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Hakim Muhammad Said

Hakim Muhammad Said was a renowned philanthropist, educationist and entrepreneur. He also devoted much of his life to learning, research and writing, authoring and compiling about 200 books on health, medicine, education, religion, history, children etc. and writing papers for international journals and forums.

He was born in India in 1920. His father was the founder of Hamdard Dawakhana in India. Hakim Muhammad Said did his Bachelors in Eastern Medicine and started practising Hikmat and tibb-e-unani in India. After partition he migrated to Pakistan, leaving behind his loved ones, his property and a growing practice.

In 1948 he established Hamdard Dawakhana in Karachi, which later became one of the greatest manufacturers of herbal medicine in Pakistan. He held Matab (his clinic) at Lahore, Rawalpindi and Peshawar and occasionally saw patients in Multan, Faisalabad, Quetta and Sukkur.

In 1964 Hakim Said established Hamdard Foundation Pakistan to move ahead with his philanthropic vision and journey. The aims and scope of the foundation include:

The above projects are financed through proceeds from Hamdard Laboratories (Waqf) Pakistan.

In 1961, Hakim Said initiated “Sham-e-Hamdard”, a discussion forum on national issues. Monthly lectures were organized through this forum in major cities of Pakistan to discuss contemporary issues and challenges. In addition other forums were set up including Hamdard Shoora, Bazm-e-Naunehal and Naunehal Assembely.

In 1983 he initiated a momentous project, the development of Madinat-al-Hikmah - city of education, science and culture, on the outskirts of Karachi. He defined the goals of the project as:

Madinat-ul-Hikmat includes:

In appreciation of his services for Pakistan he was awarded the highest civil award, Nishan-e-Imtiaz. He also received international recognition and was awarded the Islamic Medicine prize in Kuwait in 1982 and Avicenna Award at Moscow in 1989.

On October 17, 1998, Hakim Muhammad Said was assassinated outside his clinic in Karachi.

For more information visit Hakim Muhammad Said web site.

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