What is the 'Munir quote'? Read
Saleena's explanation here
Reviews for Secular Jinnah
& Pakistan (2010)
"[Karim] has discussed two main points: (1) why
a separate State of Pakistan was demanded in the Indian subcontinent
and (2) the second is the attempt to clarify the ideology of Mohammad
Ali Jinnah and Dr. Mohammad Iqbal which again was or should be the
ideology of the state of Pakistan. ... Saleena karim has done full
justice in terms of deep research & hardwork in answering both
Dr. Jaferhussein Ismail Laliwala,
renowned economist, Gujarat - full review here
"Saleena’s efforts and her analytical thinking
must be acknowledged. The book is well structured, well organized
and the content presented was direly needed in today’s evolving
geopolitical world. In today’s world view, imbued with dichotomy
between spiritual and material existence of man, this book immaculately
reorients a reader to the “divine secret” i.e., Pakistan, a phenomenon
slowly evolving and advancing in time towards its destiny."
Dr. Imran S. Chaudhry, Advisory Board Director
& Head of Quaid-i-Azam Research, PakistanFirst.com
"Heartiest congratulations on the publication
of "SECULAR JINNAH & PAKISTAN". The book is the result
of great research and authentic documentation and establishes that
Quaid-e-Azam did not want a secular [or] theocratic Pakistan. Quaid
wanted to have a democratic set up in Pakistan in accordance with
the Islamic ideas and talked of ideology on various occasions. The
speech of Quaid-e-Azam to the constitutent Assembly of Pakstan on
11th August has been explained in its proper context and is in consonance
with the Two Nations Theory."
Syed Sharifuddin Pirzada, former
Honorary Senior Adviser to the Chief Executive (2002-8), Attorney
General of Pakistan (1968-71), and Honorary Secretary to Jinnah
"I have read your book with great interest and
arrived at the conclusion that we both agree on Jinnah's concept
of [a] Pakistani state to be based on non-sectarian Islam. Further
that in accordance with his conviction the principles of national
integration, democracy and pluralism were an integral part of Islam."
Dr. Javid Iqbal, Former Senator and Judge (retd.)
of Supreme Court of Pakistan, son of the Islamic philosopher Allama
"Through her book Saleena has gripped the imagination
of Pakistani intelligentsia by storm. ... The nation owes Saleena
a great appreciation for her effort in exposing a hoax perpetuated
by Muhammad Munir."
Mohammed Khan Hanif, Freelance
writer and former BBC Radio producer
"After reading this book I felt as if this was
the book I had been waiting for. ... A great effort by the author
which started from a simple research to clarify a misquote which
ultimately became a monumental research work and the most authentic
book on the life history of its QUAID and the state he carved. ...
It's recommended to be a reference book on Jinnah and Pakistan for
all public and private libraries.''
Lt. Col. (retd.) Khan Adeeb Ahmed Umerzai, distinguished
Pakistan Army veteran
"... I have a high regard
for Saleena Karim's endeavour in her "Secular Jinnah &
Pakistan", and admire her expansive study and use of a variety
of printed sources to reach her conclusions. In particular her correspondence
with Mr. Bhandara throws new light on Pakistan's attitude towards
minorities. I wish Saleena the best of luck and success in this
and her future endeavours."
Dr. Waheed Ahmad, editor of the "Quaid-i-Azam:
Nation's Voice" volumes, presently Research Advisor at the
National Documentation Wing, Cabinet Division, Islamabad
"(Saleena's) book is a manual of the highest academic
standard which should set the record straight once and for all ...
(her) work is commendable not only on the basis of its content but
also because of the professionalism that has gone into its production.
The author has delved deep into historical and documentary evidence
and has produced a work of quality. I admire her resolve and hard
work over the past few years that she has been busy in researching
and writing. The book is undoubtedly worthy of being an essential
part of Pakistan Studies in universities in Pakistan as well as
abroad. I can whole-heartedly recommend this book to anyone who
is interested in the study of the cause, reason and aim of the creation
of the state of Pakistan."
Khalid Sayyed, expert in Applied
Linguistics and author of "The Quran's Challenge to Islam"
"... Karim fulfils all the basic requirements
of a first rate work: meticulous research, copious documentation,
analytical rigour and lucidity of expression. Her book also opts
for Milton's free market place of ideas approach rather than going
in for the hackneyed selective exposure, selective perception and
selective evidence route, so popular with most Pakistani authors.
Hence whether one agrees with her or not, Karim is a must read for
scholars and students of Pakistan and South Asia. And, finally,
with this work under her belt, Saleena Karim may well claim a place
among the core Jinnah scholars."
Prof. Sharif Al Mujahid (SI), Distinguished National
Professor, Higher Education Commission, and founder of the Quaid-i-Azam
"This book will disappoint those Pakistanis who
always look for validation of their opinion of the great leader.
But for those who are interested in the truth and in a nuanced deconstruction
of the ways will definitely be fascinated. As a nation we expect
wisdom from morons, radicalism from born opportunists and virtue
from knaves. It is indeed difficult for our nation which has been
fed a series of fibs as extended as the thousand and one tales about
the Quaid and the real purpose of Pakistan's creation, to recognize
the true worth of the Quaid. I earnestly hope that supporters of
secularism will read this book with an open mind."
Prof. Muhammad Rafi, lecturer, educationist,
and member of the Board of Governors of the Karachi Board of Secondary
Education (KBSE), and Shura member, Hamdard University
"(This book) gives back to the people of Pakistan
their familiar Quaid-i-Azam: the father of the nation who shared
their ideals and beliefs. He had been away for twenty years, but
like the hero of Arthur Jones' play Silver King, he has come back
more elegant and well-equipped than before. A must-read ... contrary
to some other interesting studies about the Quaid, this one doesn’t
make a painful reading for an average Pakistani. You may or may
not agree with the author, but nowhere shall you feel as if she
is unsympathetic to your religious sentiments, or trying to impose
her views. Besides, the enormous amount of archival material presented
here is valuable for its own sake. This includes excerpts from the
writings, speeches and statements of the founding fathers; passages
from parliamentary debates; arguments from Quran, and much else
Khurram Ali Shafique, historian, screenwriter,
educationist, and Research Consultant at Iqbal Academy (excerpts
taken from different parts of his mini-series of articles on SJ2
"... your work undoubtedly is analytical and thought
provoking. I do sincerely wish that it removes the doubts from the
minds of those who are are inclined to see Pakistan as a secular
state. Your book is a monumental work in the right direction and
I wish you all the success."
Saeed Ismat, Executive Director, London Institute
of South Asia (LISA)
"I am highly impressed by
your objectivity of purpose and your fairness in dealing with such
an important historical topic. You have indeed broken all the myths
and have been able to define the Pakistan ideology. Your book shall
be an eternal resource for scholars who are lost and who wonder
what the creation of Pakistan was all about."
Dr. Asarulislam Syed, neurologist, psychiatrist
and Islamic thinker, California - Quaideazam.com
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Reviews for Secular Jinnah
first edition (2005)
"The study of Mr. Jinnah, the Quaid-i-Azam
of Pakistan, is crucially important in understanding the debate
about Islam and Democracy in our post 9/11 world. Saleena Karim's
book is essential reading to understand Jinnah. I strongly recommend
Prof. Akbar S.
Ahmed, Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies, at American University,
"Saleena Karim’s close reading of Jinnah’s speeches
concludes that the father of Pakistan was not an ideologue who demanded
that the new nation be an exact model of a western capitalist society.
She claims he rather wanted Muslims to work for a more humane social
order, one that would reflect the core Islamic principles of justice
and compassion for all."
Prof. Sheila McDonough, Adjunct
Professor, Department of Religion, Concordia University
"(The book) is a well-documented and thoroughly
researched treatise about the views of the Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad
Ali Jinnah as to the future setup of Pakistan. The book demolishes
convincingly Chief Justice Munir’s assertion in his book from Jinnah
to Zia that: 'the pattern of Government which the Quaid-i-Azam had
in mind was a secular democratic government'. ... (The) Quaid opposed
theocracy and did not talk of secularism but pleaded for an Islamic
State. The author must be congratulated on this publication which
will be welcomed by all, especially the scholars and intellectuals."
Syed Sharifuddin Pirzada, former
Honorary Secretary to Jinnah (1941-44) and Legal Advisor to the
"Your book is excellent. Every page has the impress
of thorough research and careful documentation. The source material
that you have used and have mentioned in the book is reliable and
intelligently selected. ... I hope more books on the Quaid and Pakistan
will follow from your pen."
Qutubuddin Aziz, former Pakistani
diplomat and veteran journalist and broadcaster
"… In her heart and mind (Saleena Karim) is firmly
Pakistani, and she has a great faith in the Quaid-i-Azam. ... The
author has thoroughly pursued (the claims in) Justice Munir’s book
on the Quaid-i-Azam, and has labelled its baseless hypothesis a
hoax. If anyone were to make such a statement in Pakistan, he/she
would be accused of being backward and ignorant … (Yet) this book
has been written by a young scholar who was born and raised in a
liberal environment, educated in England, and who therefore cannot
be accused of narrow-mindedness or ignorance."
Dr. Safdar Mahmood, historian
and columnist at Jang, in the article Jazbay, 10 February 2007 -
DAILY JANG (Translated from Urdu; read full Urdu text here)
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"... you have brought forth a highly professional
little book, from the get-up to the content. You are a blessed and
gifted lady with much promise for the future. ... (The book) will
be revered by scholars and future researchers, thereby making a
lasting room for itself in the realm of knowledge, especially about
Quaid-e-Azam and "PAKISTANIAAT". "
Dr. Shabbir Ahmed, Florida,
Islamic scholar and author - OurBeacon.com
"Well done - I may not agree with certain views
but you make interesting points. ... However I'm an ardent supporter
of Voltaire's famous saying and am always willing to agree to disagree
in total amity."
Ardeshir Cowasjee, senior columnist
"The original contribution of the book ... lies
in the informed discussion on the issue of Jinnah's vision of Pakistan;
and this makes a valuable contribution to the literature. The book
therefore deserves to be treated as essential reading for all those
interested in Pakistan studies."
Prof. Khurshid Ahmad, Islamic scholar, economist,
and Pakistan Senate member, writing in The Muslim World Book Review
(Winter 2007 issue)
"Saleena Karim's book has come as a bombshell
... The book could be a guideline to the people of Pakistan."
Ghulam Asghar Khan, former
Inspector General of Police, Peshawar - Frontier Post Pakistan
"I found your book to be very interesting ...
it certainly opened my eyes, and it just goes to show how people
can interpret things wrongly. Once people take the time to read
your book they will see that Mr. Jinnah only wanted the best for
(the people of) Pakistan regardless of who they are and what religion
Terry Davies, a reader, United
"It is really unfortunate and rather strange that
a person of (Chief Justice Munir's) stature should have gone astray
so grossly in comprehending a person, i.e. Jinnah Saheb, who was
not at all ambiguous in his expositions. His view about the Great
Leader could only be regarded as a slander ... your book which is
highly analytical and well-documented, leaves no room for defence
of the position taken by the Chief Justice. In fact, your book has
exposed his hoax boldly and exquisitely. I congratulate you for
a frank and irrefutable presentation."
Sirajuddin Ahmad, author,
"(Saleena Karim) has brought to light some
interesting aspects of Jinnah’s life. ... Her interpretation of
Islam carries a modern outlook shunning the idea of theocracy. She
also emphasised the social and economic equality as a basic tenant
of Islam. The image of the Quaid that emerges from this book is
that of modern Muslim leader who endeavoured to create a system
where there could be equal rights for all the citizens having any
faith or creed."
VISTA Magazine (The Post), 14 February
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