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Saiyid Hamid remembered

New Delhi: At a condolence meeting jointly organised by All India Educational Movement (AIEM) and Muslim Education Trust (MET), here on 16 January, rich tributes were paid to Saiyid Hamid, the founder-President of AIEM and former Chairman of MET for over a decade. This was one of dozens of such condolence meetings held across India to pay tributes to Saiyid Hamid,

Dr Syed Farooq, patron of AIEM and Chairman of Himalaya Drugs Company, Dr Zafarul-Islam Khan, Editor of the Milli Gazette and President of AIMMM, Parwaz Rahmani, Editor of Urdu bi-weekly "Dawat", Masoom Moradabdi, Editor of daily Jadeed Khabar, Syyed Mansoor Agha, Senior Urdu journalist and Vice President of AIEM, Abdul Rashid, former Deputy Secretary to Govt. of India and General Secretary AIEM, Mozaffar Ali, Secretary of MET,  Rafiq Ahmad, Secretary of Human Welfare Foundation (HWF) and Maualana Ataur-Rahman Qasmi, Director of Shah Waliullah Institute spoke on the occasion.

(L to R) Abdul Rashid (speaking), Syyed Mansoor Agha,
Dr Syed Farooq, Dr Zafarul-Islam Khan, Masoom Muradabadi

Presiding over the meeting, Dr Syed Farooq said that the best tribute to the departed soul will be to continue his mission which is far from complete. He was a visionary and a dedicated person, said Dr Farooq. Dr Zafarul-Islam Khan said, after his retirement from civil services, Saiyid Hamid devoted himself fully for the cause of the community. This is rare as there are hundreds of high-ranking Muslim civil servants who are living their own lives after retirement and show no interest in helping their community. Saiyid Hamid was a person of conviction. He greatly valued the capabilities of others.

Parwaz Rahmani said, some of Saiyid Hamid's actions as the VC of AMU invited criticism but nobody can deny that whatever he said or did was done with sincerity and in good faith. He had a versatile and attractive personality. Maualana Ataur-Rahman Qasmi said Saiyid Hamid was a man of great stature. He always extended a helping hand but never compromised with his principles to oblige anybody.

Masoom Moradabadi said, the character of leadership Saiyid Hamid provided is in contrast to others. He did not rely upon complaining. Instead, he struggled using self-strength and managed to carve a way-out and helped the community. He advised the community to realise their inherent capabilities, mobilise their available resources and stand on their own two feet. Syyed Mansoor Agha said,  Hamid Saheb was an education activist and a great admirer of Sir Syed's vision of education. He believed in an inclusive approach and stressed upon educating the community. He drew our attention towards the importance of health and hygiene and the dire need of social reforms. He was a big votary for promotion of communal harmony. He was a person of knowledge and action and a rare humanist of our times. Underlining Saiyid Hamid's deep interest in people's welfare activities,  Rafiq Ahmad said, even during his serious illness, he took keen interest in the affairs of HWF and always obliged us with guidance and granted us audience whenever we approached him. Saiyid Hamid was the founder-Chairman of HWF and served in that capacity until his last breath. The HWF is running several charitable institutions including Al-Shifa Hospital and a chain of Scholar Schools including one at AbulFazl Enclave in Delhi.

Concluding the meeting, Mozaffar Ali said, a the first chairman of MET, Saiyid Hamid shaped the mission which is successfully helping thousands of students to receive higher education in spite of financial constraints. The meeting ended after passing a condolence resolution which said Saiyid Hamid was "a visionary who guided Indian Muslims like a beacon for decades to improve their lot, is no more among us."

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 February 2015 on page no. 13

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