As I address you, I turn to pay My respects to the memory of your late Imam. Many, many memories come to our minds as we think of Him. He achieved in His life, for our community, that which could only have been accomplished normally in a period of many generations. The tributes that the world has paid him, bear honest testimony to his real life and work. He will always be My ideal and example and I shall do My best to follow faithfully in His footsteps.
— Mawlana Hazar Imam, speech Karachi Pakistan, August 4, 1957