Hakim Abdul Hameed
Modern Hamdard India
In one of the by lanes of the historic old Delhi, a small Unani clinic came into being in the year of 1906. Housed in a few rooms on one side of a spacious courtyard built around a sparkling fountain, the clinic was a modest effort aimed at reviving, invigorating and improving the ancient system of Unani medicine and therapeutics.
The man behind it was Hakeem Hafiz Abdul Majeed, one of the well known Unani practitioners of his day. The idea uppermost in the crusading Hakeem’s mind was to break away from the old tradition of each practitioner making drugs and specific from his own closely guarded formulations and selling them exclusively to his patients.
Hakeem Abdul Majeed wanted a larger number of people to benefit from the time-tested efficacy of Unani medicines and thought it necessary to manufacture Unani drugs on a bigger scale to achieve his end.
It is not at all surprising; therefore, that the name he gave to his fledgling venture was “Hamdard”, meaning ‘sympathy for all and sharing of pain’.
Sure enough, Hamdard began to flourish and prosper and its name became synonymous with integrity and high quality in the field of relatively inexpensive Unani medicines.
Sadly Hakeem Hafiz Abdul Majeed (d.1922) did not live long enough to see the flowering of his dream into the multidimensional and internationally known organization that it was to become in the competent hands of his illustrious son- Hakeem Abdul Hameed.
The exemplary life of Hakeem Abdul Hameed spanned almost the entire 20th century. Through sheer hard work, imagination, innovation and a strong will to march with changing times, he brought the dynamism of a new age to the philosophy and operation of Hamdard. The setting up a modern laboratories and subjecting the various drugs to laboratory tests brought the Unani system of medicine on modern scientific lines for the first time. As a result not only did Hamdard become a premier pharmaceutical house with a nationalist inspiration and a totally indigenous base, but it also emerged as mission committed to the service the society at large.
Hakeem Abdul Hameed gave a new life to Unani at a time when it had stagnated beyond belief. Among his multifold contributions to the field of Unani medicine he is also credited with preparing a definitive edition of Ibn Sina’s al-Qanum fi’l-tibb and translating it into English. This work progressed under his supervision for 40 years. For his contribution, he won international recognition and was honoured with Padma Shri & Padma Bhushan by the Government of India.
Today Hamdard (Wakf) Laboratories with a wide portfolio of over 600 natural and herb based products is amongst the leading Health & Wellness companies in India.
Deploying modern research tools and latest scientific methods to further the frontiers of natural medicine especially Unani, Hamdard constantly undertakes pharmacological studies on herbs to revive, test and make old formulation more effective.
With three manufacturing units located in India at Manesar (Haryana), Ghaziabad (Uttar Pradesh) and Okhla (Delhi); Hamdard has one of the largest Unani GMP certified and ISO 9001 facilities in the world. Hamdard markets its products across India with a 300 strong sales team and a network that covers over 500,000 outlets.
With over 100 years of service to health and humanity, Hamdard has today become synonymous with ‘integrity’ and ‘high quality’ and stands as a mission committed to serve the benefit the society at large.