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In Remembrance of Dr. Hamid Abdul Hai

March 3rd, 2021

It is with heavy hearts that IMANA leadership shares news of the passing of one of our beloved founders and past presidents, Dr. Hamid Abdul Hai.

It is a loss that will be felt by many, as he founded and supported many patients and causes
within our community, including the establishment of the first free Muslim clinic in Chicago. Dr. Hai was one of IMANA’s strongest supporters. He served as President of the organization from 2000-2001, and was always an advocate of IMANA’s international conferences and joined with others to establish them as a tradition. Stated best by Dr. Khalid Qazi, “May Allah (SWT) bless him in Jannah. I have been honored to know and work with that, calm, delightful and dedicated Muslim for many years. His patience and work quietly, without any fanfare, was exemplary.”  The loss we feel today is profound.

Individuals such as Dr. Hai not only shine as examples of how to balance faith and education, but also encourage others through their silent leadership to emulate it. Dr. Hai was known for his knowledge of Islam in addition to the advances he helped make in the field of cardiology. His kindness and charity have sincerely touched all those around them, and his interfaith efforts have made significant impact.

Please also take a moment to pray for all the deceased former IMANA presidents. They have all left a lasting legacy in helping develop and nurture IMANA. May they all rest in peace—Ameen.

Dr. Hamid Abdul Hai was born in Patna, Bihar, India on November 28, 1943. After passing the Senior Cambridge examination from St. Xavier’s High School, he joined the Prince of Wales Medical College. In 1966 he graduated from medical school with Honors and the Wheeler Gold Medal for receiving the highest grades in the university. After completing his Doctorate in Medicine from Patna University, he migrated to USA in June 1970 and completed his internship at the Philadelphia General Hospital. He moved to Chicago joining the Michael Reese Medical Center where he completed his Medical residency in 1973. After finishing his Fellowship in Cardiology, he moved to Boston to work as a Research Fellow in Cardiology with Dr. Eugene Braunwald and Dr. Bernard Lown at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, Harvard University, from 1974 to 1976. He then returned to Chicago to become the Director of the Arrhythmia Clinic at Northwestern University. He also had his own practice in Chicago from 1979 to 2001. 

After serving there for nearly 25 years, Dr. Hai took the responsibility of developing the Cardiology departments in many states including Arkansas, Wisconsin, Mississippi, Montana, Oklahoma, Virginia, Wyoming, finally settling down in 2012 as attending Cardiologist and Professor of Medicine at the University of New Mexico where he currently resided. During his career he published many papers and chapters in several books. He also wrote a chapter on “Muslim Perspectives on End-Of-Life- Decision Making” and papers on “Guidelines for Healthcare Providers Interacting with Muslim Patients and their Families” and “Living Faith: Stories of Justice”. Besides being Board certified by the American Boards of Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology and Nuclear Cardiology, he was a Fellow of the American Colleges of Cardiology, Angiology, Chest Physicians and Nutrition. During his years of practice he also served as Principal Investigator in many clinical drug trials.

Dr. Hamid Hai was an extremely loving and benevolent human being and provided support to many individuals, families and institutions. He was known for his Juma khutbas at Northwestern University and later at the Islamic Center of New Mexico. Over and above his professional achievements, he had extensive knowledge of Islam and many other subjects. Dr. Hai was the organizing secretary for Islam at the hundred-year celebration of the World’s Parliament of Religions held in Chicago in 1993. He served as President of the Islamic Medical Association of North America (IMANA) from 2000 to 2001. He was one of the founders of the Interfaith Clinic in Chicago in 2001.
Dr. Hai passed away on Wednesday, February 24th. at the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque and his Janazah was performed outside at the Mecca Center in Willowbrook, IL on Sunday February 28th. A large group of families and friends joined in obeyance with the state laws and a very large number of families attended through the zoom link from all around the world.

May God grant him forgiveness and place him high in Jannatul Firdous.

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