A meeting of Hamdard Naunehal Assembly Karachi chapter containing speeches, recitation of holy verses, naát, national songs and Dua-i-Said was held yesterday on the topic: “Thou art an eagle and shouldst live on the rocks of mountains,” a poetic verse of Allama Iqbal, at Bait-ul-Hikmah Auditorium, Madinat al-Hikmah Karachi. A renowned Analyst and a Columnist, Col (r) Mukhtar Ahmed Butt, was invited as a chief guest. Mrs. Sadia Rashid – President Hamdard Foundation Pakistan – also attended the meeting.

Speaking on the occasion, Mukhtar Butt said: “A single national curriculum is necessary to build our nation. Shaheed Hakim Mohammed Said was a personification of Allama Iqbal’s vision of Shaheen. He established a city of knowledge and wisdom on a barren land, which has now transformed into something extraordinary. Founding Hamdard Village School was a great service to Pakistan. Today former students of Hamdard Village School are now enrolled in PhD programs.

He said:“It has been 74 years, and yet we have not been able to formulate a single curriculum for our younger generations. During the 1965 war, we were united because we had a single curriculum.”

Mrs. Sadia Rashid said: “In 1985, Shaheed Hakim Mohammed Said organized Bazm-e-Naunehal, which has continued since then. Motivating children, character-building and enhancing the leadership qualities of our young generations is one of the core values of Hamdard Pakistan. These values were established by Hamdard’s founder Shaheed Hakim Mohammed Said himself, and Hamdard has been following in his footsteps.

She also said: “Allama Iqbal considered ideological character development of youth a cornerstone of the future of the ummah. He envisioned that youth would lead the whole Muslim world out from social ills. That is why he used to address the youth in his poetry.”

Young speakers from Hamdard Public School and Hamdard Village school also spoke on the topic.

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Arshad Yousafzai is a Karachi-based journalist covering Education and Human Rights. He can be reached on Twitter @Arshadyousafzay

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