By: Suneela Iqbal
From those around I hear a cry,
A muffled sob, a hopeless sigh,
I hear their footsteps leaving slow,
And then I know my soul must fly!
Nothing lasts forever in this world. Everyone has to leave one day. Every person has to suffer the pain of losing loved ones. That's the law of nature and nature can't be changed. That's the law of Allah.
Aah! Junaid Jamshed. A very painful loss. He has gone forever. He is no more. I can't believe it. Without any sign or warning, he went away. That's how people go. Someone…someone really close to me has gone. Someone who taught me a lot of things, someone who converted for the sake of Allah, someone who devoted his life for Islam, someone who was my role model is not among us anymore. He has gone to meet Allah.
Maulana Tariq Jameel advised him to use his beautiful voice for the right purpose, to use it for praising Allah and His last prophet Rasoolullah صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم. His very first naat was "Muhammad ka Roza." He was thinking how should he recite it. He couldn't think of anything. Like his mind was empty but then he scolded himself that when you sang songs you didn't encounter any difficulty so why now? And look how much his naat became popular. Little children read and learn it.
I was very young at that time, probably 7 or 8 when my parents told me about Junaid Jamshed. I listened to his naat. Very soothing and heart-touching indeed. I adored it, memorized it and recited it in my school. My grandmother and parents were very proud of me. (Even my grandmother memorized some of his naats and she's in her 80's!) Then I went to Madarssah for hifz. His new naats came and I learned them too. People liked my voice and often requested me to recite their desired naat. It was because of him that I took interest in naats and what they said. I learned many things from him, listened to his bayans and sometimes watched his show, "Shan-e-Ramazan." His deep devotion to Islam was all I could see. One of his favorite naats was "Tamanna-e-dil Rasoolullah. Tamanna-e-dil Habibullah.”
A very beautiful naat indeed! How soothing was his voice! A true Muslim, a true devotee of Rasoolullah صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم and Allah سبحانہ وتعالی. Always asking Allah for help, praying to Allah to make him bold and give him ample chances to spread Allah's Deen.
"O Lord, ever since I left this life of sin and impurity
I feel so serene.
World feels like paradise, worth living
I remember the days when I had it all but no peace of mind
Now that I have you I have everything to sing.
I feel so tall I need nothing at all
Allah, make me bold and brave your true friend and slave.
Allah, I wanna be brave.
Your true friend and slave
My advice to you my friend,
Do not live your life as you want, hold still
There's someone out there who loves you more than you can bear."
(Hamd : Bold and brave)
He was very thankful to Allah and then to Maulana Tariq Jameel who helped him to convert, to leave all the so-called glamour once and for all. He was satisfied with the path he chose. He once said to Maulana Tariq Jameel, "I may be a very successful person from the outside but from the inside, I'm totally empty. My heart is empty." He had everything when he was a singer. Money, popularity, worldly comfort but he lacked peace, peace of soul. When he turned to Allah he found the true peace his heart was yearning for. He gave up everything for Allah and Allah give him back everything multiplied by seventy and more.
"Mera dil badal de, mera dil badal dey
Mera ghaflat mein dooba dil badal dey…” he implored to Allah سبحانہ وتعالی.
His clothes' brand named ‘Junaid Jamshed’ (J.J) is one of the most popular brands in the world. He earned in millions but now he used the money to help other people. He lived in Defence, Karachi yet he helped the poor people and gave them money to end their hunger and starvation. He helped a lot of families and bore their expenses. He could have used the money for himself and his family, he could have lived a very lavish life but he didn't. Why? Because of Allah. He knew that this world was going to end some day so a lavish life meant nothing. It was of no use.
When he left singing many of his fans tried to persuade him to sing again but he refused. After giving up singing, he didn't have any money, not even to buy medicines for his sick mother. He got an offer of millions to compose an album for Pepsi but he refused. He remained steadfast and did not go back. Allah gave him such dignity and respect that the world has no parallel.
"Na izzat, na shuhrat na zar chahiyay
Mujhe apki khaak e dar chahiyay
Isi dar pe ik baar jhuknay kay baad
Na uthe kabhi aesa sar chahiyay."
An unpleasant incident took place when Junaid Jamshed said something inappropriate about Hazrat Ayesha رضی اللہ عنہا but it was a mistake. He didn't say anything on purpose and when he realized his mistake, he repented before Allah and asked forgiveness from all Muslims. How many of us have the courage to ask forgiveness from all Muslims worldwide? That’s what he did. People hit him at Karachi airport but he remained patient and he forgave them! After this incident, Junaid Jamshed saw a dream. In his dream, he saw Rasoolullah صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم and Hazrat Ayesha رضی اللہ عنہا. Hazrat Ayesha came to him, put her hands on his head and said, "Don't worry. You are from among us."
Junaid Jamshed, a very pious man he was. It seemed like his main objective was to convince the people of the world to come closer to Islam and worry about the Day of Judgment. And he was doing his work very well. He went to different countries of the world. America, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Thailand , South Africa, India, China, Brazil, Japan, Spain, Palestine, Australia, Egypt, France, Denmark, Italy, Libya, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, Yemen, Turkey and many more countries. He always wore Shalwar Kameez (A Muslim’s dress) wherever he went. He gave lectures, recited naat and the Quran in his beautiful voice, and helped people as much as he could. He didn't recite naat and hamd only but lots of duas too.
"Mujhe zindagi mein ya Rabb sar-e-bandagi ata kar
Mere dil ki bay-hisi ko gham-e-ashiqui ata kar……”
(Mujhe zindagi mein ya Rabb)
(to be cont.)