort, to die true to our faith. We do not threaten to kill you, but we do threaten you with our unyielding determination to die kings of our conscience and masters of our soul.”

No scion of the Sharif clan will ever be able to inspire this nation to greatness. Only one leader today has an ideology that will remind you of these great leaders of the past.


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