Those who had the honor of knowing Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah have given various accounts of his warm consideration for others, some of which are as follows:
1. Mr. Hassan Ispahani who was a close associate of his, recollects a very touching incident involving himself and Raja Sahib of Mahmudabad who was also a faithful colleague and supporter of Quaid-e-Azam.
The Annual session of All India Muslim League in 1943 was held at Delhi. On that evening Mr. Ispahani and Raja Sahib of Mahmudabad had dinner with Quaid-e-Azam and Miss Fatima Jinnah. As the session was about to begin soon, they asked permission to leave, to be present before his arrival, being members of the Working Committee. To their surprise, Quaid-e-Azam asked them to accompany him and Miss Jinnah to the session. Therefore they all went together in his car. Upon arriving, Mr. Isphani and Raja sahib stood by the gate so that Quaid-e-Azam and his sister may make their entry amid the applause of more than one lakh people who had come to attend. Much to their amazement, he said that the four of them should walk together. They covered the distance of 100 yards from the gate to the dias, then Quaid-e-Azam turned around, his face beaming with joy as he said “My boys, are you not delighted to see such a spectacle? See the large crowd assembled tonight? Have we not grown tremendously in a short time? I wanted you both to accompany me tonight so that I could show my appreciation of the services you two have rendered to the League and also to show this to the people.”
2. Sir Patrick Spens (who was the Chief Justice of India from 1943-1947) remembers him in these words at a memorial meeting held by The Pakistan Society of UK in January 1959.
“One of the kindest and most charming letters I have ever received in my life came from him in an answer to a request from me that I might be spared from office for a week of two in order to take my wife on a visit to my daughter and son-in-law in Borneo. I still have it and shall always treasure it”
3. Mr. Altaf Hussain, who was appointed the editor of ‘Dawn’ by Quaid-e-Azam at Delhi in 1945, and at the same time became one of his trusted advisors, recalls of once being in London. He and Mr. Liaquat Ali Khan were busy in a conversation not noticing that it was past midnight. All of a sudden Quaid-e-Azam appeared from the connecting door to his suite, with a bottle of Vicks in his hand. He chided Mr. Liaquat for not having gone to sleep despite being unwell. He then advised him to use the ointment on his chest and back. After that he turned to leave, but then on second thought said “How are you going to rub it on your back? I think I had better help you”. Of course Mr. Liaquat Ali Khan objected to this, but then Mr. Hussain performed the required service.
4. One hostess in particular reminisces about the time, when Quaid-e-Azam stayed at her house in Quetta, in 1939. He was very thoughtful and courteous, and was also affectionate towards her little son and would readily allow the child to spend time with him. He gave him many lovely gifts, one of which was a rocking horse that he himself had gone to purchase from a local toy shop.
“We rise by lifting others” – Robert Ingersoll