Hakim Said Memorial Lecture held

KARACHI: Shaheed Hakim Mohammed Said was the last representative of Delhi’s Muslim civilization and culture, which was a symbol of human feelings and sympathy but was suddenly disappeared from there in 1947.

This was stated by renowned writer Intizar Hussain while delivering a Shaheed Hakim Mohammed Said memorial lecture on the topic of “Civil tradition and role of Tibbi physicians” here on Tuesday, presided over by Justice (retd) Haziqul Khairi at Bait al-Hikmah Auditorium.

“Standing in Madinat al-Hikmah, a city of education, science and culture I feel as if I came at a place of wonders and marvellous things, which was not made by a human being but by the Genie of Aladin’s Lamp and coming here I also realized that another Sir Syed was born here who constructed this magnificent city, the fountainhead of education and knowledge and converted a desert into a green island, he said, adding “like Abul Hasan of Dastan-i-Alif Laila (Story and one thousand nights) I am looking at this wonderful with great astonishment.”

A son of a hakim (Hakim Said) came from Delhi to Karachi, flourished the Tibb-i-Unani here and did a lot of work for education and health in the country all alone without any outside help or government’s help, he said and added that with the personal dynamics, hard labour and untiring efforts of Hakim Saheb Hamdard became a wealthy institution, but his simple life and simplicity of dress.

He said that the Tibbi physicians of Delhi were not commercialized and took keen interest in literature and history. They had great sympathy for poor patients in their hearts, he maintained.

Justice (retd) Haziqul Khairi, in his presidential address said that Hakim Said was indeed, Sir Syed, the second bestowed upon us by Allah, and a visionary hakim, who wrote very many books on health, Education, Islam, Islamic Literature, History and very informative travelogues for children. At the occasion of Pakistan’s Golden Jubilee in his message, in which Quaid’s speech of 11 August 1947 was also referred to, Hakim Said gave a guide line to the Nation. The Nation ought to follow the messages of Quaid-i-Azam and Hakim Said so that it could march on the road of progress, safety and solidarity, Justice Khairi concluded.

Prof. Dr. Hakim Abdul Hannan, vice chancellor, Hamdard University said that the Tibb-i-Unani was a noble profession which pleaded the relationship of love and affection between physician and patient. Hakim Said gave a doctrine of “Hakim, Doctor and Scientist partnership” to evolve a new, cheaper and effective system of medicine to provide cheaper health facilities to the poor, he said, adding that research work has been conducting on this doctrine to give it a practical shape in Hamdard University.

Earlier, organizer of the programme and Dy. Director Idara-i-Said, Syed Muhammad Yaqoob gave detailed introduction of the chief guest, Intizar Hussain and said that he had contributed much to the Urdu literature and was still writing and working for literature like young man, though he was now 90 years old.

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