Hasan Chishti Recognized for His Excellent Community Services
On behalf of All Saints (Hyderabad) Alumni Association of North America Hon”ble Jesse White, Illinois Secretary of State, recognized Mr. Hasan Chishti for his Excellent Work In Community Services on the occasion of the 153rd year anniversary celebrations of the school on November 28, 2008. The function was arranged on a very grand scale by Mr. Ameer Khan President of the Association.
Hasan Chishti has received several awards and recognitions in the past.
On the occasion of the 60th Independence Day celebrations (2007) the Federation of Indian Associations, Chicago, conferred the Community Leadership Award on Hasan Chishti in recognition of his dedication to the principles of community service and inspiring community partnership among the community in Chicago.
He has compiled and published four volumes of "Mujtaba Hussain ki Behtareen Tahreeren" and in 2002 Delhi Urdu Academy gave him an award consisting of cash, a shield, a certificate and a shawl for Vol. 2 of these books. In 2003 Urdu Writers Society of USA honored him with its Annual Literary Award in recognition of his commendable literary services, and, in 2001 the American Urdu Writers Society awarded him the prestigious “Lifetime Achievement Award” at an investiture ceremony in Los Angles, California. In 1999 he was appointed as one of the directors of the Metropolitan Asian Family Services which provides comprehensive social services to Asian communities living in Chicago and its suburbs.
He presided over a highly successful Mushaira organized by the Osmania University Old Boys Association in 1996. The same year, he received the title of “Numainde Deccan” in recognition of his literary, cultural and social service activities. He also received an award from the City of Chicago in 1996 for his commitment and dedication to the city and the Asian-American community and the award of “Architect of Urdu” given from the Elders Council of India in 1997. He represented the United States in the International Mushaira held in New Delhi in 1988. On that occasion he received the prestigious Asrar-ul-Haq Majaz World Urdu Award.
For a long time, he performed editorial tasks for the Urdu monthlies “Pasban” and “Akash” and the English weekly “Munsif” now published in Urdu from Hyderabad. He was, for nine years, Chicago Bureau Chief of Pakistan Link, a widely circulated weekly in English and Urdu.
While in Saudi Arabia, he founded “Bazm-e-Urdu” and “Hyderabad Association” and was president of both the organizations for six years.
As a person who has a thorough grasp and understanding of problems of new immigrants, he infuses self-confidence in them and gives them a sense of reassurance.
Born in Hyderabad, India, he obtained a BA Degree from the Osmania University and served the university in various capacities for about 26 years. After his retirement in 1978, he was associated with King Abdul Aziz University for two years after which he held an executive post in a Saudi-owned company for six years. In 1986, he migrated to Chicago and worked for a reputed real estate company Khan & Associates and also for Pentagon Industries for about five years before he started his own business, in 1991, with his sons, Javeed and Wajid, both computer engineers. He is happily married to Zeenath for 51 years.