Jinnah a doglover to death

Jinnah with his pet dog during the hey day Pakistan Movement. It has been suggested by some (who at the time called Jinnah the great infidel) that Jinnah went all Islamic in the last 10 years of his life and gave up - along with whiskey (Woodrow Wyatt claimed that he enjoyed many a drink with Jinnah in 1946-1947) and pork also dogs . This picture is a slap even a metaphorical one but stinging nevertheless.

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14 responses to “Jinnah a doglover to death

  1. faiqrizvi

    Good…the only leader who followed Ali Jinnah in this regard was Musharraf, Thanks Musharraf atleast U followed the great leader of the sub continent

  2. Tilsim

    @ Faiqrizvi

    I think here the comparison between Musharraf and Jinnah ends. Jinnah had great respect for the law and Musharraf did not understand the meaning of the word.

  3. Bilquees Siddiqui

    So we now pick on Jinnah because he had a dog and dipped occasionally in the beverage of his choice?
    I love the hypocrites of our country that dwell in these minute details while the nation is burning!
    Get out of the shells of your narrow vessels and deal with the present danger of violence that exists.
    If we do not stop the virus that spreads in the name of Islam and projects its ugly head then Jinnah, Mushraff or any one else does not come into play.

  4. karaya

    He did take a sudden shine to sherwanis though–part of the job profile I guess.

  5. azhar aslam

    do we know the date of the photo ?

    and whats the point ?

  6. OMLK

    I think it is Wolpert’s biography that quotes Jinnah Doctor saying that in his last days he was living on “will and whiskey alone.”

  7. Any Muslim who drinks is merely a bad Muslim but still a Muslim. If you removed the drinkers away from a list of great Muslims, think of how many great names you would have to erase!

    Also the incident regarding the ham sandwiches is apocryphal. Professor Akbar S Ahmed discusses this in his wonderful book Jinnah, Pakistan & Islamic Identity: The Search for Saladin.

  8. yasserlatifhamdani

    I agree with Dr. Akbar’s basic attempt to present Jinnah as a model for Muslims but denying Chagla’s story which is confirmed by everyone who knew Jinnah is probably not right. Dr. Akbar S Ahmad’s claim that Jinnah converted to Sunni Islam is also not well founded. He converted to Khoja twelver Shiism from Ismaili Islam.

  9. yasserlatifhamdani

    The documentary and film are not only available but have been aired on PTV several times.

  10. Moosa

    Before you two tear each other up into pieces, I think you’re both educated widely read, however you obviously have different opinions on the writer. It’s okay to have different opinions. In fact, that’s one of the signs of a sophisticated mind, to acknowledge that there are a variety of opinions, and sometimes even opposed opinions can have some sort of validity.

    Now can we give each other a cuddle and some hugs and stuff?

  11. Hayyer

    Jinnah’s ham sandwiches story is in Chagla’s book ‘Roses in December’.
    Mohammad Currim Chagla was Jinnah’s junior in the latter’s chamber. Later he was Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court, Ambassador to the US and India’s Minister for Foreign Affairs.
    He speaks of Ruttie Jinnah bringing his lunch, (I am quoting from memory) and saying ‘look what I’ve got you Jinnah, some nice ham sandwiches’.

  12. Bin Ismail

    Jinnah was able to, after winning a daunting constitutional battle, lay the foundations of a new nation and bring a new country on the map of the world. For this, he will be known and remembered. He will be admired for his integrity, his principles, his courageous pro-minority stand and his secular philosophy of statehood.

    People will, in all likelihood, never turn to him for guidance in the path of tasawwuf [mysticism]. Thus how he prayed and worshiped would be of little relevance to anybody. His lofty stature as a leader and statesman is so eye-catching that the contents of his sandwiches, his taste of beverages and his love for dogs appear to be rather insignificant details.

  13. @Bin Ismail

    On the contrary, those details precisely and irreversibly prove that to him, the quest was for a homeland, a reserved area, as opposed to a reserved seat, within which the Muslim was a majority.

    Those details are being cited not to belittle him. For starters, to someone who drinks whiskey, eats ham sandwiches and loves dogs, as I do, that hardly belittles him; it endears him, and makes him the most human and likeable of all our leadership during the independence movement. I believe that those are being cited to put beyond doubt that his vision of Pakistan could not possibly have been identical to those gentry who abhorred whiskey, abjured pork and avoided dogs.

    Begging your pardon, while it may be that these are annoying and irritating details for those who wish to interpret him and his actions according to a personal standard higher than those imposed by an irreligious bent of mind, these are not insignificant details.

    Precisely the contrary.

    And none of this militates against his integrity, his principles, his courageous pro-minority stand and his secular philosophy of statehood.

  14. Bin Ismail

    @ Vajra (July 11, 2010 at 2:51 am)

    “…..And none of this militates against his integrity, his principles, his courageous pro-minority stand and his secular philosophy of statehood…..”

    Thank you for eloquently elaborating that point. I couldn’t agree more.

    Actually, the purpose of my comment was to highlight the proposition that Jinnah’s greatness should be gauged, neither by the volume of his extrinsic religiosity nor by the magnitude of his liberalism, because many will unquestionably excel him along both these dimensions. However, there are few who would match him in his real spheres of excellence.

    Regards.