Al-Hakimi commemoration marked [Archives:2004/764/Local News]

August 16 2004

Ismail Al-Ghabiri
The national symposium on the fiftieth death commemoration of revolutionary Abdullah Al-Hakimi, organized by the Yemen Center for Study and Research was concluded on Wednesday August 11.
The symposium was attended by political party leaders, intellectuals and social dignitaries.
Workpapers presented at the symposium were enriched by a several interventions, comments, and discussions from participants, who stressed the importance of organizing such functions to inspire generations with the feats of their forefathers.
At the end of the symposium, Dr. Abdulziz Al-Makalih, cultural advisory to the President, director of the Yemeni Center for Studies and Research, said researches introduced at the symposium as well as comments and discussion would be published soon in a book or two so that benefit prevails, and researchers and interested people have access to the papers of the symposium.
Dr. Al-Makalih, who is also head of the symposium preparatory committee, emphasized the significance of referring to the heritage of the pioneers' heritage to know the problems and issues that drew their attention, because “some of them are still proving a headache for us today.”
He called for a close scrutiny of the works and exploits of the previous generations of great men who sacrificed without waiting for reward except for that in the Hereafter.
The participants concluded their work sessions with discussion of papers. The first tackled the concepts of modernism in Al-Hakimi's thought. “His thought was serious and profound. His defense and activity were characterized by compatibility, interconnection, and integration,” said the paper. It also reviewed the Al-Hakimi's concepts of intellectual and political modernism through his struggle, instructional address, and acceptance of the otherness.
The second paper talked about the role of Al-Hakimi's journalism in enlightening and awakening the nation, for he is considered one of the most prominent yemeni men who occupied a enviable status in local and foreign journalism.
The paper indicated the national, regional and human issues treated by Al-Salam newspaper, used to be edited by Al-Hakimi. “It was an open pulpit for Arabs and Muslims, and it gained popularity, and improvement in both form and contents,” pointed out the paper.
The last paper discussed the political and revolutionary role of Al-Hakimi, being one of the pioneers of the Yemeni national movement who had the honor to fight against the Imamate and colonization. It also showed his role in founding the Yemeni Freemen Movement in Aden in 1944 along with Al-No'aman and Al-Zubairi.