Noor Muhammad Lakhir: The Eminent Sindhi Nationalist and Social Activist

Noor Muhammad Lakhir was a notable Sindhi nationalist, honorable Sindhi educationist, freedom fighter, social activist, and pioneer of Noor Muhammad High School Hyderabad Sindh & Muslim Hostel Hyderabad Sindh.

Biography of Noor Muhammad Lakhir

Noor Muhammad Lakhir was born in the day of 16 September 1845 at village Chakro Taluka Dokri, District Larkana Sindh province of Pakistan. His father Main Muhammad Sijawal Lakhir was a primary teacher.

Education

Noor Muhammad Lakhir acquired early education from his village under the guidance of his father. He passed Matriculation examination from the institute of Sindh Madressatul Islam Karachi. He completed his Bachelor of Arts and then LLB from Aligarh College.

Professional career

After completion of LLB, Noor Muhammad Lakhir initiated advocacy in Hyderabad Deccan then shifted to Hyderabad Sindh. He was elected as Judge in Khairpur. Because of keen interest in advocacy, he gave resignation from the post of Judge and again started advocacy in Hyderabad Sindh.

Political career

  • He was among the freedom fighters who struggled for the rights of Sindhi Muslims.
  • Noor Muhammad Lakhir played important role in freedom movement in Sindh.
  • In 1923 he was appointed as a member of Bombay Legislative Council
  • In 1925 He developed Muslim Educational Society.
  • In 1924 elected as secretary of Bombay Legislative Council for Hyderabad Sindh.
  • He remained an active member of Sindh Muhammadan Association which was established by Hassan Ali Effendi.
  • Advocate Noor Muhammad Lakhir was among those Muslim leaders who struggled for the separation of Bombay from Sindh.
  • Attended Sindh Muslim Educational Conferences in the year of 1924.
  • He emerged as an active leader during the khilafat movement.

Legacy

Noor Muhammad Lakhir is respectfully termed as the founder of Noor Muhammad High School Hyderabad Sindh & Muslim Hostel Hyderabad Sindh.

Noor Muhammad High School Hyderabad

In the year of 1858 British Government established Hyderabad High School in Sindh province, and well known educationist Marahatta Dr. Bhandarkar was called and elected as a Headmaster of School. Later in the year of 1930, Noor Mohammad High School was upgraded and named it Noor Muhammad High School. It was the 2nd highest school for Muslims in Sindh province. Noor Mohammad Lakhir wrote to Aligarh to seek the services of some Muslim teachers for the school. The building of Noor Muhammad High School was built in the year of 1933.

Other sources say Noor Mohammad High School was developed by the British Government in 1858 who named it Hyderabad High School, which was that the mere educational institution of the area. The school was named with advocate Noor Mohammad Lakhir after he succeeded in acquiring it from the British government in the year of 1924.

In 1934 school was delivered to Muslim Educational Society (developed by Noor Muhammad Lakhir) and named it Hyderabad High School. In the year of 1937 after the death of Noor Muhammad Lakhir the name of school was changed from Hyderabad High School to his name Noor Muhammad High School. After the independence of Pakistan in 1947 the building of Noor Muhammad High School was partitioned into 2 parts. One part for Noor Muhammad High School and second for Muslim Science College.

Muslim Hostel Hyderabad Sindh

The Muslim Hostel Hyderabad Sindh is situated to opposite of Civil Hospital Hyderabad. The hostel was launched by Sir Leslie Wilson, then governor of Sindh, and its foundation stone plaque was laid by Sir Ghulam Hussain Hidayatullah, revenue and finance member of council of the government of Bombay on the day of 30 October 1933.The hostel has 57 rooms, 2 halls, 2 superintendent halls, 7 residential rooms, 18 bath rooms, a mosque and 2 kitchens. Hostel was constructed to give accommodation facilitates to the students of Noor Muhammad High School who attend schools from different parts of Sindh but Pakistan Rangers are using hostel as their lodgings for over 3 decades.

Death

Advocate Noor Muhammad Lakhir passed away on the day pf 22 August 1937.He had no son, his daughter Aapa Mehar Noor Muhammad lives in Latifabad Hyderabad Sindh. In accordance to his will he was laid to rest in Muslim Hostel Hyderabad Sindh. His wish before dying was that he needed to establish “Muslim University” in Hyderabad Sindh.

 

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