Bila tengok gambar Bro. Junaid yang dipos oleh Sh. Yasir Qadhi (the pic below), I go, "he looks familiar":
tersalah cakap sikit je mengenai Saidatina Aisyah RA."
Btw, pasal kes 'tersalah cakap' ni, beliau dah pun pernah keluarkan stetmen apology dalam satu video:
[I'm not saying that dramatization of the seerah is okay;
but I mean, couldn't those mobs have some husnuz-zhon
upon their Muslim brother? Couldn't they take better
approach in correcting brother Junaid's mistake,
rather than bantaying him dekat airport?]
Nonetheless Brother Junaid cared to apologize, ma sha Allah.
Cuma video apology ni beliau buat dalam Bahasa Urdu, so of course, sepatah apa pun aku tak paham, haha; tapi vibe sincerity yang beliau pancarkan, ma sha Allah... Kagum dengan humility beliau. I remember I cried when I watch this video.
And so that's how I remember Brother Junaid Jamshed
(...atau mungkin sepatutnya aku kena panggil beliau
Uncle Junaid Jamshed instead, idk... umur beliau pun
dekat nak sama dengan ayah aku... ehhe...)
Anyways. And this is how Sh. Yasir Qadhi remembers Brother Junaid:
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.
I just logged on to Br. Junaid Jamshed's Facebook page, where there is a video of his last Jumah from a few days ago. I cannot believe the two verses that he chose to recite in the last Jumah he led, for they are so tragically beautiful in light of this accident:
In the first rakah, he recited Baqara 153-7, in which we are told that those who die in the way of Allah are not dead, but alive with their Lord. And we are also commanded to say 'To Allah we belong and to Him We shall return' at times of calamity.
In the second rakah, he recited Fussilat 30-33, in which we are informed that the best of mankind are those who call to Allah, and do good deeds, and proclaim their faith. And Allah will comfort such people at the time of death - the angels themselves will comfort them even as they welcome them to Paradise.
It is very moving that these were his last verses, and insha Allah it is a positive sign at the beautiful death that Allah blessed him with.
Bila dengar recitation beliau dalam video ni, sekali lagi, ia membuat aku emosi, dan menangis.
Sebagai seorang yang tak berapa kenal Brother Junaid yet berasa sedih atas pemergiannya, aku berkongsi rasa dengan Sh. Yaser Birjas yang menyebut:
Junaid Jamshed, I never met him in my life and I never had the pleasure of listening to him before.
But the so many good things I heard about him and the so much khayr he did in his life made me love him for the sake of Allah.
I felt so sad when I heard the news of his death. May Allah have mercy on him, forgive him and grant him Jannah. May Allah have mercy on all the passengers who perished in this tragic accident and give their families beautiful patience.
And last but not least, this is Brother Nouman Ali Khan's tribute for Brother Junaid:
In loving memory of Junaid Jamshed.
I was in my mid teens and Vital Signs came on the scene with Dil Dil Pakistan. His music since then, in the band and as a solo artist, became an inseparable part of my youth. I knew virtually all of his songs by heart. I think I still do.
I got to know him after his incredible transformation. He knew me at first as the young Pakistani chap who tutors Arabic in America. We weren't close but over the years we got to know each other better and of course a common inspirational figure to both of us was Maulana Tariq Jameel.
Through my personal interactions with him, I got to see the non celebrity side of one of the greatest cultural icons of my generation. He had a great sense of humor, a genuine loving concern for the young generation, an appreciative and humble spirit (which I found most shocking because the man was on top of the world since an early age). He called and pray for me and thanked me when I spoke out about giving him benefit of the doubt. I used to whatsapp him every now and then. He would tell me he sees me as his own younger brother. When we discussed my plans to come to Pakistan (eventually), he would play the big brother role and say, don't worry I'll take care of everything. I was a bigger fan of his as a friend and older brother than I ever was of him as a musician. I would even tease him sometimes about his old stuff and how awesome it was. He'd just say, "well Nouman, that just means you have a good taste in music my friend!"
A man who had everything a youth could dream of at his fingertips gave all of it up to pursue a path he well knew would bring him little appreciation and much criticism. An artist and entertainer who was willing to exchange the loving adoration of his millions of fans for criticism and scoffing condescension coming from the very same. A man who would see the ugly side of sectarianism and be humiliated in the name of the very religion that he sacrificed everything to serve. And finally a man who Allah decided would go back to him as a shaheed. I will always honor his memory as someone who lived by his convictions and will always be grateful to Allah that I could call him a friend.
What an amazing human being. What an incredible life. Let his legacy be one of inspiration to change for the better. If Allah gave him the strength, courage and commitment to do that, He will surely grant it to the millions and millions of young people yearning for purpose in life.
May Allah accept him, his spouse, and all whom we lost in that tragic flight crash as shuhadaa who are already overjoyed at what Allah has given them.
You will be missed Junaid Bhai.
Your younger brother Nouman.
So that's all for this entry. Wassalaamu'alaykum wrt.
ps: Btw sebut tentang 'Pakistan', minggu lepas aku ada heran kejap bila tengok dalam playlist Winamp aku ada lagu bertajuk 'Pakistan', yang supposedly dinyanyikan oleh Dato' Siti Nurhaliza.
*Aku baca balik betul-betul*