SMIU VC’s book on Quaid-e-Azam published

KARACHI: A new book written by noted scholar, academician and Vice Chancellor Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU), Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, on Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah titled “Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah: Education, Struggle and Achievements” has been published by SMIU Press.

The book focuses on the life of the great leader who is credited with creation of the largest independent Muslim state in the world in 1947. The book particularly focuses on the earlier life of Quaid-e-Azam as well his education: the aspect which has escaped attention of many of his biographers/historians. It has also included copies of his educational records as available at three of his alma-maters i.e. Sindh Madressatul Islam, CMS School and Lincoln’s Inn, London.

The book has been divided into twelve chapters, namely: Parentage and Childhood, Education at Sindh Madressatul Islam, Studies in London, Offer of PhD, Career in Law and Politics, Marriage with Rattanbaie, Parting of ways, Pakistan Resolution, Achieving Pakistan, Blueprint for the New State, the Last Journey and His Last Will. The book contains pictures relating to various period of Jinnah’s life. It has been design by Mrs. Shaista M. Ali who had also designed SMIU Press’s earlier book, “A Monograph on Sindh through the Centuries”.

The author Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh writes in the introduction to the book that there are many aspects of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah’s life, which are still shrouded in mystery and need further research. One such aspect is his early life and education.

This part of life is very important as it provides the foundation on which the edifice of one’s future life is based. He further states that being the custodian of the records at Sindh Madressatul Islam, where Quaid-e-Azam studied for the longest period of his academic life, from 1887 to 1892, I was astonished to notice inaccuracies in his life accounts given by his several biographers. For instance, Hector Bolitho stated that he had passed his matriculation examination which, in fact, he did not.

Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah wrote that a part of his primary education was acquired at Sindh Madressah, which is also contrary to the facts in light of the record. Then, Mohammad Ali Siddiqui wrote that he was admitted in Sindh Madressah in 1883, ignoring the fact that the institution came into being on 1st September 1885!”

Shaikh further writes that in addition to such lapses in narration, not many authors or researchers, have dug deep to understand the atmosphere and environment in which Mohammad Ali Jinnah spent the formative years of his life. For example, his biographers have not been able to tell their readers when and where Mohammad Ali Jinnah acquired proficiency in English. It has been usually attributed to his stay in London, ignoring the fact that when he arrived in London, he had command over English to such an extent that he passed the entrance examination for his admission in Lincoln’s Inn.”

The book also discusses on different versions about the place of birth of the Quaid.

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