Idara-e-Said Research and Documentation Centre

Life is love, Life is service

Hakim Mohammed Said (1920-1998) was a man of vision and was endowed with many virtues. A multifaceted personality, a physician, author of books, editor of journals, bibliophile, an organizer, an idealist, an innovator, educationist and above all a patriot of the highest order, who sacrificed his life in the service of the nation, In a life span of 78 years he made enormous contributions in the field of health, science, education and culture, which has left an imprint on the course of history for generations to follow.

He was strictly a man of principles with extraordinary sense of time management. The guidance he gave showed that he was an extraordinary genius, born to guide and lead the people. Although the assassin’s bullets extinguished and silenced the noble soul three years ago, the light of his spirit lives on to inspires and encourage others to follow his mission. Lest we forget what is owed to this remarkable personality, an institution under the name of “IDARA-E-SAID” has been set up in one of his most ambitious projects – Madinat-al-Hikmah – city of education science and culture whose doors are ever open for the seekers of knowledge. The library, housed in Madinat-al-Hikmah is undoubtedly one of the finest seats of learning east of Suez, for scholars and researchers to drink deep from the fountains of learning.

The crowning activity of his life is the establishment of Madinat-al-Hikmah. It comprises Hamdard University with such institutes as Hamdard College of Medicine and Dentistry, Hamdard Al-Majeed College of Eastern Medicine, Hafiz Mohammad Ilyas Institute of Herbal Sciences, Hamdard Institute of Education & Social Sciences, Hamdard Institute of Management Sciences, Hamdard Institute of Information Technology, Hamdard School of Law and Hamdard Public School. Bait-al-Hikmah (the Library) is also a constituent part of Madinat-al-Hikmah. This is one of the biggest and well-stocked libraries of Pakistan.

His Work

Hakim Mohammed Said Shaheed, wrote, edited or compiled over 200 books and journals in Urdu and English on Islam, Education, Pakistan, Science, Medicine and Health. Besides writing travelogues of countries he visited, he also wrote books especially for youth and children. He also edited some journals such as Hamdard Islamicus, Hamdard Medicus, Journal of the Pakistan Historical Society, Hamdard-e-Sehat and Hamdard Naunehal. For several years he was also editor of “PAYAMI”- Urdu edition of UNESCO’S journal “Courier”.

Hakim Mohammed Said participated in various international conferences on medicine, science, education and culture and traveled widely to many countries of the world.While in Pakistan he himself organized numerous international and national conferences on topics of prime importance.

Idara-e-Said

In order to preserve his works, a Research and Documentation Center by the name of Idara-e-Said has been set-up.
It is a joint venture of Hamdard Laboratories (Waqf.) Pakistan; Hamdard University; and Hamdard Foundation Pakistan.
Idara-e-Said will project and focus the life and works of Hakim Mohammed Said, most particularly in the field of science, education and research, medicine and health care.

The project is aimed at collection of his speeches, writings (both published and un-published), personal memorabilia, photographs and artifacts. After the collection of materials related to his life and works, all records will be preserved and displayed in a scientifically arranged and properly managed museum. Hakim Mohammed Said Archives / Museum will be set-up at Madinat-al-Hikmah.

Research Projects of Idara-e-Said

Idara-e-Said will also initiate research projects leading to the award of post graduate (M.Phil. & Ph.D) degree on the contribution of Hakim Mohammed Said to Islam, education, medicine, sciences & culture, Idara-e-Said will also patronize publications of literature and books written by different authors on the life of Hakim Mohammed Said, his personality, leadership and his endeavors for the propagation and promotion of education and learning.

Besides, a Web Site & CD-ROM is also being developed about Hakim Mohammed Said Shaheed. Idara-e-Said has made an appeal to all friends and admirers of Hakim Said to donate or make available anything relating to Hakim Mohammed Said for preserving it in Hakim Said Archives / Museum. This will be available to scholars and researchers so that they can make full use of the rich material of historical importance.

All material can be sent to:

Idara-e-Said,
Bait-al-Hikmah Library,
Madinat al-Hikmah,
Bund Murad Khan Road,
Mohammed Bin Qasim Avenue,
Off. Sharae Madinat al-Hikmah
Karachi -74700