My Brother by fatima Jinnah/ www.fatimajinnah.com
By Fatima Jinnah
He slept for about two hours, undisturbed. And then he opened his eyes, saw me, and signaled with his headand eyes for me to come .near him. He made one last attempt and whispered, "Fati, Khuda Hafiz. ...... La IlahaIl Allah ...... Mohammad ...... Rasul ...... Allah." His head dropped slightly to his right, his eyes closed.I ran out of the room, shouting, screaming, "Doctor, doctor. Be quick. My brother is dying. Where are theDoctors?" In a few minutes they were there, examining him and giving him injections. I stood there, motionless,speechless. Then I saw them cover his whole body, head to foot, with a white sheet. I knew what it meant.Death had come to take him away from this life that must end to a life which is Eternal; Immortal.Col. Ilahi Bux walked on heavy feet towards me, put his right palm over my left shoulder, and wept like a littlechild. Those tears, in a language without words or voice, conveyed to me the fatal news. I searched for tears,but the well where one finds them had dried up. I wanted to scream and cry, but my voice had sunk into theabyss of speechlessness. I dragged myself to his bed side, and flung myself like a log of wood on the floor.The news of his death must have spread far and wide. The huge iron-gates of the Governor-General's House,where normally strict security measures prevent unauthorized entry, opened themselves wide, and endlessstreams of peoples came from all directions.Soon many of them were in the room, where he lay, undisturbed, in a sleep that was beyond awakening. I satthere, oblivious of my surroundings. I lost count of time, I had completely lost myself in my irreparable loss.I do not know how long I sat there, staring at the white sheet that covered my brother's body.But I remember that an elderly lady, whom I hadA NATION IS ORPHANED39never seen or known put her arms round my neck, and quietly whispered into my ear a verse from the HolyQuran: From God he came, To God he returned.NOTES1. Miss Jinnah moved into Jinnah's bungalow on Malabar Hills after the death of Ruttenbai on 20 February1929, since when she was his constant companion.2. One crore equals 10 million. 3. Jinnah was 5'11'/s".4. He spoke on 19 November 1940.5. Jamil-ud-Din Ahmad (ed.), Speeches and Writings of Mr. Jinnah (Lahore:Sh. Muhammad Ashraf, 7th edn., 1968), I: 199; hereafter referred to by its title.
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