Compiled by Rashid Zia Cheema
Jinnah Bhai Poonja (Quaid-e-Azam’s Father). Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s parents, Poonja Bhai Jinnah and Mithibai Jinnah had seven children, namely Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Ahmad Ali Jinnah, Bande Ali Jinnah, Rehmat Bai, Maryam Bai, Fatima Jinnah and Shireen Bai.
Quaid’s First Wife: Emibai. Mohammad Ali Jinnah’s marriage with Emibai took place in 1892. She was 14 and he was 16. Only Nikkah was solemnized and the rukhsati was to take place later on. Shortly after the marriage, Jinnah left for England. When he returned, his bride had died. She died in 1893. Struck by the tragedy, Jinnah didn’t marry for a long time.
Quaid’s Second Wife: Rattenbai Petit. In 1918, Mohammad Ali Jinnah married Ruttenbai Petit (who converted to Islam and changed her name to Maryam Jinnah), the daughter of a prominent Parsi banker Sir Dinshaw Petit. Maryam give birth to a baby Dina Jinnah. On her 18th birthday, she left her father’s mansion with two pets only to marry Quaid-e-Azam, Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Exactly eleven years later she was dead of an overdose of painkillers to treat her abdominal cancer. Quaid never married again and died a lonely man. Known as the nightingale of Bombay, Ruttie died on her 29th birthday on 20 February 1929.
Marriage of Mohammad Ali Jinnah and Ruttanbai – An Extract from the Nikah Register. This extract from the Nikah Register is in Persian language which was in vogue at that time. Photo by Doc Kazi.
Rattanbai, the Second Wife of Quaid
Portrait of Ruttie Jinnah on the Cover of Her Biography by Khwaja Razi Haider
Ruttie Jinnah’s Last Letter to Her Husband, Mohammad Ali Jinnah. Ruttie Jinnah’s simple but beautiful English makes this letter very moving. Each and every word of this sad but beautiful letter makes the readers cry. It was such an ideal couple and it pains when we learn about the demise of Ruttie at a very young age of 29. This letter was written on 5 Oct 1928 and she died after four and a half months on 20 Feb 1929.
She wrote this letter when she was aboard the SS Rajputana, a British passenger and cargo carrying ocean liner, which sailed on a regular route between England and British India. This ship was requisitioned into the Royal Navy during World War II. It was torpedoed and sunk off Iceland on 13 April 1941, after escorting a convoy across the North Atlantic. Read more about SS Rajputana.
S. S. Rajputana,
Marseilles 5 Oct 1928
Darling – thank you for all you have done. If ever in my bearing your once tuned senses found any irritability or unkindness – be assured that in my heart there was place only for a great tenderness and a greater pain – a pain my love without hurt. When one has been as near to the reality of Life (which after all is Death) as I have been dearest, one only remembers the beautiful and tender moments and all the rest becomes a half veiled mist of unrealities. Try and remember me beloved as the flower you plucked and not the flower you tread upon.
I have suffered much sweetheart because I have loved much. The measure of my agony has been in accord to the measure of my love.
Darling I love you – I love you – and had I loved you just a little less I might have remained with you – only after one has created a very beautiful blossom one does not drag it through the mire. The higher you set your ideal the lower it falls.
I have loved you my darling as it is given to few men to be loved. I only beseech you that the tragedy which commenced in love should also end with it.
Darling Goodnight & Goodbye
I had written to you at Paris with the intention of posting the letter here – but I felt that I would rather write to you afresh from the fullness of my heart. R.
Ruttie Jinnah’s Last Letter to Her Husband (Original Letter). This original letter has been preserved with the archives, the Quaid-e-Azam Papers Project, of the Cabinet Division. Photo by Doc Kazi.
Grave of Rattanbai (Ruttie) Jinnah, the Second Wife of Quaid
Quaid’s Father-in-Law, Sir Dinshaw Manockjee Petit. Sir Dinshaw Manockjee Petit, an extremely rich Parsi was a close friend of Jinnah. He used to stay at Dinshaw’s summer home in Darjeeling, a summer resort in the north of India. In 1916, Quaid-e-Azam met Dinshaw’s daughter Rattanbai or Ruttie as she used to be called, who was just 16, and legally a minor. In February 1918 Ruttie turned 18 and was free to marry as per English Law. Nobody from Ruttie’s family attended the marriage.
Quaid with His Mother-in-Law Lady Dinshaw Petit
Quaid’s Brother Ahmed Ali Jinnah with His British Wife Emmy
Photo of Quaid-e-Azam’s Three Sisters. Miss Fatima Jinnah and two of her sisters mourn the death of their brother, Muhammad Ali Jinnah. From left to right are Maryam Bai, Fatima Jinnah and Shireen Bai.
Miss Fatima Jinnah and Ladies Offering Fateha at the Grave of Quaid, September 1948
Quaid With Miss Fatima Jinnah on His Birthday, December 25, 1947
Quaid with Miss Fatima Jinnah, December 25, 1947
Quaid and Miss Fatima Jinnah. Smiling faces of brother and sister.
Quaid with Miss Fatima Jinnah
Quaid Enjoying a Cigar in the Company of Fatima Jinnah
Quaid with Fatima Jinnah (Sister) and Dina Jinnah (Daughter)
Quaid’s Sister Shireen Peerbhoy
Quaid’s Daughter Dina Jinnah (later Dina Wadia) at Old Age. Photo by Mr The Poet. Quaid’s daughter Dina Jinnah was born in London on August 15, 1919 and was raised as a Muslim. Quaid-e-Azam disowned her when she got married to an Indian Parsi Neville Wadia. Dina did not travel to Pakistan until her father’s funeral in Karachi in September 1948. Dina and Neville had two children, a boy and a girl. Dina’s son Nusli Wadia has two sons; Ness Wadia and Jehangir Wadia.
Family of Dina. Why is Dina Wadia not in this photo?
Quaid’s Daughter Dina Wadia Visited Lahore to Watch a Cricket Match, March 2004. Dina witnessed the final (5th) ODI between India and Pakistan at Lahore on 24 March 2004.
Dina Wadia Visits Her Father’s Tomb, March 2004. Dina visited the mausoleum of her father, Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, on 26 March 2004 and laid floral wreath. She was accompanied by her son Nusli Wadia and grandsons Jehangir and Ness. She stayed there for 50 minutes. She never visited Pakistan in her father’s lifetime. This was her second visit to Pakistan. Her first visit was at the time of the Quaid’s death.
After laying the wreath she visited the place where personal belongings of the Quaid are on display. She also went to the mazar of Madar-i-Millat Fatima Jinnah to pay respects to her aunt. She also visited the Flag Staff House and the Quaid’s birthplace, Wazir Mansion. Read more details of her visit….
Photo by Doc Kazi Dr Ghulam Nabi Kazi.
Dina Wadia with UN Secretary General Dr. Kurt Waldheim in 1976
Fatima Jinnah and Dina Wadia at the Funeral of Quaid, September 11, 1948
Dina Jinnah Marries Neville Wadia, 1938. Photo by Dr. Ghulam Nabi Kazi.
Quaid with Dina Jinnah and Pet Dogs
Dina Jinnah at Hampstead, London, 1931. Hampstead is an affluent area of London.
Quaid’s Daughter Dina Jinnah
Group Photo of Some members of Quaid’s Family
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