“ . . . I have one underlying principle in mind, the principle of Muslim democracy. It is my belief that our salvation lies in following the golden rules of conduct set for us by our great law giver, the Prophet of Islam. Let us lay the foundation of our democracy on the basis of truly Islamic ideals and principles. Our Almighty has taught us that 'our decisions in the affairs of the State shall be guided by discussions and consultations'."
- Jinnah: Speeches and Statements 1947-1948, Introduction by S.M. Burke, Oxford University Press, Karachi, 2000, p. 111
- Quoted by Professor Malahat Kalim Sherwani, Chairperson of the Library and Information Science Department , University of Karachi and reported in The Express Tribune newspaper in its edition of 26 December 2012. Prof. Sherwani was speaking at a conference organized by Baqai Medical University, Karachi to commemorate Jinnah's 136th birth anniversary