“ Musalmans are a nation according to any definition of a nation and they must have their homeland, their territory and their state."
- Mirza, Sarfaraz Hussain (ed.), We are a Nation: Excerpts from the Speeches and Statements of Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah (1937-1947) , Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust, Lahore, 2010, pp. 9-10
- The Nation's Voice, p. 495. Originally appeared in the Presidential Address by Jinnah, produced by S. Shamsul Hasan, Assistant Secretary of the All-India Muslim League, delivered at the All-India Muslim League Session at Lahore on 22 March 1940, pp. 61-66
"A leading journal like the London Times, commenting on the Government of India Act, 1935, wrote, 'Undoubtedly, the differences between the Hindus and Muslims are not of religion in the strict sense of the word but also of law and culture, that they may be said, indeed, to represent two entirely distinct and separate civilizations. However, in the course of time, the superstition will die out and India will be moulded into a single nation.' So, according to the London Times, the only difficulties are superstitions. These fundamental and deep-rooted differences, spiritual, economic, cultural, social, and political, have been euphemized as mere 'superstitions'. But surely it is a flagrant disregard of the past history of the subcontinent of India as well as the fundamental Islamic conception of society vis-a-vis that of Hinduism to characterize them as mere 'superstitions'. Notwithstanding 1,000 years of close contact, nationalities, which are as divergent today as ever, cannot at any time be expected to transform themselves into one nation merely by means of subjecting them to a democratic constitution and holding them forcibly together by unnatural and artificial methods of British Parliamentary Statute. . . "
". . . It is extremely difficult to appreciate why our Hindu friends fail to understand the real nature of Islam and Hinduism. They are not religions in the strict sense of the word, but are, in fact, different and distinct social orders, and it is a dream that the Hindus and Muslims can ever evolve a common nationality, and this misconception of one Indian nation has gone far beyond the limits and is the cause of most of your troubles and will lead India to destruction if we fail to revise our notions in time. . . "
". . . The Hindus and Muslims belong to two different religious philosophies, social customs, literature. They neither intermarry nor dine together and, indeed, they belong to two different civilizations which are based mainly on conflicting ideas and conceptions. Their aspects on life and of life are different. It is quite clear that Hindus and Musalmans derive their inspiration from different sources of history. They have different epics, different heroes, and different episodes. Very often the hero of one is a foe of the other and, likewise, their victories and defeats overlap. . . "
". . . Come forward as servants of Islam, organize the people economically, socially, educationally, politically and I am sure that you will be a power that will be accepted by everybody."
- Qureshi, Saleem (ed.), Jinnah, The Founder of Pakistan, 2nd Edition, Oxford University Press, Karachi, 2011, pp. 134-138