Pakistan Observer

Death anniversary of Fatima Jinnah tomorrow

Friday, July 08, 2011 - Faisalabad—The 44th death anniversary of Madar-i-Millat Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah will be observed with national zeal here on Saturday, July 9. A number of functions, conferences, seminars and condolence references will be held in the city to pay rich tribute to Madar-e-Millat. Quran Khwani will also be held for the departed soul. Speakers will highlight the services of Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah for creating a separate homeland -Pakistan- for the Muslims of the subcontinent. Also known as Madr-e-Millat, mother of the nation, Fatima Jinnah’s name is an important one among the leaders of Pakistan’s independence movement.

Though she is most loved for being an ardent supporter of her brother, Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the leader of Muslim India, there is much more to Fatima Jinnah. Fatima Jinnah was born in 1893. When the Jinnahs lost their father in 1901, Fatima came under the guardianship of her older brother. Encouraged by her brother, she completed her education, living in a hostel while attending Dr Ahmad Dental College. In 1923, at a time when taking up a profession was considered inappropriate for girls from Muslim families, Fatima Jinnah opened her own dental practice in Calcutta. She had the full support of her brother, yet faced opposition from the rest of the family. When Quaid-e-Azam’s wife, Rutti Jinnah, passed away leaving behind a daughter, Fatima Jinnah gave up her practice and went to live with her brother taking charge of the house and her young niece.—APP

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