Hyderabad Foundation USA is one of numerous charitable ventures established worldwide by Hyderabadis. It stems from their continuing desire to contribute towards the betterment of humanity, primarily among poor and needy communities of the world.
Charity is ingrained in the blood of Hyderabadis, stemming from their strong faith in Islam and a realization to follow the dictates of the Qur’an and Sunnah to care for others as much as we care for ourselves. For centuries, the rulers and nobility of Hyderabad demonstrated their responsibility towards others by building strong institutions and developing infrastructure to improve the living standard of the common people. The cultural values and etiquette were based on the Qur’an and teachings of the Prophet ﷺ.
The last Nizam of Hyderabad Mir Osman Ali Khan was a great philanthropist and supporter of human rights. During its nascent years, he supported the fledgling economy of the new state of Pakistan financially to keep it afloat through significant cash donations.
During 1949-1950, the Nizam of Hyderabad also donated a significant sum of money for the establishment of the Hyderabad Relief and Rehabilitation Trust in Karachi to help poor and displaced people. A key project of the Trust was the establishment of Osmania Hospital, which continues to serve the people of Karachi and lower Sindh to this day.
Many donors living in North America found it difficult to send their donations to the hospital. This led to the idea to create a non-profit charity in USA primarily for this purpose - Hyderabad Foundation USA Inc. Over the years, the Foundation has become a prime source of funds for providing free medical services at Osmania Hospital to any person that needs it, regardless of race, religion or creed. In subsequent years, Hyderabad Foundation has also developed a strong bond with other charitable organizations in South Asia to help with healthcare, education and alleviation of poverty.
We would like to provide a brief on the history of the State of Hyderabad to put this into perspective.
The reign of the Asaf Jahi dynasty over the State of Hyderabad was a glorious period in the history of the sub-continent.
For centuries, Hyderabad was the cradle of a great civilization. It was the center of cultural developments in the southern part of the India. During the 19th and first half of the 20th century until its annexation by the Indian Republic in 1956, it was considered to be one of the richest nations on Earth, with a robust economy and advanced development.
The roots of the Hyderabadi civilization go back to the Qutb Shahi dynasty. Sultan Muhammad Shah Bahmani – the ruler of Deccan – sent Quli Qutb-ul-Mulk as subedar (administrator) to Deccan to quell disturbances in Telangana in 1463. Quli Qutb-ul-Mulk built a fort at Golconda as his base. When the Bahmani kingdom disintegrated in 1518, Sultan Quli became independent, and took on the title of Sultan Quli Qutb Shah.
The city of Hyderabad was founded in 1589 on the banks of Musi River by Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah, ruler of the Qutb Shahi dynasty. It was located five miles east of the Golconda fort. The Char Minar (4 minarets building) is an icon of the city, and it was built in 1591 by the same ruler.
The Qutb Shahi sultans were great patrons of art, architecture, construction of buildings and learning. They promoted the Persian and the local Telugu culture. Golconda became one of the major markets in the region for pearls, diamonds, precious stones, printed fabric, steel, arms and armaments during their reign.
In 1686-87, the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb laid siege to Golconda fort and finally captured it. The last Qutb Shahi ruler Sultan Abul Hasan Tana Shah was taken prisoner, and the region became a part of the Mughal Empire. After Aurangzeb’s death in 1707, the Mughal emperors lost control over the region, leading to claims of autonomy by local governors.
In 1724, Mir Qamaruddin Siddiqi, grandson of Aurangzeb’s commander Khwaja Abid Siddiqi (also known as Qulich Khan) took control of Hyderabad and was granted the title of Nizam-ul-Mulk by the Mughal governor. This was the beginning of the Asaf Jahi dynasty that ruled over Hyderabad for nearly two and a half centuries. The Asaf Jahi Nizams remained loyal to the Mughal empire and never claimed sovereignty, although they were the autonomous rulers of the region.
The Asaf Jahis built a magnificent civilization with a very rich culture, which remains the envy of many to this day. The state was a welfare state and catered to the needs of all the citizens regardless of caste, creed or religion.
In 1948, a year after the British granted independence to India, Hyderabad was invaded by the Indian forces and was occupied under the garb of “Police Action”. It was in fact a full invasion by the Indian army. The state was formally legally inducted into the Indian union in 1956, with parts given to different provinces of the country.
The State of Hyderabad was a sponsor and promoter of cultural developments and learning throughout the sub-continent. Most of the great literary personalities, thinkers, teachers, and researchers were funded by the Nizams and many of them settled down in Hyderabad.
Urdu language received a great boost through the Dar ut Tarjumah. Thousands of books on every subject were translated from different languages into Urdu. Osmania University was established as an eminent center of excellence and education. The medium of instruction was Urdu even in professional colleges.
Though some work has been done to understand the history and culture of Hyderabad and its environs, a lot more research and publication on the subject is required. There is also a degree of misunderstanding and envy on how Hyderabad became a great center of human civilization.
Hyderabad Foundation USA, Inc is a non-profit tax-exempt corporation registered in Delaware, USA. It is registered as a public charity with the IRS under Section 501(c)(3), making all donations to us tax-deductible.
Our Vision is to see a world where all citizens of this planet have access to basic healthcare, education and livelihood.
Our Mission is to develop and support healthcare facilities and educational institutions, promote research and development, and alleviate poverty in the poorest communities around the world.
We accomplish this by identifying communities that are in need of aid and assistance and partnering with organizations that are already providing services on the ground.