KARACHI: Glowing tributes were paid to the unflinching freedom fighter Rais-ul-Ahrar Maulana Muhammad Ali Johar at the seminar held by Bazm-e-Ahbab-e-Rampur to mark ‘Johar Day’.
Speaking on the memorable occasion, Engr. Muhammad Adil Usman, great grandson of Muhammad Ali Johar and Chancellor Sir Syed University of Engineering & Technology, said that the way to success and glory can only be paved through hard work and strong determination and Maulana Muhammad Ali Johar was not only an upright leader, activist, scholar but also a man of letters. Nature had endowed him with extraordinary abilities of head and heart. His brave leadership and noble devotion to his mission were greatly instrumental in dispelling the inferiority complex of the Muslims and enabled them to fight for their rights with courage and conviction.
Highlighting the services of Maulana Muhammad Ali Johar, he said Maulana met Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah in England and convinced him to join All India Muslim League and his sincere efforts eventually led the foundation for the creation of Pakistan.
Chancellor Muhammad Adil Usman pointed out that Maulana declared at the first Round Table Conference in London (1930) that he would not return to India alive unless the country was set free. “I would prefer to die in a foreign country so long as it is a free country,” he addressed to the British, and went on, “and if you do not give us freedom in India you will have to give me a grave here.”
Vice Chancellor Federal Urdu University, Prof. Dr. Zafar Iqbal, said Maulana is an important man of the history. His only demand was the complete freedom of the Muslims of South-Asia. He was sincere to his cause and devoted his whole life to fight for the truth.
Former Station Director of Radio Pakistan, Shakeel Farooqui, said contrary to the contemporary politicians, Maulana was of different nature. He was the man of commitment. He did what he thought and preached.
Renowned scholar Khawaja Razi Haider said Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Maulana Muhmmad Ali Johar had a great resemblance together. He made Muslim League a popular party. Maulana supported Quaid’s 14 Points and believed that only under the leadership of Jinnah Muslims of South Asia could be achieved freedom.
Prof. Dr. Mazhar Hamid paid poetic tribute to Maulana Muhammad Ali Jauhar.