Glowing tributes paid to Maulana Johar
Glowing tributes were paid to freedom fighter Maulana Muhammad Ali Johar at a seminar held on Saturday to mark Johar Day.
Speaking on the occasion, Engr Muhammad Adil Usman, great grandson of Muhammad Ali Johar and chancellor of the Sir Syed University of Engineering & Technology, said the way to success and glory could only be paved through hard work and strong determination.
“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 Johar, he said the Maulana met Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah in England and convinced him to join the All India Muslim League and his sincere efforts eventually led to the foundation for the creation of Pakistan.
Usman pointed out that the 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 and if you do not give us freedom in India you will have to give me a grave here,” he had said.
Federal Urdu University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Zafar Iqbal said Maulana Johar was an important man of 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.
A former station director of Radio Pakistan, Shakeel Farooqui, said that contrary to the contemporary politicians, Maulana Johar, was of a different nature. He was a man of commitment and did what he thought and preached, Farooqui said.
Renowned scholar Khawaja Razi Haider said Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Maulana Johar had a great resemblance. He made the Muslim League a popular party, while the Maulana supported the Quaid’s 14 Points and believed that only under the leadership of Jinnah could the Muslims of South Asia achieve freedom. Prof Dr Mazhar Hamid paid poetic tribute to Maulana Johar.