Hamdard Foundation Pakistan (HFP) was established by Hakim Mohammed Said in order to control and regulate the funds, being handed over to it by HLWP, to use them for the promotion of health, education and social uplift programmes according to his vision and mission - service to nation and humanity. He was shot dead and become a martyred on 17th October 1998 at the door step of his Karachi Clinic from where he had started his journey towards making of ‘Hamdard Pakistan’.
Shaheed Hakim Mohammed Said has gone to his heavenly abode, but Hamdard’s journey, under the guidance of Mrs. Sadia Rashid, Chairperson, Hamdard Laboratories (Waqf) Pakistan and President, Hamdard Foundation Pakistan, towards further development and future growth is in progress.
This is by far the largest and the most prestigious project undertaken by any welfare organization in the country. It was a dream of Hakim Mohammed Said, the founder, who proved dreams could become reality, and devoted his whole life to promoting science, education and culture. The city spreads over nearly 500 acres of land at a distance of 27 kilometers from the heart of the metropolis, Karachi and has all modern facilities. In view of the importance of the project, the government has reserved, for 50 years, the adjoining 5,000 acres of its land for Madinat al-Hikmah.
Bait al-Hikmah, the library is the first major institution of Madinat al-Hikmah. It is one of the largest and best equipped libraries and research centres in Pakistan, with a collection of books and journals in various disciplines and languages in areas of science and technology, medicine, management sciences, history (especially Indo-Pak history), Islamic studies and Islamic jurisprudence, Arabic, English, Persian and Urdu literature. An auditorium equipped with simultaneous interpretation in five languages and a seating capacity for 350 participants is part of Bait al-Hikmah.
The total library area is 10 acres and over half a million books, periodicals, and journals are housed with up-to-date electronic communication network.
In 1982, for the furtherance of educational activities, a society under the name of Hamdard Education Society was formed. The aim and object of the Society are as To make organized efforts to increase the literacy rate in Pakistan.
Hamdard Public School was established in 1990 at Madinat al-Hikmah, with the aim of providing the best possible education and training facilities to students.
The new campus of Hamdard Village School was completed and inaugurated in 2003. Hamdard Village School provides opportunities for education to the children of villages adjoining Madinat al-Hikmah. The school is free, including books, uniforms and shoes provided by the Hamdard Foundation Pakistan.
For the first couple of years, education was imparted to classes 1 to V at Hamdard Public School; then, in a few years, the classes increased to IX and X. For pre-university education, students had to go elsewhere. To remedy the situation, which involved parents in running around and students in starting a fresh, it was decided to extend the school and start the Hamdard College of Science and Hamdard College of Commerce
Hamdard University is the culmination of the vision of Hakim Mohammed Said, Founder of the University. The primary goal of the University has been to achieve a level of academic excellence, which measures favorably on the scale of international standards.
Hamdard College of Medicine and Dentistry is a part of the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, established in 1994 at Madinat al-Hikmah.
This has also been established as a part of the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences of Hamdard University at Madinat al-Hikmah. It awards the degree of Bachelor of Eastern Medicine and Surgery (BEMS). It started in 1995, to upgrade the knowledge and education of Eastern Medicine in the country.
Established in 1994 at Madinat al-Hikmah, HIMS has been developed as one of the major institutions of the country. The aim of its establishment was to meet the growing demands of emerging socio-economic patterns and to sustain the preparation of a regular stream of well-trained managerial cadres.
Hamdard Institute of Information Technology has been planned to prepare a breed of designers of new products, systems and services, which excel in problem solving and can compete successfully in the international marketplace having been trained in skills needed for infrastructure development.
Education and research in the field of law are matters of prime importance in evolving a culture of the rule of law in the country. Realizing the urgent need for a Centre of Excellence for Law, Hamdard University established a full-time School of Law in January 2001, based on the semester system.
Hamdard University has the distinction of introducing a B.Pharm. MBA integrated course that commenced in 2001. The prime objective of the programme is to prepare pharmacy graduates for the pharmaceutical industry and trade, who can meet the marketing challenges of 21st century.
A fifty-bed well-equipped hospital, situated at Madinat al-Hikmah, has been providing 24-hour free community health service to the 38 surrounding villages of Madinat al-Hikmah. Before the establishment of this hospital, the inhabitants of these villages lacked any health care facilities.
Hamdard University Hospital contributes in its own way to the basic philosophy of Hamdard: to give relief to the suffering humanity and to help cure diseases. However, other than providing treatment to patients, both routine and serious, the hospital acts as a clinical teaching hospital for MBBS students.
A beautiful garden at Madinat al-Hikmah spread over 40 acres and flanked by the campus is ideal for the project of cultivating medicinal plants. The Centre for Horticulture, set up in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Government of Germany, has been experimentally growing indigenous and exotic plants under soil-and water-tested conditions.
Shaheed Hakim Mohammed Said had already visualized the importance of pollution free environment for the socio-economic progress of the country in 1970 when he warned the nation against the danger of environmental pollution due to excess percentage of lead in the air, filthy water and traffic noises. He deeply desired to establish an Institute for Environmental Science in Hamdard university to impart education of environmental sciences and to conduct researches on environmental issues.