11 Sep 2013
Quaid-e-Azam Mohammed Ali Jinnah 65th Death Anniversary
Pakistan, one of the largest Muslim states in the world, is a living and exemplary monument of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. With his untiring efforts, resolute will, and dauntless courage, he united the Indian Muslims under the banner of the Muslim League and carved out a homeland for them, despite stiff opposition from the Indian Congress and the British Government.
Quaid-e-Azam was born on 25 December 1876 in Karachi, now in Pakistan, but then part of British-controlled India. His father was a prosperous Muslim merchant, named Jinnah Ponja.
After being taught at home, Quaid-e-Azam was sent to the Sindh Madrasat al-Islam in 1887. Later he attended the Christian Missionary Society High School in Karachi, where at the age of 16 he passed the matriculation examination of the University of Bombay (now University of Mumbai). On the advice of an English friend, his father decided to send him to England to acquire business experience. Quaid-e-Azam, however, had made up his mind to become a barrister. In London he joined Lincoln`s Inn, one of the legal societies that prepared students for the bar. In 1895, at the age of 19, he was called to the bar.