From Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Updated: July 3, 2011 – 7:39 PMThe American Constitution is more Islamic than the constitution of Pakistan or of any other Muslim country in the world today.
My childhood memories of celebrating Independence Day are no different than those of my fellow citizens — except that it was on Aug. 14th instead of July 4th.
I grew up in Pakistan, which obtained its independence from British rule on Aug. 14, 1947.
As a child, I marked Independence Day year after year without having a clue about what independence really meant. As I grew older, I read from a speech of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Pakistan’s founder, which he had delivered immediately after the nation’s independence was announced.
“You are free; you are free to go to your temples,” he said. “You are free to go to your mosques or to any other places of worship in this State of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion or cast or creed — that has nothing to do with the business of the State.”