A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight PK-661 carrying over 40 passengers has crashed on the way to Islamabad from Chitral on Wednesday.
It has been confirmed that the once popular Pakistani singer turned Islamic preacher, Junaid Jamshed and his family were on board the flight and sadly lost their life in the disaster alongside the 40+ passengers on board.
There were 31 men, 9 women and 2 infants on board the flight, including at least three foreigners.
The news of this plane crash and the death of Junaid Jamshed has sent shock waves across Pakistan and garnered an outpouring of grief from mourners all over the world who have sent their condolences to the families of all those involved in this tragedy.
Junaid Jamshed was a much respected Islamic preacher and his death has been a shock to those who knew and shared a stage with him. Some of the leading Muslim scholars in the USA and UK expressed their sadness at the loss on social media.
Shaykh Omar Suleiman posted,
Shocked and heartbroken by news that Junaid Jamshed and his wife, along with 40+ passengers, passed away.
Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajioon. Oh Allah, grant them shahada and forgive them for their sins. Accept his repentance and elevate his status in the hereafter as you did in this world. Ameen.
Shaykh Yasir Qadhi wrote,
Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’oon….
A PIA plane has crashed and it is feared that all on it have died, including the famous singer turned preacher, Junaid Jamshed.
May Allah have mercy on him and all of those who died!
In the summer of 1992, when I was a student at the University of Houston, Junaid Jamshed came with his band ‘Vital Signs’ to perform a singing tour at our campus. Hundreds of Muslim students went to attend, and of course there was the standard music, dancing and singing going on at the time. Our Muslim Student Association (of which I was an integral part!) decided to stand outside that event, and pass out fliers reminding Muslims that this was not appropriate for them to do. I was a part of that ‘protest’ outside of Junaid’s hall.
Then, Allah guided Junaid to leave the music industry and become a preacher. Fifteen years later, after I had graduated from Madinah, in the summer of 2007 in London at the GPU event sponsored by Islam Channel, I met Junaid Jamshed and informed him of that story. This was minutes after we had both shared a stage speaking to the largest audience in the Western world – over forty thousand people. I said to him how Allah works in mysterious ways: one day I was warning against his concert, and now we were both sharing the same stage for the same message! And I gifted him a copy of my Dua book. He was so moved and humbled that I’ll never forget what he did: he literally hugged me and I could see his eyes well up with tears.
Truly, Allah raises those whom He pleases and writes love for them in this world.
May Allah accept Junaid Jamshed’s death as a martyrdom (along with all of those who died!) and bless their families with patience and comfort at this trying time.
On his Twitter, Shaykh Abdel Rahman Murphy posted,
Shocking news of the death of 40+ people in a plane crash in Pakistan, including our friend Junaid Jamshed. Allah have mercy! Seriously sad.
Shaykh Saad Tasleem wrote,
Junaid Jamshed. O Allah have mercy on him, give him strength, and pardon him. O Allah take him to Paradise without any suffering. Ameen.
Leicester based Imam Dr Ather Hussain wrote,
May Allah raise the status of all those who passed away on Flight
#PK611 today in Pakistan. Our Duas are with the entire nation, Ameen.
Glasgow based Shaykh Amer Jamil posted,
Another reminder for all of us that death can come at anytime, so we should be ready to depart at all times. inna lilalahi wa inna ilyhi rajeoon. May Allah talaa forgive the deceased and grant them paradise.
We send our deepest condolences to the families of all the victims who were on board flight PK661 and pray that Allah raises their status.