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Message of Felicitations on the Auspicious Occasion of Establishment of Pakistan:

by Hazrat Maulana Muhammad Ali, Head of the Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement

The Light, 15th August 1947


I offer my felicitations, first of all, to Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, for whose trust in God, untiring efforts, unwavering resolution, far-sightedness, unbending power of resistance and breadth of vision, God Almighty has blessed the Muslims with a magnificent boon and has vouchsafed them rulership over a part of India. May God grant this soldier of Islam a long lease of life and sustain him in health and energy, and may He enable him and us all to be grateful servants of His, our heads always bowing before His will!

I offer my felicitations to the whole of the Muslim nation, especially the masses of the Muslims whose sacrifices have won Pakistan, the greatest of these sacrifices being the united front which they displayed in the struggle. It is my humble prayer that God may sustain their hearts in unity, free from all kinds of mutual jealousies and ill-will. May God grant all Muslims the sense to realise that in this unity and solidarity lies the secret of their strength, especially to those of them who are yet outside this Islamic solidarity.

I offer felicitations to those unknown Muslims whose nightly supplications before God to save the bark of Islam at this critical hour have been the cause of bringing us His blessings and mercy, and who keep the torch of this Heavenly light, which is the soul of Pakistan, aflame.

In this hour, my fervent prayers also go out towards those saintly personages who sowed the seeds of tabligh in this land of ours, the fruit of which we are enjoying today in the shape of Pakistan. In grateful memory let us recall that but for their efforts to propagate the light of Islam in India, far from achieving any sovereign status for Islam in this country today, millions of our people now constituting the Muslim nation would have themselves been wallowing in polytheism, idol-worship and darkness. May He bless their souls with His unbounded mercy and exalt their ranks in their heavenly abode! May He enable us of this age to follow in their footsteps and try in our own humble way to disseminate the light of the last message of God, the Holy Quran, not only in this subcontinent but over the length and breadth of the whole world; and, while departing from this world, may we leave behind to the coming generations the same heritage that these saintly souls left to us, so that just as we today are reaping the harvest of their sacrifices and labours in the form of Pakistan, our coming generations may be blessed with the reward of our efforts and sacrifices in the shape of converting the whole of India, nay, the whole of the world, into a Pakistan in which man may be reunited to man, in which fellow-feeling may bind man to man, irrespective of caste or creed, a Pakistan free from injustice, tyranny and oppression, in which the whole of mankind may dwell as a single family.

In the end, it is my humble prayer to God Almighty that now that He has blessed us with rulership, He may also fill our hearts with the passion to serve fellow-men and enable us to walk in the footsteps of those who, while wielding regal sceptre, lived the lives of darweshes, those who looked upon themselves, not as rulers, but as servants of the people. O Almighty Allah! Make this Islamic state an ideal State which may serve other nations of the world as an object lesson in equity and justice, in mutual goodwill and toleration, in honesty and integrity and above all in a passion for the service of fellowmen. O God, grant that the heads of the officials of this State may ever remain bowed before Thy commandments and their hearts filled with compassion for Thy creatures!

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