SHAHEED HAKEEM MOHAMMAD SAID
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By AMANULLAH BASHAR
Nov 08 - 14, 2004
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SHAHEED HAKEEM SAID, is primarily known for his efforts and services for the promotion of Tib-e-Mashriqi (Eastern Medicine) and the founder of Hamdard, a household name in Pakistan and neighboring India. In fact, serving humanity selflessly in the field of education, science and health was the prime focus of his life which is reflected in an endless list of achievements and accomplishments especially in the field of education. Though he established several schools, colleges and institutions sponsored by Hamdard for thousands of students, the establishment of Madinat-al-Hikmah, the city of knowledge consisting over several faculties including medical sciences, business administration, information technology and several other disciplines, is the most prestigious gift he had given to the nation. In recognition to his unparallel services for the cause of health and education, he was awarded with Sitara-i-Imtiaz, Pakistan in 1966, Sadiq Dost Award from the people of Bahawalpur, Certificate of Merit from the Institute of History of Sciences and Technology Istanbul Technical University (Turkey), Islamic Medicine Prize, Kuwait 1982, winner of the Novasti Press Agency's Abu Ali Ibn Sina (Avicenna) International Prize 1989 USSR, World No-tobacco Day Medal, W.H.O 1995, Award by the Pakistan League of the United States of America for the services in the field of health, education and social work 1996. The Government of Pakistan also recognized his outstanding services by issuing commemorative postage stamp in 1999. He was also decorated with Nishan-i-Imtiaz (Posthumous) in the field of Medicine (Hikmat) by the President of Pakistan on Independence Day in 2000.

Hakeem Mohammad Said, was martyred six years ago on October 17, 1998 in front of his clinic situated at Arambagh in Karachi.

His association with Arambagh clinic, in fact, had a special place in the heart of Hakeem Mohammad Said because it is the first clinic he had established after migration from India to Pakistan in January 1948. The significance of this place is reflected in the life and death of Hakeem Mohammad Said, as the point of beginning and the end of his journey to serve the humanity which is spread over five decades in Pakistan.

Despite having the credit of establishing many prestigious projects including Hamdard Foundation, Hamdard University, Madinat-al-Hikmah (city of knowledge), Hamdard Laboratories and a score of clinics spread within and out side Pakistan, he never ceased to hold his Arambagh Matab as a routine of his life, showing his unshakable commitment to the noble cause of serving the ailing humanity.

While looking at the heroic life and inspiring achievements, Hakeem Mohammad Said stands out among others with the distinction for carrying out the philanthropic work at such a massive scale without asking for donations from the people. Service to the mankind from one's own hard money gives the real sense of satisfaction.

 

 

His services in the field of medical sciences, education and literature were acknowledged within and out side of the country which is reflected in the long lists of medals and awards, yet the real recognition he received was from the heart of the people. It seems that service to the mankind was on top of the agenda of the martyred Hakeem Mohammad Said who had stated the importance of human values in the following words:

"Among all service, the most excellent is the service of fellow human beings. One of the greatest men of all times, Muhammad (peace be upon him), the last of Allah's Prophets, has summed up human excellence in one sentence. Indeed this sentence presents in a nutshell of the whole of Islamic moral philosophy. It is also comprehensive as to encompass all the teachings of all the religions of the world. It is the basis of the insight and wisdom of every great thinker and intellectual who had propounded the concept of service of mankind. Every great movement in human history has had man as its focal point and no movement can have any concrete basis unless it has service to humanity as its fundamental objective. A profound study and analysis of human history establishes that all progress in every field has centered around Man, and the prime motivation for it has been provided by the desire to serve Man. Our world cannot be conceived at all without Man, and worship and prayer without service of mankind is an empty shell. Love of fellowmen is that exclusive and unique quality which raises him above the need for any other quality. It gives him a radiant dynamism, enables him to see his Creator in all creatures and thereby to serve them. And this, in fact, is the pinnacle of human excellence.

However, the desire to serve should transcended self-interest. The quintessence of service is reached through renunciation or self-denial. Renunciation ultimately makes man a true servant of Allah, and in servicing man, he truly serves Allah.

Service to man is transformed into service for humanity, characterized by a missionary zeal triumphing over distinctions of race, color or religion".