Years before 1947 were no less than a nightmare for the Muslims who were in minority in India. Under the British rule, Hindus were in majority and the Muslims always remained at a disadvantage at all times. Rights of minorities were never recognized and a handful of great Muslim leaders kept on raising their voices. Among those great leaders was one person who stands behind the ideology of Pakistan. Dr. Allama Muhammad Iqbal was one unique personality who is believed to be chosen by Almighty to bring forward the idea of Pakistan. Since he was a great poet, scholar, philosopher, saint and visionary, the minority Muslims raised their hopes but were not sure if partition could happen.
Whenever Allama Iqbal is discussed, it becomes necessary to talk about Jinnah who, according to Allama Iqbal, was the only Muslim in India who could keep the minority Muslims united against the dominant and influential Hindus and British. Until 1930, Allama Iqbal was in constant support of Muslim majority provinces instead of a separate state but in 1937 Iqbal dispatched a letter to Jinnah informing him about his dream for a separate state. While reluctant initially, Jinnah later accepted the idea and partition was done in 1947 after several sacrifices were made.
Now let’s talk about the aims of Jinnah and Iqbal and the major reason why a separate state was established after going through such hardships. Witnessing the difficulties and pain Muslims were going through, Pakistan was established with an aim of providing Muslims with a separate Muslim state where Islam can be practiced freely and the rights of minorities could be protected. Jinnah laid great stress on the protection of minorities because he always wanted minorities to have equal rights. Do you really think that we are living in Jinnah’s Pakistan today? Do you really think we are living in Iqbal’s Pakistan today? Do you really think their dreams and aims are alive? No! Despite the fact that Indian Muslims got freedom and they could not have asked for more, their descendants are failing to protect and implement the dreams of Jinnah and Iqbal.
Not a long time ago, Christians and their churches were being targeted in Pakistan. Who was doing it; we do not have to talk about it. The thing is that we failed to protect the minorities. We failed to protect the non-Muslims of Pakistan and eventually a time arrived when on average ten families fled out of the country each month. Hindu and Christian families received threats that forced them to leave. Unfortunately, Pakistan was listed as one of the most unsecure countries for minorities. Sectarian extremism is another major problem that disallows Muslims to practice their sectarian teachings. Long story short, today we again are slaves and prisoners celebrating freedom in a separate homeland which we claim is ours. I strongly think that we, as Pakistanis, have disappointed Jinnah and crushed Iqbal’s dream completely.
While several politicians and leaders are busy in corruption and money-making, the youth must step forward and revive Jinnah’s and Iqbal’s dreams in whatever way they can. When the weak minority Muslims could make a separate nation under British rule, then we should be strong enough to save this nation. And whatever is happening within Pakistan should not be displayed in the world. In fact, celebrate the 14th of August in such a way that the world witnesses the unity among the people of Pakistan. Nevertheless, there was a reason why the great Allama Iqbal named Pakistani youth as ‘Shaheens’ and wrote the following words:
‘Tu Shaheen Hai Parwaz Hai Kaam Tera,
Teray Samnay Aasman Aur Bhi Hain.’