Hakim Syed Zillur Rahman

Hakim Syed Zillur Rahman is an Indian scholar of Unani medicine. He founded Ibn Sina Academy of Medieval Medicine and Sciences in 2000. He had earlier served as Professor and chairman, Department of Ilmul Advia at the Ajmal Khan Tibbiya College, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Aligarh, for over 40 years before retiring as Dean Faculty of Unani Medicine. Presently, he is serving AMU as "Honorary Treasurer".[1] In 2006, the Government of India awarded him the Padma Shri for his contribution to Unani Medicine.[2]

Hakim Syed Zillur Rahman
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Born (1940-07-01) 1 July 1940 (age 80)
Alma materAligarh Muslim University, Darul-uloom Nadwatul Ulama
Known forUnani medicine & History of medicine
Spouse(s)Ahmadi Begum
ChildrenSafia Akhtar, Syed Ziaur Rahman, Soofia Akhtar, Asifa Haneefa
Parent(s)Hakim Syed Fazlur Rahman
Haneefa Khatoon
RelativesHakim Syed Karam Husain (Grand father)


Early life and educationEdit

Rahman was born on 1 July 1940 in Bhopal, Bhopal State (now in Madhya Pradesh).[citation needed] His grandfather Hakim Syed Karam Husain, father Hakim Syed Fazlur Rahman and uncle Hakim Syed Atiqul Qadir were Unani physicians in Tijara / Bhopal.[citation needed]

Rahman studied at Darul-uloom Nadwatul Ulama in Lucknow and then at Ajmal Khan Tibbiya College, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh.[citation needed]


Rahman started his career in 1961 as a Demonstrator at Ajmal Khan Tibbiya College, Aligarh Muslim University as a Demonstrator. He then became a Lecturer at Jamia Tibbiya, Delhi, where he became a Reader in 1973 and a Professor in 1983. He remained Chairman of the Department of Ilmul Advia for 18 years and Dean of the Faculty of Unani Medicine, Aligarh Muslim University.[3][4]

He helped to establish the Ibn Sina Tibbia College at Beenapara, Azamgarh, and laid the foundation stone on 25 January 1981.[citation needed]

He edited Al-Hikmat, a monthly Unani Literary Magazine, from 1965 to 1970.[citation needed]


His scholarship analyses the history of medicine particularly of medieval medicine and medicine in medieval Islam.[citation needed]


His books include:[5]


  • He established a library and archive in the 1960s, which became part of the Shifa-al Mulk Hakim Abdul Latif Memorial Committee in 1970. After the establishment of Ibn Sina Academy of Medieval Medicine and Sciences[10] in 2000, this library (Hakim Zillur Rahman Library)[11] and museum (Hakim Karam Hussain Museum on History of Medicine & Science and Hakim Fazlur Rahman Museum on Arts, Culture & Orientalism) have now become a part of the academy. The library at present houses one of the most precious and valuable collection of 20,000 printed books, 500 manuscripts",[12][13] some rare books, microfilms, compact discs, a large number of periodicals and manuscript catalogues. Books in many languages like Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Sanskrit and English on a variety of subjects like History of Medicine and History of Science, Unani, Medieval medicine, Ilmul Advia (Pharmacology), Urdu Literature with special reference to Ghalib, Iqbal, Aligarh and Sir Syed Ahmad Khan are also extant in this library. In addition, there is a Publication Division under the Shifaul Mulk Hakim Abdul Latif Memorial Committee, Centre for Safety & Rational Use of Indian Systems of Medicine, Ibn Sina Shifakhana, AIDS Cell & Ghalib Study Centre.

Awards and honoursEdit

Rahman was appointed honorary visiting professor at Hamdard University in 1997 and have further been awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters at a graduation ceremony in 2013.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Honorary Treasurer". Aligarh Muslim University. 2018. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  2. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 November 2014. Retrieved July 21, 2015.
  3. ^ "Brief Biography". Germany.
  4. ^ "Biography" (PDF). International Institute of Islamic Medicine, USA.
  5. ^ "List of Books". Open Library.
  6. ^ Hakim Syed Zillur Rahman (1962), Daur-e Jadeed aur Tib, Bhopal, India: Tibbi Academy, India, OL 25279210M
  7. ^ Hakim Syed Zillur Rahman (2008) [1983], Ḥayāt-i Karam Ḥusain (revised second ed.), ʻAlīgaṛh: [s.n.], OL 3006896M
  8. ^ "Commentaries, Sources and Editions of The Canon of Medicine". Ibn Sina Academy of Medieval Medicine & Sciences. External link in |publisher= (help)
  9. ^ "Dilli aur Tibb-e Unani". Urdu Academy, Govt. of NCT, Delhi. Archived from the original on 16 February 2010. Retrieved 17 March 2010.
  10. ^ "Visit of Ibn Sina Academy" (PDF). S. Moinuddin Alvi, Aligarh.[dead link]
  11. ^ "Zillur Rahman Library, India". United States National Library of Medicine, National Institute of Health.
  12. ^ "Manuscripts Catalogues at Zillur Rahman Library". Microfilm Centre of India. Archived from the original on 14 July 2011.
  13. ^ "Manuscripts Libraries". Microfilm Centre of India. Archived from the original on 19 February 2010.
  14. ^ https://m.facebook.com/IAMMS.Aligarh/posts/2957303840973225

Further readingEdit

  • Bhopal ka Maya-i naz Sapoot: Padma Shri Hakim Syed Zillur Rahman, by Kausar Siddiqi (Bhopal), Karwan-e Adab, January – March 2011, p. 10 – 16.
  • Hakim Syed Zillur Rahman – Hayat wa Khidmat, Aik Jaiza, Swad-e Harf (First edition 2011), Authored by Dr. Mukhtar Shamim, Bhopal, p. 112 – 127.
  • Hakim Syed Zillur Rahman – Eik Mut'ala (A monograph) by Dr. Fakhre Alam, Ibn Sina Academy, Aligarh, 2010; ISBN 978-93-8061-003-0.
  • Hakim Syed Zillur Rahman – Hayat wa Khidmat (A voluminous biography), Ed. Dr. Hasan Abbas (Banaras Hindu University) & Dr. A. Latif (Aligarh Muslim University), Markaz Tahqiqat Farsi wa Urdu, Siwan (Bihar), 2005, page 604.
  • Muslims in India, Ed. Ratna Sahai, Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. of India, New Delhi.
  • Investiture Ceremony Brochure, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Dept. of Education, New Delhi, 10 August 1996.
  • Hakim Syed Zillur Rahman Ek Mumtaz aur Yagana Sifat Tibbi Shakhsiyat by Basheer Zafar, Asrar-i Hikmat, Special Number, Lahore, 1970.
  • Professor Hakim Syed Zillur Rahman, by Dr. Rais Ahmad Naumani, Qaumi Awaz, 4 December 1995, New Delhi and Rehnumi Sehat, Faisalabad, Pakistan, April 1998, pp. 9 – 15.
  • Hakim Syed Zillur Rahman – Shakhsiyat aur Fan by Hakim Shafqat Azmi, Rahnuma-i Sehat, Faisalabad, Pakistan, January 1998.
  • Mufakir wa Mohaqiq Tibb-i Unani – Professor Zillur Rahman ka Tarikhi Taruf by Hakim Mohd. Qasim Siddiqui, Sada-i Qasmi Procedures, Karachi, 1997.
  • My Days at Aligarh, Autobiography by Prof. M. N. Farooqui, Former vice-chancellor, AMU, Aligarh, 1995.
  • Hakim Syed Zillur Rahman ke Azeem Ilmi Karname by Mr. Farooq Nafey of Qaide Azam University, Islamabad, Tahzibul Akhlaq, Lahore, Pakistan, April 1997.
  • Special Brochure on the Title Ceremony, Sada-i Qasmi, Karachi, Pakistan, July 1997.
  • Souvenir, Hindustan Mein Tibbi Unani (Past, Present, Future), All India Unani Tibbi Conference, New Delhi, 1993.
  • Dastawaiz, Urdu Academy, Govt. of U.P., Lucknow, 1983.
  • Hakim Syed Zillur Rahman – Aik Ilmi Shakhsiyat by Prof. Nisar Ahmad Faruqui, Idrak, Gopalpur, Bakarganj, Siwan (Bihar), 213–216: No. 3, 2003
  • Hakim Syed Zillur Rahman – Aik Maya’ naz Shakhsiyat by Dr. Abdul Latif, Idrak, Gopalpur, Bakarganj, Siwan (Bihar), 217–222: No. 3, 2003
  • Hakim Syed Zillur Rahman Number, Idrak (5), Gopalpur, Bakarganj, Siwan (Bihar), 2005.
  • First "Professor Hakim Syed Zillur Rahman Oration" Delivered by Prof. Hakim Abdul Hannan, Dean, Faculty of Eastern Medicine, Hamdard University, Karachi, at International Integrative Medicine Conference, Karachi, Pakistan, 24–26 Nov. 2008
  • Tibb-e Unani main Urdu tarjume ki rawayat aur Hakim Syed Zillur Rahman – aik tanqeedi aur tajziati muttala by Hakim Fakhre Alam, Uni-Med – Kulliyat 2007, Vol 3, No. 1: 2–11
  • Aks Khama Hakim Syed Zillur Rahman by Hakim Fakhre Alam, Aligarh, 2008