Hakeem Muhammad Saeed
Humanitarian, educationist, philanthropist and scholar.
In Pakistan Hakeem Saeed established a pharmaceutical manufacturing company and later on pioneered the Hamdard University, a centre of excellence. Hamdard a full-fledged pharmaceutical organisation got the Hamdard Foundation incorporated in 1953 to sponsor scientific conferences, lectures, publish scholarly books, encourage scholars and promote learning.
Within few years, the herbal medical products of Hamdard manufacturing company became household names in South Asia and a phenomenal business success of by its brands, a legendary part of the business history of Pakistan.
Hakeem Saeed founded Hamdard University in 1991 to enliven the intellectual tradition of the educational institutions of past Muslim civilisation and to which all his endeavours were directed - his cherished dream and the culmination of his whole life.
In the fifty years of his active career in practising of Greco-Arab medicine Hakeem Saeed achieved international renown as a scholar and researcher in medicine and was awarded Nishan-e-Imtiaz by Pakistan, in 2002, in recognition of his services and scholarship.
Hakeem Saeed, a prolific writer, wrote many books in Urdu and English, edited many research journals on medicine, history and Islam. He organised many national and international conferences and seminars - established Hamdard Shura (for leaders of public opinion) and Naunehal Assembly (for children).
He attended and read papers at numerous international conferences for promotion of science in Pakistan in collaboration with national and international organisations including UNESCO and WHO. He held important offices and membership of many national and international bodies related to education and healthcare, the fields to which his contributions are universally acknowledged.
In 1983, a city was founded near Karachi and named Madinaht al Hikmat by the Hamdard Trust to house scholars and students and to promote learning in general.
Hakeem Saeed, a man of intellectual and organisational capabilities, raised social and moral issues and abhorred corruption in Pakistani society. He was a role model and a beam of light for the Muslims around the world. He was assassinated right outside his clinic in Karachi.
Muhammad Saeed was born in Delhi. He migrated to Pakistan when India was partitioned in 1947.
Compiled by:M. Nauman Khan / Hamdard Foundation