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Tribute to a legend we lost————!

Posted on: January 9, 2012

Hakim  Muhammad Said

 9th January 1920 is a hall mark in the history of subcontinent.  A great man was born inDelhiIndia.

A lot has been read, written and spoken about shaheed Hakim Muhammad Said locally, nationally internationally at all levels and   on all forums. There was not one single quality of a good human being that hakim sahib did not comprise of.

I saw him for the first time inHamdardPublic Schoolin 1991 on his birthday celebration.  He was tall, fair with straight posture dressed in white sherwani, smiling face and with brows of a shrewd man. I liked him.

Time passed swiftly. It was his routine to pay a visit to school every Wednesday morning and greet children when they got down their buses. He used to tell a story with a moral in the assembly which children enjoyed and waited anxiously to listen to. Often he would board any bus carrying Hamdard school children just to check personally if every child got a seat.

If the window panes were there fitted properly. The vehicle was in proper running condition and conductor was there to look after children.

The teaching staff was facilitated to travel free. Hakim sahib had great respect for teachers.

Hakim sahib often used to sit on the pavement with primary class children to share jokes and chat with them and get know how about their studies. Children loved him dearly.

Once he came to school other than Wednesday. Children were having a party after their exams. Hakim sahib joined the party joyfully. I gave him a plate and a spoon to eat something. He didn’t take anything. Children were so happy that hakim sahib was having party with them that they didn’t ask him to take anything. So I offered to put anything he likes in his plate but——- he told me quietly that he was fasting. He also asked me not to disclose it otherwise children will stop eating too. He kept pretending throughout to be eating. Oh my God! How much he loved and cared for children.

Photographer Mr.Afzal always accompanied him as hakim sahib loved everything to be saved and recorded. Once I said to him that hakim sahib you have been photographed with almost all kings, queens, presidents and the leading dignitaries of the world. It’s an honor though but why don’t you get photographed yourself unnoticed with children who are so honest and pure in their feeling of love and respect for you. He agreed.

Next time when he came he brought his personal camera which he gave to me and asked to take photos. Believe you me dear reader that it was fun to take photos of that scenario. Children unaware of being photographed gathered around him sat with him, talked to him laughed with him touched him shook hands with him and did what ever they liked. It was such enriching experience for us all and also for hakim sahib.

As a Governor of Sindh he was to pay a formal visit to his own school. A bed of rose petals was laid for him to walk on. I just can’t bear flowers specially roses to be crushed under feet so I quietly requested him not to walk on the petals but walk alongside. It can be seen in one of prospectus of school that he walked beside but did not step on the petals. This was his character. I was only an employee but he honored my request.

There is so much to say about him. He was the man of the century.

The news of his martyrdom was heart breaking. Phone calls poured in to confirm. None of us wanted to believe it——— but— it was trueL

When we went to his funeral I saw him lay straight like all bodies that die, but what surprised me was a small triangle of radiance on his forehead between his brows and a little up.  It was utter signal from heavens that he was innocent and that he WAS a shaheed. He was pious, honest, dedicated and a practicing Muslim. He was fasting that day when he was martyred.

He had selected his place for his grave just 2, 3 days before he was killed. He knew it.

My heart never ached as much as for him, more than it ached on my father’s demise. My father was just my father but hakim sahib was father of generations.

I am very thankful to the killers who helped him attain the title of shaheed. Every living being is mortal and has to pass away. Hakim sahib was in his 70’s so how long would he live a physical life more? May be up to the age of 100 years, then pass away!

As Muslims we believe that shaheed never dies.  It is said in Quran that, we do not know but shaheed is fed and is living.

All my warm deep and heart felt best wishes for his soul to rest in the best of best heavens above. Amen ameen ameen


23 Responses to "Tribute to a legend we lost————!"

Thanks Mam for Writting golden words for a great men. Hakim Saeed Shaheed is a men of Displine and men of words.I can never forget those days when he came to visit us and share a small store with us every time in the assembly. He has spend his life for the Development of Nation.We all Nonahals should keep him as our ideal and follow the way he lead his life. God Bless yew in Heavens.. Ameen 🙂


مت سہل ہمیں جانو، پھرتا ہے فلک برسوں
تب خاک کے پردے سے انسان نکلتے ہیں
Your blog touched my heart, I could not meet Hakim Sahib in his life but I can feel myself as one of his students standing in the assembly line and listing to the stories told by him as I grew reading Naunehal regularly. Do read my article about this great person at the link below.


The way some hired guns pumped innumerable bullets into the body of Hakim Saheb, a doer and an achiever in this God-forsaken country, is unpardonable on any pretext. A shining example of a self-made man, who gave an array of innovative products and institutions, was a provider of bread and butter and honest living for thousands of people and their families across the nation, and had become a role-model for our successive generations, did not deserve to die on a footpath, and that too at the hands of some petty assassins.

I had known Hakim Said first as a young student who was interested in reading whatever came his way — and Hamdard published a number of magazines that I bough and read regularly — and then as a journalist covering health and social welfare beats. I had, on several occasions, met him but never very closely, but on the day he died I wept, for this nation.


so lucky of you my dear Hakim sahib for being remembered AND MISSED by one and all with love n deep rooted respect.


very valued gift.I was also thinking to write on Hakim sahib.Mrs Rauf you wrote very well and real.I May Allah Keep u in good health for keep writing.


What an Article !!!
Great to know about Hakim Said. . . Never met him but after reading i feel like i have met him once 🙂


brilliant work ammi. Hakim sb was a person to be remember always. I am sure the students, workers and all the employees of Hamdrad School who were privileged to have a guidance of Hakim sb miss him badly and always pray for his soul.


You bring tears to our eyes,
May Allah grant Jannat ul firdos to Hakeem Sahab.
Miss those days when we gather around him before assembly on every wednesday.


He sure was a Great man.An asset of Pakistan…he will be loved for a long long time.


He sure was a Great man.An asset to Pakistan and he will be loved by so many of us for a very long time.Anno baji i must say ,you are a very good writer MashAllah.


He Sure was a great man.An asset to Pakistan.He will be loved by so many of us for a very long time.
I must say Anno baji ,you are a very good writer,i truly enjoyed your blog 🙂


thank you Hina beta for encouragement:)


You have sketched the complete picture of this great man in just a few words. He was a man of honour and love . I still remember the time we used to gather around him when he used to visit the school and used to tell us the stories .

May Allah bless him with the best place in Jannah


Masha allah , Mrs Rauf … it seems like you wrote it from the depth of your heart and it touched me too , no doubt he was a great man of principles and a legend to follow..may Allah swt rest his soul in peace and grant him jannat ul firdous… and may Allah take best work from your writing skill Ameen


Ameen n thank you Sara for your kind thoughts


Great my dear, all those beautiful days are revitalized. My words are always lost whenever I try to speak for Hakim Sahib. He was a complete era of great honour.


very true Farhana. honestly I had so much to say to remember about Hakim saab that for days could not decide what to write . how he gave us trust and confidence to open our hearts to him. simply I love him.


I have little misty memories of Hakim Sahab as he left us when I was in 6th class. But I always remember him like….there used to be an angel who used to visit us on Wednesdays and charm us by his stories ! I loved to watch him walk in. I never tried to run and take his autograph as it was a treat to watch that angel…smiling at kids and showering love to them.

He was personification of Love and kindness. I feel so proud that I have seen such a person in my life. Alhumdulillah


very nice Mr. Rauf…. may Allah rest his soul in peace and grant him jannat ul firdous.


A day before Hakim Muhammad Saeed’s martyrdom, I was invited in one of his student conferences. I couldn’t make it. And the next day he was no more with. The memories of him are alive and fresh in my mind. He was, if anything, a wonderful human being. Your absence, Hakim saab, is missed the most by us, and by all those who take inspiration from you. May Allah bless you. Ameen


A day before Hakim Muhammad Saeed’s martyrdom, I was invited in one of his student conferences. I couldn’t make it. And the next day he was no more with. The memories of him are alive and fresh in my mind. He was, if anything, a wonderful human being. Your absence, Hakim saab, is missed the most by us, and by all those who take inspiration from you. May Allah bless you. Ameen


Thank you madam, your article indeed depicts our true feelings, may Allah SWT grant Hakeem Saheb jannah and guide us hamradians to follow his foot steps


m a proud hamdardian!! HAKIM SAHIB n his vision is still lives in my heart!! I still remember the precious moments when i met him. RIP!! May Allah bless yu!! Inshallah!!


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