Quid-e-Azam Day is a holiday which is celebrated annually on December 25th.
It commemorates the birthday of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, who was a notable politician and most importantly the founder of Pakistan and also Pakistan’s first Governor-General.
The day may be known as ‘Birthday of Quaid-e-Azam’
The word Quid-e-Azam means Great Leader.
About Quid-e-Azam Mohammed Ali Jinnah
Jinnah was born on December 25, 1876 in Karachi which was then part of British-controlled India but is now part of Pakistan, the son of a prosperous merchant. He studied at Bombay University and Lincoln’s Inn in London.
After graduation, Jinnah opened a successful law practice in Bombay as well as serving as a member of the Indian National Congress. He joined the Muslim League in 1913, a group that formed to represent the interests of Indian Muslims and was elected president of the organization in 1916. In 1920, the group launched a boycott of British rule which Jinnah opposed, leading to his resignation from the Muslim League.
In 1937, the Indian National Congress refused to form coalitions with the Muslim League in areas where the population was mixed Hindu and Muslim. In 1940, an official demand was made to create a Muslim state of Pakistan. Jinnah hoped that Hindu-Muslim unity could be achieved without the separation of Pakistan, but came to the realization that partition was the only way to protect the rights of Indian Muslims.
Throughout the fight for Pakistan, Jinnah dealt with widespread violence between Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs that resulted in significant destruction and death prior to the formation of the country. He negotiated with the British resulting in a partition of India which formed Pakistan in 1947.
He became the first governor general of Pakistan but died of tuberculosis in September 1948.
Is Quaid-e-Azam Day a Public Holiday?
Quaid-e-Azam Day is a public holiday. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.
On December 25’th many special programs are held and aired throughout Pakistan in the celebration of our Beloved Quid’s Birthday. The programs usually provide a history of his struggle to create Pakistan while attempting to guide people in accordance to Quid-e-Azam’s teachings. The national flag is prominently displayed on all private and public buildings in his honor.
Many Pakistani citizens visit Quid-e-Azam’s tomb to pay tribute to his services. All School’s, Offices and universities are closed in order to celebrate the life and legacy of Quaid-e-Azam.