History

Shaheed Hakim Mohammed Said (1920-1998):
‘Service to humanity is one of the noblest attributes a man can acquire’. This was what motivated Shaheed 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 Hakeem Abdul Hameed and Shaheed Hakim Mohammed Said made Hamdard a ‘waqf’ in 1946. After partition, Shaheed 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. Shaheed Hakim Mohammed Said established Hamdard Dawakhana in Karachi in 1948 on a modest scale. However, by 1953, the profits had risen favourably and he decided to make Hamdard Dawakhana into a ‘waqf’. His days of adversity were over. Shaheed Hakim Mohammed Said possessed innumerable qualities of head and heart and had a vivid imagination. He realized 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 Pakistan to look after the humanitarian affairs of Hamdard. In one of his books he says, ‘Wealth is that sticky smog which destroys the lustre of the soul forever’ – so he endowed all the profits of Hamdard (Waqf) to Hamdard Foundation Pakistan to carry out its charitable, educational and other philanthropic activities.

Date of Establishment:
23 October, 1969: on this date, the rules & regulations of Hamdard Foundation Pakistan were registered under the Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860. The philanthropic activities of Hamdard were started from 1 April, 1953, when Shaheed Hakim Mohammed Said declared Hamdard an Islamic Waqf.
A lot of philanthropic activities were initiated and completed by Hamdard Laboratories (Waqf) Pakistan, during the period from 1953 to 1963. These philanthropic activities were, however, administratively separated from Hamdard Laboratories (Waqf) Pakistan on 1 January, 1964 by establishing Hamdard Foundation Pakistan. Since then Hamdard Foundation Pakistan is involved in various types of philanthropic activities. Expansions are being made in these activities rapidly and systematically.
Legal Status:
Registered under the Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860.