Prayers held for Junaid, other plane victims in Dubai

By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

AS MANY over 400 expatriates belonging to different spheres of life in UAE attended the Dua-e-Maghfirat (repentance) from Allah for Pakistan pop star turned preacher, Junaid Jamshed, and other victims of the plane crash which happened last week in Pakistan.
Forty-eight people were killed in the crash, including Jamshed, one of the popular multi-dimensional personalities in Pakistan. The plane crashed on Wednesday night while it was bound for Islamabad from Chitral in the northwest where Jamshed along his wife were attending a religious gathering.
The observance was organised by Pakistan Association Dubai (PAD) at the local mosque situated next to the Pakistan Education Academy in Oud Metha, Dubai after the Juma prayers. Besides a large number of PAD members, community members belong to different walks of life based in Dubai, Sharjah and Ajman also attended the prayers along with their friends and family members.
Jamshed was one of the few Pakistanis who was admired by every sector of the community. Those who saw the lead vocal member of Vital Signs – a band he formed with four other musicians in the late ‘80s – paid their respects. One of his songs, ‘Dil Dil Pakistan’, was so popular that it was known as the second National Anthem for Pakistan – while many adored him since the early 2000s when he turned to religion and became an active preacher. For the last 15 years, Jamshed recited many Naats (a poetry that specifically praises the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and released albums as well on TV.
Abdul Baseer, Imam of Pakistani Mosque, told the audience that Jamshed was a model not only for younger generations of the Pakistani community, but for every one.
“He was one of the active and most touring preachers of Islam. He, along with prominent former cricket players of the Pakistani team – including Saqlain Mushtaq, Saeed Anwar and Mushtaq Ahmed – planned to attend a number of religious gatherings in the UAE in January. People were waiting to meet their heroes but Almighty Allah’s will changed everything. We pray to Allah the Almighty to forgive and give the highest place in paradise to all the victims of the plane crash and bestow patience on their family members,” he said.
However, after the prayers, community members who met Jamshed and knew him shared their experiences. Everyone had high praise for his soft-spoken attitude and passion for religion to which he dedicated his whole life.
Those who attended the observance included prominent community members Arif Pardesi, Shabbir Merchant, Aijaz Malik, Syed Mubashir Ali, Muhammad Mustafa and members of Alif Investment, a venture of Jamshed in the UAE with a number of local business partners. The executive members of PAD including Tahir Zaidi, Tariq Rehman, Shahidul Islam and Muhammad Zaim also attended the prayers.
Published in The Gulf Today

~ by jamilkhan on December 10, 2016.

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