Muhammad Ali Jinnah with Fatima Jinnah

None of us is uninformed about the motivational influences and organizing skills Mr. Jinnah had. He was smart enough to seize the tactical implications of any development when it was related to his work. The leader was a hard-working lawyer and deeply deliberated philosophy of life. It is true that the speeches delivered by All-India Muslim League founder were inspired Indian Muslims to form Pakistan which is considered as the most significant loss India ever met, but he carries some positive sides, too.

Mahatma Gandhi with Jinnah in 1944


Muhammad Ali Jinnah encouraged education for women, especially poor women. He was a believer in education for all and equal rights for women who were rare in the days of British Raj. Mr. Jinnah did his best to organize Pakistani forces to protect Hindus, Muslims, and Sikhs. In this regard, he requested his followers obey the law and resist from getting revenge when they were attacked.


As per a column published in Times of India’s editorial section, Muhammad Ali Jinnah faced an interview in 1916 where he signed his name in Gujarati — ‘Mahmad Ali Jhina’. A portion of this interview has been mentioned in this page.

Q: What do you think is the true success in life?

A: To be admired and loved by people (lok-no chhah melavva-ma).

“Q: What are the qualities a man should be admired for?

A: Independence (swatantrata).

Q: What are the qualities a woman should be admired for?

A: Loyalty (vafadari)

Q: Who’s your favorite writer?

A: Shakespeare.

Q: What’s your favorite book?

A: Monte Cristo (The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas).

Q: What’s your favorite pastime?

A: Horse riding (ghode-savari).

Q: What’s your favorite flower?

A: Lily.

Q: What’s your motto?

A: Never be despondent (kadi nirash na thavu).”


“Sir, I have the honor to inform you that the Bombay Bar Association have decided to hold a reception in your honor, on your attaining the distinction of having completed 50 years as a distinguished member of the Bar.

I have therefore to request you to give any date suitable to you before 18th April 1947, or after 15th June 1947, when the reception proposed to be held in your honor may be fixed.

Hoping to be favored with an early reply.

I beg to remain, Sir.

Yours faithfully

CM Trivedi

This is the letter wrote by Bombay High Court, on 17th March 1947, to Muhammad Ali Jinnah in Karachi. Jinnah wrote, on 25th March, in his replay, “Dear Sir, I am in receipt of your letter of 17th March and thank you for it. I appreciate the decision of the Bar Association to hold a reception in my honor on such day as may be fixed up.

According to my information, this resolution was carried by 37 votes to 35 and, in face of such a strong opposition, while I am grateful to the majority, I am reluctant to force myself upon a large body of unwilling members of your Association. It would have been better than the sponsors of this move had sounded the feelings beforehand and also consulted me whether the resolution of this kind should be forced by a majority. In these circumstances, I feel that I should not accept the proposed resolution.

Thanking those who are in favor of giving the reception in my honor.

Yours faithfully

MA Jinnah

Muhammad Ali Jinnah's signature

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