Born on December 25, 1876, in a prominent mercantile family in Karachi and
educated at the Sindh Madrassat-ul-Islam and the Christian Mission School at
his birth place, Jinnah joined the Lincoln's Inn in 1893 to become the
youngest Indian to be called to the Bar, three years later. Starting out in
the legal profession with nothing to fall back upon
except his native ability and determination, young Jinnah rose to prominence
and became Bombay's most successful lawyer, as few did, within a few years.
Once he was firmly established in the legal profession, Jinnah formally
entered politics in 1905 from the platform of the Indian National Congress.
He went to England in that year along with Gopal Krishna Gokhale
(1866-1915), as a member of a Congress delegation to plead the cause of
Indian self-government during the British elections. A year later, he served
as Secretary to Dadabhai Noaroji (1825-1917), the then Indian National
Congress President, which was considered a great honour for a budding
politician. Here, at the Calcutta Congress session (December 1906), he also
made his first political speech in support of the resolution on