Hakim Mohammed Said Hamdard Foundation Pakistan
Life is love, Life is service
Founder – Hakim Mohammed Said (1920-1998)
“Service to humanity is one of the noblest attributes a man can acquire”. This was what motivated Hakim Mohammed Said’s father Hakim Abdul Majeed to establish Hamdard in Delhi in 1906 and work hard for its success so that he could make it a ‘waqf’. He was not destined to do so in his lifetime but his wife Rabia Begum and sons Hakim Abdul Hameed and Hakim Mohammed Said made Hamdard a ‘waqf’ in 1946. After partition, Hakim Mohammed Said decided to come to Pakistan. He had very little money but he had valuable assets — his enthusiasm; his wish to undertake noble works and to endeavour to usher in the golden era of Islamic revival, especially in the field of Eastern Medicine.
Hakim Said established Hamdard Dawakhana in Karachi in 1948 in a modest way. However, by 1953, the profits had risen favorably and he decided to make Hamdard Dawakhana into a ‘waqf’. His days of adversity were over. Hakim Said possessed innumerable qualities of head and heart and had a vivid imagination. He realised that it was becoming difficult for Hamdard (Waqf) to manage the business as well as the charitable and welfare activities and therefore he decided to establish Hamdard Foundation to look after the humanitarian affairs of Hamdard. In one of his books he says, “Wealth is that sticky smog which destroys the luster of the soul for ever — thus he endowed all the profits of Hamdard (Waqf) to Hamdard Foundation to carry out its charitable, educational and other philanthropic activities”.
Date of Establishment
Hamdard Dawakhana was established in Karachi in 1948. It was declared Hamdard Laboratories (Waqf) Pakistan in 1953. A lot of philanthropic activities were initiated and completed by Waqf from 1953 to 1968. These philanthropic activities were, however, administratively separated from Hamdard Laboratories (Waqf) Pakistan on 1st January 1964 by establishing Hamdard Foundation Pakistan. Since then Hamdard Foundation Pakistan involved in various types of philanthropic activities. Expansions are being made in these activities rapidly and systematically. The body i.e HFP was, however, registered under the societies registration Act XXI of 1860 on 23rd October 1969”
Legal Status – Registered under the Societies
Registration Act XXI of 1860.
- To achieve, promote, effectuate and bring about advancement of health, safety, medical care, hospitalization, the alleviation, elimination, cure and checking of sickness, disease, infirmity, malady and any other bodily or mental disorder, deficiency or suffering and rendering and affording of medical, surgical and other aids, affording of relief and succour in the events of calamities and disasters, among or for the benefits of the citizens of Pakistan.
- To achieve, promote, procure, effectuate and bring about advancement of learning, education and knowledge including scientific, technical and medical education among or for the benefit of the citizens of Pakistan and to achieve, promote procure, effectuate and bring about relief of poverty and help and succour to the indigent and the needy among or for the benefit of the citizens of Pakistan.
- To promote, support and develop indigenous or Eastern system of medicine and medical science and their utility to mankind.
- To provide medical, educational, economic and all other kinds of aid to deserving persons and institutions, for humanitarian service, general welfare and charitable purposes.
- To achieve, promote, procure, effectuate, bring about, create, organize and execute any trusts, endowments and charities, for any purpose which may be deemed charitable, philanthropic and beneficial to mankind for the benefit, advancement, well-being and welfare of the citizens of Pakistan.
- To collaborate and cooperate with other charitable institutions and trusts having similar objects, and to adopt and undertake other activities for advancement of any other object of charity and public utility in Pakistan.
- To do or perform or cause to be done or performed all such acts, deeds and things and to adopt all such means and methods whatsoever as may be deemed incidental or conducive to the attainment of the above objects or any of them.
Hamdard Foundation Pakistan being a charitable organization is performing welfare, charitable and educational activities throughout Pakistan. Important activities are as follows:
Charitable and Welfare Activities
- Educational Aid or Scholarships :- Needy but brilliant students are given this aid. Students from class I to post-graduate are availing this facility. The applications are thoroughly examined and educational aid/ scholarships are given on merit.
- Grants to National Institutions:- various institutes, Organizations, societies, religious madrasahs receive monthly/annual grant from Hamdard Foundation Pakistan.
- Individual Aid :- The widows, destitute, disabled persons who have no source of income are paid under this head.
- Hamdard Free Mobile Dispensaries:- under social welfare programme at present eleven free mobile dispensaries equipped with sufficient stock of medicines visit slum areas of Karachi, Lahore, Rawalpindi/Islamabad, Peshawar, Quetta, Sukkur and Faisalabad. The physician examines patients on the spot and the compounder supplies medicines at the same time. Free treatments and free Medicines are provided to needy patients.
The detail of these free mobile dispensaries is as under
- Hamdard Village School for the children of the rural settlements found around Madinat al-Hikmah:- Free education is given to there children. Text books, uniforms, etc. are also given free.
- Monthly Hamdard-e-Sehat is an Urdu monthly magazine disseminating health awareness in the general public. It contains articles on latest experiences, researches, developments, findings and inventions in the field of health and medicine.
- Monthly Hamdard Naunehal in Urdu is the leading children’s monthly of Pakistan. This provides health and moral education to the youngsters. It presents highly interesting short stories, cartoons, caricatures, titbits and informative snippets
- Quarterly Hamdard Islamicus is devoted to Islamic research and scholarship. It aims at better understanding between Islamic World and the West.
- Quarterly Hamdard Medicus aims at collaboration of hakims, scientists and doctors and has provided a forum of discussion for the learned scholars interested in the promotion of health and medical sciences.
- Quarterly Journal of Pakistan Historical Society is the organ of Pakistan Historical Society, and is published by Hamdard Foundation Pakistan in the interest of History.
- Books – apart from these journals:- Hamdard Foundation Pakistan is also engaged in the printing and publishing of books on science, Islam, education and culture for example:
“Quran the Fundamental Law of Human Life (16 Volumes)
“Essays on Islam (4 Volumes)
“Essays on Science (7 Volumes)
These journals and books are sold at subsidized prices.
Moreover, Hamdard Foundation is also paying attention to the uplift of youngsters through Naunehal Adab i.e. literature for children. A wide range of over 450 titles on religious, cultural, educational, scientific, moral, and ethical subjects have been published and are sold at subsidized prices.
Bazm-e-Hamdard Naunehal i.e. Hamdard Children forum now Naunehal Assembly: – From 1985 to 1994 young speakers of 8 to 15 years used to speak on different burning topics of the day. From January 1995 the name has been changed. Now it is called Naunehal Assembly it works as a children’s parliament similar to the parliament of a country.
Sham-i-Hamdard, Dialogue with a galaxy of prominent scientists, historians, culturists, educationists, writers, poets, physicians, intellectuals, scholars, lawyers, economists, jurists, journalists etc. were held through this forum from 1960 to 1994. Now this has created a new forum called Shura Hamdard i.e. Hamdard Thinkers Forum. The eminent scholars of repute take part and deliberations are made on the burning topics of the country every month at Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad and Peshawar.
National international Conferences, Symposia, and Seminars are also organized and/or sponsored by Hamdard Foundation Pakistan on Islamic, scientific, medicinal, health, and educational topics. Hamdard Foundation Pakistan has also collaborated with UNESCO and WHO in organizing International Conferences etc.
Collaboration with International Bodies
- Collaborating with World Health Organization by observing World Health Day (on 7th April) every year in Pakistan.
- Collaborating with National Commission for Child Welfare and Development, set up under United Nations Convention in Child Rights, for the protection of Children’s Rights.
- In 1990 a contribution of US $ 10,000 was made by Hamdard Foundation Pakistan to UNESCO for UNESCO’s International Fund for the Promotion of Culture.
- Hamdard Foundation Pakistan was responsible for publishing and distribution of UNESCO Payami the Urdu edition of UNESCO Courier from February 1977 to December 1990.
- In 1982 a sum of U.S. $ 10,000 was donated to the World Health Organization for Traditional Medicine Fund.
Established Madinat al-Hikmah — city of education, science, and culture in the vicinity of Karachi about 27 kilometers from the heart of the city. Bait al-Hikmah, Hamdard Public School and Hamdard University with its allied constituents have since been established and are functioning there.
Sources of Income
- Hamdard Laboratories (Waqf):
- Qaumi Income
- Markup on fixed deposit
- Rent of buildings
- Profit on deposits with Bank
- Profit on Long Term Deposit (FIB)
Constituents of Hamdard Foundation Pakistan
Hamdard Foundation Pakistan at present has following constituents/subsidiaries — Hamdard Education Society of Pakistan, Bait al -Hikmah, Hamdard University, Hamdard Public School, Hamdard Village School, Madinat al-Hikmah (Foundation) Trust, Institute of Health & Tibbi Research and Idara-e-Said.