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New Head of Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement:

Dr. A. K. Saeed

Following the death on October 14 of Professor Dr. Asghar Hameed, Head of the Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement, the new Head has been elected to be Dr. Abdul Karim Saeed.

Dr. Abdul Karim Saeed was born on 28th February 1945, at Dadar in the North West Frontier Province of Pakistan. His grandfather, Hazrat Maulvi Muhammad Yahya, a companion of the Promised Messiah, named him Abdul Karim.

Dr. Saeed 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. Dr. Saeed was inclined towards religion from early childhood. He benefited a lot from the discourses on the Holy Quran and Hadith and readings from the books of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad 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 Quran teaching of the late Maulana Abdul Haq Vidyarthi, Naseer Ahmad Faruqui and Maulana Hafiz Sher Mohammad. As a student in a missionary school he did not hesitate to engage the Christian priests in discussions about the death of Jesus Christ or to explain the truth of the claims of Hazrat Mirza sahib 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 Movement.

Dr. Saeed started his medical career in Mayo Hospital, Lahore, Pakistan, and later moved to New Zealand, followed by the U.K. where he obtained Membership of the Royal College of Physicians. He moved back to Pakistan in April 1981 and took up a teaching position 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 anti-Ahmadiyya religious lobby. Dr. Saeed also has the distinction of being conferred the Fellowship of the Royal Colleges of Physicians, London (1994), and Fellowship of the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Pakistan, in 2001. He is also serving as a member/chairman of a large number of professional committees and programmes.

He has remained a staunch member of the Jama‘at, and has shown great patience and commitment to the Movement in times of adversity and persecution by the opponents of the Movement. His love for the Holy Quran is exemplary. Dr. Saeed was elected a member of the General Council of Trustees of the Ahmadiyya Anjuman Lahore in 1992 and has retained this honour and served the Jama‘at in that capacity ever since. He commands a lot of respect for his piety and goodness. He has always made very positive contributions about the affairs of the Movement. He has been a regular speaker at the Annual Ahmadiyya Gathering in Lahore for over 20 years.

On 3rd November 2002, Dr. A.K. Saeed was unanimously elected as Ameer and President of the 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 Movement, 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 — Ameen.




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