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Indian Muslims mourn sad demise of Saiyid Hamid
Monday December 29, 2014 11:51 PM, Staff Reporter

Indian Muslims across the country and the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) alumni and fraternity settled in different parts of the world Monday mourned the sad demise of noted educationalist, social reformer, scholar and one of the tallest figures of the community in India Saiyid Hamid with deep grief.

Saiyid Hamid
[Saiyid Hamid (Right) with 2010 Civil Services topper Shah Faisal at his residence in New Delhi on 6th May 2010.]

"Saiyid Hamid's contribution for the country as an IAS officer does not require any elaboration. His efforts after retirement for the empowerment of the Muslim community, especially to increase Muslim representation in civil services are unmatchable. His death is a great loss not only for the Muslims but for the entire nation", Aleem Faizee, Chairman of Noble Education & Welfare Society (NEWS), said.

The 94-year-old educationist Saiyid Hamid, a retired IAS officer and one of the members of the high level committee headed by Justice Rajendra Sacchar, who was also regarded as a social reformer, died in New Delhi's Majeedia Hospital Monday in the evening.

He was admitted in the Majeedia Hospital of the Hamdard last week and was under medical observation since then. He breathed his last at 5:15 p.m. His funeral will take place Tuesday in Delhi's Panch Peeran Qabristan.

"The light has gone out. Saiyid Hamid, a man of illustrious personality, a man having Himaliyan achievements to his credit, a man having versatile qualities, a man embodying the finest values and the beacon of absolute honesty, love and commitment is no more.

"Yet he is alive and shall remain alive for generations to come for his massive socio-educational reformations and renaissance movements that shall continue to inspire all", The Milli Gazette on Saiyid Hamid's sad demise.

"On my behalf and behalf of AMUOBA Riyadh, I extend sincere condolences to all family members, and pray to Almighty Allah to forgive all his shortcomings and reward immensely for all his good deeds, and place him in Jannat-ul-Firdaus with great honor, respect and ease", Dr. Mohammad Ahmad Badshah Associate Professor at King Saud University and President, AMU Alumni Riyadh Chapter wrote in his condolence message.

AMU spokesperson Dr. Rahat Abrar, who worked closely with Saiyid Hamid when he was chairman of the UP Rabita Committee, said, "His life was devoted to the cause of Muslim education. He led to spread awareness and address the educational backwardness among Muslims."

Abrar added, "A visionary, and an institution builder, that is how I would like to remember him (Hamid). Before he joined AMU, the departments would have a chairman for more than 10-15 years. He introduced the rotation system and now there is term to serve.

"As a staunch believer of education as a tool for change he inspired Muslim youth to pursue higher studies, dissuaded AMU teachers from leaving the country for petro dollar opportunities outside."

Zillur Rehman of Ibn Sina Academy, Aligarh, who was in the academic council at the time when Saiyid Hamid was chancellor of Jamia Hamdard, said, "Hamid sahib had been a bureaucrat and head of AMU. He took decisions keeping in mind political realities of the country, and guided us in difficult times. His way of working was above sectarian, communal and regional considerations. That, along with his speeches and writings, kept us all inspired."

"His death is a great loss. I never saw a man more humble and more pure-hearted than him", Dr. Javed Jamil said in his message.

"Saiyid Hamid's death no doubt is a huge loss for the community. His contribution towards upliftment of the educational standards of the weaker sections of the society and the Muslim community in particular can never be forgotten", Dr Sharique Ahmed, Jt Secretary, AMU AlumniI Association of Bahrain, said.

Saiyid Hamid was former Chancellor of Jamia Hamdard and former Vice Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), and was founder of Hamdard Study Circle for Muslims IAS aspirants.

He was also instrumental in the publication of 'Nation and the world' and also worked as its editor. He was also associated with Human Welfare Foundation and extensivley worked for its ten-year program designed for the empowerment of the Muslim community.


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