Saturday, September 8, 2012

Jinnah's religion - 7

Quaid e Azam Was Ismaili, Converted To Bohrism Later: Altaf Hussain

Posted by Hassam Ahmed on Aug 23rd, 2012

London: The Chief of Muttahida Qaumi Movement Altaf Hussain said that the founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah belonged to Ismaili faction initially which he left later and converted into Bohra Shia Ithna-Ashari group. During a meeting with scholars at MQM International Secretariat London, Altaf Hussain urged the historians to note that it is already been proved from the historical facts that the founder of the country first practiced Ismaili faith but in 1898 Quaid-e-Azam submitted an Affidavit in Mumbai’s magistrate court where he stated the Sect of his family was Ismaili from the beginning but now he and his sister Fatimah are converting into Ithna-Ashari sect of faith.

Altaf Hussain also referred a book ‘Quaid as I knew Him’ of QA’s close friend Abul Hasan Ispahani for further details and study of this case. MQM Chief said it is a historical fact that Quaid-e-Azam was the member of Khoja group and give dontations for it regularly. When Jinnah died in 1948 his body was bathed by Haji Kalu who himself was Khoja Shia Ithna-Ashari, he said.
Hussain further claimed that two funeral prayers were offered for Jinnah, first by Shia religious scholar Molana Anees ul Hasnain and other by Allama Shabbir Ahmed Usmani.

Note: The Works of Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, Vol I (1893-1912) compiled by Dr. Riaz Ahmed includes all kinds of material from Jinnah's court activities, but does not include the 1898 affidavit.

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