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Prof. Dr. Abdul Karim Saeed

MRCP(UK), FRCP(London), FCPS(Pak)

5th Ameer/Head of the Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement

Lifetime: 28/Feb/1945 –
Leadership: 03/Nov/2002 –


Prof. Dr. Abdul Karim Saeed

Published in 2002

Hazrat Ameer (Head) Prof. Dr. Abdul Karim Saeed Pasha was born on 28th February 1945, at Dadar, District Mansehra, in the North West Frontier Province of Pakistan. His grandfather, Hazrat Maulvi Muhammad Yahya, named him Abdul Karim. Hazrat Syed Asadullah Shah, who was very close to the family, lovingly called him "Pasha" when he was still a child. He is today more commonly known by that name in the Jamaat [Movement].

Hazrat Ameer attended Burn Hall School in Abbottabad, and Forman Christian College in Lahore before joining medical school. He graduated as a doctor from King Edward Medical College Lahore in 1968.

Hazrat Ameer was inclined towards religion from early childhood. He benefited a lot from the Dars-i-Quran and Hadith [discourses on the Holy Quran and Hadith] and readings from the books of Hazrat Masih-i-Maoud [Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian] that his father, the late Hazrat Ameer Dr. Saeed Ahmad Khan, conducted almost on a daily basis. He was also very much influenced by lectures and Dars-i-Quran by the late Maulana Abdul Haq Vidyarthi, Naseer Ahmad Farooqi and Hafiz Sher Muhammad. As a student in a missionary school he engaged in interfaith dialogues with the Christian priests and would explain the reality of the claims of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian to fellow students and teachers. He has been continuously building on this firm foundation and is today considered one of the most learned members of the Jamaat.

Hazrat Ameer started his medical career in Mayo Hospital Lahore and later moved to New Zealand, followed by the UK where he obtained Membership of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP) in 1979. He moved back to Pakistan in April 1981 and took up a teaching assignment in Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad. He was promoted as Professor of Medicine in 1987 and appointed Head of the Department of Medicine in 1991. In 2001, he was selected to become Principal of the College, but his appointment was cancelled by the Government under pressure from the religious lobby for obvious reasons. Hazrat Ameer also has the distinction of being conferred the Fellowship of the Royal Colleges of Physicians (FRCP), London (1994) and Fellowship of the College of Physicians and Surgeons (FCPS), Pakistan in 2001. He is also serving as a member/chairman of a large number of professional committees and programmes. He has been a regular contributor to international and local professional publications and has travelled widely to attend conferences and conventions.

He has remained a staunch member of the Jamaat, and has shown great patience and commitment to the Movement in times of adversity by the opponents of the Movement. His love for the Holy Quran is exemplary.

Hazrat Ameer was elected a member of the Mujlis-e-Motemideen [General Council of Trustees] in 1992 and has retained this honour and served the Jamaat in that capacity ever since. He commands a lot of respect in the Jamaat for his piety and goodness. He has always made very positive contributions about the affairs of the Jamaat. He has been a regular speaker at the Annual Ahmadiyya Duaiyya [prayer gathering] for over 20 years. He is fond of poetry and has expressed, in his poems, deep sentiments relating to the Jamaat and the hard times it has been through. He has served as a trustee of the Ahmadiyya Anjuman Lahore Missions International (AALMI) but resigned from this position when it became difficult for him to attend meetings of the Trust in London. He represented the Central Anjuman at the World Muslim Convention of Ahmadiyya Anjuman Ishaat-i-Islam (Lahore) Fiji in April 1985. He also performed the dedication ceremony of Masjid-i-Noor in Suva on behalf of Hazrat Ameer Dr. Saeed Ahmad Khan. Hazrat Ameer is married and has three sons who are qualified medical doctors.

On 3rd November 2002, Hazrat Ameer was unanimously elected as Ameer and President of Ahmadiyya Anjuman Lahore. Being at the pinnacle of his career, he has accepted this responsibility at a tremendous sacrifice. We request all readers to pray for his success in uplifting the Jamaat, and that may Allah give him the strength, wisdom and spiritual prowess to lead us to successfully spread the message of Islam to the corners of the world.

Aameen.

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