By Bushra Hassan.
Junaid Jamshed, a personality that has groomed many people, they may be youth of late 20th century or the ones seeking righteous path, is no more with us. He went to Chitral for ten-day religious preaching tour along with Ex Pakistani Cricketer Saeed Anwar. He was coming back in PIA’s ill-fated flight PK-661 that never landed but crashed on ground and people on board including Junaid Jamshed and his wife lost their precious lives. Junaid Jamshed, for his followers and fans, after his tragic death sitting in another world, would be like, “Aitebar Aa Hi Jaaey Ga”.
Junaid Jamshed was born on 3rd September 1964 and had a dream of becoming a fighter pilot but couldn’t fulfill his dream due his poor eye-sight. He then graduated from University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. It was however in 1987, when Junaid Jamshed joined his Peshawar University’s rock music band “Nuts and Bolts” as a lead singer. This is when he got noticed by Rohail Hayat, Nusrat Hussain and Shahzad Hassan as a lead singer for their newly formed band Vital Signs.
Junaid Jamshed officially joined Vital Signs and signed a record deal with Producer Shoaib Mansoor. He proved to be the voice of many people, in fact he was the voice of generations when youth was struggling to express their art via singing during the reign of then-military dictator General Zia-ul-Haq. It was Junaid Jamshed and Vital Signs who crossed all the hurdles and came into limelight. Leather Jacket and Jeans was what Junaid Jamshed usually wore in his music videos that gave a new fashion trend to the new generation.
Good looks, exceptional lyrics and fresh sharp sound turned him into hero of young generation and became idol of almost everyone. Junaid Jamshed and his Vital Signs filled the gaping void for pop culture icons. It was the time when Junaid Jamshed’s song “Dil Dil Pakistan” was released and ultimately became the recognition of Pakistan worldwide that gave Junaid Jamshed and Vial Signs immense popularity and fame across the globe.
“Dil Dil Pakistan” was all over the Radio and Television Screens then and is still being played at every occasion that is about Pakistan. “Dil Dil Pakistan”, a song that every Pakistani has sung or hummed at least once in his life, is probably even more popular song than Pakistan’s own National anthem. In 2003, BBC World Service conducted a poll for the most popular songs in which 7000 songs were selected from all over the world. “Dil Dil Pakistan” was ranked Number 3.
After “Dil Dil Pakistan”, came another huge hit “Tum Mil Gaey”. After their first album Vital Signs 1, it came Vital Signs 2 and then Aitebar, again with Shoaib Mansoor. This is when Vital Signs had their first international tour to the United States. This was also the time when Junaid Jamshed had signed his acting contract with PTV for a television miniseries called “Dhundlay Raastay”.
After fourth album “Hum Tum” and a solo album by Junaid, “Tumhara Or Mera Naam”, Vital Signs eventually split up due to differences in 1996. Shahzad Hasan left for the US, Rohail Hayat formed Coke Studio and Junaid Jamshed concentrated on just being a solo artist. As expected, Junaid Jamshed was even a huge commercial success on his own.
His second solo album “Us Rah Par” proved to be year’s biggest selling album with the famous songs, “Us Rah Par”, “Na Tu Aaey Gi” and “Oh Sanam”. He wrote each of them himself, such talented guy he was. “Dil Ki Baat” came in 2001 which gave Junaid Jamshed again extreme popularity and everyone was singing his songs and trying to look like him.
Then in 2004, Junaid Jamshed decided to give up the music career and engineering career and started seeking for another path. After getting lessons and teachings from one of the greatest scholars of Islam, Maulana Tariq Jameel, Junaid Jamshed decided to devote himself completely for Islam and preaching people.
He officially made announcement, in 2004, about quitting music and engineering career. Initially he faced a lot of difficulties but the firm faith he had in Allah didn’t let him fall. With the cooperation of one of his friend, Junaid Jamshed opened his clothing store J.
After devoting himself completely to Islam and religious preaching, Allah blessed him even then. Junaid Jamshed released his first religious and spiritual album “Jalwa-e-Janaan” in which he once again got popularity for Naat “Muhammad Ka Roza Kareeb Aa Rha Hai, Bulandi Pey Apna Naseeb Aa Rha Hai”. His famous Naat includes, “Mera Dil Badal Dey”, “Muhammad (S.A.W.) Ka Roza Kareeb Aa Rha Hai”, “Faizan-e-Muhammad (S.A.W.)”, “Mein To Ummati Hun”. Famous “Qaseedah-e-Burdah Shareef” by Junaid Jamshed also gave him a unique recognition and fame in the books of Hamd and Naat.
Junaid Jamshed remained with Maulana Tariq Jameel throughout his religious career, as his companion. Together they have performed Hajj for nine regular times from 2007 to 2016 and Junaid Jamshed was even considered as the right hand of Maulana Tariq Jameel. Junaid Jamshed was always found preaching people about Islam and righteous path as guided by Almighty Allah and Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (S.A.W.). Maulana Tariq Jameel in his recent video message broke down into tears on Junaid Jamshed’s tragic and sudden death and regarded Junaid Jamshed as one of the best human beings possessing best character.
Junaid Jamshed has always loved Pakistan from the core of his heart, he sat with poor to eradicate differences between elite and middle class, he participated actively in Karachi’s “Safayi Muhim” which clearly shows that how humble and down to earth this man was. He also helped in developing Pakistan’s rock / pop music industry in his initial career and then later after devoting himself for Islam, he proved himself as one the greatest Islamic scholars.
Junaid Jamshed in Chitral with Saeed Anwar and Chitral Scouts.
Junaid Jamshed went to Chitral also for preaching upon Saeed Anwar’s request and shared his thoughts about the tour via tweet. In a video, he can be seen reciting Qaseedah-e-Burdah Shareef and before departing from Chitral, he also met with Chitral Scouts and shared lighter moments. No one knew but Allah that these were the last moments of a great artist, a great human being and a great religious scholar.
No matter where he went or what we do, our hearts would always beat for Dil Dil Pakistan, but unfortunately, the pioneer heart of “Dil Dil Pakistan” itself has stopped beating. Rest in Peace Junaid Jamshed and all the people who were in Flight PK-661, which are surely in a better place. May Allah grant every one of them highest ranks in Heaven, Ameen.
The writer is a Research Analyst and holds a strong command over Entertainment Industry.
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