MUSLIM LEADERSHIP AND MY STAND

(Qaumi Awaz, dated 27th & 28th June 2000)

"The population of India recently touched the figure of hundred crores and in this big population every fifth person is a Muslim. The Government considers us 17 percent and we feel it to be even more. This matter is not of percentage but of number which is not less than 20 crores. No sphere of life from the day of independence to the building of new and vibrant India is untouched with our positive role and contribution. There is no village, town, Tehsil, City, District or state where our positive presence can be denied. Not a single major developmental activity is untouched with our active and positive role. We have shared all sorts of devotion and sacrifice as and when the situation so demands. We have performed our national duty with our intellect, qualification, expertise and skill in all sorts of activities at land, sea, air, space, atomic, scientific, economic, political, social and cultural fields. Still what may be the reason that we in the capacity of second largest majority and the single largest minority could not succeed as yet to put the national issues in consonance with Milli necessities. Failure, disappointment and deprivation are our fate. Factionalism, differences, misguidance, mismanagement and intemperance are our heritage and in spite of increasing resources why the cobwebs of multiplicities and complacencies are still overcrowding us. In other words the population of 20 crores is such a crowd which has neither any structure, identity, direction, destination nor any sincere, solid, independent and impartial initiative to resolve these problems. It is a very sad tale which is also admonishing.

Now the question is as to why be it so? Its only reason is the lack of sincere, devoting, faultless and sober leadership, which out of its wisdom, intellect, learning, experience, observation, analysis and studies is capable to understand the trends of past, present and future and who is a guide, someone who is well accepted amongst us but in other groups also for his sound character, dynamic personality, ideological maturity, educational understanding, academic excellence, positive role, unique individuality, exemplary determination and maturity in attitude.

"The leader is a person who is capable to turn the tide, has unique, great and different decisions to his credit, whose approach is in conformity with the concern of all i.e. elite and common men, whose statements are like commands for its community, whose personality invites others to sacrifice their wealth, life and body rather people are ready to sacrifice each and everything for him."

We had four such Muslim personalities in the past one hundred and fifty year's history, who fulfill these qualities. The names of these personalities are; Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, Allama Mohammad Iqbal, Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and Moulana Abul Kalam Azad".

SIR SYED AHMED KHAN
(Muslim Reformist)



"If Sir Syed Ahmad Khan is termed as, (Baba-e-Quom), the father of community, it will not be unreasonable. He had timely understood the declination of East and the upcoming supremacy of western culture, ideology and thought. He had also identified the problems being faced by Indian Muslims for their development. He was well aware about the complications associated with the structure and identity of Muslim society. He had also understood well the hold of religious scholars over Muslim society and because of this the problems, difficulties and complications to be faced in the process of change and reform and how to tackle the orthodox approaches and ways? He prepared himself mentally and psychologically to face the criticism and all sorts of accusation. He had in his mind the past as well as the future whereas the present was before him.

Muslim society, which is lagging far behind in the process of change in comparison to other societies even in 2000 A.D. then just imagine what sort of orthodoxy it would have been gripped in the 18th Century? In this period of science and technological development, its pace with other communities is very slow and as such it is not difficult to have an idea of chances of its change pace about one hundred and fifty years ago. However, the philosopher, statesman and propagator is the person who concentrates his thinking over the centuries to come whereas his critics restrict their thinking to the present only or to some extent to the past but they are not adequately focused on future. This is the difference that the character of a personality becomes relevant for centuries to come and the names of his opponents are lest in the pages of history.

Sir Syed established an educational institution in Aligarh in order to build the future of Indian Muslims and the Muslim society for the times to come and provided the future generations of the community such a base that the Muslim society through this institution shall continue to receive great Muslim thinkers, philosophers and intellectuals. The future generations of the opponents of Sir Syed are also in agreement with his approach of reform and are being benefitted by the said institution. Sir Syed considered education inevitable for the development of Millat and made this field the centre of his concern and the movement".

ALLAMA MOHAMMAD IQBAL

(Hakim-ul-Ummat)

 

"Second great personality passing the test on the touch stone of leadership is Allama Mohammad Iqbal, the poet of the east, who has also been awarded with the title of Hakeem-ul-Ummat (the one who understands the pulse of the community and gives direction to it) He diagnosed the diseased Muslim community, suffering with a number of diseases, disappointments and deprivations with his poetry and the emotional appeal that it carried. He provided the scattered and lifeless Millat with a vision, purpose of life, physical and psychological strength, vigour, intensive feelings, positive enthusiasm and necessary moral boost and encouragement which a General provides to a tired and defeated army infusing in it the necessary urge and desire to fight back and make a win.

End of Mughul Rule, beginning of the English Rule and its shaping supremacy, decline of Kingdom of Osmania, vulnerable position of Muslims all over the world, in such a difficult situation it was Allama Mohammad Iqbal who enlightened a new spirit and encouragement in the Millat to regain the lost prestige and rise to the occasion with a fresh sense of missionary zeal. Ghalib, Meer, Momin, Dagh and many others were also the poets but all of them became the part of literature and the credit to bring the Millat into new life goes to none except Allama. His unique leadership qualities got him the title of Hakeem-ul-Ummat and because of his character and role he will always be remembered for representing Islamic values, guiding the Muslims of the world and performing the duty to lead the community. The people were benefitted by his teachings in the past, enjoying the advantage today and will be guided in future too. The leader should be like that, he must have so much depth and extent, his personality should be so attractive, qualitative and ideology so convincing as that of Allama Iqbal. After his departure another Allama did not take birth here because it happens in centuries".

MOHAMMAD ALI JINNAH
(Quaid-e-Azam)


"Third personality is of Mr. Mohammad Ali Jinnah who believed in two nation theory. He was of the view that the resolution of all problems of the Muslims of Indian subcontinent and the optimum utilization of their full potential lies in the creation of a separate homeland. In the beginning Mr. Jinnah was a pan-nationalist who had the best of argument in support of united nationality but later on, circumstances made the same man the greatest opponent of his own views. However, the quality of his personality was that so long he was in the congress, he was known for his secular and nationalist viewpoint, rather he was considered such a great patriot and a fine advocate of congress ideology, who with his exceptionally good oratory skills, dynamic leadership qualities and ability to faithfully argue had the potential to convince any one and on any issue pertaining to the said ideology. His biggest quality was the honesty and transparency which had always reflected in his actions, expressions and stands. He remained completely loyal to the ideology and thoughts to which he was associated. This applies to both the political phases of his life. He was deadly against of hypocrisy. However, when he deviated from the nationalist approach, he fully devoted himself for the cause of creating a separate country for the Muslims of Indian sub-continent and also achieved his goal in a record period of seven years. How much disputed may be his personality in Indian perspective but whenever his personality will be analyzed in purely Muslim perspective or in the background of those personalities who created a new state on the world map, he will be acknowledged as the creator and architect of the biggest Muslim state after the fall of the Ottoman Umpire on earth and today this country is an atomic and missile power. Mr. Jinnah was conferred with the title of `Qaid-e-Azam' in his life time by his followers and admirers. He had the personality of extra ordinary learning and capabilities which is admitted by both of his supporters and opponents. He was definitely a leader of high stature and followed his ideology strictly. Whenever, one hundred and fifty years' Muslim or Indian history will be written and analyzed, the personality and leadership of Mr. Jinnah could not be ignored. On his death, the daily Pratap commented," The only Muslim leader (Jo Kabhi Jhuka Nahin Aur Kabhi Bika Nahin), "who never bowed and got sold". The qualities of his leadership were acknowledged even by the congress, British and the majority of Muslims. As a result of which Pakistan came into existence".

MOULANA ABUL KALAM AZAD

(Ambassador of Hindu-Muslim Unity)

"The fourth great personality was that of Moulana Abul Kalam Azad, who as far as Stature is concerned, was not less than the above three personalities. However, Moulana differed the above three on the points of his association with Congress belief in the principle of unity in diversity, consistent faith in the concept of united nationality, politics based on Hindu-Muslim unity and total disagreement with two nation theory of Mr. Jinnah. One aspect of Moulana's personality was that he, being a Muslim never conceived the concept of Muslim politics nor followed it; rather he advocated judicious approach on the principle of co-existence, multilateral process and considered it compulsory for Indian community. Moulana strictly followed this approach and played an unprecedented role by his much diversified character in building and constituting of India. It was the magic of Moulana's personality that congress succeeded, to have the joint claim of Hindu and Muslim accepted by the British, as a result of which Punjab and Bengal were divided and India got the present geographical shape. At the same time, it is also a fact that as a result of partition, Pakistan, based on Muslim dominated states and India, based on Hindu dominated states, were to come into existence but it is the result of Moulana's national service that today we exist in the present form.

Khwaja Iftikhar Ahmed adresses the distinguished audiance
on the birth aniversary of Moulana Azad

Jinnah believed in two nation theory whereas Moulana believed in United Nationality. With a view of leadership, both have different aspects of political personalities. It is for the Historians and critics as to how they examine these personalities. I must conclude by saying

 

that whenever, in the perspective of past, present and future, Muslim leadership will be analyzed, undisputedly and definitely both of them will find a place there".

PRESENT SITUATION

"In the circumstances through which the Indian Muslims are passing, their political, social and economic backwardness and decline, the failure of the constitution, governments, political parties, executive and judiciary providing equal opportunity and status to them, do we not need such a leader in which the community has confidence, the magic personality of whom is able to protect the national and community interests, who could convince the ruling class of his stand with his arguments and reasoning and the public not only extend support to him but the 20 crores population should stand behind him like a leaded wall, follow his decisions with determination so that his supremacy and influence is established over all the national institutions including majority community. Do we, honestly, have such a personality amongst us today? Not at all! Are the efforts made in that direction? Not at all, do we, for the time being have such a great personality, which could really be accepted as the central leadership? Of course None!

"Yes, there is no dearth of such leaders who do talk about Millat in their private conversations, social get togethers, localities, meetings, and other public functions but have their hidden individual targets to achieve. One makes complaint for disproportionate representation in the legislature because he himself is not the member of that house, some wants the chairmanship or membership of Dargah committee, some is intending to join central or State Haj committee, some needs the chairmanship or membership of Wakf Board, some are after the chairmanship or membership of Moulana Azad Education Foundation, some wants to join central or State Minority commission, some is interested to

become the chairman of a corporation or the Director of a Bank, some is eyeing to be in the committee of a Ministry, some has the target to grab some post or position in the organizational setup of a political party, some wants to have a free railway pass, some are trying for the Business or Diplomatic passport, some are looking for petrol pump, Gas agency or any other contract, some wants close proximity with politicians to do liason work and then accumulate black money, some are interested to see the world by becoming a part of government delegation and make savings, some looks for Lok Sabha or State Assembly Tickets whereas some have the target of being nominated to Rajya Sabha or legislative Council, some are trying to become a Minister or Governor, some wants to become Ambassador or Vice Chancellor of a university. Similarly others have different other targets to be associated with such agencies, organizations, parties and clubs by which their social status increase or some benefit could be derived. All these are the general requirements of human nature and it is not considered unfair to do all these things by an ordinary human being. The leader that I am bringing in discussion here has to be much above all this."

"Every person has sensual requirements and it has become a general practice to achieve them by this or that way. But the leader and leadership about whom I am talking have no concern with such sensual needs. Gandhi became Mahatma Gandhi, when he proved himself above all these things and so long India exists on this earth he will be known and remembered as father of Nation, Jinnah did not become Qaid-e-Azam easily rather he took the subject of separate homeland for his community seriously and without any hidden transaction fought with utmost sincerity, honesty and determination in order to achieve his target. So long Pakistan exists on the map of the world, Jinnah will be known as," Qaid-e-Azam" whenever a Hakim is remembered for his role in giving a fresh lease of life and dignity to Islam Hakimul-Ummat Allama Mohammed Iqbal will be remembered, Whenever a Muslim reformist will be talked about, Sir Syed Ahmed Khan will be remembered as "Baba-e-Quom" and as and when the ambassador of Hindu-Muslim unity will be remembered Moulana Abul Kalam Azad will be referred to. Do we have any such sincere leader in today's time? Of course not"!