Jinnah was named after a steed!
The Pak founder has been named after Imam Hussain's horse Zuljanah.Updated: Feb 09, 2006 15:32 IST
Pakistan's founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah apparently derived his name from a horse.
The horse, Zuljanah, was given by the Prophet Mohammad to his grandson Imam Hussain in his youth.
Historians are of the opinion that Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s grandfather, a Parsi, was left without a son after his three sons died in infancy.
It was then that he prayed looking at Zuljanah in a Muharram procession that he was blessed with a son, whom he named Poonja Jinnah, the word Jinnah coming from Zuljanah.
This inspired the Parsi family to convert to Islam and Poonja named his son Muhammad Ali Jinnah, reports the Daily Times.
Legend says that originally the horse was named Murtajiz, but when it got riddled with arrows on both sides in the battle of Karbala, Imam Hussain called it Zuljanah, a horse with two wings.
Even now Zuljanah is a major source of inspiration for mourners recalling the martyrdom of Imam Hussain at Karbala.