Lord Reading offered Quaid-e-Azam Judgeship of a High Court, but Quaid-e-Azam refused the offer. Lord Reading next offered him Law Membership in the Viceroy’s cabinet. This offer was also refused. Lord Reading then sounded Quaid-e-Azam whether he would agree to be knighted.
Quaid-e-Azam refused saying:
I prefer to be plain Mr. Jinnah than “ Sir Muhammad Ali Jinnah.”
At a social function Lord Reading wanted Mrs. Jinnah persuade her husband agree to be knighted.
Mariam Jinnnah (Ruttie) said:
" If my husband accepts knighthood, I will take a separation from him.”.