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Hazrat Bismillah Shah Hospital

Bangalore: Hazrat Bismillah Shah Hospital (HBS) was thrown open to the public recently. It is a noble accomplishment with very few hospitals competing it in provision of services to the poor. Hospital authorities said that HBS is one of the few institutions in the city which works on non-profit basis. It operates on the basic principles of honesty and transparency.

It had been a long standing dream of Anjuman-e-Khuddamul Muslimeen (AKM), a charitable organization based in Bangalore, to set up a hospital well-equipped with modern facilities. The much awaited project took around fifteen years to complete. The following are excerpts of a interview with Masood Abdul Khadir, president of the AKM and a businessman.
How the idea came to your  mind to establish such a hospital?
“It was 1992 when Babri Masjid was unfortunately demolished. This sad event affected Bangalore also. AMK activists had camped at the Bowring Government Hospital to provide medical assistance to the victims. At the time we had suffered poorly due to the lack of Muslim doctors as well as ambulances and blood banks. That was the time when we felt the need for our own hospital so that we could serve the community with special emphasis on those who are economically backward and unable to bear the huge burden of medical expenses.”
How the land for the hospital was procured?

The land presently belongs to Wakf Board and it was endowed by Hazrat Bismillah Shah, a pious and religious personality. There was a vacant plot of land just behind the mihrab which we were given initially but in view of the expansion of the mosque, it was exchanged for an empty field in front of the mosque which was under illegal occupation.
The foundation of HBS Hospital was laid in 1996 by late Hazrat Qazi Mujahid-ul-Islam Qasmi and Maulana Abu Saood Sahib, founder of Darul-Uloom Sabilur Rashad, Bangalore. The idea suffered a setback for lack of funds and at first a blood bank was established but later we decided to build a large, fully-equipped modern hospital which is now a reality in the shape of HBS Hospital.

The first phase of the agenda has been completed with the setting up of the hospital. The more important second phase will be to see that the hospital functions according to its original intentions. For this, an expert team of doctors will look after the daily affairs of the hospital. The treatment will be provided at a minimum rate as the aim of the AMK is to run it on a non-profit basis. Patients will be assured of accurate and safe treatment and they will not be exploited in any way as doctors will not be allowed to benefit personally.

The construction work began in 1996 and finished in 2007. Several individuals helped in the construction in a variety of ways because of which the costs were restricted only to Rs. 3 crore. (Khurshid Alam,  karnatakamuslims.com)

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 May 2014 on page no. 13

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