In an exclusive interview with Dialogue Pakistan, Junaid Jamshed’s brother Humayun Jamshed discusses the memories of Junaid’s childhood, his music career and spiritual journey to become a religious preacher.
“After the demise of Junaid, I didn’t loss a brother only, it is the loss of a friend, a loss of a well-wisher, and it is the loss of a person from whom I usually took advices even on minor issues,” Humayun describes his brotherly affection with Junaid.
The younger brother further recalls that Junaid Jamshed had faced criticism from his social circle and fans when he decided to quit music and pursue a religious life.
Junaid Jamshed used to attend concerts while wearing kurta Shalwar and having a bread, he adds.
“They (fellow members of Tablighi Jamat) never said to us (forcefully) that music is prohibit (in Islam). They asked us to keep doing it instead. It was Allah who gradually changed the mind of Junaid Bhai,” he continues
Junaid Jamshed died in a plane crash
On 7 December 2016, Pakistan witnessed its one of the most unfortunate incidents. Pakistan International Airlines Flight 661, which flew from Chitral in order to reach its destination Islamabad, crashed in the first hour of its flight near Havelian region of KPK.
All 47 passengers including 5 crew members died in the accident. Foreigners were also among the deceased persons- two Austrians and one Chinese.
A Pakistani singer-turned-preacher Junaid Jamshed was also present in the plane who lost his life at the age of 52. He was on a Tableeghi Jamaat mission in Chitral.
Junaid Jamshed was born on September 3, 1964 to a reputed family of Karachi. He did schooling from Saudia Arabia after which he had a dream to join Pakistan Air Force but his weak eyesight prevented him to achieve it. After completing his graduation, he stepped into the music industry as a singer through the platform of famous Vital Signs.
By the mid of 1990s he had reached the peak of his career releasing many popular songs like “Dil Dil Pakistan” which later bagged third position among world’s top ten.
Twenty first century marked a new shift in his professional life but this time it was a spiritual one. In 2004, Jamshed officially dropped his music career and decided to devote rest of his life to Islam. He joined Tableeghi Jamaat, a prominent organization in Deoband school of thought, where he remained an active member until his tragic death.
After leaving the music industry, he became a successful entrepreneur who again appeared on television screens but as a religious commentator.
The news of his presence in the plane shocked Pakistanis who mourned his sudden demise and paid him tribute. In 2018, he was awarded Sitare-e-Imtiaz by the government of Pakistan.
Watch Dialogue Pakistan’s full conversation with JJ’s brother.