It all Started with the establishment of a small Unani clinic, in Delhi of that the time in the year 1906 by Hakeem Hafiz Abdul Majeed, known for his extraordinary skills in Unani medicines of his time, the Jamia Hamdard laid its foundation. With a vision to expand the scope of Unani medicines into a scientific discipline and dispensing it in a more efficient manner to the patients, Hakeem Hafiz Abdul Majeed worked in this direction. His venture was named as “Hamdard” which means “Sympathy for all and sharing of pain”. Later on, his philosophy was carried forward into independent India by his son, Hakeem Abdul Hameed who also remained illustrious.
On 28th August 1948, Hamdard was converted into a Wakf which was previously a commercial enterprise with an objective to spread the word of health and education in Islamic teachings of public charity.